DIY retro gaming with RetroPie

With the release of the SNES Classic set for September 29th, and the overall success of the NES Classic before it, retro gaming is back in the spotlight. For people like myself it is nostalgic to revisit the games we grew up with. Younger crowds may be experiencing these games for the first time. Modern games feature high end graphics and cinematic cut scenes. Classic games may lack in that department but they made up for it with gameplay. Don’t get me wrong I love modern gaming but the classics still hold up well. 

Both of the products I linked above are great, but for people like myself that enjoy projects and saving money I present to you the RetroPie. I assure you that this is a fairly simple project to take on, and does not require a high level of technical skill. You may ask what is a RetroPie? The short explanation is that it is a multi platform emulator built using the Raspberry Pi. What makes this so appealing to me is the fact that it is multi-platform . It can handle pretty much anything you may have ROM’s for. This is a one stop solution to all of your emulation needs. There is no need to purchase separate units and that is a huge advantage. 

The Raspberry Pi itself is quite the versatile unit. It was originally designed to be a low cost computing platform for computer science students. That appeals to me since you can take on any number of projects. I could and probably will get into more detail on that in the future. I plan to try out a few of these myself and will share my experiences. Now back to the issue at hand, building a RetroPie.

First you will need to get the Raspberry Pi board as well as a case and power supply. You can find kits from various retailers including Amazon. I personally suggest getting a basic starter kit and selecting your own controllers and memory card. If you want a one stop solution they have RetroPie kits that come with everything you will need, the choice is yours. We all know that a quality controller is key to gaming and that is why I suggest you read reviews and select the one that fits you best. Once you have all the parts you are ready to get started. If you are one that does better with videos I will link a good YouTube tutorial I found below. 

So there you have it, lets get building and enjoy those classic games. Not only is this a rewarding project it also can save you money. What is not to love about that. That is all for now, enjoy and lets get to gaming. 

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The Wasteland Reborn v2.0

We are happy to announce that The Wasteland is back online. This site has been offline for a day while the server was rebuilt from scratch. I was not happy with how it was configured, running the desktop version of Fedora with full multimedia support. I for one do not like the idea of running a server with a GUI, much less a full desktop, so the decision was made to start over and install Fedora 26 Server edition. You might be amused to learn this is running on my old Laptop

Why did I pick Fedora? A good question to be sure considering that this distribution of Linux is on the bleeding edge of open source. Sure if I were setting up a production server I would use CentOS but this is my testing platform. I want to find bugs and give back to the community. Who doesn’t enjoy a challenge? Nobody ever learned anything by playing it safe. 

For those returning you will notice all of the content is gone. I mean it when I say that I am rebuilding this from scratch. No need to fear the content will return, I fully intend to bring both the image gallery and forums back online. I also plan to experiment with Icecast so be on the lookout for that. Changes will be made to The Wasteland so you never know what you may find here next.

If you are new to the Wasteland, welcome. This is my personal server, blog, and testing environment. I have been working in IT my entire professional career, and currently find myself in networking and telecommunications. Though my career took me down a different path, my love for Linux and open source remains.  Having mastered my career path for the most part, I find myself with more free time. I plan to use that time to get back into the world I had to put on the back burner, that of GNU/Linux. Please feel free to bookmark and check back as I plan to post what I learn for all. Nobody can be serious all the time so be on the lookout for fun content too.

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