Galactic Civilizations III !

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Galactic Civilizations III Shakes Up the Universe for Gamers with 3D Printing & Mega Events

“What do you search for? Do you seek friends and allies, or will you take what is yours?”

“Space isn’t empty…it’s waiting.”

While you are busy exploring new galaxies within the vast universe opened up by Stardock’s Galactic Civilizations III, a new opportunity allows you to explore the world of 3D printing as well with release of update 1.2, which offers a number of new features for gamers.

While 3D printing and gaming are certainly not a new pairing, it is a new addendum to this particular video game which has a focus on serious space travel, navigation, creating galactic territories, and but of course–some major battles with enemy factions.

After completing the challenging task of creating their own ships within the game, users are able to click their way to a new area and site that actually assesses the design of their ship, performs several standards checks, and then it can be 3D printed from the desktop of through the ordering of a 3D print that can be delivered shortly after, straight to the doorstep via Sculpteo.

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For gamers entrenched in the excitement of Galactic Civilizations III, the 3D printing aspect offers a new journey within the game, and is also accompanied by numerous ‘mega events’ and more. It’s all a pretty big deal for everyone hooked on this game.

“Mega Events,” says Galactic Civilizations III designer Paul Boyer, “are galactic events that shake up the game. You might be heading toward diplomatic victory when suddenly a leader is assassinated. Maybe you’re trying for a conquest victory when the Dread Lords return. Each event is an unexpected incident that will require your skill and strategy to overcome if you hope to be victorious. ”

Mega events, generally random occurrences according to specific conditions, are special and affect the entire galaxy as new challenges occur with, according the game’s site, certain anomalies, new enemies, other planets, and emerging resources.

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The update also leads into other new venues like allowing for greater navigation and sharing of maps in Steam workshops. Players make the maps themselves, so sharing them just allows for more fun, learning, and bonding between fellow gamers.

The update, also referred to as a patch, also includes improvements to the AI side, in allowing for better defense, and better building and re-building mechanisms. Visuals are also improved; for example, planets are now able to reflect what their specific class is. Lots more is included, along with a variety of bug fixes. The Mega Events DLC is free for Elite Founders users, and also available at a nominal fee of $4.99 for regular players.

Mixing the two technologies of 3D printing and gaming has always been a no-brainer as makers are often gamers too, and vice versa; no matter the case, both groups have a tendency toward great enthusiasm in trying out new technologies that offer another angle of fun and interest–and especially those that offer a way to bring the game into physical form via figurines and 3D models. 3D printing is, in fact, quite a boon to the marketing angle for industries like gaming, movies, and more, as consumers are thrilled to have mementoes in physical form–and production companies are able to invent and expand on their brands, with the sky being the limit for related consumer offerings.

Are you a player? Discuss your thoughts on the integration of 3D printing with gaming, as well as other exciting aspects of this update in the Galactic Civilizations III forum thread over at 3DPB.com.

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by  | AUGUST 12, 2015

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Bungee Mummy – successful gaming app!

We’re proud to announce that our partners and friends at Steampunk Wizards have had their ultra successful gaming App Bungee Mummy featured on SWAG, Malta’s Online Men’s Magazine!

http://www.swag.com.mt/en/articles/articles/666/maltese-gaming-app-goes-global.htm

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Steampunk Wizards are a group of passionate Maltese game developers currently enjoying their time in the limelight, fresh off the release of their smash-hit, Bungee Mummy: King’s Escape. Available for Android and iOS, it’s an ambitious gaming app which hits almost every nail on the head, providing players with a great mix of platform hopping and puzzle solving.
SWAG was lucky enough to have caught up with Josh O’Cock, Marketing Manager at Steampunk Wizards. Of course, we also spent a fair amount of time playing Bungee Mummy.

The high-production value is evident as soon as the title screen loads up. Greeted by the stars of the game, King Phero and Madu, players will instantly notice the sharp visuals and crisp sound booming out of their tablets/mobiles.

Gameplay is focused on maneuvering Phero, a small mummy shaped like a football, across various landscapes. Wielding a lantern, the green bat-like creature Madu will guide you along your journey as you collect golden scarabs and unlock a variety of powers ups.

Execute your movements carefully, or you may end up victim to a swinging axe, burnt to a crisp by a flaming booby trap or wind up as snake food. For every problem, there’s a solution, and players can’t simply breeze through levels.

Controls are responsive, and the physics are excellent. Generally, you’ll swing around by shooting out up to 3 bandages in a Spider-man like fashion to propel yourself over any obstacles. Should you need to move a box onto a lever to solve a puzzle, you’ll have to attach yourself onto a nearby ledge, hook yourself up to the box and swing it into the desired direction.

The game does a good job of showing you the ropes in the early stages, with simple instructions that you’ll internalize quickly.  Once you get the hang of it, moving Phero around becomes second nature.

However, even with full-mastery of the controls, launching Phero onto the right spot can still be tricky, and you’ll often find yourself stopping for a second to figure out how to solve a puzzle.

As you swiftly cascade from one ledge onto another, dodging enemy slugs, scorpions and sharp spikes, you may not notice the fine amount of detail injected into the game. Character models are superb, backgrounds are impressive and even the faint sound of crumbling ledges are pleasing to the ear.

Catapult Phero into the distance and he’ll let out a worried scream, and he’ll even whimper as he lands. The game’s music is enthralling, and plays to the context well. During a boss battle for example, the fast-paced music is exchanged for a down-tempo, ominous track which adds a nice touch of tension.

The difficulty is well-balanced, so both casual and hardcore gamers should be satisfied. With a number of secrets and extras to unlock, it’s also got its fair share of replay value.

Rarely, I experienced a slow frame-rate on my tablet, and I found myself occasionally getting stuck between a box and a wall, powerless to escape. Luckily, the Steampunk Wizards are on top of the situation, and they’ve already released one major update to the game. Besides those minor issues there isn’t too much to complain about, except the annoying advertisements popping up every so often. However, it’s a worthy sacrifice to make for a great game, and you can always buy the ad-free version for just €1.99.

Besides the addictive gameplay, Bungee Mummy is one of the first games to provide players with tangible rewards, in the form of 3D printable prizes. Steampunk Wizards teamed up with another local boundary breaking company, Malta 3D Printing. The collaboration between the two has resulted in some terrific models being printed. Players can select to print the protagonist King Phero and his green buddy Madu, amongst others.

The 5 Maltese men, 1 Belgian and 1 Briton were rewarded with a top 3 spot in the local gaming charts. Furthermore, it’s also only one spot away from the mega-popular Candy Crush in the Maltese App Store Charts. To top it all off, tens of thousands of users have downloaded the game via Google Play.

SWAG is proud to say this game was developed by a Maltese company. One long and arduous year of blood sweat and tears were poured into this project, and developers are now reaping the rewards.

The sky is the limit for the Steampunk Wizards, who are looking to go from strength to strength. Hopefully, this groundbreaking achievement will only serve to inspire other local developers to follow suit.

Download Bungee Mummy for free from www.bungeemummy.com/download.

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by Martin Calleja Urry   |  March 14, 2015

Super game Pi !

3D Print Your Very Own Retro Gaming Devices with AdaFruit!

http://3dprint.com/37610/super-game-pi-3d-print/

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Anyone who knows a passionate gamer, or is one, is probably well aware that this isn’t just a fascination with the games, but often also includes a penchant for checking out all hardware, tweaking and creating systems, hacking files, using retro platforms, and experimenting with a lot of DIY projects.

Gaming and 3D printing enthusiasm often go together because it is a creative world of people who like not only to make their own alternate reality sometimes, but who gain great joy from trying new things and making things work better for their gaming needs whenever possible—in terms of performance, and often—portability. Sometimes that means taking on a DIY challenge.

The gameboy is a staple. And what could be more fun than building your own?Adafruit is giving you all the tools you need, as an advanced maker, for a pretty complex, but fun, 3D printing project that you can download and modify to your heart’s desire. Dubbed the Super Game Pi, it’s easy to construe that you’ll be needing an ever-useful Raspberry Pi computer for this handheld device, which features:

  • 12 buttons
  • Analog joystick
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5” HDMI display
  • Raspberry Pi A+
  • RetroPie image

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If you are an experienced DIY’er and have some pretty mad ‘maker’ skills, this project, probably taking about six hours of your time (expect the parts to take at least six to eight hours to print), certainly looks like a productive way to spend your Saturday morning.  It’s certainly a challenging DIY project that will yield awesome results and fun for the rest of the weekend and beyond. One thing to keep in mind before starting is that the parts are on the larger side, so you will need either a 3D printer that has a large build envelope, or you will want to send this out for 3D printing from a third party service. Cura is recommended for slicing. Click here for information on downloading the files.

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PLA is recommended for the 3D printing process of the enclosure which houses all the electronics. You should not require any support material. Adafruit wants you to enjoy a smooth finish on the enclosure, so they recommend using an epoxy resin for 3D printed parts calledXTC-3D Coating. It not only gives your new portable gaming device a shiny look, but also smooths out all the lines and ridges.

And how to find the buttons for your controller? You may have done something like this before, as Adafruit recommends taking an old SNES controller apart and sawing off the PCB’s into sections. For connecting the buttons to the Pi, you will want to refer to the video below to see the suggestion regarding modifying jumper cables and soldering the wires to the PCBs. Adafruit recommends using TPE flexible filament like Ninajflex for 3D printing the L and R shoulder buttons, giving them the preferred and suitable rubbery texture convenient for gaming.

The Super Game Pi features a 5″ HDMI display, and due to the flexibility afforded by the Raspberry Pi, you can use virtually any emulator running Emulationstation.

For auditory, Adafruit recommends the ST2012 2.8 watt class D amplifier, due to its compact nature, offering two channels, which are more than specific for this project. They used two small speakers which are simply mounted and snapped in place inside the 3D printed enclosure.

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Wiring and circuitry are not as challenging in this project as you may expect, since you have a clearly outlined diagram to refer to, as well as a GPIO cheat sheet. The Super Game Pi is powered by the PowerBoost 500C charging breakout, which is convenient in that it’s easy to charge with a micro USB cable. You’ll want to use a pretty large battery, with the 660 milliamp batteryrecommended, as it offers around six hours of gaming time.

You will also want todownload and burn the RetroPi image to a micro SD card. This involves connecting your Pi to your wireless network, which can be done easily with a USB connector. After that, you will need to configure and save the files so the Raspberry Pi is able to format the operating system to match the resolution of the 5″ HDMI display.

All the steps are laid out succinctly in the AdaFruit learning guide so that you have a seamless and fun way to make this 3D printed gaming device. This project has support for way more games, a bigger screen, and decent sound.

To make your own Super Game Pi, you’ll have to 3D print the enclosure, hack an SNES controller and solder electronics. With this project, you will find yourself with access to a large volume of games, nice big screen, great sound, and a comprehensive controller. Click here for the full tutorial.

Parts needed:

  • Raspberry Pi A+
  • TFP401 HDMI Driver
  • 5″ TFT Display
  • Analog 2-axis Joystick
  • Cupcade Adapter PCB
  • 6600mAh Lithium Ion Battery
  • SNES Controller
  • PowerBoost500C
  • Stereo 2.8W Class D Audio Amp
  • 2x Mini Metal Speakers
  • 40-pin FPC extension
  • USB Mini WiFi module

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Tools and supplies required:

  • 3D Printer
  • Soldering Iron
  • Power Drill
  • Panavise Jr.
  • Helping-Third Hand
  • PLA + Ninjaflex Filament
  • Hakko Flat Pliers + Flush Diagonal Cutters
  • 30AWG silicone coated strand wire
  • Heat shrink tubing
  • HDMI Flat Cable
  • Female Jumper Wires
  • 3.5mm Stereo cable

Are you planning to 3D print the Super Game Pi? Have you 3D printed anything similar on your own? Tell us about it in the Super Game Pi forum over at 3DPB.com.

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by  | JANUARY 15, 2015

3D printed halo guns!

Lucky Winners at the UGC Received Incredibly Detailed 3D Printed Halo Guns as Prizes, Including a Sniper Rifle Measuring in at 5.3 Feet in Length!

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One area in which 3D printing has really excelled as of late is in the reproduction of weapons and props from popular video games. For decades, gamers have been trying to reproduce these often intricate virtual pieces in the actual physical world. The ability to turn an item within a game into a 3D model and then fabricate a near-exact replica of that item on a 3D printer has certainly taken things up a notch or two.

If you are a video game enthusiast, then it’s likely you have either played in, watched, or at least know someone who has participated in some sort of gaming tournament. Some people actually make careers out of their incredible gaming skills. One company called Ultimate Gaming Championship (UGC) caters to these types of people. Whether you want to show off your skills, or make perhaps thousands of dollars, UGC hosts tournaments and leagues in which gamers can meetup, socialize, and have a blast.

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Earlier this month, UGC hosted a tournament in St. Louis, MO where gamers came together to compete for $20,000 in prizes. Yes, I said $20,000! The occasion for such a large giveaway? November marked the 10th anniversary of the Halo 2 launch, the first-person shooter video game which was developed by Bungie Studios and released in 2004. I think it’s fair to say that those reading this article have at least heard of the game before.

The event, which drew in over 500 gamers worldwide, and took place over a three day period, from January 2-4, had an extra special component to it this time. Owner and Founder of UGC, Matt Jackson, turned to 3D printing as a way to add to the excitement and energy at the venue.

“I developed and 3D printed several weapons from the game Halo to co-align with the theme of our last event which was a Halo 2 Anniversary 4v4 $20K payout tourney,” explained Jackson to 3DPrint.com. “I thought this was an interesting way to bridge the exposure of 3D printing game props to competitive video gaming.”

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Jackson printed out a total of three weapons from the game, which included the standard M6 Hand Gun, a gold MVP Award M6 Hand Gun, and the grandaddy of them all, a Halo 4 Sniper Rifle, which measured a staggering 5.3 feet in length. The weapons were all a big hit, showing the capabilities that 3D printing has, and how those capabilities can be integrated into the gaming space, allowing for the virtual world to merge with that of the physical.

In the end, there was only one Grand Prize winning team, DenialEsports, but in actuality everyone was a winner, as they all seemed to have a blast, as 3D printing inched its way a bit closer to the mainstream. Check out some additional photographs that Matt Jackson was kind enough to share with us below, as well as a video showing the final moments of the tournament. Lets hear your thoughts on yet another amazing use for 3D printing. Discuss in the Ultimate Gaming Championship forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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by  | JANUARY 11, 2015

Gaming experience with 3D printing

Check Out LyteShot: An Outdoor Gaming Experience Which Allows Players to Interact With Each Other in the Real World

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Video games are fun. There are no questions about it, and they will only continue to improve as time goes by. The one problem with video games, however, is the fact that more and more kids are passing up physical outdoor activities and instead spending hours on end in front of their television sets, smartphones and tablets.
Thanks to one father, named Mark Ladd, and his company, LyteShot, this may be about to change. Ladd was tired of seeing his kids stuck to their phones and tablets, and wanted to conceive of a way that he could get them out of the house and also connect with them in a fun way.
“I wanted to come up with a way to integrate the digital gaming experience, to get them to head outside and once again engage their imagination,” says Ladd.
So he and co-founder Tom Ketola came up with a new type of mobile gaming system which also happens to utilize 3D printing for the customization of peripherals, and they are currently trying to raise funding via Kickstarter. LyteShot provides for a real-world gaming experience, where gamers actually interact with one another on a physical level.
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Gamers are equipped with two devices, a Lyter (the weapon), and the LytePuck, which is a sensor. The sensor acts as a target of sorts, receiving a signal from the Lyter when a player is hit, and alerting the players via a light and vibration mechanism. The Lyter acts as the base for adding on peripherals to turn it into a gun, knife, sword, or virtually anything you can think of. The company is also making it so that these peripherals can be 3D printed on virtually any 3D printer. Backers of the Kickstarter campaign may choose a backer level that comes with the .STL files for 3 of these 3D printable peripherals, and developers and gamers themselves may also design and 3D print their very own.
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Currently LyteShot is working on completing a game called Assassin, but they are also welcoming other developers to join in and develop more games. It should be interesting to see what comes about with LyteShot, and what types of other games are developed for it, if successfully funded on Kickstarter. Conceivably the possibilities are endless. Other than games that involve weapons, there could even be sports games, where developers create some sort of 3D printable accessory that could turn the Lyter into a hockey stick or baseball bat, or virtually anything else that they can think up.

The idea of 3D printing could make this mobile gaming application quite unique, allowing gamers to modify their weapons and fully customize them for their own unique gaming experience.

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What do you think about LyteShot? Have you backed them on Kickstarter? Discuss in the LyteShot forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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by  | JANUARY 8, 2015

Tabletop gaming

Our latest blog post talks about the impact of the technology of tomorrow on the games of yesterday; tabletop gaming, revamped thanks to 3D printing!

http://malta3dprinting.blogspot.com/…/tabletop-fun-with-pri…

A bright mind and a 3D printer can go a long way. Combining aesthetics and entertainment value, 3D printed games range from chess sets and larger-than-life Rubik’s cubes to entirely new gaming universes created within a matter of days.

Effectively changing the rules of manufacturing, 3D printing will have fans of tabletop gaming stoked when they realize the scale of their favourite pastime just got a whole lot bigger. Printing already has a place in gamers’ hearts’, producing key items like dice and custom landscapes – essential for any serious tabletop gamer.

Exciting breakthrough projects like Breach, Pocket Dungeon and Pocket Tactics have invaded the market dominated by Games Workshop. According to their Thingiverse pages, some of these exciting are yet to be fully completed.

Pocket Tactics is perhaps the most famous of the bunch, and is basically the size of a small travel game – you can play it on any flat surface. Creator Arian Croft, also known as ‘Dutchmogul’, claims to have thought of the idea on a Tuesday night, and by Friday had a functioning prototype ready.

While designers like Croft are busy ping-ponging new ideas around the Ill Gotten Gamesoffice, well-established games like Warhammer 40k and Warmachine may need to look over their shoulders.

Sure, it will be difficult for small companies to pry the hands of loyal gamers away from the most popular tabletop games, but what if they bought miniatures from a different company? Some official gaming kits can cost hundreds of euros, and more.

3D printing is allowing for high-quality miniatures, and Hero Forge serves as the proof in the pudding. Their Kickstarter page reveals the length at which they’re willing to help their customers customize their favourite gaming pieces.

Ironically, the digital revolution is helping the analog world.

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Raising over $360,000 (more than triple their original target), their Kickstarter financial goal was met back in February. The appeal to gamers lies in the unprecedented level of detail one can add, with users able to choose different armour, poses, weapons, equipment and character sizes.

Moving on to a different branch of games completely, a quick look at the leading online marketplaces like Shapeways or Thingiverse will reveal the extent of the different board games, puzzles, desk toys and life-like models available.

Chess fans will feel right at home here, as the classic game has been a target of 3D technicians around the world. Since all it requires are pieces and a board to play on, the levels of customization are limitlesss.

If you fancy novelty, check out this portable Star Trek 3D chess set, or if you’re eager to take on two foes at once, this impressive three player set from Acryl should do the trick. Lord of the Rings fans will melt when they gaze upon this classic chess set with characters from Tolkien’s universe.

Our next pick is for the puzzle freaks out there. If you’re a fan of the age-old Rubik’s cube, this extra-large, fully-functional 3x4x5 cuboid will certainly catch your eye. Now being produced en masse, this nifty puzzle requires a bit of DIY assembly – requiring users to use their own springs, screws and washers.

The 3D printing gods have been kind enough to provide us with entertaining products in bountiful amounts, and for this we are very grateful. At this rate, our children of the future will be spoiled for choice!
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by  | 25 September 2014

Retro Gaming Revolution

Our latest blog post shows you the impact of 3D printing on retro gaming and how its injecting it with colour and life 🙂

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Retro Gaming Revolution

Wouldn’t it be nice to sit back and relax while a 3D printer churns out a video game console or a stylish controller?

It sounds unrealistic to say the least – but this seemingly futuristic production process is already happening!

We’re not talking about Xbox One’s and PS4’s being produced en masse – but rather, about retro gaming and innovative peripherals making a return thanks to 3D printing.

Courtesy of Adafruit, a New-York based outfit that incorporates 3D printing in certain products, theopen-source community has received a major boost.

3D Printed Game Boy

In collaboration with the ground-breaking Raspberry Pi, 3D printing now boasts the quarter-century old Game boy in its arsenal. Created by Adafruit, Raspberry Pi – easily mistaken for a small motherboard – is actually a mini-computer you can plug into your TV or keyboard.
Capable of smooth emulation, all the Raspberry Pi requires to transform into a Game boy is a few hours of dedication and the necessary components. The video below directs viewers to a user-friendly assembly guide.

Once its assembled, all that’s left is to download your favorite old school games, (in ‘ROM‘ format)  upload them onto the SD card and begin button bashing.

Broken buttons on your new Game Boy after hours of playing? Malta 3D Printing has you covered!

Sure, a Game Boy isn’t a revolutionary product that’s going to change the world, but it definitely highlights 3D printing’s versatility. It can easily take devices that are decades old and breathe fresh life into them.

3D Printed Guitar/Controller

Adafruit once again provides the cornerstone of this 3D printed guitar, in the form of Bluefruit EZ-key. This nifty Bluetooth device allows users to turn any game-pad – or DIY project like the EZ-Key MIDI Guitar – into a fully functioning controller.

Besides looking totally awesome, the EZ-Key MIDI Guitar is multifunctional – serving either as a MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) instrument, DJ controller or a regular video game controller.

You could customize your own case in a material you desire, without worrying about 3D printing, but where’s the fun in that?

Printed in four separate pieces, this project is not for an amateur technician.

However, should you have the time, tools and patience available at your disposal, this guitar will definitely turn heads.

You can upload data from your musical masterpieces on the web, or quench your thirst for superficial crowd approval on Guitar Hero. You can even make playing everyday video games extremely challenging, by attempting to use it as a normal controller!

All 10 buttons are customizable, and there’s even a mic inside the casing which allows the LED lights to change depending on sound levels.

Portaberry Pi

Our favourite product from today’s post is the Portaberry Pi, another DIY project that uses Raspberry Pi.

Unveiled on 3DPrintBoard‘s online forum by a dedicated hobbyist, Portaberry Pi is the result of dozens of unselfish man hours aimed at providing gaming aficionados with a new toy to play with.

It may not be as recognizable as the Game Boy, a symbol of gaming culture – but it’s certainly easy on the eye and definitely captures the retro gaming feeling.

 Recently featured on LifeHacker, the Portaberry Pi has been described as a “fantastic retro game machine,” and the best part about it – the files are all available for free on Thingiverse.

One can only hope that this mentality continues to proliferate throughout society, allowing people with technical know-how to share their knowledge and wisdom with others.

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by  | 17 July 2014