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Happy 33rd Birthday, Game Boy!

33 years ago today, Nintendo released the Game Boy handheld device in Japan. It was a simple, unassuming thing, a large gray brick with four buttons, a directional pad, and an LCD screen that could only display shades of green. Only a few years later, Nintendo’s competitors began to explore…

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Dot Matrix Memories: A Look Back at the Game Boy

The Analogue Pocket, a fancy FPGA-powered Game Boy, shipped this past December for anyone able to squeeze through a pre-order window that opened for a moment in August 2020. While emulators simulate a game with software, an FPGA (field-programmable gate array) mimics the original console’s internal components at a hardware…

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The Game Boy Sewing Machine is More Than a Punchline

In the 1990s, sewing machine manufacturers were dealing with two seemingly disconnected problems: Young people weren’t interested in learning to sew, and it was incredibly expensive to produce the digital interfaces that were becoming standard on modern machines. An unexpected collaborator came about to fix both issues: Nintendo and its…

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The Game Boy Macro is a Fan-Made Love Letter to the GBA

When you take a step into the world of console modding, it can feel like you’ve pierced the veil into an alternate universe, ruled by misshapen plastic creations the color of Easter eggs. While most of them have a resemblance to your favorite video game systems of yore, they exert…

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Late Lunch July 31, 2019: David Cage’s Spider-Man

Niki and John have a lot to say (strangely) about Fortnite, which probably pleases Andrew. Also Madden 20 and a very cursed idea Niki has for a new David Cage title. Late Lunch is Fanbyte’s live video podcast that airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1pm PST on twitch.tv/fanbyte. We’ll put…

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