It’s hard to avoid the tan impression of plastic left by hardware of the past. This style has caught the attention of vintage electronics enthusiasts over time, and we are no exception. Today I want to show you a beautiful piece of art created by Abe Haskins. game.work We bring this nostalgic style to a retro gaming console built around a Framework mainboard.
The system features a custom case and uses cartridges to load games inspired by the TurboGrafx-16. The main difference here is the Framework mainboard that powers the unit. In case you haven’t heard of Framework, the company specializes in modular laptops that are easy to upgrade. I have reviewed several in the past. DIY edition, 12th generation Intel version and even 13th generation Intel version.
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Cartridges connect to the console using custom-designed slots on the top of the machine. The cartridge is made with a unique PCB created specifically for this project that acts as a microSD card breakout. It has a built-in custom reader that can read these cards. The cartridges also have their own unique label with the artwork of the respective game.
The case is primarily 3D printed, but it also has some extra hardware to give it a more professional look. The motherboard is attached to his two acrylic plates, with a metal backplate serving as a solid foundation for the internal hardware. It has rubber feet on the bottom to keep it stable when placed.
Hasskins has been kind enough to help make the project’s software fully open source. For those who want to recreate this console, or develop something similar, you can checkout the Game.Work source code at: Github. To take a closer look at this project and see it in action, check out the official project video shared at: YouTube Be sure to follow him for updates on this project and upcoming cool creations.