So for the past month I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out the issue where PiPlay says Could not check for updates. I KNEW it was because of my server move but I couldn’t figure it out. I couldn’t reproduce it on my end. I really thought that it was because the requests module coudln’t do redirects. Tonight I was dealing with a PiPlay issue with a cool teacher in Canada who is making games with her students, and we were troubleshooting a bad wifi card. We got everything working, and then the can’t connect to piplay server message came up, and I was going to admit defeat, but I then saw it was going to WWW.pimame.org. I had set up www on piplay.org, but I had never setup the WWW redirect on the old domain. I feel dumb. One DNS change and a 5 minute propagation and everything is working now.
On a side note, I designed this warp pipe planter in OpenSCAD, and printed it out today. I drove out to a local nursery and picked up some venus fly traps, and voila! One Super Mario Bros. “Piranha Plant” in my own home 😀
I feel like I have a ton on my plate and nothing to show….yet. Working on PiPlay, our new remote controller system, an arcade game for Orlando IX, and an arcade machine for Maker Faire Orlando. It’s going to be a rough couple of months 🙂
This weekend is Community Effort Orlando, an annual fighting game tournament held near the attractions. I’ve never been to CEO, but I’m really looking forward to it. Street Fighter V is going to be playable, as well as Tekken 7. I’m also going to be able to play a lot of arcade games 😀
Super Scratch Programming Adventure! by The LEAD Project ( A favorite )
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2
The Manga Guide to Databases ( I had no idea No Starch published this, a great resource)
Wonderful Life with the Elements
The Art of LEGO Design
No Starch Summer Sampler 2015
The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
Learn to Program with Scratch
The Linux Command Line
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book
Teach Your Kids to Code
Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
Mark and I have been working on our remote controller concept that I posted a while ago on the blog. I’m really impressed with how it’s turning out. I couldn’t ask for a better team member. I’m excited to share that in the upcoming weeks.
Today Nintendo released a whole bunch of new Amiibos that were highly sought after. I was in line at WalMart at midnight and had a lot of fun. Met a bunch of cool people in line. We were laughing and comparing game collections, and then the electronics guy comes out and tell us there are 6 Amiibo. Not 6 of the 9 characters. Just 6 Amiibo total. 3 Pac-Man and 3 Charizard. I was 7th in line. We could only laugh at the ridiculousness. On the plus side, I picked up Splatoon! It is just as amazing as the demo! If you have a Wii U and like FPS / 3PS this is a must.
The only Amiibo I was after was the Silver Mario. I mean, come on, Silverman, Silver Mario. It was a must buy. There was no line at my GameStop so I was able to get one without a problem, it was just that was all they had. This whole product line is crazy. People going crazy over little figures. Gotta catch em all!
In other news, I picked up a Beagle Bone Black and I am working on testing PiPlay on that. Initial tests look good. It runs Ubuntu, and has some quirks, but I was able to get Mednafen, CaveStory, and DGen working without issue.
So, I used to collect arcade games, but when I moved, I had to sell my collection. Now that I own a house with a garage, I’m able to start rebuilding my mini arcade (and using PiPlay in the mean time 🙂 ).
One of my favorites and prized machines was an F-Zero AX. This is the companion to the GameCube’s F-Zero GX. It has a magnetic card reader, which allows you to save your pilot data between racers, and has a gamecube memory card slot which can access your save data.
I got very lucky that my original machine went up for sale, so I was able to repurchase it!!
The board it uses is called the TriForce, which is a regular GameCube with more memory. The game is on optical media, but rather than using gamecube optical discs, it uses GD-ROMs. Yep, the same media used in the Dreamcast. In fact, the platform is a collaboration between Sega, Namco, and Nintendo (hence, TriForce). The racing cabinet is a standard Namco / Sega model.
It’s really awesome, and I’m so glad to have it back.
So next week I will be in Montreal for the annual Python Software Foundation conference: PyCon. My coworker and I will be presenting a project we developed at UCF that uses Django, AWS, and a bunch of other tools that allow us to help 60,000 students learn in a better environment.
Next Friday’s post will probably be late, depending on what the internet connection is like up there.
I am proud to present the very latest version of PiPlay! PiPlay 0.8 Beta 9! I feel like this is the best release yet!
While this was mostly a bug fix and compatibility update, we do have one awesome new features implemented. When you upload, drag and drop, ftp, or somehow copy a game file to the roms folder, our file watcher will pick that up, and automatically update the PiPlay Menu. No more running the Rom Scraper, or getting popups about unscraped files.