So this week the Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new version of Raspbian that includes experimental support for OpenGL. This is a big leap from OpenGL ES. This is real OpenGL that tons of games and software use. No mobile versions required anymore. That being said, its super experimental. It basically breaks the official screen and the camera doesn’t work. It also only works in xwindows and not on the command line.
BUT! One of my favorite games (and the way I lost 50lbs) is now available on the Pi! StepMania! The Dance Dance Revolution simulation game!
Here’s how to compile it:
First clone the StepMania repo:
git clone https://github.com/stepmania/stepmania stepmania
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.
I am VERY excited to post about this. I have been working on this book for the better part of a year, it has truly been a blood sweat and tears kinda project. I felt burnt out at times, frustrated, ecstatic, relieved, rewarded, and angry all during the writing of this book. But it’s done and I couldn’t be happier.
Sorry for the super late post. The weather changes here in Florida knocked me on my butt. I’ve been in bed for the past two days trying to get over this cold. Going from 40 degrees to 70 to 80 back to 40 just messes with me. It also didn’t help that I ran myself ragged on Friday.
So Friday was the “members of the public” day at IAAPA. IAAPA stands for International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, which means that if you ever wanted to see how a ride works, or where to get new arcade machines, or pretty much anything within the amusement / coin op sector, this is the place. I go every year and it is always a blast. The biggest noticeable trend this year is how un-3d everything is. 2 years ago every ride and game had a 3D gimmick to it. Now, pretty much nothing is 3D except for the big ride experiences.
This year some of my coworkers went with me. They enjoyed themselves.
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U came out this weekend. Holy crap it is amazing. I had friends over on Friday, we played 8 player smash, and it was a riot. I will have the image of me playing as Samus getting the smash ball and taking out all 7 of the other players in one final smash attack burned into my memory for a very long time.
It’s a beautiful, well made, extensive game. I have no idea how long it is going to take me to unlock everything.
The game also includes support for Nintendo’s new NFC characters called Amiibos. Think Skylanders but different. For now, the way they work is dependant on each game. For Mario Kart 8, it just unlocks new outfits. In Smash Bros, they act as a super smart CPU character. The figures are really well made and look good sitting on display.
I’m still trying to get some of the NFC info from them. I’d love to write a program to back up the data, but it’s hard finding info on the MIFARE Ultralight chip it identifies as.
Happy Friday! I got an email this morning from Packt giving me the stats for my book sales from October to December of 2013. I’m happy to report that I have sold over 200 copies. Thank you all so much!
This weekend I will be doing a last minute presentation of PiMAME with FamiLAB at the Orlando Science Center. I will then be preparing for PyCon in Montreal, where I will be doing a poster session on how PiMAME was built in Python. I will also be attending Instructurecon in Utah and speaking about LTIs and how we program and implement them at UCF. It’s going to be a fun two months of traveling 🙂
I have gotten some great feedback on PiMAME 0.8, and I am going to be working on some fixes this weekend (these are my two low hanging fruit goals to complete):
Happy Friday! It has been a long week. The weather in Florida right now is crazy. One day it’s 80 degrees, the next day its 50, then 70, then 40. I wish it would make up its mind! The bad part about it is everyone is getting sick. Anyways…
PiMAME 0.8… … preview release only for the brave edition
PiMAME 0.8 is almost done. We have a few more bugs to fix, and some more features to test, but the basics are there.
I have an installer available for the brave to try. It will make a new pimame folder in your home directory, so I recommend using a fresh install of Raspbian.
From the home directory in your command line, enter in the following command:
wget -O - http://pimame.org/installer.sh | bash
When that has finished running, reboot your Pi. It should automatically boot up into the new launcher, and a web interface should be available at your Pi’s IP address.
If you decide to test this, please send me any and all feedback! It is much appreciated!
This has been a huge labor of love, and I couldn’t have done it without some of the contributors to the codebase:
In other news, since the new menu system is taking longer than expected, I’m going to do one more 0.7 PiMAME release. It’s going to be upgrading to the new Raspbian version, and including some much needed functions to the console menu (joystick support, and favorites).