Crowdsourcing Mornings: Tiny Arcade


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

They’re old school arcade lovers here – there is nothing quite like the experience of playing a game on an arcade cabinet. They’ve created Tiny Arcade to let you experience that feeling anywhere, by shrinking an arcade cabinet to just a few inches tall.  The Tiny Arcade lets you experience many retro type games which can be downloaded completely free from their site or any number of others that create games for the Tiny Arcade. You can also play videos on the Tiny Arcade at 30 FPS with audio.  The Tiny Arcade is based around TinyCircuits, a modular Arduino compatible platform the size of a quarter which stack together like electronic LEGOs. There is an analog joystick and two push buttons for playing the games, a built in speaker for playing audio, a Lithium battery, built in USB for charging (and reprogramming), and a microSD expansion slot.

Even though the Tiny Arcade is built around the Arduino platform – don’t worry if you’re not a programmer, there is no need to download any special software or do any soldering with the Tiny Arcade, you can use it without any special knowledge.  The Tiny Arcade is only as good as the games it supports, and out of the box there are plenty to get you going. Like Flappy Birds, Tiny Invaders (by Eike Decker), Asteroids, Tiny Outrun (by Jon Wingrove) and more, they plan on having over twenty classic games available (all free) when the Tiny Arcades start shipping. And being open source, they look forward to community members developing and releasing their own games as well.

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As of November 20th, this project has raised around $23,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project only has 27 days left to raise the $25,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $60, you will get one Tiny Arcade DIY kit.  For a pledge of $75, you will get one Tiny Arcade already assembled!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kenburns/tiny-arcade-a-retro-tiny-playable-game-cabinet

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