Freeplaytech Complete

So I finally was able to complete the FreePlay Zero build that I have been working on and I have to say i could not be happier with how it turned out. I had a few minor issues with it that I could have fixed with the use of better tools, but we will save that for the version 2.0 that I will be making.

With a 32GB SD Card inserted into it, I have a large number of my old favorite games running, and I let the scrapper run that is built into RetroPie so I have image art to go with it. The sound is decent considering how small the unit really is. I did have some issues with the X and Y buttons, but nothing that could not be fixed later.

Freeplaytech DIY Kit

Recently I purchased a Freeplaytech DIY Kit to turn my old GBA into a portable arcade. I am super excited about this since I can easily play all the old games on NES, SNES, SEGA, or any other system from my childhood. While the kit is coming in today I was able to snag the Raspberry Pi Zero and SD card yesterday.

Progress So Far

Pi Zero and SD Card - 100%

I was able to get the SD card built with the image, and I was able to get it into the Pi Zero. Lucky for me I had the correct adapter needed to get the Mini HDMI into HDMI, and then converted it to a signal my monitor supports. Once I powered up the Pi Zero I was able to see everything correctly and verified the SD Card was burned correctly.

Popup Menus In Godot

Last night I started work on a test project, and I wanted to start using popup menus correctly. I had implemented them in my game ‘LightsOut!’ but I did not realize that I was using them incorrectly. As it turns out this Node is super helpful and pretty easy to use if you now what you are doing.

Working With The Popup Menu Node

Please note this is a super simple popup menu with three items. Each selection calls a function via a signal that passes the ID of the selection and allows you to go from there.

It took me years to see that paying over $100 for web hosting for a few Wordpress sites and some personal junk was not really working for me anymore. I don’t really make any money off of the small ads I have on my site (Thanks for not blocking them if you see them), and I never really asked people for money when I made them a website. I used HostGator for a few years, and to be honest I am glad I am moving away from them. The price was way to high for personal use, and the support was lacking.

I can remember a time when my sites where being turned off for no reason. I got an email from a third party called SiteLock, that told me my sites had been scanned and there was malware and bad files. The worst part was they could never really tell me what files, how they got there, or who was accessing my account. It is very hard for a person who works in IT to trust a company that doesn’t provide logs of access to you. There were other times when the site was be shut down for no reason at all, and by the time I finally got through to support, the site was back, and they claimed it had been working the entire time. The screenshots that I had taken must have been fake right? Yeah.

Monster Hunter World

Story:

You are a hunter in the fifth fleet. A group of hunter, techs, handlers, and others sent to the new world to help study it and the monsters that live there. During your voyage to this new world, the ship you are on is attacked by the elder dragon, a huge monster that the research commission wants to study. and the ship is destroyed. You and your handler make it to shore where you meet up with the rest of the survivors and the make it to camp where the game beings.

Gameplay: