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The Modern World Video Game.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


This is an art piece that I did for a show in Spokane.

When the Riverspeak people were talking about this show I had planned to work on a pendulum design that I have been toying with for some time.. As a secondary piece I wanted to use this beautiful 50s television that is in my art space.

I looked around and found the TVout library for the Arduino (http://code.google.com/p/arduino-tvout/).The hardware is remarkably simple.

I grabbed the closest thing I had available ( one of Windell Oskay’s “evil mad scientist” megaxx8 boards ) and set up a prototype. I tested it on my girlfriends television and on an old apple IIe monitor that my friend Andrew gave me while I salvoed for an rf modulator and a matching transformer to convert the signal our from the composite to VHF channel 3/4. The resolution and the library was satisfyingly very early 80s. The only thing that I didn’t really like was the fact that the library hard codes some very specific assembly into the ouput bit manipulation. (otherwise I might have tested it out on a mega32u4 like the teensy).

I played around with the libraries primitives for a bit before I found out that the tv didn’t work.  In the mean time I realized that my primary piece for the show was not going to come together in time.  This became my primary piece (No pressure).

I went over to my friend Jon’s house for a different television and he had a couple of joysticks (it turned out the television didn’t work either).  Now I just had to put it all together.

More photos of this project can be found on flickr  http://www.flickr.com/photos/7175086@N05/sets/72157625047746744/