Programming Classic Games on the Raspberry Pi

Matt “Mao” Adam-

With video games like Fortnite and Overwatch dominating the charts, many people tend to overlook the originals. On March 28, the University of Wisconsin–Stout’s student org Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) will be conducting a workshop for anyone interested in programming the classics on a Raspberry Pi.

 

“The Raspberry Pi is a very small computer that can be transformed into a gaming console with the right adapter and screen. You can use it for anything you want to, whether it’s retro gaming, storing data or transferring data,” said org president, Milien McDermont.

The student group of Electronic Engineers wants to bring back the games many students grew up with. These include games like Mario Super Smash Bros or the Legend of Zelda, both of which can be played on the Raspberry Pi.

The Raspberry Pi can be used for more than games. “I haven’t worked a whole lot with Raspberry Pi’s, but it’s something I want to get into,” said applied mathematics and computer science and game design double major Jonathan Williams, “I want to build a live update system to display the chemical composition of the contents of a percolator in real time.”

The workshop will teach students hands-on how to program a Raspberry Pi for themselves. “You’re learning something. That’s the goal,” McDermont said.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 28 in 201 Fryklund, and is open to the anyone. The event is free, and no experience is required.