Chapter 7. Just for the Fun of It

Old Arcade Games Made New with FPGAs

It seems that there is a universal appeal to vintage arcade games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. At a recent Maker Faire, I had a demo of the FPGA arcade projects we will be completing in this chapter running in my booth. I was amazed that people, young and old alike, all seemed to know Pac-Man and were instantly compelled to play it. Let’s face it; these old games are just plain fun!

There are some very good PC-based arcade game emulators out there that give you the ability to play these vintage games—but playing them on a laptop is just not the same as it was on an Atari. With FPGAs, though, you can re-create the real look and feel of the original games! In this chapter, ...

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