Random: Someone 3D-Scanned The Game Boy That Survived The Gulf War

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Probably everyone who has ever been interested in video games knows about the Gulf War Game Boy – the handheld game console that survived a bombing during Operation Desert Storm, albeit a bit bad. slightly. Its outer shell is warped and melted, its buttons are covered with blisters, and the whole thing is covered in charcoal that your ferocious BBQ skills will be familiar with. In other words: there’s no way this would still work, but it still does.

You can visit the war-torn Game Boy at Nintendo’s store in New York, where it is housed in a glass case with Tetris displayed on the screen. That’s exactly what MrTalida, a “video game enthusiast and archivist” of little-known and classic games – but they took it a step further, taking enough pictures of the thing to create a 3D model by use photogrammetry.

You know what this means, don’t you? That’s right – we could totally 3D print this and have one of our own. This gives a whole new meaning to downloading illegal games: we can now download consoles too. Of course, you’ll have to provide your own inner workings, but that’s a small price to pay for a piece of history.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to the Louvre to do some steal art optical measurement. | Random: Someone 3D-Scanned The Game Boy That Survived The Gulf War


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