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Raspberry Pi Gaming

By : Shea Silverman
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Raspberry Pi Gaming

By: Shea Silverman

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (16 chapters)


Hi! Welcome to the wonderful world of the Raspberry Pi. In a few short years, the Raspberry Pi has amassed a rich diversity of software, cultivated by its incredible community.

In this book, we are going to explore the entertainment capabilities of the Raspberry Pi. From programming your own video games, to reliving classic moments with your favorite game systems, I'm positive Raspberry Pi gaming will help you unlock the capabilities of your device.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi, will explain the various differences between the Raspberry Pi models, show you how to set up an SD card for use in your device, and finally how to hook up your Raspberry Pi.

Chapter 2, Scratch, will introduce the programming language and programming concepts required to build a game. By the end of this chapter, you will have made two games reminiscent of Flappy Bird and Ping Pong.

Chapter 3, Raspberry Pi Gaming Operating Systems, guides you through the different operating systems that are dedicated to video gaming. These distributions have been specially set up to offer a fun out-of-the-box experience.

Chapter 4, Emulators, explains the various gaming consoles that are available to be emulated on the Raspberry Pi. You will also learn how to access the Raspberry Pi App Store and use the built-in software repository.

Chapter 5, Ported Games, shows you how to install and use games that were originally for other systems but have now been reprogrammed to run on the Raspberry Pi.

Chapter 6, Linux Games, explores those games that are native to the Linux operating system.

Chapter 7, Controllers, will introduce and explain the world of controllers, gamepads, and arcade sticks, and how they can interface with the Raspberry Pi. You will also learn how to hook up your favorite console game pads to your Pi.

Chapter 8, Troubleshooting, will guide you through the common issues that crop up when utilizing a Raspberry Pi.

Appendix, Games List, provides you with a list of the native Linux games that are available in the Raspbian repositories.

What you need for this book

You will need:

  • A Raspberry Pi

  • An SD card (4 GB or higher)

  • A computer running OS X, Windows, or Linux

  • A network connection

Who this book is for

If you are someone who loves to play games and are interested in learning more about the capabilities of your Raspberry Pi, this book is for you. Basic knowledge of Raspberry Pi programming is expected.


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Code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles are shown as follows: "In the command prompt, type startx to launch the desktop environment."

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  1. Run sudo chown pi /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch.cfg.

  2. Then run cd /opt/retropie/emulators/RetroArch/installdir/bin.

  3. Finally, run sudo ./retroarch-joyconfig -j 0 >> /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch.cfg.

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

mc.setBlock(player.x +1, player.y, player.z, block.GOLD_BLOCK)

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