This is my new project, which I’ve been working on for the last 3 days. I wanted to make from A to Z a fully programmable retro gaming console powered by the ESP32. I made it with what I had on board: I found in my boxes a small ST7735, 1,8″ 160×128 color screen (unfortunately not very suitable for breadboards because of its 2 columns pinning… but I didn’t have the right model, there are others with a more adapted pins) and a crappy joystick from my Arduino Starter Kit. But hey, I’m quite happy with my result. I’m progressing well. I coded a library to manage the hardware. I still have some code to write to improve the graphics rendering of more complex game scenes. I intend to use the DMA controller to boost performance…
If there are people interested here, I can imagine writing a complete tutorial on how to build this project from scratch. But… I have the impression that my tutorials don’t interest many people except Rui and Sara… I haven’t received any feedback or comments on the projects I’ve published so far. That’s okay, after all I’m not doing it for me! But as it takes a lot of time to write, I wonder if I should continue…
Hello Steph! Our Forum is 98% exclusively dedicated to answer questions from members that need help completing a project, we don’t have a big audience here to do project discover. Almost everyone comes to the Forum just to get help.
- Our blog is where people actually find our projects and you get more feedback: https://randomnerdtutorials.com/
Thanks for your interest!
Okay, I didn’t necessarily understand that people came here exclusively for help… I’m sorry about that. But as Sara had encouraged me to post the tutorial on sleep modes here, I had understood that the interest of the forum was broader. I misunderstood, so I apologize.
Nevertheless, have you planned a special section on RNT inviting members of your community to share projects that could be of interest to everyone?
Now, if it’s not in your plans, which I can understand very well, I won’t bother you anymore with my experiments 🙂
However, I’m still listening here to help people solve their difficulties if I can. It’s true that I haven’t been very talkative lately, but people have been asking a lot of questions around your last ESP-CAM book, and as I haven’t received the equipment I ordered yet, I’m a bit stuck in this area.
I’ve been receiving on average 50 emails per day that require response + a few questions in our Forum + Facebook group + comment’s in your blog.
We’re currently overwhelmed with too many channels that require our response and we don’t have the resources to do anything else at the moment.
We can only answer those current channels and keep creating more content, otherwise we would spend all day just answering questions.
I appreciate you sharing your projects and I like to take a look at them! I do see the possibility to share projects, but that would require a website like Hackster, Hackaday or Instructables that have a big team.
The best way is still using our Facebook group to share them.
Makrdown should also work in your current comment’s section over at: https://randomnerdtutorials.com/
If you have any problems with your ESP32-CAM, feel free to post them! I’m happy to help.
Thank you Rui for your interest in my experiments.
I am well aware that meeting the demands of your multiple readers, and continuing to produce new content at the same time, doesn’t leave you much room to breathe!
Using comments on RNT? Well, I’ll deal with it… I’ll come and test Markdown at least!
But Facebook is not an option for me, unfortunately.
And if I have a problem with one of your projects, I know where to come for help 😉
Exactly, it’s been hard to balance the time helping vs posting new projects.
Yes, in the comment’s section in the RNT blog, you should be able to use markdown (I’ll try to make it easier and improve the comment’s section).
Right now, we’re focused on organizing the content in our blog:
I agree! I just use Facebook, because a lot of people is already there.
Have a great weekend!
About Facebook, we understand each other 😉
I just discovered the new organization of the RNT website. It’s really much clearer like that!
Thanks for taking the time to do this.
Nobody here seemed to be interested in it a year ago… So I didn’t publish anything about this project, sorry. I might do it one day, but I have so many other projects going on that I can’t afford to look into it now.
Hi Steph, it is strange nobody interested in such a project, maybe wrong place.
I’m in search of info on gaming with esp32, i hope you can help.
Thank you very much
You can have a look at the ESPboy project which uses an ESP8266.
Otherwise, you can also turn to the M5STACK Faces Kit with Keyboard/Game/Calculator to have a complete ESP32 device to act as a game handheld.
Thanks, I’ll have a look.
I hope one day you can share your project, it look very interesting for me.
‘Instructables Circuits’ seems like a pretty useful place to publish a self built ESP32 based project. You would get a much higher exposure there and probably more people interested. That site even has guidance on the art of self publishing and has many existing ESP32 based projects already. And its free.
Yes, thank you for your advice.
I myself had spotted the following platforms:
The problem with most of these platforms unfortunately is that you have to write your tutorial with their publishing format… and it’s not practical at all. I find it tedious actually. I usually write my content in my programming environment (VScode) with Markdown and publish it on GitHub Pages which gives you all the freedom you want and allows you to manage your tutorial like a Git project. They could also propose a showcase where you can publish a detailed announcement with a link to the original content.
I guess you were before your time Steph. Your input here has been very useful to me. Please keep posting.
Thank you Steve for your support. It makes me even happier that the compliment comes from an knowledgeable reader who seems to have a lot of experience in the field of microcontrollers. I’m not far behind and I continue to read your wise advice on the forum regularly. I have a lot to share with anyone who wants it. I have a few ideas for tutorials in mind, and I will try to find the time to write them up to share with you.
Thanks to you Steve