For just $175 you can build your very own game console, and develop games for it. The HYDRA Game Console is a kit on makershed.com.
The Propeller-powered Hydra Game Development Kit includes everything you need to get started writing video games. It’s not just a game console, but a computer system inspired by the home computers of days gone by. You can write games for it using the Spin programming language, which was designed to take full advantage of the 8-core Propeller CPU–or, you can load BASIC (many more programming languages are in the works) onto the Hydra and sit in front of your TV and type your program right into the keyboard connected to the Hydra. Even if you’re not ready to program the Hydra yourself, there are plenty of games and demos you can download and run. With powerful sound and graphics, support for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controllers, the Hydra is a great way to get plugged into a thoroughly modern CPU with a retro-gaming edge.Hacks Editor/Hackszine.com Blogger & all around Maker Brian Jepson raves:“The thing is frickin’ awesome. Out of the box, it has one game in its memory,but there are a bunch of demo games out there that you can download into it.It’s got a game that looks like Arkanoid, a cool racing game, an Asteroidsclone, and some dude is slowly re-creating Donkey Kong for it.But there are also some cool graphic demos, and the amazing thingabout it is that it’s very interesting from a computer programmer’sviewpoint: the CPU inside it has 8 cores, so you can have one core incharge of drawing the graphics, another monitoring the keyboard andmouse, and another core doing all the game logic.Also, it’s powerful enough that it can run a programming language right on thedevice. So if you pine for the days when you could sit at a computerkeyboard in front of the TV and hack BASIC, this is the one!It requires a Windows PC to upload a game to it, and there are a fewsteps involved. Even if you don’t want to program the thing, it’s a ton of fun,especially plugged into a projector or a big TV.”
This looks like a really fun project. It would be really interesting to learn how to write code for video games, and it is fairly inexpensive. So do any of you plan to pick this up and take down the 360?