While I love these little “retro” gaming systems, I’m really outside their target market, in that I’m not going to learn much about programming from them. I buy/back them because they’re fun little gadgets and I’m all for things that help get kids into STEM fields.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about one where I would learn new programming skills: one built around an FPGA chip/board instead of a microcontroller. I don’t know the second thing about FPGA (I know that it’s a Field Programmable Gate Array, so that’s the first thing), so would definitely learn something from such a device. But it also means I have no idea how feasible that would be.
Could such be used to create interesting games? I know some old arcade boxes were hardware, so maybe? Is creating such games a reasonable undertaking for one person? Got me. Is there a “friendly” IDE ala Arduino or EMBED available for any of the FPGA hardware? Looking at Kickstarter, the answer seems to be “maybe”.
Anyone know a bit more about FPGA that care to answer these questions, or comment on the idea?