Tetris Gaming Console

Back in winter of 2018 my fiancée and I decided that for Christmas instead of buying presents we would make gifts for each other by ourselves. Since she is an absolute addict of Tetris I thought it'd be cool to build her a little standalone gaming console to play with.

Standalone console
The tetris gaming console. The 32x32 LED matrix fitted perfectly into an 8-inch photo frame

The console was built using a Raspberry Pi Model B. To make the build a little more interesting I used a 32x32 LED matrix for visual output. Also for that extra retro flavour I wired-up a USB NES game-pad to the Pi for controls. I wrote the game itself in Python and made the .py script run after every boot of the Raspbian. It took about a week to get finished, secretly working nights so she would not find out what it is. In the end it worked great and she loved it. The only drawback was the boot time of the OS, which I managed to cut down by disabling some unused services from from loading during start-up, however the game still takes roughly 10 to 15 seconds to come-up once it is plugged into power.

Standalone console
Raspberry PI, Adafruit RGB Matrix HAT + RTC and all the wiring were placed into a black enclosure that got attached to the back of the frame
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