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The Raspberry Pi Emulation & Gaming Distro
The Raspberry Pi Emulation & Gaming Distro
395 backers pledged $11,061 to help bring this project to life.

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About Me

My name is Shea Silverman, and I am trying to make the best emulation and gaming distribution for the Raspberry Pi.

I have been working on emulation and gaming on the Raspberry Pi for the past two years.  My articles and software have been featured on the Raspberry Pi blog, in the magazine 2600, and I have even written a book called "Raspberry Pi Gaming", published by Packt.

Last Hours and New Reward - PiPlay Raspberry Pi Case

PiPlay Prototype Case
PiPlay Prototype Case
PiPlay Prototype Case
PiPlay Prototype Case

We are on the last few days/ final hours.  This has been amazing so far! The latest reward is a copy of PiPlay preloaded onto an SD Card along with a PiPlay Case to house your Raspberry Pi.

About PiPlay

PiMAME 0.8 Menu System
PiMAME 0.8 Menu System

I started working on PiMAME a year and a half ago.  It started with a very basic command line menu and AdvanceMAME as a premade image.  I eventually wrote an installer script, added more emulators, games, and tools.  PiMAME has been downloaded over 40,000 times.  It has grown past the PiMAME name, and I think PiPlay suits it well.

Included emulators & games:

  • MAME* - More info below
  • CPS I / CPS II - Final Burn Alpha 
  • Neo Geo - GNGeo 
  • Playstation - pcsx-reARMed 
  • Genesis - DGen 
  • SNES - SNES9x 
  • NES - AdvMESS 
  • Gameboy - Gearboy 
  • Gameboy Advance - GPSP 
  • ScummVM 
  • Atari 2600 - Stella 
  • Cavestory - NXEngine 
  • Commodore 64 - VICE

* The MAME license does not allow itself to be sold on preloaded media.  AdvMAME and MAME4ALL install instructions are available on my website.

It's now time to work on the next iteration of PiPlay. The menu has been completely rewritten as a pygame based application.  The web frontend has also been rewritten as a python flask application and includes more features including drag and drop file uploads.  I started on this version last December, and have just released the first beta.

That's where you and this Kickstarter comes in.  The foundation has been laid, but now I need your help to make it the best it can be.

Where does your backing go?

I have received numerous requests for tons of joystick support, encoder support, and new system support.  Your backing will allow me to purchase more joysticks to test with, new encoders to try out, and time to add and debug new games and systems to the distro.

Rewards

All backers will have their names included in the source code, on the main web page, and on a special screen in the menu itself.

$5 and up will receive an awesome die cut PiPlay logo sticker made by Stickermule.

$15 and up will receive an SD card preloaded with the latest version of PiPlay all ready setup for your Raspberry Pi.

PiMAME Stickers
PiMAME Stickers

$150 will recieve a complete ready to go PiMAME kit which includes:

  • Raspberry Pi Model B
  • PiPlay case
  • SD Card with PiPlay preloaded
  • HDMI Cable
  • Gamepad
  • Power Supply

Features being worked on right now:

  • Joystick configuration support
  • Web frontend configuration including auto start and joystick mapping
  • Screenshots
  • Adding more emulators
  • Better Xbox and Dual Shock controller support

Stretch Goals!!!

So, first of all, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has backed me so far! 

If we make it to:

  • $10,000: Port PiPlay to BeagleBone Black
  • $12,500: Port PiPlay to PCDuino
  • $15,000: Integrate PiPlay with Rasbmc/XBMC/OpenELEC
  • $25,000: Autoscan game files from USB and SMB

Thank You!

PiPlay is an amazing project, and I am grateful for all the feedback and support I have recieved from those in the community.  Thank you!

-Shea

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk at the moment will be sourcing and loading numerous SD Cards. I have quotes from a few places so I don't think this will be an issue.

My stickers are sourced by Stickermule, and so far they have been great.

The previous version of the software has been available for over a year, and the CDN has had only one issue in that time, so I am confident that there will be no problems with backers being able to acquire the software.

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    Thank You!!
    Your name (or handle) will be displayed on the PiMAME website, committed in the source code, and added to a special screen in the menu.

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    Finish Line!!! Your very own PiPlay Raspberry Pi case with 90 degree HDMI adapter and SD card preloaded with PiPlay and a sticker!

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    Complete ready to go PiMAME kit. Includes Raspberry Pi, Joystick, Case, Power Supply, HDMI Cable, and SD Card.

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    Holy crap, the first 10 sold out, so here's another 10! These will ship out after the first 10 have been completed.

    Complete ready to go PiMAME kit. Includes Raspberry Pi, Joystick, Case, Power Supply, HDMI Cable, and SD Card.

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    Another 10! These will ship out after the first 20 have been completed. Complete ready to go PiMAME kit. Includes Raspberry Pi, Joystick, Case, Power Supply, HDMI Cable, and SD Card.

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    Last Week! These will ship out after the first 30 have been completed. Complete ready to go PiMAME kit. Includes Raspberry Pi, Joystick, Case, Power Supply, HDMI Cable, and SD Card.

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