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Game Boy Modding: A Beginner's Guide to Game Boy Mods, Collecting, History, and More! Paperback – May 26, 2020
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About the Author
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While most resources used to circulate on website forums like the 8-Bit Collective and ChipMusic.org, the prevalence of social media platforms has made these discussions significantly more accessible. Today, more and more people are getting involved in DIY DMG modding. With new products constantly arriving on the scene and new tutorials circulating online, it’s never been easier to transform the beloved Game Boy of your youth into a console that reflects your style.
And that’s where Greg Farrell’s book comes in. Game Boy Modding synthesizes useful tutorials with an exploration of the diversity of DMG modding and modders. Greg is one of those people whose engagement in the community creates unbridled enthusiasm for modded consoles. This book is as much about guiding you through the ins and outs of Game Boy modding as it is about inspiring you to take apart your console and figure out how it works.
At the end of the day, Game Boy modding is about expressing one’s creativity. It’s about taking something Nintendo locked behind patents and security screws and making it our own. Whether that’s adding a backlight to illuminate your screen or giving the unit a makeover with a pastel shell and button set is entirely up to personal preference. What we hope is that this project sparks curiosity and invites you to play with your Game Boy—whatever that means to you!
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Right off the bat, I loved the presentation. The book is done in a sort of comic book style that oozes charm and effort. The photographs are also quite clear, which is good. I greatly enjoyed the short history of the Gameboy included in the first part of the book; I'm familiar with Gunpei Yokoi's input and design theories but I wasn't familiar with Satoru Okada and the essay brought his involvement into focus.
After the intro, the book jumps straight into modding and maintenance, and I was intrigued to see how the book would handle the multitude of mods available since new kits are coming out all the time. The author wisely takes a sort of general approach to each type of mod, showing the usual steps and things to look for and some mods have pretty universal installation procedures, though I'd recommend supplementing the book by looking up installation videos for whatever your specific mod kit. One thing I did feel was a bit of a glaring omission is that the book doesn't mention anything about replacing capacitors, which is one of the easiest and also most effective repairs you can do on old electronics. Bad capacitors are frequently the cause of weak sound and while a hot air gun to properly remove SMD electrolytic caps will run you about 60 bucks, the procedure is easy and wouldn't have taken more than a couple pages. The book also doesn't mention anything about sound modifications such as amplifiers, but I think this is a good choice on the author's part as they don't always mix easily with backlights and are comparatively immature compared to the screen kits out there.
After the modding section, the book rounds things off with a little bit about the collecting scene, and this was a really nice little rundown of things to look for. There are also some modder profiles to give you an idea of some of the names in the Gameboy scene which I enjoyed as well.
Overall, this fun guide might not exactly be essential for getting into mods and you will need to supplement it with some outside info, but I think there's value in having a broad swath of good beginner info collected into one place, as getting into things can be a little overwhelming. A lot of effort clearly went into the book and it shows you the types of things you can get into with your Gameboy. I really liked the style and would love to see this author tackle some kind of strictly culture focused book around the retro scene, he clearly has a good feel for the movement.
This book is full of awesome mods for your Game Boy varying in difficulty but very clearly expressed thru pictures and words! (There’s even a good amount of comics in there! By Greg himself of course!)
It is clear that Greg is an author first, and THEN found modding. At that point how could he not make a book! Very detailed and well written, you will learn a ton from this book and stay entertained along the way!
Have fun on your modding journey! Epic choice to start it with Greg!! Check him out on Instagram @gamechanger_mods!
This is not an ad for him LOL He has just done far more than he knows for my modding world and this book is a glorious example of the vast knowledge he has to offer on the subject! A must read for modders everywhere!!