Here’s a collection of the most common questions I get, and their answers.
Q: Can you make this licensed game for me?
A: No. If you ever find or buy any licensed games that were made with my boards, that game was not made by me. I do not sell licensed games – I never have, and I never will. Please do not ask me to do this for you 🙂
Q: Can you make this freeware game for me?
A: Maybe! If you have permission from the creator and the game is completely an original work. Here’s a sample list of NES games that are free and available for anyone to make and sell.
Q: How did you learn all of this?
A: The basis of my knowledge comes from my electrical engineering background, but other than that? A lot of googling, a lot of studying original game PCBs and schematics, a lot of thinking, and a LOT of testing. Hands-on learning really helps. I try to document knowledge whenever possible to make this accessible for others – I set out to create something that would help people jump-start the hobby faster than what was available when I started out. That being said, I do not consider myself an expert by any means, just an enthusiast, so feel free to challenge me on anything I say. I’m not afraid to fix something I’ve gotten wrong.
Q: Is this your job?
A: No, and it won’t ever be my main job. I love my actual job. This is just a hobby of mine (it has actually supplanted most of my time actually playing video games). As such, my time is quite limited – at best I can get a few hours a day to work on this – so if I do not respond to your emails or messages immediately, please give me the benefit of the doubt. I will try to get back to you when I’m able to.
Q: Why doesn’t my game work?
A: There are a ton of possible reasons for that. Making a game involves many steps, and missing just one of them can completely screw it up. Check out the troubleshooting section at the bottom of the tutorials – chances are, it’s something minor, like a bad solder joint or two points touching that shouldn’t be. I test all of my designs to make sure they work, and manufacturing errors on the boards themselves are very rare, so please try checking out your process before replacing any boards. If you’ve got more questions, feel free to email me.
Q: Can you give me gerber files so I can order your boards myself?
A: Unless I’m designing a custom board for you, I don’t give out gerber files. However, I do provide many schematics and in-depth details of my boards on the site across various pages for you to use to make your own boards if you’d like. Feel free to ask for clarifications too.
Q: What’s the best way to contact you?
A: Please use email whenever possible. I am bad at checking social media.