Tux Junior on Raspberry Pi 2 , now running full Open GL on Raspbian Jessie
This is a test run of games that use/need OpenGL for 3D rendering. The output is a 52" HDMI TV.
The Raspberry Pi has a brand new "GL desktop driver" that opens up a bunch of new software possibilities!
Without this driver we were limited to a "lighter" mobile version of the Open GL 3-D tools. Many games built around the full desktop driver would compile and run but they were rendered in (slow & unplayable) software. With this new driver we get hardware rendered 3-D which is totally playable.
Want to try some fun? Try running Bzflag on a Pi 2 hooked up to a big screen TV, it rocks. With a couple of networked Pi you can now have a low cost LAN party, where the hardware is inexpensive and the playing field is level.
In the past we've had to turn to a Mac mini for our arcade projects, the Raspberry Pi 2 is now ready to power some really, really, ridiculously small arcade cabinets.
From the release note :
* optional experimental GL desktop driver (can be enabled using advanced options in command-line raspi-config)
Tux Junior - Video Arcade Game Cabinet
The Tux Junior Arcade Cabinet is finally complete. It's puplic debut took place at the 2015 Arcade@Dilworth kick-off event for Philly Tech Week. Not just another bar-top MAME cabinet, Tux Junior showcased three Free and Open Source games, Tux Junior, Super Tux and Super Tux Cart. The people's choice crowned Super Tux Kart as this year's winner in the "Rated Fun" department. The fast paced action of this driving game kicked it.
-- Well played Super Tux Kart Developers, Well Played.
Arcade Cabinet - Test Fit & Run with Monitor Mount
These are some shots of the Tux Junior arcade cabinet being built along the way. The plan was to run this on a Raspberry PI but we weren't able to run nearly as many games due to OpenGL compatability issues. A MacMini was used instead. A Raspberry PI will work well if you only want to play old school Mame classics.
Bartop Arcade Cabinet - The parts are coming together
Seen here is a 1/2 scale model of our arcade project, made in black foamcore. Making the model first really helped when it came time to cut the production MDF pieces in the wood shop. Most of the parts are now on hand, minus a slot cutter for routing the T-Molding we have planned for the cabinet edges. Also seen are some of the various parts that will be going into the project. With the newest Raspberry Pi B+, RGB LEDs and an Arduino in store, this project is really shaping up. For now, we're moving on to the game setup and Linux config portion.