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Interviews: Ask Ben Heck About Gaming and Console Modding

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the man-with-the-diy-plans dept.

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Benjamin Heckendorn, better known as Ben Heck, has become famous for modding consoles and game controllers. Over 10 million viewers worldwide have watched The Ben Heck Show to see him create something new out of old gaming systems every week. Been has agreed to leave the Ataris alone for a while and answer your questions about console modding and gaming in general. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.

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Proof read before posting (-1, Flamebait)

InTheSwiss (3080759) | about a year ago | (#45346427)

Seriously, you spell the guys name wrong in the god damn summery?!

Re:Proof read before posting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45346493)

Hate when they summery wrong!

Re:Proof read before posting (1)

jiriw (444695) | about a year ago | (#45346591)

Seems to be ok now? ... However, the second link is not clickable. HTML source says:

Over 10 million viewers worldwide have watched <a>The Ben Heck Show</a>

Maybe this link [youtube.com] is good enough instead?

Re:Proof read before posting (1)

rwise2112 (648849) | about a year ago | (#45346689)

Really?

Been has agreed...

They just forgot his first name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45346809)

Has :)

Re:Proof read before posting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347843)

In Soviet Russia You are Yoda.

Re:Proof read before posting (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | about a year ago | (#45346633)

That's alright. The Ben Heck Show is an empty anchor.

Re:Proof read before posting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347231)

sure is summer in here.

Re:Proof read before posting (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | about a year ago | (#45347879)

Seriously, you spell summary incorrectly when criticizing the god damn summary?

Closed ecosystem (4, Interesting)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#45346525)

By attempting to inject openness into an intentionally closed ecosystem, do you see yourself as an enabler to that closed ecosystem?

That is to say, open standards are the default on modular personal computers, and almost invariably not present on video game consoles. By giving people who want flexibility a means to use consoles, do you see yourself as inflating those markets and doing long-term harm to actual open systems?

Design Workflow (4, Interesting)

HideyoshiJP (1392619) | about a year ago | (#45346557)

Ben, When you're generally designing enclosures for your hacked consoles, do you tend to start with an overall design first, or do you start designing around the mainboards and then attempt to make things look nice later in the design process?

Ever get any Law suits / DMCA / banned issues with (4, Interesting)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#45346599)

Ever get any Law suits / DMCA / banned issues with the hacks?

EPA Seeks Public Input on Newly Designed Graphic (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45346615)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Federal Register Notice seeking public input on a new insect repellent graphic for skin-applied insect repellent product labels. The graphic, which may be applied voluntarily by manufacturers, will provide consumers with important health information including the estimated number of hours a product will repel potentially harmful insects, like mosquitoes and ticks, when used as directed.

“EPA is working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “By providing vital health information to consumers, this new graphic will help parents, hikers and the general public better protect themselves from serious health problems caused by mosquito and tick bites.”

Current labeling of skin-applied insect repellent products does not allow consumers to easily identify the insects repelled by a product and the amount of time the product remains effective. Over the past four years, EPA has held focus groups and worked with manufacturers and others to create the new graphic, which will display consumer information in a more prominent and standardized format. The graphic will only be placed on insect repellent products that are applied directly to the skin.
Effective insect repellents can protect against serious mosquito and tick-borne diseases. In the United States, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus. Ticks can transmit serious diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis. Using the right insect repellent and taking other preventive actions can discourage bites from ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects.
Companies will be able to request approval to use this graphic through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) registration process.

View the FR Notice, graphic and additional information: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/insect/repellency-awareness.html

What's missing from consoles? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45346619)

What new features or technologies do you do see missing from the current gaming systems that you believe would beneficial, and why?

Back to roots, when? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45346661)

The new youtube episodes are 70% percent of element14 advertisements and 30% fluff content with advertisements from others - cut to 15 minutes with pieces appearing out of thin air(youtube doesn't have a 15 min limit now) - and it seems like it's really important to mention where everything was bought from rather than explain what it does - except of course that it's worth minutes to explain how a switch works(easy minutes, so no need to fill the episode with as much yelling).

I mean, getting started with the msp(launchpad) episode was basically just going through the paper inlet instruction in the box.

on trying to hack a lcd display to work:
"Yeah just buy a cheap lcd that already works", but there's channels where people make the cheap lcd off a nano actually work.

So how does it feel like to be a Tool?

Re:Back to roots, when? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45346767)

The new youtube episodes are 70% percent of element14 advertisements and 30% fluff content with advertisements from others - cut to 15 minutes with pieces appearing out of thin air(youtube doesn't have a 15 min limit now) - and it seems like it's really important to mention where everything was bought from rather than explain what it does - except of course that it's worth minutes to explain how a switch works(easy minutes, so no need to fill the episode with as much yelling).

I mean, getting started with the msp(launchpad) episode was basically just going through the paper inlet instruction in the box.

on trying to hack a lcd display to work:
"Yeah just buy a cheap lcd that already works", but there's channels where people make the cheap lcd off a nano actually work.

So how does it feel like to be a Tool?

He's gotta pay the bills somehow - give him a break!

Re:Back to roots, when? (1)

Urza9814 (883915) | about a year ago | (#45347461)

You should be watching Jeri Ellsworth or Dave Jones if that's what you want.

He's building prototypes. Cheap, fast, and easy. That's the point. I suppose by your logic every web developer is a "tool" for using high-level languages instead of writing raw binary files? Our keyboards should just have two keys -- 1 and 0?

So somebody figured out how to reverse-engineer an iPod screen. Great. How long was that video? You can watch Heck build his X-Box laptop in about an hour. How long you think it would take to watch him reverse-engineer the protocols for every single component before wiring it together?

Why are you such a poseur? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45346703)

Have you ever done any real EE? Or do you just case mod old video games?

Re:Why are you such a poseur? (1)

dresgarcia (251585) | about a year ago | (#45347117)

Have you ever watched his show before attempting to flame? He does a lot more than just mod games. Also, Since when does being a hobbyist make you a poseur?

Re:Why are you such a poseur? (1)

Urza9814 (883915) | about a year ago | (#45347299)

So...what, everyone who isn't an EE is a "poseur" to you?

Heck isn't an EE. He doesn't claim to be. Nobody else claims he is either. He's more of an artist than an EE. If you want to watch an EE go watch Dave Jones or Jonathan Oxer or Jeri Ellsworth or whoever.

Best input device? (1)

martiniturbide (1203660) | about a year ago | (#45346931)

What do you think it is the best input device that you used for consoles? why?

Weirder/non-common Input device? (2)

martiniturbide (1203660) | about a year ago | (#45346941)

Which one is the weirder/non-common input device that you used? Any comments about it, why did you like it or not?

Re:Weirder/non-common Input device? (1)

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Question to samzenpus (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347051)

Why Ataris? consoles have moved on since then.

SHUT UP! C= peasant! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347175)

Because Ataris are best.

Re:SHUT UP! C= peasant! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45348215)

Because Ataris are best.

You're obviously thinking of the Amiga, now don't forget to hand in your geek card on the way out.

Question to samzenpus not retards. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45349825)

Because Ataris are best.

Uh? quit joking about, I was being serious.

He has modified other consoles besides those that came out in the 1970s.

I think saying that leave the Ataris alone for a while seems a bit sensationalist given the times and reflects the authors age.

Element 14 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347127)

Why doesn't your show have any real content? It's just a 20 minute advertisement for Element 14 aka Farnells

Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347151)

Been has agreed to leave the Ataris alone for a while

I thought we were asking Ben questions, who's this Been person?

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347905)

Some fucking lame Ender's Game character mis-spelled.

space (2)

freeze128 (544774) | about a year ago | (#45347183)

When adding functionality to existing products that are made of molded plastic, what do you do when you just don't have enough room?

Name change (2)

Eddy_D (557002) | about a year ago | (#45347215)

Been has agreed to leave the Ataris alone for a while and answer your questions about console modding and gaming in general.

Ben, when did you change your name to Been?

Re:Name change (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45348113)

After he watched Ender's Game

Minced profanity (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347229)

Have you ever considered legally changing your name to "Ben Heck&darn"?

First name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347265)

Ben how do you feel about being called Been?

Anyone else... (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | about a year ago | (#45347307)

Other than me pissed there was mention of Bill Paxton pinball but no photos?

Re:Anyone else... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45347433)

lazy troll is lazy [benheck.com]

he working on a new pinball game now (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#45347719)

Bill Paxton pinball is in visual pinball right now.

His new game is cool and it was fun to play the test / show game with him there.

Any plans to improve your current designs? (1)

twocows (1216842) | about a year ago | (#45348077)

I looked into the Access Controller a while back for my mom (she doesn't get out much and she has a tremor in her right hand), it looks like it might be good for turn-based games, but the design doesn't seem like it would work well for anything requiring real time input on both analogs. I don't know if it's even possible to improve on that design in that way, but more generally, I was just wondering if you have any plans to go back and look at ways of improving some of the older hacks and designs you've done?

Breakfast? (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a year ago | (#45348095)

I live about 2 miles from you. Yet I've never seen you at Bennets for breakfast! What gives? Where's your sense of community?!?!?

clay + sculpting... (1)

Fubari (196373) | about a year ago | (#45349813)

About the the "clay" you use for sculpting (I've always thought of you as an artist + sculptor): Any tech you wished was mainstream, or maybe soon to invented, that you'd like to sculpt with? Any older more retro components that are limiting what projects you'd like to do? p.s. Love your work, followed for a while here & engadget.

Iron Man Armor (1)

readacc (3401189) | about a year ago | (#45350329)

Ben, have you ever considered building Iron Man armor? Bonus points if it's an autonomic prehensile propulsion suit.

O-Rift (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45352487)

What sort of controller would you make/design to work with Occulus Rift?

Effect of new hardware design trends (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about a year ago | (#45354217)

Computer hardware is tending to be more and more integrated and consolidated, not just within each console generation (the first PS2 eventually consolidated the GPU and CPU in one component) but between generations (the PS4 launches with a single component for GPU and CPU). Does this help you hack by giving you a smaller device, or does it hinder you by giving you less flexibility?

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