What comes to your mind when you think of gaming?

Nowadays majority of people play online PC games, but there was a time when arcade games were most popular.

DDR, pump, and shooting games were all played on a joystick.

As I was learned Arduino I hoped using these technologies to make arcade games on my own could become a reality.

And since I am currently working as an instructor at  WIZnet academy, I recently had a chance to lecture at a gaming school. Suprisingly, I learned that there was even a major studying hardware related to Arduino.

Here, I’d like to introduce cases that implemented open hardware into gaming industries.

1. Memory GAME

First example is a memory game.

Its mechanic is very simple and fun. It uses LED buttons and if you want to stop playing, the screen will show a little text on the screen using OLED. As I mentioned, it is very easy to play. You just simply memorize the sequence that is shown and press the button in a sequence that you memorized. And the scores will be registered on a web. This project is not related to Arduino, but rather it is a project created using mbed. For more information about mbed, please refer to the following link.



The second game I’d like to introduce is a runner-game. As it is shown in the picture above, the name of the device is “Game box” and it is also labeled “Notendo”. Obviously, this device is a mere imitation. The game screen appears on TFT LCD and the player has to press the button when an obstacle appears.


3. Game:ref

The third game is actually not a game but rather a device that helps gaming.

The device sends the mouse tracking to the server and compares the data recevied by the server and the mouse trackgin data to prevent cheating.

The idea itself is quite clever but failed in crowdfunding via Kickstarter.


4. Iono Minecraft

The last example is an IoT project that uses the game Minecraft to control lighting at home.

Minecraft is a game where the main purpose is to mine materials or farm and avoid rectangular shaped monsters to survive. If the player builds a house and turns on the light in the game, the lighting of the house in reality turns on too. The video will show the actual gaming.


My personal hobby is actually board games and I think about what kind of projects can be done using Arduino that can help playing board games. But I always fail to come up with a brilliant idea…

I hope everyone reading this post enjoyed the above ideas and I encourage you to come up with your own brilliant idea that can relate to your personal hobbies!

Curator : Justin in WIZnet
You can contact to justinkim@wiznet.co.kr