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Can I set up an array of LEDs to display a simple game like pong, tetris, or space invaders? Answered

I'd like to solder together a grid of LED's, and use it to display a video game like tetris or pong. I figure the code can be easily had for the games, or I could disassemble a cheap pocket version from the toy aisle and repurpose the pixel output and controls. I think it would be interesting to hang on a wall, and I'm not entirely sure how to go about doing it.

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bradsprojectsBest Answer (author)2009-12-04

You sure can solder them together yourself.

But the question is how large did you want it? I regularly use an array of 8x8 LED's to make games just as you're suggesting. check out sure electronics (either on ebay or their website) they have some really cheap pre-made matrix displays and are quite cheap (approx $8 for 10 of them)

If you wanted to solder them yourself then I'd recommend going to your local hardware store and buying a sheet of 3mm MDF wood (which is very cheap) then you would mark out your LED spacings and drill holes to fit the LEDs in.

I have gone with this approach with an 10x8 RGB display which you can check out here:

As for the games (and the pre-made matrix's) here are a few that I have come up with:

This one is Super Mario Bros (using an RGB matrix)

This next one is Space Invaders (using an RG matrix)

Sorry for the long reply, But if you wanted a little more info you can check out my electronics site at www.bradsprojects.com. Hope this helps!

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dilandou (author)2009-08-17

Check out Pong on an 8x8 LED matrix and Arduino. It's in portuguese, so try Google translation tools if you need it translated (although watch out, it screws up the code section).

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