www.benheck.com - Videogames Section
notice that all of the links on this page can be found scattered
about the main homepage as well. So while this page may be a bit
redundant it does have a few handy features:
larger font, in bold, makes locating the systems/projects a
here! No movies or articles, or any of that other rubbish
(They have their OWN redundant pages thank you very much)
Um... Ah yes!
A bit more description for each item before you go bounding
off to read its entire article. So you can skip stuff that
sounds lame. (Which is unlikely considering how cool it all
Well I think
I've thoroughly justified this page's existence (at least to myself)
In 2004 I
wrote a book for a publishing company (wow do I get redundancy
points or what?) which guides you along in making your very own
custom portable videogame systems. It has complete step-by-step
guides, so as long as you know which end of the soldering iron / X-Acto
knife to hold you'll be able to complete the projects!
include: (Click on them to view page)
CNC-built NES portable
Hand-built SNES portable
CNC-built SNES portable
Hand-built PSOne portable
CNC-built PSone portable
Hand-built Atari 2600 portable
CNC-built Atari 2600 portable
link to order the thing off Amazon. This saves gas money since you
don't have to drive to Barnes & Noble, find a parking space and all
that bother. Though it is in bookstores if you happen to be near
Finally you can
visit my site for my book, which I think even includes a sample
chapter in PDF form:
based systems (mostly portables)
Ah yes the
game system that started on this path - the Atari 2600! Naturally
there's a lot of different models since I've worked with it the
longest, even a non-portable PS2 / Atari 2600 combo. Systems are
listed in chronological order, oldest first:
VCSp Rev 1
The original (but not really the
best in this case) Still worth a read for the history! (In the
VCSp Rev 2-5
This is when I started making
lots of portables. Watch them evolve! (Or rather watch my design
skills evolve, from OK to decent to decently OK)
A special "super" Atari 2600 portable
VCSp Special Edition
An all-oak Atari
2600 portable. It started as a "one of", as in I just made one, but
then people wanted them so I ended making a bunch.
A special kind of 2600
portable, sort of smaller than the norm.
A very old Atari 2600
design with a flip screen - actually finished late 2004
My latest Atari 2600 portable. Currently
(as of October 2005) still selling them too!
Check out the site.
Atari 2600 / PS2 Combo Unit
Took my junk from the junk pile and made
it into something (to sell for beer $ :) This is the Frankenbeast
2600 compatible systems coming soon!
Besides the 2 in my book (see above) I also cranked out a small NES
portable using a "NES on a chip" (NOAC)
A NEW NOAC portable?
Mysterious vagueness ensues!
Original SNES portable system
built in 2001
The first system to have a horribly overdone "making of" article (You'll
see) Specific revenge for people saying the PSOne portable story was
too vague and thin.
Portable Nintendo 64 game system
Mostly built as a "commentary"
on the Nintendo DS
(Welco Metot henext level)
"Exodus" Portable Genesis system
Yes, I KNOW they made a portable Genesis
in 1995 called the Nomad (I have one, it's cool) What I did here is
take one of those Genesis TV-game joysticks (from Radica, like $25)
and make a cartridge-based portable Genesis off it.
Playstation (1 and 2)
The first non-Atari portable I
ever made (this was back in fall 2001)
Far and away the hardest
portable I ever built. Never again! (But once so read about it)
SNK's Neo Geo
MVS Arcade System
Neo Geo MVS
Neo Geo MVS Portable
Someone actually approached me and suggested I build them this.
Then I ended up building a couple more as people were quite
interested! Stopping myself at 3! (No, I swear it!)
Neo Geo MVS Home Console
Realizing nobody's ever made a really good looking Neo Geo MVS home
conversion console I took it upon myself to remedy the void.
My custom Neo Geo Arcade Machine
A personal videogame project I've dreamed of making for
a decade and a half. No longer a dream but something sitting in my
I get a lot of
email from people wanting to buy things they've seen on this site.
For the vast VAST majority - as in almost everything - only 1 is
ever made and it's sold pretty much immediately after it's built
(thus enabling me to make the next thing) But some things are built
continuously in multiple copies, they are listed below:
Neo Geo MVS Consoles
Still making these on request
Phoenix 2600 portables
Also still doing these but will probably stop after the next 7-8 or so.
Plastic case kits for the projects in my book (See
CNC cut so you don't have to! What convenience, the best since the
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!
So if you
don't see something on this list above then it's not for sale (or
sold long long ago) If you really really want something on
this site you can always email me and try bribing me with the big
bucks, though for no amount of bribing will I build any more N64p's
or PS2p's. They were just too darn difficult and not worth it.
Odds and ends,
bits and pieces. Videos, wallpapers, pinouts and things like that.
Mostly regarding projects from over the years.
Check it out, maybe there's something in there that'll
catch your eye. Just don't go TOO hog-wild on downloads and send my
bandwidth through the roof or anything.
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