Podcast Episode 116


In this episode we discuss:

  • So many games coming out this fall!
    • Which ones are we interested in?
    • How can they all be successful?
    • Are these open world games cheaper to develop than linear ones?
  • Battlefield V Discussion
    • Parker hated Battlefield 1. Ben loved it. We discuss!
    • The insane amount of detail Battlefield 1 put into the guns, yet they have Random Bullet Deviation unlike earlier BF games.
    • What Battlefield V is supposed to do differently.
    • How EA will make up for revenue lost with no Premium Pass.
    • Why rampant character customization could be bad for gameplay.
  • Projects we’ve been working on lately.
    • Ben’s accessibility controllers and new Controller Monitors.
    • Parker’s Signal Defined Radio to make a DIN-slot car radio with the Raspberry Pi.
    • We discuss computers inside cars.
  • Macrofab, Oshpark and manufacturing in USA.
    • Have the Chinese tariffs affected Parker’s company? Where does this stuff come from?
    • We then discuss pollution and environmentalism for a while, and argue about California’s “straw ban”.


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Ghost Squad Episode 2: Finished Edition Coming this Halloween!

Last year we released Ghost Squad Episode 2.

I say “released” because it wasn’t quite finished the way we wanted before we ran out of time to make the Halloween release date.

This Halloween we’ll be releasing the actual finished version if you care to watch it and totally not even notice what we changed/improved. Stay tuned!

Old, totally incomplete version below:


New Single Handed Xbox One Controllers On The Way!

I am currently re-designing the Xbox One single handed controllers. My goal is to have them available in September of 2018. Features will include:

  • New and improved lower analog stick that doubles as an additional handle grip.
  • New secondary analog trigger that is far more ergonomic than our previous version.
  • No visible mod wires.
  • No visible hot glue.
  • Uses the newest XB1S controller which is Bluetooth compatible for use with non-XB1 devices (PC, smart phones, etc)
  • Hand-built by Ben Heck himself (since I am now retired from YouTube and have more time : )

Thank you for your patience, and keep an eye on this website for product availability.

Right-handed prototype photos below: Podcast Episode 115


Jones is back! In this episode we discuss:

  • Parker re-watches the Star Wars Prequels – we discuss!
  • Octopath Traveler and the Nintendo Switch.
  • What’s the deal with people watching games on YouTube more than they actually play them? Are we guilty of this?
  • Bad Company 2 memories.
  • Jones finally builds a new PC after 8 years… and gets a new smart phone after 5 years – he’s the King of Old Tech!
  • Do iPhones autocorrect differently than other phones?
  • Movie Pass – the end is near?


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New Atari 800 Computer Handheld!

Atari 800 Handheld

For the final project of The Ben Heck Show I built an all-new original hardware Atari 800 handheld!

Unlike my past Atari computer laptops this uses the original IC’s with an all-new custom circuit board. It also fits in your hand and runs off Li-Po batteries.

-> Click here for the detailed Making Of Story <-

You can view the corresponding Ben Heck Show episodes below:

Awkward Photo Op Podcast Episode 114


No Jones this time, so Parker and I discuss engineering topics:

  • Why use a Streaming Box with a Smart TV? Isn’t that redundant? Also Ben & Parker discuss Windows 10 Calculator.
  • Cars have too many electronics! (unless they’re Jeeps)
  • ESP8266 modules.
  • The challenges of making an Alexa controlled beer fetching robot.
  • Projects we’d like to do if we had the time.
  • 3D printers – techniques and what models we use.

We discuss the Amazon Alexa a lot in this episode, so if you have one and are listening with speakers, probably should mute it 🙂


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Parker’s holding a thermal detonator!