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Play real Game Boy cartridges on Steam Deck / Linux with GB Operator

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GB Operator excites the collector in me, giving you a small device to plug into your PC or Steam Deck, allowing you to play real Game Boy cartridges.

Costing $49.99 (plus shipping), it gives you a device that supports cartridges for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance. Along with their cross-platform Operator application, with a tightly integrated version of the mGBA emulator so you get plenty of features.

Honestly, I hadn't heard of this until it started appearing in my Twitter feed. The developers of the device mentioned:

It’s official - enjoy your childhood cartridges, now on SteamDeck! Today we validated at the office that GB Operator and the Operator app are fully compatible with Steam OS and run impeccably on SteamDeck. This makes the experience fun and portable, we're happy to support it 💪🏻

Picture Credit - Epilogue.

It's been around for some time too, so it hasn't just suddenly appeared and a lot of people seem to quite like it.

I have one ordered and on the way so I can see what all the fuss is about. Seems like collecting Game Boy cartridges is going to turn into something I end up doing now…

The creators are also currently working on a SNES version.

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Quoting: MexicanDandyThis is great for video game preservation but also is sad that the responsibility goes to the gamers and not the company owner of the original hardware and software.
The attitude of most game publishers, especially the really large ones, is that you'll just keep re-buying the old games in collections, and you shouldn't ever preserve old games, as they want you to buy, and keep buying their latest ones that have DLC, and Season Pass, or multiplayer maps, or even in-app purchases... Basically a whole lot of game companies are in it for the $$$ instead of putting some love into a game. Which is why most indie games have become so huge lately.

Sadly, as far as game preservation goes, the absolute worse about it are the newer homebrew games that become unobtanium because they are sold as a limited run physical release, and then no one dumps them and they just disappear.
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