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What's On Your Game Boy Camera?

Posted by Damien McFerran

Check your cupboards now, you could be sitting on valuable memories

The Game Boy Camera was a cool little device. Released at the end of the '90s, it allowed you to take grainy monochrome snaps using your beloved handheld. The images were pretty poor quality and you could only fit a few inside the minuscule memory, but for a generation of kids brought up with film rather than digital cameras, it was a revelation.

Fast forward to 2012, and everyone has a camera on their phone, digital photography is commonplace and the very notion of having a black and white camera that can only snap in 256x224 pixel resolution is laughable, yet there's still some charm to these images - as Reddit user 80sArcade discovered when he found his old Game Boy Color and Game Boy Camera. On the device he found a handful of photos, which he's posted online along with images of the console itself.

Did you have a Game Boy Camera back in the day? If you've still got it, let us know what images you were snapping back in 1998.

[via kotaku.com, imgur.com]

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User Comments (38)

RupeeClock

#1

RupeeClock said:

Ahh, my good old Gameboy Camera. These days though I'm lucky if I can get it to turn on.

Time to turn it on and see if I can snap any memorys.

RevolverLink

#2

RevolverLink said:

I never had a Game Boy Camera myself, but one of my best friends as a kid had one that we used pretty often (and a Game Boy Printer too!). The pictures were not exactly... pretty, but it still made for a nifty change of pace between Pokemon sessions.

Whopper744

#3

Whopper744 said:

I used to love mine. I had a blue one back when they came out.
I still have an unopened roll of paper for the printer for it too. I was like, 8 or so at the time, and I had a blast with it.

TheItalianBaptist

#4

TheItalianBaptist said:

I remember when I saw the Pokemon stamps on the Game Boy Camera for the first time and I didn't know what they were (it actually spoiled Mew if I recall), but I called Bulbasaur the pig thing and swore it was villainous :)

chiefeagle02

#5

chiefeagle02 said:

I got a Game Boy Camera and Printer for my 14th birthday. It was so quirky and weird that it was really cool (Easter Eggs were everywhere). I took it with me on an 8th grade trip to Philadelphia and took photos of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

RupeeClock

#6

RupeeClock said:

Try as I might, my old Gameboy Color simply cannot read my Gameboy Camera cart any more, I fear it is lost to age.

ShadJV

#7

ShadJV said:

Oh man, if I only knew where it was! I'm sure mine is still in the house but my dad had a tendency to move (and use) items of mine that I left alone for awhile, so since he passed I sorta don't know where half my old stuff is. I'll find it one day!

Whopper744

#8

Whopper744 said:

Ya know, why don't they have stuff like the cool stamps and stuff now? Seems like they back track on some features.

Capt_N

#9

Capt_N said:

3DS VC paging Nintendo. 3DS VC paging Nintendo. Nintendo, you have a telephone call...

I still have mine, but I think over the years, the optics tech inside diminished in quality from what it once was; probably from being in storage.

FFL2and3rocks

#10

FFL2and3rocks said:

I just checked mine. There are a few pictures of my dog, one of my cousin and his family who came to visit us once, one of my dad, one of my grandma, and one of a tray of deviled eggs for some reason. I also have several blank white pictures because I used to draw on them and make flipbook animations with the slideshow feature.

PatHawks

#11

PatHawks said:

It would probably be wise to get retrive those images soon, as the batteries that backup the saved game are starting to pass their expected lifespan.
If you really want to save the images forever, I wrote a little tutorial on how I retrieved the images from my Game Boy Camera.
http://alt.pathawks.com/gameboy-camera.html

idork99

#13

idork99 said:

Never saw the fun in cameras back then so there was no interest in the Game Boy Camera for me. It's always fun to relive old times looking at old pics and even more so with the monochromatic images.

KAHN

#15

KAHN said:

kids today take pictures of their food with instagram, which is worse than what the gameboy camera was. and they think it's cool... but when i truck around the park with this, those instagram people think i'm mentally slow. SEEMS LOGICAL.

DerpSandwich

#16

DerpSandwich said:

I loved the crap out of mine! Why on Earth have we yet to see a game that uses photos quite as well? I've been waiting for Gameboy Camera 2 for well over a decade now!

Void

#17

Void said:

.... I never even owned a Gameboy, my first system was a DS Lite. :P

Chunky_Droid

#18

Chunky_Droid said:

I just have a bunch of pictures of myself with googly eyes on mine, and I never owned the printer

TruenoGT

#20

TruenoGT said:

Regrettably sold mine eons ago, but I loved that camera and printed SO many stickers with the printer. Made lots of cool stop motion animations with it too! Fun fact on the printer that Super Mario Bros. DX supported it for printing mario themed stickers and banners. Man those were awesome, simpler times back then...

coolvw93

#21

coolvw93 said:

i havent touched my gameboy camera in forever. i went to check and mine is full of those crazy ones that i took as a kid, basically everything in sight: toys, friends, and pets.... a LOAD of pet pics haha!

Mk_II

#22

Mk_II said:

I once found some very eehh.... personal pictures on a second-hand GB camera i picked up at a fleamarket. Thank God for graininess!

SheldonRandoms

#23

SheldonRandoms said:

I never had a Gameboy Camera as a kid, but maybe someday i'll look online and buy one, those pictures remind me of the camera animations that I make on flipnote studio.

AlbertoC

#24

AlbertoC said:

What is this? This isn't news! It's just some photos of a game boy ca...

Sees title screen, remembers the space-invaders like game

Sees the box (and the photos' convenient labels: Box. Back of box.)

Sees the freaking RECEIPT dated freaking 1998

...Okay. :'(

Quiz112

#25

Quiz112 said:

I never had the camera but I did have the printer when I was younger. The only thing I remembered printing was something pokemon related. I think one of the earlier games let you print pokedex entries and a certificate for beating the champion.

NTELLIGENTMAN

#28

NTELLIGENTMAN said:

I made a movie with mine, then deleted it, took some wacky pics, filled up the space, then never used it again.

NTELLIGENTMAN

#30

NTELLIGENTMAN said:

I have my GB Camera in the box, the printer in the box, and 3 rolls of unused GB paper in the box.

AceGrey

#32

AceGrey said:

ohh I love it, still got some rare pictures of my first cat.
It was my first camera and maybe the most fun one.

kurtasbestos

#33

kurtasbestos said:

I loved my Game Boy Camera. I took great pride in trying to have a set of completely different and unrelated pictures in the 30 or so that the thing could hold. In fact, I think I still have it in a box somewhere at my mom's house... next time I go back to the motherland I'll have to try to dig it up.

AhabSpampurse

#34

AhabSpampurse said:

Hah, just found mine and its got a photo of a drunken classmate who'd just finished vomiting on a school trip to France. Happy memories indeed.

Lobster

#35

Lobster said:

I always wanted one, and the printer, but those were the days I had to earn things myself, and I was like 11. Nobody I knew had one but we all wanted them. :(

PORYGON

#36

PORYGON said:

I still use my GB Camera. My avatar is a cropped photo from it, actually.

Skeletor

#37

Skeletor said:

I remember reading a rumor years ago that either GoldenEye or Perfect Dark, I can't remember, was going to utilize the Game Boy Camera with an adapter to the N64 controller so you could map your face on the character. I was stoked for it, just so I could play as a "butthead." Sadly, it was axed.

SuperKMx

#38

SuperKMx said:

I had a GameBoy Camera and Printer back in the day for test purposes and took a headshot of myself on it and printed it out. That photo stayed on my (now-ex-) girlfriend's wall by the front door for a good 5 years, even though it was as grainy as all hell.

Ah, good times. :)

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