Remember Jeremy Parish? He's the guy behind Game Boy World and the boss at US Gamer. He's also the kind of guy who thinks nothing of taking ageing retro tech to the world's biggest gaming event and snapping photos of famous video game celebrities.
Parish snapped the likes of Nintendo's Bill Trinen and Kensuke Tanabe, Image & Form's Brjann Sigurgeirsson, ex-Castlevania producer Koji "IGA" Igarashi and Senran Kagura creator Kenichiro Takaki. His retro-photography wasn't just some random pastime, however - he was inspired to dig out the 1998 peripheral because of the work of Alexander Bahr, who has created a device which allows you to store Game Boy Camera photos on an SD card.
You see, back when the Game Boy Camera was all new and exciting, there was no way of saving those images for posterity - aside from a MadCatz link cable which connects to a PC parallel port - hardly an ideal solution these days. Bahr's prototype device allows you to download the images from the camera and can store up to 1,300 images on a 1GB SD card.
The device is still some way away from being commercially available, but Bahr is hopeful that one day, we'll be able to order one of these wonder-machines and store all those grainy, monochrome snaps forever.
I need a gameboy camera in my life.
Oh how I wish my old Gameboy Camera were still working.
These days I try and switch it on, but it doesn't want to know.
Wow amazing effort. I wish I had both of those devices (I have a GBC)
So neat! I got a yellow Gameboy Camera near the end of the GBC life cycle, along with a printer and some thermal paper. I should dig em up and make some stickers.
I would love to have such thing for my GameBoy Camera!
This is relevant to my interests.
Aweome! I'd love to be able to get a picture of Reggie or someone with my Gameboy Camera!
I feel so old now by seeing this.
Gameboy Camera makes an save file like any other Gameboy save device. There are products that can back up the save file from an gameboy camera. However. I am reasonable doubtable for the need for this device.
I mean yes cool pictures and all. Very creative, but this is not the first time somebody has experimented with GBCamera.
A person actual found that putting layers of colors over an GBCamera ( like clear plastics ) can also produce colorful images; of course this is not an official product.
Igarashi-san looking pretty cool as always.
@Captain_Gonru I have a ton of that paper that still works perfectly fine.
Also, I did something very similar a few years ago.
I've got the Gameboy camera and printer. Never used now though! wonder if it's worth anything now?
@LeonChamp Worth in terms of cash? Nothing to speak of. The GB Camera sold quite well back then and though it has a sort of cult status now, there should be enough of them out there. The printer may be more rare (and still rarer: thermo paper that's still working) but the demand for it should be rather low these days.
@Captain_Gonru Hmm, most of them are still wound up and in the original cardbox packaging, but it's not air sealed or anything. Guess I'll find out if I ever dig it out of storage.
Thank goodness, I was hoping someone would take some pictures at E3 that are just blurry messes of gray pixels rather than anything recognizable.
Maybe when we get done taking pictures with the game boy camera, we can all get some crappy early 2000s camcorders and make some 240p videos for YouTube.
It’s always exciting and a little bit sad to find a Game Boy Camera for sale that still has somebody’s pictures on it. I’ve sometimes wondered what it would be like to reunite these pictures with their original photographer.
Now we just need a gameboy camera selfie stick peripheral. *joking, of course... *
You know, we have better technology to capture pictures with, like a cellphone never liked game boy cameras black and white pictures, That eventually turn yellow, then eventually fade all together.
I had that Mad Catz cable and it never worked once for me. I'm interested in this! Hope it is very reasonably priced!
I actually picked up a Gameboy Printer from shopgoodwill.com not too long ago, but the thermal paper in there is so old, it won't print a reliable image any more. And finding replacement thermal paper for it is a near impossibility from my (admittedly limited) research. Still have my old Gameboy Camera from my childhood, along with Link's Awakening DX and a copy of Pokemon Yellow. I'm so ready to start printing these things out!
EDIT: Found some paper for it!
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