Build Your Own Video Game Console

XGameStationXbox 360? Playstation 3? Nintendo Wii? Spare me the hype, please. You can have your triple-core processors, motion sensing controllers, and Blu-Ray…but I can kick your ass at Joust.

Meet the XGameStation. For the low price of $199, anyone can get started with the basics of videogame design, programming, and publishing. From the official website:

“The XGameStation Micro Edition (XGS ME) Video Game System development kit… is a retro-inspired educational video game console designed specifically for both hardware and software hackers. The system is powered by an 80 MIP RISC processor, has direct raster controlled graphics, 3-channel sound, built in programmer, and is capable of outputting both NTSC and PAL composite video. Additionally, to round out the retro-roots of the XGS, it’s directly compatible with vintage Atari 2600 joysticks as well as custom-designed game pads.”

From the looks of some of the games displayed in their online gallery, they’re not too primitive to be fun. Look, you’re not going to be creating the next GTA…but your own hacked version of Tetris? A basic Pole-Position-esque racing game? Go check out the site. Now.