Webcams are hard to find right now, but you still have options. Wyze, Sony and others released firmware to turn your existing camera into a webcam. But what if you̵7;d rather be ridiculous, amazing and nail a retro feel at once? If so, check out how Bernard Capulong turned a Game Boy Camera into a webcam.
If you are looking for a good reason to turn a Game Boy camera into a webcam, you will not find one. But for a reasonable reason to do something, you can always turn to Reddit. Over on Game Boy subreddit, a user explained his dilemma.
They have to take part in a video call for a professional development test, and with that came a strict set of rules for the exam. After some thought, the user decided that a Game Boy camera would meet all the requirements and act as a painful “thank you” for all the annoying rules.
Sounds like a good excuse to everyone! But is it possible to turn your Game Boy camera into a webcam? Enter Bernard Capulong, the man with a plan.
– Bernard (@bernardcapulong) September 1, 2020
As he explains in a recorded Zoom call from his Game Boy webcam, he had to start by connecting the camera to a Super Game Boy 2. Super Game Boy 2 acts as a cassette adapter to convert Game Boy games to Super Nintendo , which lets you play the portable games on your TV.
He then inserted the cassette into an Analogue Super NT, a third-party recreated “Super NES” that adds an HDMI output. It connects to an external card, which sends the signal to its laptop via USB-C. You can check out a picture of his attitude towards imgur.
GB Cam -> SGB2 -> Super Nt -> Capture Card
The results speak for themselves. Capulong’s video has low resolution, lacks many frames, lacks color and looks freaking fantastic. Anyone who loved Game Boy forr will appreciate it, and probably everyone else will wonder why you are filming from a potato camera.
It is not a practical solution or even practical results. Between the Game Boy Camera, the cassette adapter, the $ 190 Super NT and the capture card, you’ll be spending a lot of money if you do not already have all the components. But this is not about practicality. It’s about doing something just because we can. And for that, we greet Capulong and hope to see more people follow in his footsteps.
via Bernard Capulong