Whats Inside a Gameboy Game

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Submitted By cybercity123
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Joe Upton
Design Processes
17 January 17, 2014
What’s inside a Gameboy Game? Almost every person I know has seen a Gameboy game or knows what it is. But how many people actually know what’s inside of it and what makes it work? Last summer I had that same question and started taking apart and repairing some of my own games and found it very interesting. That is why for my first design assignment I will be taking apart a Gameboy game, more specifically Pokémon Gold Version, and describing what it is made of. First I will be covering the cosmetic parts of the game cartridge. The case itself measures about three inches by two inches and is made of glittery gold plastic. It has a smooth but durable feel. I think the plastic itself is most likely made in japan just like every other component of the game. The design of the plastic is obviously tied to the game title which is in fact Pokémon gold. This definitely helps the consumer to recognize and easily identify the game. Another important thing to note about the plastic is the shape of it. The main shape is a standard Gameboy cartridge but I think it is important to note the details of that as well. The cartridge actually has a lot of indenting to give it character. Above the label there is a large indented oval where the words “Nintendo Gameboy” appear. On the sides of the cartridge near the top are indented grips for pulling the cartridge in and out of the system. The final indentation of the plastic is the upper right hand corner missing a small piece. This is actually only necessary for use on the original Gameboy because that’s where the power switch moved to. The final characteristic of the plastic that is important is the actually on the inside of the cartridge where the circuit board is located it has a tiny notch to hold the game in place. This is interesting because it is what allows the…...

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