Ben Heckendorn, Modder

Reuters has a nice profile piece on Ben Heckendorn, modder extraordinaire, who has turned his love of converting videogame systems into new creations into a healthy cottage business:

“Often someone will ask me to combine five different video game systems in one box, which is of course ridiculous. One guy wanted me to build an Xbox 360 controller attached to his rowing machine at home so he could row and play ‘Uno’ with his friends online. It sounded so weird I did it.”

“Modder” turns hobby into career [Reuters]

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2 Responses to Ben Heckendorn, Modder

  1. strider_mt2k says:

    If I could go back and do it all over again, I would either be an Astronaut, in Aerospace in some way or Ben Heckendorn.

    All us 2-bit shade tree hardware hackers salute the grand master!!

    Ben Heck-yeah! :D

  2. License Farm says:

    I’ve been following Ben Heck for many years, since some of his earliest Atari 2600 portable mods. What I love about him is that he doesn’t simply cram everything into a smaller package, but also many times tries to preserve something of the aesthetics of the original machine. He transcends being a mere hardware wonk into artistry. I would contract his services, but aside from the cost I don’t think I could part with my 2600 or original NES as raw materials.

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