Using Google Drive to sync content on one or more RetroPie/Raspberry Pi

Image of a shell windows performing a Google Drive sync.

If you are running RetroPie on Raspberry Pi to play retro games you have probably spent more time setting it up and configuring it than actually playing. And if you have two or more...

Wouldn't it be nice to manage the roms folder on a Google Drive folder and let it sync to one or more RetroPies? And if you spent time scraping metadata and box art on one RetroPie that would sync to the others without additional work.

It's kind of possible. But it is slow and you will have to initialize the syncing and choose sync direction manually.

Improving the Picade arcade

Picade retro arcade with a Commodore 64 start screen

The Picade is a great little device that pretty much anyone can put together with nothing but a screwdriver.

It does, however, have a few shortcomings and room for improvements.

The most obvious shortcoming is the 8 inch screen shipped with the Picade. It's good, but it's only 8 inches. The cabinet is designed to take a 12.1 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio but such screens are hard to come by these days.

The Elusive Retro Arcade Cabinet

Picade retro game arcade running Pac Man.

I have been looking for a good arcade cabinet for years and finally found the Picade. It's small with a maximum screen size of 12 inch but being small meens you don't need a man-cave in order to find a place for it. It is typically powered by a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 running RetroPie but there are mounting holes for a Mini-ITX mainboard as well if you prefere a more powerfull solution.

Retro pocket game: Game & Watch Donkey Kong

Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong pocket game from 1982

I found my old Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (DK-52) pocket game the other week. Some 30 years ago I took it apart and never bothered to put it back together - but all the parts where in one place. Thanks to  detailed instructions over at Damn Technology I managed to put it back together correctly. And it works! Sound and all!