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Lecture: Playdate, a New Hand-held Console

September 17, 2019, in Caldwell Lounge, NC State University.

Greg Maletic (Director of Special Projects at Panic Inc.) gave a lecture about Playdate. Playdate is a tiny, yellow, handheld game console, which made a bigger splash than its creators envisioned when it was announced in May 2019. Relying on a combination of old tech (a 1-bit black-and-white display), new design (from Sweden), and some just-plain-weird ideas (a side-mounted crank as a game controller), software maker Panic Inc. hopes that Playdate can carve itself a niche in a video game marketplace where giants dominate.