PLAY SCHOOL

R-Kaid-R, the first wooden games con­sole since Atari’s VCS, lets you maim via MAME

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Have a seat, dear gamer, and be­hold thIS lav­ishly hand-tooled, per­sonal ar­cade sys­tem of which a mere 50 are be­ing con­structed. The work of ex­cel­lently named Swedish de­signer Love Hultén, the R-Kaid-R (“Ar­cader”, do you see?) is a clas­sic cab­i­net-em­u­lat­ing love let­ter to retro gaming days of yore.

It boasts an eight-way joy­stick, fire but­tons aplenty and an eight­inch, 800x600 screen, but most im­por­tantly (and ex­pen­sively), it’s all built into a box made from maple, ash or wal­nut that can be slipped into a leather carry case for eight hours of USB-charged play.

Run­ning games in­volves a MAME emu­la­tor app, an SD card and vary­ing lev­els of copy­right in­fringe­ment, with con­soles from Game Boy to PlaySta­tion cov­ered. It was built to “cre­ate cu­rios­ity to­wards the ori­gin of gaming” and is a mag­i­cal meet­ing of dig­i­tal and ana­logue. $3,590, love­hul­ten.com, out now

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