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Cheers to DrunkenNES, a breathalyzer video game

NES hacker/artist Batsly Adams unveils a game that takes cartridge blowing to a whole new level.

Definitely not for kids. Andrew Reitano

Remember when people used to give CPR to NES cartridges back in the day?

So does Batsly Adams (aka Andrew Reitano), a 26-year-old electrical engineer by day and an NES hacker/artist by night. He has created DrunkenNES, a cleverly titled breathalyzer video game whose results depend on how sloshed you are.

DrunkenNES runs on a PowerPak cartridge, which allows enthusiasts to run homebrew games on the ancient 8-bit Nintendo console. Batsly cobbled an alcohol sensor and an Arduino microcontroller board into a plastic NES cartridge shell, which uses an NES communications driver to feed your blood alcohol level (BAC) to the custom-made game as you exhale. Just don't be that guy who spittles everywhere.

You can get six results based on your reading: sober, getting started, buzzed, tipsy, drunk, and wasted. Afterward, the true BAC level is shown; if it's high enough, you make it onto the high-score list. The last man standing (if he's indeed still able to stand) wins.

As seen in the video below, DrunkenNES has progressed into something truly special as Batsly commissioned several artists, a musician, and a few friends to help polish the game.

Here's a toast to DrunkenNES. I hope one day we see a breathalyzer module styled like a mini-NES cartridge that can plug into my iPhone like iBreath.

(Via Motherboard)