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​Tech Expert Restores An Old Game Boy Color To Full Working Condition

​Tech Expert Restores An Old Game Boy Color To Full Working Condition

A tech YouTuber has managed to masterfully restore a beat-up Game Boy Color he bought for $2 (£1.54), bringing it back to beautiful working condition.

Odd Tinkering, who has 632,000 subscribers, specialises in 'restorations of old items', hoping to entertain viewers while learning a 'ton of new skills'.

"The console was sold as junk and for spares but pretty much everything except the speaker is broken," Odd Tinkering explained in the video description.

"The mother board doesn't power on. The shell is badly yellowed. Stickers are in terrible condition and the screen is badly burned."

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He explained that he began the restoration by trying to get the power on, which was when he found out the 'board was bad'.

"Luckily I was able to find the broken part with a second GB Color I have," Odd Tinkering continued.

"The connection from one battery terminal had broken quite near the terminal. I soldered a wire between the spots that were supposed to have a connection and it worked."

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Credit: YouTube/Odd Tinkering
Credit: YouTube/Odd Tinkering

As well as getting the power back on, the YouTuber also had to fix the screen.

"To fix 'screen burn' I need to remove the burn polarising filter and replace it with a new one," he said.

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"A sharp blade can be used to get the start but after that the filter will peel off by hand. Some of the glue will stay on the screen. I removed it with Isopropyl alcohol."

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Credit: YouTube/Odd Tinkering
Credit: YouTube/Odd Tinkering

After eventually managing to get the old machine back in action, Odd Tinkering decided to mark the moment with a game of Pokemon Yellow.

Many of his viewers commented to not only commend the technical genius behind the repair job, but also to say it brought back a whole heap of memories from their own childhood.

Game Boy Color was first introduced in 1998 and wasn't discontinued until 2003, when it was replaced by Game Boy Advance SP.

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The several years in which the Game Boy Color dominated the gaming world truly were the glory days, as many YouTube users commented to say.

One wrote: "The mismatched batteries and Pokémon game brought back so many memories."

Another joked: "I had literally zero interest in watching this except I watched the whole 21:08 minutes completely fascinated. Oooh GBC... oooh the memories!"

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A third wrote: "I remember my purple Game Boy, and my brother had the solid green Game Boy. Now I have to ask my mom where did she put them."

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Odd Tinkering

Topics: News, Game Boy, Technology, YouTube

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]