Volatile Memory: How to Replace Your Game Boy Cartridge Batteries

Last week, Alex Custodio and I had the opportunity run a workshop titled Volatile Memory: How to Replace Your Game Boy Cartridge Batteries, which we put on as part of an exhibition at Concordia University. We invited folks down to the Makerspace to learn about videogame maintenance and showed them how to swap the battery on a Game Boy cartridge – extending its lifespan by allowing certain functions (save files, in-game clocks, etc.) to continue functioning.

a red game boy cartridge being opened up to reveal a green circuitboard

Alex has put together an excellent blog post that summarizes our presentation, which is now available on the Residual Media Depot blog. We’ll likely run this workshop again in the future, so if you’re interested in attending keep an eye on my Twitter for announcements (although it may not be for a while).

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By Michael