Arcade Joystick

2016-07-28 04:34:00 +0000 - Written by Carl Burks

This idea has been a long time in the cooker. I’ve been wanting to put together an Arcade style joystick since my Commodore days. I finally just did it:

I ordered one of these from amazon: “Easyget Zero Delay Pc Arcade Game Joystick Cabinet DIY Parts Kit for Mame Jamma & Fighting Games Support All Windows Systems - Color Black Kit” It came today:

The unboxing. It came in a bunch plastic bags. Here are the parts fanned out. A blurry one of me testing the joystick without the buttons on my computer before assembled it.

I found these on thingaverse. I printed them, but one of them snapped. I’m reprinting it with a higher fill density. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:723554

Raspberry Pi Arcade Stick Console

Crude markings for drilling. The pieces drilled. A trip to Ace hardware and I was ready to sand, paint, and assemble. I thought I would test out some paints on the bottom piece which isn’t very visible once assembled. Here is the painted version without assembly. Mostly assembled. I drilled holes for the joystick but after putting the hardware in I noticed the D-stick bumped one of the edges of the wall. instead I used some wood screws and re-centered stick. Here we go hooked up. You can see the keyboard underneath. I’m going to add a wrist rest next. After some advice from my long time friend I stumbled upon the joytokey software to get things working for games which don’t support standard joysticks. http://joytokey.net/en/

The joystick parts from amazon cost me 25 dollars and 10 dollars worth of search history sold to “Bing” for Amazon gift cards. We had the wood left from a crib to outdoor couch project. Then I spent about 10 dollars at Ace Hardware. The risers I 3d printed from a giant orange spool of .175 I ordered for around 13 dollars so I’ll go ahead a say about .50 cents worth. Total out of pocket $35ish. Not bad.