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Photon 21 October 2017 02:01

Built a joystick again.
 
I spent last weekend building a joystick and had a lot of fun with it :)

Article + Picture gallery.

The guys in the Commodore Amiga Facebook group suggested some games that required good joystick control - as if I didn't know, well that's really true if I'm honest - but you know, there are so many games for Amiga that I haven't played half of them... best to ask. Most of the suggestions were familiar though - a good game is a good game, right? ;)

So it's "pretty close to decent" (for my standards). I did learn some things that made me want to build a proper joystick. Maybe some day..? That's how I feel anyway.

Just some pretty basic things being overlooked IMO (hence the saltiness of the article), but it's really because of the manufacturers and the market. I mean, they should be able to tell.

http://scoopex1988.org/files/20-Apidya-article.jpg

seuden 21 October 2017 12:59

Looks smart. Nice work.

Photon 21 October 2017 17:25

I should add it's just put on the table for the photo - I use this across my knees (see photo 2 and 18). The comfort level really is faultless.

Depth is 35mm if you want to make a box, or you could make it 100mm wider and put wood sides on it and it would work both in the lap or on a table. :great

I've played quite a few games with it and that's why I did the second round of mods - I'll probably make another just like this but with a different joystick and button type in a few weeks, but I'm forcing myself to use this now to play all kinds of games with, and not just Amiga but C64, MAME, etc too.

I have a pretty good idea what makes a great joystick, but playing a full spectrum of different game types will inform me further. Plus put it to good use now that I've built it :cool

Retro-Nerd 21 October 2017 23:31

But you must be a lefty. I couldn't play with the stick on the right side. :D

DamienD 21 October 2017 23:50

Looks really nice Photon :great

...but for me, same comment as Retro.

prowler 22 October 2017 00:16

Nice job, Photon! :great

@Retro-Nerd, Damien:
Really? I'm ambidextrous, but I would still prefer Photon's layout. :agree
And no comments about being cack-handed, please. ;)

DamienD 22 October 2017 01:07

Well, I grew up in the Arcades so... joystick on the left and buttons on the right ;)

Hence why I have one of these bad boys at home for MAME action:

https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images...-vue-axono.jpg

Photon 22 October 2017 01:29

I think it's just up to what you played as a kid and got used to. If there was an obstacle, we overcame it to play that great thing :)

I think most kids in year X would have
a) loved home computer games and the right-handed ones would hold the stick in the right hand,
b) loved arcade games and I guess even being right-handed adapt to the strange left-handed design of arcade games, or
c) loved consoles and despite using their right hand for fine motorics such as mouse+keyboard games, adapt to the strange left-handed design of gamepads. So.

But if I have to build the damn thing myself, you can be sure of one thing: it will have the correct design for my right-handedness. ;)

I'm sort of driving this point on the chance that someone will go, "Hey! Hmm..." and actually try it and like it better. :great

Played some more games tonight, just got back to the PC :) I'm not sure I'm friends with Apidya just yet :evilgrin, but it sounds so sweet... And Traps'n'Treasures just looks so lovely on my TV :) and feels modern, polished... class! :great

modrobert 25 October 2017 10:47

Photon, I like your joystick build, nice and thin. Most arcade joysticks are too big for comfort in the lap.

StingRay 25 October 2017 11:06

Looks really nice indeed. And joystick on the right is fine. :)

Mikerochip 25 October 2017 12:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by DamienD (Post 1193719)
Well, I grew up in the Arcades so... joystick on the left and buttons on the right ;)

Hence why I have one of these bad boys at home for MAME action:

https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images...-vue-axono.jpg

Me too!

Cost a fortune to bring it in to the country, but totally worth it!!

:spin

Foebane 25 October 2017 13:37

Why so many buttons? The Amiga only ever had one fire button. Ever.

PortuguesePilot 25 October 2017 13:41

I also like the left-hand stick/right-hand buttons as the original arcades had, but the joystick design you have there is really great.

I don't know if it's feasible (7-bit did it with the Rys USB mk2 adaptor, though) but I think that an Amiga joystick could have at least 4 buttons. Joystick fire1, fire2, a button simulating the joystick "up" and another simulating the "space" key, due to many games having it implemented to circumvent the Amiga's inherent lack of fire-buttons (Dynablaster springs to mind).

Cheers for the design, mate. Looks lovely.

dirkies 25 October 2017 15:42

nice! But I would add more buttons in case you use it for MAME aswell.
I only play stick-right+buttons-left combo, as most of the arcade cabs in my days had buttons on both side, so you could choose what hand to use for the stick. Since I am a rightie, I play a lot better with a right stick then a left stick.

DamienD 26 October 2017 00:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mikerochip (Post 1194487)
Cost a fortune to bring it in to the country, but totally worth it!!

I know what you're saying...

Purchased / had one shipped to me in London and another to my twin brother in Sydney :crazy :lol

Retrofan 26 October 2017 01:14

I agree that I prefer the joystick on the left, but it's wonderful so thin.

seuden 26 October 2017 16:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by DamienD (Post 1193719)
Well, I grew up in the Arcades so... joystick on the left and buttons on the right ;)

Hence why I have one of these bad boys at home for MAME action:

https://www.imageupload.co.uk/images...-vue-axono.jpg

I wonder if there would be enough room inside to fit a Raspberry Pi 3? Would make a great mobile arcade.


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