March 19, 2013

Using vintage game controllers with MAME games

 At the mahoneytech blog they've shown how to resurrect a classic video game controller so it can be interfaced with a PC and thus control more recent and other games playable on the PC. The controlled was a basic eight-position micro switch unit, however without any form of PC interface an Arduino Leonardo was required to interface with the controller and then emulate the moves as USB keyboard presses. Thus the joystick can now be used for various PC games and the odd Mario session:

Doing so was quite simple and demonstrated here. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

To get started with your own embedded-Arduino and USB emulation projects - look no further than the Freetronics LeoStick. Apart from being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market with USB, it also has an onboard RGB LED and piezo for sound and knock detection:


Chris said:

Thanks for the shoutout! The LeoStick looks like a great piece of hardware for this sort of thing, I’ll certainly be picking one up soon. :-)

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