In recent years we've seen plenty of advances in gaming technology, touchscreen EVERYTHING, the movement-based Kinect, eye-controlled asteroids, the list could go on and on, and that's just the stuff in the public domain, who knows what's going on behind…
UK company Bespoke Arcades has launched a range of customisable arcade standard joysticks remapped for home gaming. The EX Ultimate and EX Pro are made with genuine Sanwa/Seimitsu arcade controller parts for the absolute authentic coin-op feel, they’re finished by hand in a slim wood casing and have high gloss acrylic surface too.
They’re customisable because you can send over a print that Bespoke will lay down in vinyl on top of the joystick surface on your choice of either the black or white finish, and you can also choose whatever colour buttons you want too. You then either opt for the EX Pro – which is compatible with the PC and your choice of PS3, Xbox or Wii – or the EX Ultimate that works with anything you can throw at it.
Buy them direct for £219.99 at the most expensive and, actually, that’s not too bad. You might think twice about bashing them up with Track ‘n Field, though.
This cannot be real. Please let it not be real. Oh god… it is real. It appears that someone’s created a ring that fits over an erect penis allowing you to move it in four directions to control an Atari 2600 like a joystick. An optional secondary ring lets you stroke the shaft to simulate button presses.
Thankfully it’s not commercially on sale, but full instructions to make your own are provided on SF Medialabs’ website, including a guide on how to remove the shaft from the original joystick and replace it with a tissue dispenser. Handy.
You can divide the world into two groups of people – those who played Street Fighter in arcades, and those who just played it on the SNES (anyone who’s never played it isn’t actually a person). The former group, although small in number, will go nuts for this tournament-spec joypad, based on the original arcade cabinets. No ‘cheating’ with the XCM Dominator for them.
Those who fit into the second group, but are still excited about Street Fighter IV, might be more excited about the ‘standard’ edition joystick or joypad pictured over the fold, which has shoulder buttons and everything. All three are available from MadCatz “soon”.
It’s been created by Instructables member Seamster, and although I’m a little too young to have owned a 2600 myself, I can appreciate the lamp’s best feature – the big red button will turn it on and off. Awe-inspiring. Now to craft a lampshade shaped liked a Pac-man ghost…
I’ve just had a quick look in the archives, and it’s been a long time since we covered an actual joystick product, as opposed to some sort of joystick-related piece of art or hackery. For the few of you who still use a joystick, then (flight sim enthusiasts?), here’s the Thrustmaster T.16000M.
It’s got some brand new tech, called H.E.A.R.T., which pretends to stand for “Hall Effect AccuRate Technology”. Some “Hall Effect” magnets sit on the stick, giving the sensors far more precision than most other joysticks. On each axis, there’s over 16,000 different values. That’s a little ridiculous, but might be worth buying if the person with the steadiest hands in the world is your Secret Santa next year, and is a big flight-sim enthusiast.
The T.16000M is ambidextrous, comes with 16 action buttons, and offers a wide hand rest and weighted base as additional features. It’ll be available in February and cost £50. That seems fairly cheap. Maybe I should give it a shot.
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Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a gaming-obsessed relative? Well, you’re probably too late. Even if you weren’t, these joystick coathooks aren’t available and don’t have a price attached. That said, with a bit of superglue or varnish, I’m sure you could do a similar thing with real joysticks. Head down to your local cash-converters and grab some old ones. Do it now.