The Splash Controller lets you play video games with a bowl of water
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…
Retro Thing release classic USB Joystick. Take that, evil space invaders!
You can shove your PS3s and Xbox 360s; put yourself in front of a classic Galaxian arcade cabinet and watch as it devourers all the silver in your pockets with old-school gaming joy. Emulators like MAME may keep your piggybank…
Custom EX: Arcade standard joysticks for your home
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.
EX Custom Sticks
New Street Fighter joysticks are better than a hundred-hand-slap to the face
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”.
Atari 2600 lamp will light up your life
The Atari 2600 defined a generation of videogames – from Pacman to Pitfall. From Atlantis to Adventure. And now you can remember it by lighting your room with a supersize joystick.
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…
Giant Atari 2600 Joystick Lamp (via Kotaku)
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CES 2009: Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick
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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"Hang and Play" joystick coathooks
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.
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Home made arcade joystick – for old school finger tapping fan
This one’s probably beyond me and I’ve a feeling a small grope at the screen is about as close as I, and most of you, will get to this home made arcade joystick but frankly it’s just nice that someone’s out there still looking to game in the old school style…
Atari fan with too much time builds 15x working model of classic joystick
Atari may be dead in all but name now, but there's still a lot of nostalgia around for the iconic gaming company. Take a look at this video from Boing Boing which shows the work of Jason Torchinsky. He's built…