How to turn old car parts into a video game controller


9 Responses to “How to turn old car parts into a video game controller”

  1. bcsizemo says:

    Umm, Up and Left certainly are separate functions in my Toyota…

  2. pjcamp says:

    That doesn’t make any sense, unless down and right are also wired together. Otherwise, your mirror is stuck at the lowest angle, forlornly tooling left and right, left and right, in a vain search for up.

    • Ye I didn’t understand what that point was getting at either.

      Elaboration would be good.

      • RJ says:

        The point is that those switches are useless as game controllers because they had only three poles under them rather than the more adaptable four.

        The reason left and up superficially appeared to be wired together is because there is no left switch. There is a servo to control side-to-side movement and a servo to control up-and-down movement. Depressing UP closed one contact; depressing DOWN closed the opposite contact. Same for LEFT and RIGHT. One pole for up/down, one for left/right. The third pole was a ground.

  3. I’ve always wanted one of those buttons or switches that is red and glowing and is protected by a clear perspex box that you have to flip up to stop it accidentally being pressed (like for rockets in a fighter plane) but to have it hooked up to something a bit lame like a disco ball or maybe not so lame like remote activated nerf sentry guns.

    Game controllers out of car parts? Yes! I agree that this is a good thing.

  4. Evil Paul says:

    I hope to run into some fellow Happy Mutants at the junkyard this weekend

  5. keithfulkerson says:

    One could also just use a Sega Genesis or C64 controller, as they are 2600-compatible with no modifications.  They would certainly be more comfortable to one’s paw.

  6. shivam says:

    Hah….turning these parts into game controllers……d idea looks great……..!!

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