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Author Topic: Convert ANY 8 way stick to a 4 way-does it work?  (Read 1691 times)

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Convert ANY 8 way stick to a 4 way-does it work?
« on: June 24, 2002, 12:02:51 pm »
As I was setting up my Happ Super joystick up in MAME for diagonals only in QBert, it occurred to me that what this is doing is forcing an 8 way joystick to be recognized as a 4 way for the game (profound insight I know but bear with me . . . ).

That said, if someone was to mount an 8 way joystick like an original QBert stick with the bolts in a diamond pattern as opposed to square and set it up properly in MAME, would this allow decent control in four way games like Pac-Man and Mr. Do?  

More importantly, before I drill four more holes in my control panel, has anyone tried this and had success with it?  If so, what type of joystick did you use and what type of control panel were you using (steel or MDF)?  

My only concern for trying this idea out myself is the subsequent strength of my MDF control panel--any ideas on whether or not the extra holes will cause the control panel to weaken and possibly crack/break under extreme duress?  Like say, during a heated round of SFII or Robotron?
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Re: Convert ANY 8 way stick to a 4 way-does it wor
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2002, 12:53:52 pm »
I would just try it out with the joystick mounted the way it is first, just to see how it works.  That way if it doesn't, you haven't butchered your CP for nothing.

If you are concerned about the strength of your CP, you could possibly make a mounting plate and put it under the bottom of the CP next to the surface to give it some added strength.
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Re: Convert ANY 8 way stick to a 4 way-does it wor
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2002, 07:52:27 am »
Or just be really gentle with it and remount the joystick with only one screw holding it in to see how well it works... One hole shouldn't change things too much...
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Re: Convert ANY 8 way stick to a 4 way-does it wor
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2002, 10:48:26 am »
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I would just try it out with the joystick mounted the way it is first, just to see how it works.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 07:00:00 pm by 1026619200 »