Arcade controls advice
@capeman We are high jacking his thread! I am going to try to use xboxdrv on just the selected arcade games that need the 4-way restriction and no other games. I heard it is terrible to set up, but once it works it is great. If and when i get it working i will create some instructions on how to do it.
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I'd like to see that tutorial!
Also i noticed your images above, i love what you did with the glowing buttons and the fake insert coin buttons (groovygamegear?). I was thinking about doing something like that later on down the line in my build, but for now i'm just sticking to all white controls.
Well, I can only hope to put together as nice a cabinet as any of yours here so far :)
Apologies for my brief answers as I've been under a lot of work these past few days. I saw the note on the square vs octagonal one - good call. Ordering one now.
I suppose you're right on the Turbo and Auto ones - those were my concerns. I think that it'd be useful for fast-paced shoot'em-ups, rather than just constantly hammering the buttons, but then again that's part of the experience... Still undecided.
I'm definitely keeping the USB plugs there, as well as a Mode button which is needed for Daphne/DosBox according to my research (will need to actually check at the time). Do you think it's possible to have a single button mapped to both Zero Delay encoders - so, shared Mode, Turbo and Clear buttons? In concept, could I just get two wires, connect them to the same button, and then lead them to the two different Zero Delays?
Just a thought.
@capeman that is really nice looking! You could keep the white buttons and have the clear housing. My buttons are clear housings with black pads and green LED in them. When the machine is off they look like standard black buttons.
The coin buttons are functioning buttons, they are obviously set to coin!
@pjft I think if you pig tail the wires it should work to use one button as the "function" button for auto and then you press that and whatever button you want to set as auto. I think you can actually set this up in retroarch or with the xboxdrv as well, I haven't tried yet, but I think some emulators let you set them up on a per game basis. Some games have dipswitch settings to enable turbo and auto functions as well.
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@pjft Turbo is for the weak! Real men hammer the buttons!
@pjft Yes sir! The red coin buttons are real push buttons (they don't take coin, they are push buttons). I have this on both my arcade machines and love it. I have my coin button set to L3 which would be the thumb push button on the ps4 controller, i assume your ps3 controller has a button when you push straight down on the joysticks?
All the coin button (L3) does is operate the coin button for arcade, neo geo, fba, mame games. I can also set them to load or save games or any other function combined with my "Mode" button which is my hot key. It is a pretty fun feature when used as a single button, and an added button for flexibility with the hot key.
@tmntturtlguy I imagine you edited RetroArch.cfg for that not to be mapped to the select button, then.
After reading and researching quite a lot , my choice for my first custom control panel was:
Suzo Happ Super Joysticks , IL concave buttons, cherry microswitches and Ipac-2.
With that joystick you can switch it from 8 to 4 way by "inverting" a dedicated part at the bottom of the stick (no need for restrictor).
Really happy with that configuration!
@pjft yes, you are correct.
@udb23 I assume you need to access the bottom underside of your control panel to switch the plate? I can do that as well, but it is a hassle and not user friendly, especially when friends are over, or kids are playing.
bottom underside of your control panel to switch the plate?
It's not really a plate but... yes that's the negative point of this approach... means you need to decide in advance if you wanna play 4 way games...
I also have a Qanba Stick that I modded (it's easy to do) to accept Sanwa JLF "diamond restrictor"; this has an option to go "4 way" mode by just turning a restrictor ring (still you need to access the bottom).
I tried octagonal restrictor before but still couldn't play 4 way games like Pac-Man and Pengo the way they are meant to be played (played the original arcade games as a kid).
Timing and precision on these games is absolutely key: one missed direction and you're done; one life lost.
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