- chiefspikeParticipant03/13/2016 at 02:45Post count: 2
Hello all, Not sure if this is the right section to make this post in.
Disclamer: I am a beginner with RPi and RetroPie
I’m in the process of building my first MAME arcade inside a briefcase and am looking for joysticks, buttons and a controller to connect buttons/joystick to RPi. One of my main priorities is to keep cost reasonably low.
QUESTION #1: I was doing a bit of research and came across an arcade kit assembly and the guy just plugged the buttons and joystick straight into the RPi’s GPIO (see link, 25:36 – 32:51.) https://youtu.be/ViLRv6JK45I?t=25m36s
How is this possible? I’m not using this guy’s kit, can I do this on my own?
QUESTION #2: How many buttons do I need total? Also how do I lay them out?
QUESTION #3: Are these buttons (linked below) any good?
retrobuiltgames.com/diy-kits-shop/arcade-parts/ (3rd product from bottom)
QUESTION #4: Is this joystick (linked below) any good?
retrobuiltgames.com/diy-kits-shop/arcade-parts/ (5th product from bottom)benwlsonParticipant03/13/2016 at 03:09Post count: 63
Answer 1: he supplies his own software to read the GPIO inputs from the joysticks/buttons. You can try and incorporate his software into your project (I think he provides it for free), write your own, or find another software option. Personally, I got the ControlBlock add-on board from PetRockBlock and intend to use that for my arcade joysticks/buttons.
Answer 2: lots of different options here. I believe MAME uses 6 buttons, two rows of three, plus a coin button and a start button. NeoGeo used one row of 4 buttons. Console emulators use from 2 up to 8 buttons depending on the system emulated, plus a select and start button. I’m still trying to figure out my exact layout. I think I’m going to go with two rows of 4 buttons (allowing up to 8 buttons for PSX), plus a start and select button, and possibly a few more, not entirely sure.
Answer 3/4: I used this article to learn about the options for sale:
http://www.tested.com/art/makers/464539-choosing-buttons-and-joysticks-custom-arcade-cabinet/maughanoramaParticipant03/13/2016 at 18:38Post count: 11
im gunna get one of these, it gives 26 usable on the pi + 32 inputs on the card :)
https://www.abelectronics.co.uk/products/17/Raspberry-Pi–Raspberry-Pi-2-Model-B/54/IO-Pi-PlussheepishbaconParticipant03/16/2016 at 10:05Post count: 3
Hi cheif, I am having problems with the controlblock so I am probably going to take this route, can you tell me if you got this working and how you did it? Many thankschiefspikeParticipant03/16/2016 at 18:40Post count: 2
Hello Mr. sheepishbacon,
I would’ve used GPIO to connect my controls but my RPi 3 is still incompatible. I have linked below to the software, it’s called ‘Porta pi’ but it’s really just retropie with GPIO support.
As for me I’ll be using the guts of a keyboard to attach the controls though I’ll probably switch to GPIO when RPi 3 is supported.petrockblogKeymaster04/02/2016 at 21:27Post count: 1828
[quote=120564]Hi cheif, I am having problems with the controlblock so I am probably going to take this route, can you tell me if you got this working and how you did it? Many thanks
Can you tell me what kind of problems you are facing with the ControlBlock?
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