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Fling puts a joystick on your iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2011

Touchscreen panels are great, but sometimes you miss the old joystick. For those folks, Ten One Designs has come up with the Fling, a tactile game controller accessory for the iPad. Just stick it on your iPad using suction cups and you now have an iPad with a joystick. Hopefully it is comfortable.

And since it’s transparent, it shouldn’t be too distracting on the iPad’s display. It’s made of conductive material so that the iPad’s capacitive display will recognize the input. It will cost you just $25.

NES console joystick mod

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

If you have an old NES console just lying around collecting dust, here’s a neat mod that you can do. Turn the console into an arcade style joystick that can be used for other consoles. Sure, it makes for a large joystick, but your friends will be impressed.

The NES just seems to look good no matter what modifications are made to it. That’s good design. I’d love to see a screen on top as well.

Sega Saturn Joystick transforms into an insect

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2009

Sega Saturn Joystick transforms into an insectThis Sega Saturn joystick has two identities. One is a mild mannered joystick, the other is a killer Insecticon. It also goes by “Robo-Space-Bug,” according to its creator, James Ian Killinger. Apparently Killinger didn’t have to completely re-engineer the joystick to make it transform.

It has all of the original components and three extra screws. That’s it, just three extra screws. One wonders what he could do with four extra screws. Or five. The man is clearly a genius and it’s clear that we have been taking screws for granted.

Logitech announces G940 Flight System

Posted in Logitech by Shane McGlaun on June 2nd, 2009

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I am a big fan of Logitech force feedback racing wheels. I have one of the company’s G25 force feedback wheels and it is fantastic. Logitech has made several force feedback racing wheels over the years, but the company hasn’t put its force feedback technology into flight simulation gear until now.

Logitech announced the Flight System G940 today that includes a joystick, dual throttle, and rudder pedals inspired by commercial and military aircraft. The system includes more than 250 possible programmable button combinations that ensure that you don’t have to remove your hands form the controls.

XCM introduces Rumble Joystick for PlayStation 3

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 9th, 2009

XCM introduces Rumble Joystick for PlayStation 3Right after unleashing their Dominator joystick XCM has a new Rumble Joystick for PlayStation 3. It really isn’t all that different from the original. Except that it rumbles.

It’s being hailed as the world’s first PS3 joystick that rumbles all by itself. It features four memory buttons for programming all your macros as well as independent Rapid Fire and Turbo buttons. That’s not all. There’s also the all new XO Adapter for PS3, which adds support for macros, Rapid Fire and Turbo to any plain old Dual Shock or SIXAXIS controller.

Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick with Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick with Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.XThrustmaster announced the launch of a limited edition pack for the PC in the US, where you get Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X by Ubisoft along with the Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick. The T.16000M features a default configuration for Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X game that allows you to plug and play instantly without any setup. Open the box and you are ready to go.

The T.16000M features new HALLEFFECT ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY (H.E.A.R.T) which provides surgical precision during gaming. This technology uses the 3D Hall Effect magnetic sensors located on the T.16000M stick. The precision is 256 times greater than most other systems, with over 16,000 different values per axis.

Atari Joystick ceramic candleholder

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2009

Atari Joystick ceramic candleholderThe Atari Joystick design lends itself to all kinds of mods and uses, other then the joystick it started out as. The Atari Joystick lamp comes to mind. This ceramic candle holder is yet another incarnation of the classic controller.

It’s perfect for the geek who wants to fly his geek flag and at the same time set the mood. Just dim the lights. Play your favorite Atari game sounds soundtrack and light your joystick candle. What could be more romantic? Dinner is almost done and your date will arrive soon my nerd friend. The only question is, will she be game for playing some Space Invaders for dessert? Or will she run like all the others?

XCM Dominator joystick for PS3 ships this week for $89.99

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 18th, 2009

XCM Dominator joystick for PS3 ships this week for $89.99One thing is for sure, XCM really knows how to get a gamer’s attention. After making us wait several months, they’ve announced that the Dominator Joystick for PlayStation 3 is ready to ship this week.

The programmable arcade-style stick includes such things as Combo Attacker and Rapid Fire mode. Is it cheating if your arcade stick allows it? I say no. The four memory buttons will let you store macros and keep them handy. To top it all off, this gaming joystick has super cool blue LEDs. You can pre-order now if you want for $89.99.

Giant Atari Joystick Lamp is the ultimate in nerd lighting

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2009

Giant Atari Joystick Lamp is the ultimate in nerd lightingIt sounds wrong, but I’ll just say it. I’ve never seen a joystick so huge in my life. Now that I have I want one. This has to be the most awesome lamp ever for a bachelor geek. You can make one just like it with a little hard work and some nerd enthusiasm.

You’ll need the enthusiasm as this DIY project is a bit more time consuming then some others. The creator was able to get it done with just a small supply of basic tools. If you have a band saw or a scroll saw, you should be able to knock one out faster. Check out the shade too. It’s brimming with retro Atari cartridge art.

New PS3 accessories add a Joystick, use of Xbox 360 controllers

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2008

New PS3 accessories add a Joystick, use of Xbox 360 controllersThere aren’t many arcade-style joysticks available for the PS3, probably because there aren’t many fighting games on the console. That are worth playing anyway. Despite this, the XCM Dominator is headed our way. No price or availability just yet.

Another addition is this strange XCM Cross Battle Adapter hub. It lets PS3 owners synch up their wired Xbox 360 controllers and play games using them. It will cost you $40. This might be a little more useful since it’s a better controller, but won’t you be plagued by mapping issues? Hell if I know.

The Atari joystick is back

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2008

Atari joystick is backDo you miss such classics as Q-Bert and Pitfall? Chances are you’ve figured out by now that your vintage Atari Joystick won’t plug into your computer, no matter how you try to shave the connector into a rough USB shape. Lucky for you, Legacy Entertainment’s classic controller looks exactly like an Atari joystick, but it’s Windows / OS X / Linux compatible, and connects via USB. Supposedly, it will run with “nearly any emulator,” so get the 80′s tunes ready and get ready to play some old classics on your PC. Only $14.99.

Hori Real Arcade Pro EX joystick

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2008

Hori Real Arcade Pro EX joystick
Hori just dropped the Real Arcade Pro EX arcade joystick for the Xbox 360 and it looks like it is a serious way to kick ass in fighting games as well as other old school games.

It gives you eight large action buttons and a ball-grip joystick that takes you back to the arcade. I was hypnotized when I saw this and went and got several rolls of quarters, which are now useless since I’ve come to my senses. Great for Xbox Live Arcade, despite the high price of $112.