Hack Your Keyboard
Book Excerpt: Your keyboard can be the gateway for all sorts of weird input devicesincluding arcade-style buttons, joysticks and other exotica. Our hands-on article gives you everything you need to customize your input device.Editors Note: This story is actually Chapter 8 of our latest ExtremeTech book, Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine. If youre jonesing for the arcade machines you grew up with but dont want to spend thousands on a single Namco or Williams box, we can help. Read this chapter and if you want to know more, pick up a copy of the book today!
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Chapter 8: Using the Keyboard Connector for Arcade Controls
You are more likely to connect your arcade controls to your computer through the keyboard port than any other way. Everyone who has a computer has a keyboard, but not everyone has a joystick or gamepad. Software developers know this, so almost every game made for the computer includes the ability to control it with a keyboard. Even my favorite driving game, Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed, can be played with a keyboard. I dont recommend it though.
Multiple Keyboard Connections