> > My goal was to use analog joysticks in my control panel and have them 'just work',
> > which they will under this scheme, for every game, without additional
> Aren't those terrible for playing Pac Man, Bomb Jack, Galaga and Robotron though.
> You're catering for a niche inside a niche..
I don't know, are they? Is the feel of an analog joystick so far off of leaf-switch digital joysticks?
I would expect that restrictor plates to limit motion to 2-way, 4-way, or 8-way digital joystick movement would be essential to give an accurate feel, but that would be true with a digital 8-way joystick as well.
Perhaps the restrictor plates could even have resistance built into the corners to make it feel more like pressing a switch? Imagine a 4 or 8 way restrictor where in the corners there was actually a leaf spring to give the feel of a real leaf joystick.
> The whole point of building or buying arcade control panels is so that you can have
> an authentic experience and for the vast majority of games authentic means digital
I don't think there is a single joystick that gives an authentic feel on a vast majority of games. There were so many different digital joystick types and configurations all with different feels.
I personally don't really need the joystick to feel authentic, just to produce good gameplay. If the resistance isn't exactly the same as the original, I don't care, as long as it works well enough for the game to be enjoyable. I have a feeling that an analog joystick with sufficient resistance would do fine for me. I guess I'll find out when I finally finish my coding and get to actually building hardware.