PC gamers have the benefit of the mouse and keyboard, which are highly flexible when it comes to input devices for gaming. What’s more, the freedom of the platform means that it’s easy to whip up whatever mad controller you can dream of to best suit the games you’re playing. Enter [Tom Tilley] with the aptly-named Hipster Game Controller.
Yes, this is a controller made out of a coffee grinder. The hand-crank setup makes it perfect for imitating the game board in that puzzle classic, Bust-A-Move. [Tom] interfaces the controller in a perfectly hacky way – the scroll wheel from a mouse is removed from the case and zip tied to the shaft of the grinder, allowing the rotation of the grinder to turn the wheel. The mouse wheel is then mapped as the aim control in the game – it really is that simple. An arcade button is also fitted into a mug and wired into the left mouse button to act as the trigger.
[Tom] notes that while you can fill the grinder up while you play, it makes playing the game very hard work. It’s a hacky build to show that sometimes, you don’t need a microcontroller and lines of code – just a mouse, some wire, and a healthy dose of ingenuity.
And, as it turns out, [Tom]’s been quite the Bust-a-Move fan for a few years now. Video after the break.
4 thoughts on “Bust A Move Doesn’t Have To Be Such A Grind”
Controls from 1900’s are back in style.
That would be really cool! The you would really know how that poor little bubble monster in the game feels as he cranks away furiously.
hipster, yeah sure, i know another name for them :)
I’ve heard some games are a grind, but this is taking things literally. Next up mats for platformers.
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