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How I made a Ghetto Arcade Fight Stick for the Sega Dreamcast
I have always wanted one of those really cool arcade sticks by SEGA or even the Agetec one. After seeing how much they go for now, I figured I'd just make my own.
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If you're like me then you just can't stand the original Dreamcast controller for fight games. I mean it's a decent controller for other things. It's not like I hate it or anything. For me though it just isn't comfortable and in my opinion, the D pad just sucks.

I started looking for alternatives and what I found was just a let down. I bought the ASCII Pad FT from a Japanese seller on eBay. I was so excited so finally have what others have highly recommended. Once I finally got it though I was let down. One of it's features that pushed me to buy was It has an internal motor for controller vibration. No need for a bulky tremor pack anymore! Well it didn't work so I wound up having to open it up and fix it. Not only was the motor bad but the wires were pulled off. After fixing it though it ran like a champ. It's better than the original Dreamcast controller for fighting games but it just wasn't what I was looking for.

One day I was browsing at a thrift store and I found an iCade for dirt cheap. I don't remember now but I'm pretty sure it was under $5.oo, so I got it.
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I didn't care about destroying it since it was so cheap. First thing I did was pair it with a tablet to see what was so cool about it. Mostly just to see if it worked though. After about five minutes it looked like this:
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I took it apart using a 1/8 size hex wrench.

Since everything tested out OK it was time to get to work. I couldn't really find much online about how to do this so for the most part I had to just play it by ear. After opening an original Dreamcast controller I mapped out which points I wanted to solder to.
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I got a cardboard box that was about 1/2mm thick and cut out a design I thought would work pretty good. Nothing too complicated, I wanted it to be easy to tear down in case I needed to tinker further. I used a box cutter to free my design and scissors to make the holes.
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I just used regular solder, no flux. I have a cheap Weller 10w soldering iron that did well enough. After the solder points were made perfect contact with I added some hot glue to keep it strong. The hot glue gun I used is also a cheapy, 10w mini.

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I used some threaded tape and hot glue to form the box together. I also cut a notch in the side for the chord to protrude.

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I made it to open up kind of like an old bullet case but without the clamps.

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When it's closed the chord doesn't get smashed. It isn't perfect but it's good enough for me.

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I added a few decals from spare parts to give it some flare. I'm quite pleased with the end result. I know a few people out there are concerned with button lag on the triggers. To be perfectly honest though I don't even notice it. Say what you will about build quality. This thing kicks_ass!!!
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(3 Comments) Latest comment was 1 year ago
4fatal View Profile
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3 years ago
I freakin love it!
Defx View Profile
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3 years ago
Nice, lovin it. can u also do it to a light gun too?
BLKBRDSR71 View Profile
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1 year ago
Cool! Just don't get it wet. :P
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