Monthly Archives: April 2015

Homemade Hacked Atari 2600/7800 Joystick

IMG_20150412_182418Continuing my fascination with building small boxes with large buttons, I have recently completed this primitive (but effective) hacked Atari 2600 joystick! (It’s still without a clever name, so I’m open to suggestions.)

Frustrated with the terrible stiffness of Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 joysticks but still really wanting to play the Atari 7800 versions of Ms. Pac Man and Dig Dug (really, what else is an Atari 7800 good for?), I cracked open a joystick and soldered the button and joystick contacts to the end of a Happ pushbutton and a Seimitsu joystick — and voila! Instant arcade action. The box itself also was fun to make – I used an online box generator from MakerCase and then laser cut the sides of the box from some 1/8″ thick art store wood planks. I was impressed with the snug fit of the laser cut parts and the sturdiness of the wood glue used to keep it altogether. Some black spray paint finished the job (and had the added bonus of hiding my overzealousness with the glue).