Well, I’ve decided to just make this idea open to the public - I’m going to be opening a restaurant soon, and “Gloom Stick/less” is not going to get the attention it deserves.
I’ve approached several custom stick builders about it - and after I explain it they freak out and stop returning emails.
By making it open-source hopefully we can innovate on this in the best way: together.
Project Gloom is a modular arcade stick that can be converted from stick to stickless by undoing 2 clasps on the outside of the case, disconnecting a plug internally (the up, down, left, right, and ground will be wired to either a db9 or usb connector that separates in the middle of the box.), plugging in the new half, and closing the clasps.
So, what we have is an arcade stick, split down the middle, that has 2 left halves, with 2 control schemes. The wiring idea is to keep all the guts on the right side, so that there is a minimum of wires that’ll need to be disconnected when detaching the halves. I’m told a usb connector can accommodate 5 wires, so that’s most likely the best route. One for each direction and a common ground. Obviously this’ll only work with sticks that don’t use a harness (unless you wanna get all fancy).
In the prototype I’m putting together the box will just be built out of MDF on all sides. On the inside of the left halves I’ll glue a bit of plywood sticking out an inch or 2 from the inside side walls to keep everything solid when put together. To hold the halves together I’m just going to use levered brass clasps. To accommodate the “Hitbox Style” layout of having a jump button for both thumbs the case will have to be cut in an L7 (if the back of the 7 was straight down) shape.
So why “Gloom”? Because the aesthetic of the boxes was going to be to paint/stain them nice. And then destroy them. Blowtorch scars into the finish, cut chunks out and refill them with clear epoxy, sand off the finish in areas. Make it look like it was found at the bottom of the ocean after a horrible fire.
I’ve never seen anything like these and I think it’s the future of stick building. Have a character you need extra precision on? Use the button half. Someone you feel totally comfortable with on a stick and don’t think precision’ll gain you anything? Use the stick half. Maybe you like the idea of the stickless style, but aren’t ready to commit. It’s 2 styles in 1.5 the space.
So, use my idea SRK Tech Talk denizens. It’s my gift to you - Let’s help each other evolve controllers.
The only thing I care about is a little credit for the idea.
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