Greetings, my first day at these forums, and i’m quite thrilled at how busy this one is! I usually lurk around benheck and other random places, am unsure how I completely skipped this site!
I’m a die-hard sega fanboy. Strait up fanboy, its sad really. I do play new stuff, but enjoy the groovy retro feel of my 1989 to 2001 life.
I’m also very much into minor mods. I’m good with physical aspects (paint, shells, adding stuff to stuff), and am very mechanically minded (i see things and how they work, but can hardly understand the physics behind electronics).
One of the projects I’ve had in the book to work on, but haven’t had time nor available information on, is making one universal lightgun for some of my favorite games. I have two major sections I’d like to request help on;
1.) general pcb arrangment
It would be very easy to simply stick the already tiny pcb’s from each individual lightgun from the 3 consoles in one of the larger gun shells, or making my own gun shell from some kiddie toy, but it would be much easier, and make a much prettier gun, to have one pcb with a box with other pcb boards (sort of like in this thread, but instead of going from saturn to xbox360, it would be going from X-light gun to genesis/saturn/dreamcast.
I understand, and can easily visualize, how to make a dreamcast controller work on a genesis. Or a saturn controller to work on a dreamcast. But the pcb’s in a lightgun look nothing like a controller pcb.
I’ll most likely use a saturn lightgun for the base pcb. Assuming i wire it to a saturn controller host pcb, and use that board to split off for a dreamcast and genesis controller pcb, will the button outputs even be the same? I mean, its understandable that the Start button will easily function on all of the consoles threw this method, but what about the actual identification of the image captured threw the lightgun?
2.) changing out of crt tv’s
This is a dream more or less, i highly doubt i’ll have any success here. Those who are not fans of lightgun games might not even care, but since all of my favorite lightgun games (house of the dead / 2, scud the disposable assassin), these are all games that when played on sega systems, require older tv’s. Flatscreens and hd tv’s and projectors…nope.
I have in my collection one of these beauties, and its quite a treat. I love resident evil dead aim on ps2 and house of the dead 3 on xbox. But I love Scud more…
I also know they make these, which convert ps2 controllers to dreamcast controllers. I’m quite interested in getting one, but am hesitant of wasting my money simply due to the fact that…that lcd lightgun I have has a usb cord connection that must be connected to the ps2 when being used.
Eventually I’m going to have to give up my beloved Scud when i finally get rid of my last crt tv. But I will always dream of finding some way of making an lcd / hd / projector viable lightgun for my sega consoles. Does anyone have any ideas, insite, anything that might be of interest?
Thanks in advance for any help guys!