Oh Noes... Crappy Joystick Design

A project log for 1-Pixel Pac-Man

Retro-gaming just got fewer pixels

Mike SzczysMike Szczys 05/30/2015 at 18:550 Comments

I took this project to the LayerOne conference with me last week and a lot of people had a fun time trying it out. Unfortunately the Atari joystick broke. I don't think it was overused, and cracking it open it just looks like poor engineering:

You can see the little white "wing" that is hinged on the bottom of the white joystick plastic. This hing is integral to pushing down on the PCB clicky buttons so super-glue is not an option.

I've ordered another one, but I'd like to have 2 anyway. I think it may be possible to repair this with a couple of bamboo skewers and some hot glue. If I have success with that I'll post a project log as an update.