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Controller of the Week #10: O&A Party Rock!

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on October 7th, 2010

This week’s controller is one from my personal collection, and it’s one that means a lot to me as you’ll see from the images. There used to be a trade show from Ziff Davis (A company known for their “great” planning skills!) called “Digital Life” that ran out of the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. In 2004 I had a comped booth with Pop’n Music 9 set up running on a DASC, obviously, and I caught wind that at the XM Satellite Radio booth Opie & Anthony were going to be doing an autograph signing during the show. Wanting to get something special autographed but having nothing on hand, I shut down my booth for 15 minutes and grabbed the Pop’n DASC I had and had them sign it. They were obviously confused as to what it was I was having them sign, but they joked about it and were very friendly. I didn’t want to be “that guy”, plus I had a booth to run so I split after talking to them for a minute or two, but I was very excited to have met them and had such a unique interaction!

The following year they started promoting (kind of) that they would be at Digital Life signing at the XM Radio booth again, so I asked Sarah to do some special artwork for me so I could get their signatures on yet another controller. I had just begun making IIDASCs, so I threw together an XM202 themed controller (black with golden yellow plexiglass, like their iconic black and yellow WOW stickers) and lugged it to NYC and all around the Javits center to bring it to the appearance.

Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

Opie & Anthony themed IIDASC!

As you can see, it’s been signed by lots of people from the show. Of course besides O&A, Ron & Fez, Jim Norton and Lazlow these people aren’t exactly celebrities, but being a huge Opie & Anthony fan since 2000, this controller will always have a special place on the display shelf in my work shop!

Controller of the Week #9: Hadoken Spam (FOR SALE)

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] Joystick on September 24th, 2010

As I’ve explained on Flickr, Memorial Day I woke up with a burst of inspiration to create, so I began taking a more serious look at creating joysticks as a product to sell here on I spent a couple of hours looking at dozens of different sticks from several different sources, from “people like me” (hobbyists/garage work shop enthusiasts) to mass marked products like Mad Catz and Hori. After close consideration and analysis, I came to the conclusion that the mass marketed sticks are plastic/metal hunks of junk that STILL take shortcuts (even the Mad Catz TEs take shortcuts in my opinion, feel free to disagree if you wish). I noticed that a lot of joysticks from “people like me” had a certain formula, so I made a trek to my local hardware store to get a nice piece of wood and I began building.

By the end of the day, only a few hours later, I had this to show for my labor. I was very happy with what I made, so I did some light Google Image searching and one of the first things that popped up for “Ryu” looked perfect given the nice, rich “Sedona Red” stain I had given the prototype joystick. The next morning I had the design printed at my local place of choice, and I added it to the controller. What I had before me was like nothing I created before:

PS3 Joystick (Ryu from Street Fighter) picture #1
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Controller of the Week #8: More Lights Than a Rave and Better than Glowsticks!

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC, [CotW] Pop'n Music on September 15th, 2010

One day several years ago I was in my workshop working on orders when I caught a glimpse of my stock shelf (located in the back of my work shop) and saw the pile of large, 4 foot wide boxes I built up for IIDX doubles decks. I had built up way more than I had orders for, and I was in the mood to create so I grabbed one and did some measurements with my drill guides for the Pop’n and IIDX controllers. It was possible for me to squeeze the Pop’n Music buttons (with arcade spacing, of course) and a Beatmania IIDX controller on one of these 4 foot monsters. I didn’t create it intending to sell many (if any) of them, I just did it because I could. Just because one can create something, does that mean they should? I don’t know, you guys tell me…

God this thing is huge!
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Controller of the Week #7: Why Does Nyami Always Wink Anyway?!

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] Pop'n Music on September 9th, 2010

This one is from deep in the archives and was built in the Fall of 2004. Pop’n Music 10 was just being released for PS2 and a customer requested a Pop’n Music 10 themed controller which of course Sarah and I happily did because the character art for Mimi and Nyami are adorable for Pop’n 10′s theme!

The controller not only features Mimi and Nyami in their cheek-pinchingly adorable Halloween garb from the game’s theme, but it also features a beautiful night time fade as the background of the controller, taken right from the game’s start screen! This controller was requested a couple of times after I posted the pictures of this on Bemanistyle, and each time I was pretty excited to do it because I love the character art from 10 a lot.

Here is a picture of the controller before the big holes are drilled for the giant dome pushbuttons (Unfortunately this picture does not resize, for some reason I saved it really small and since it’s from 6 years ago I can’t seem to find the raw images from my camera)
Before the controller box gets the big holes drilled!
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Controller of the Week #6: Mega Man + IIDX = Challenge Mode

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on September 2nd, 2010

What do you get when you cross Mega Man and Beatmania IIDX besides one hard game? Why, an awesome custom controller from Desktop Arcade and Sarah Moulder, of course!

This controller was commissioned long ago and comes to us via the archives. It features a flipable key panel (so that you can play “right side” and “left side”, “Mega Man blue” paint under the plexiglass (along with an awesome, hand drawn Mega Man logo) and “that blue guy” hand painted on the controller shell striking that iconic pose of his from the Mega Man 1 title screen. Thankfully the customer wanted his game appearance and not that awful box art version of Mega Man, which as we all know is quite a horrid depiction.

And now, the pictures!

Shot 1 of the Mega Man IIDX Controller.  Click to Enlarge
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Controller of the Week #5: Arcade Perfection

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on August 26th, 2010

Here’s a style of controller I’m quite proud of, my IIDX arcade replicas (usually referred to as IIDASCs) featuring faux metal plexiglass underlays that’d make anyone do a double take as to whether or not it’s real aluminum or not, my closest approximation of the arcade deck color, and of course Sanwa buttons.

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Controller of the Week #4: Milk, it Does a Body Good!

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] Pop'n Music on August 18th, 2010

This week’s CotW is one I rescued from a memory card I found in a drawer and had long forgotten about. Before I discovered the card and dumped the images, this was one of the few art controllers that I didn’t have a finished picture of. The controller features Milk from Pop’n Music on a larger Pop’n music controller box (dubbed the xL DASC) to allow for more room for the art work.

COTW4: Pop'n Music xL DASC: Milk from Pop'n Music.  Click to enlarge!

I’m happy the pictures of this controller turned up, because I was very bummed out to have completed pictures of this one missing!

Controller of the Week #3: Pink Before Pink IIDX Things Were Cool

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] IIDASC on August 11th, 2010

Who says I don’t innovate? A few years ago a nice gentleman in Germany requested a IIDX doubles deck with a sakura pedal pattern on it. It took me a while to get him a final price because he was in Germany, and I at the time had no idea how much shipping would end up costing, or if it would even be small enough to meet the US Postal Service’s size limit for international packages. (For the record, doubles decks end up being a comfortable amount under the size restriction and are surprisingly inexpensive to ship internationally.) After some email back and forth, things got figured out (and paid for) and I think the customer was happy with the results, I sure know I was.

COTW #3: Sakura Leaf IIDASC

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Controller of the Week #2: Stick ‘Em up!

Posted in Controller of the Week, [CotW] Joystick on August 2nd, 2010

My friend Carlson runs Mad-Gear and sellsnew and used import and domestic games. He asked me to make some classic gaming themed joysticks for classic consoles since most of the older systems did not have real joysticks made for them. The only joysticks that the older consoles got were those crappy plastic joysticks that companies of the 80s and 90s thought would pass for the “arcade experience” because instead of having a D-pad, they had something that resembled a joystick handle and some buttons that were bigger than usual. There were no authentic arcade parts, there was no “arcade feel”… If you wanted to play home versions of arcade games, you had to do it on the plastic lump-of-crap “joysticks”.

Maybe now I can do something to change that. I asked him what system I should start with and because of the lack of authentic sticks but abundance of great arcade titles for the system, Carlson suggested that I do a Sega Saturn stick. So, after I spoke with him I set out to make a Sega Saturn joystick that was not only authentic, but looked great. This is the result:

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This joystick is made with high quality pine wood which was treated and then stained with a nice, even red mahogany stain. It uses black Seimitsu buttons and a red Seimitsu bubbletop on top of a standard Sanwa joystick assembly. I’m very happy with how well this controller came out and I cannot wait to make some more classic console joysticks!

If you want to purchase a joystick like this for any system, with just about any configuration you could think, send me an email to steve (at) desktoparcade (dot) com and I’d be happy to build you the joystick of your dreams!


New Feature: Controller Of the Week! [SOLD]

Posted in Controller of the Week, Uncategorized, [CotW] Pop'n Music on July 25th, 2010

This new feature to the site will present a controller; either one I’m currently working on, just shipped, or one from the archives accompanied by pictures and if necessary, a backstory.

This week, I am presenting one of my favorite pieces that our artist Sarah has ever done!

This controller was commissioned by a customer, completed, and then through an accident with emails, a misunderstanding took place which ultimately put me in possession of the controller. As much as I love the design (and Katamari!) I already have a personal Pop’n Music controller, so I do not want to keep it, especially if I can find someone who can give it a good home and appreciate it for what it is: a one-of-a-kind, beautiful Pop’n Music controller!

With all that said, here is a picture of it (Click to enlarge):

Katamari Meets Pop'n Music!

This bright, colorful, and beautifully detailed controller has been sitting in my workshop long enough, and because I want to find a good home for it ASAP, I am offering it at a very good price. (UPDATE: The controller is sold!)

If you are interested in purchasing a controller, please email me at Steve (at) desktoparcade (dot) com .

Until next week where I’ll feature another controller, thanks for checking out the site!

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