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Does anyone know how to make an adapter for any of the Wico Rollers?

Started by 8bitwidgets.com, June 23, 2023, 04:31:46 AM

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8bitwidgets.com

Hi everyone, I'm learning what I can about how I might make a pong paddle for the Odyssey.  The Wico looks like the closest thing to an option, but i need to get one to understand how it works and what it would take..  however finding an O2 version is pretty rare.  I see a number of affordable ones I might be able to acquire but I'd need to figure out how to get the signal right

Is there a particular one that would be the closest match?  I would think the 2600 version would be the easiest to adapt too?  I make a 2600 adapter cable for the O2..  would I just mirror those wiring routes to get the signal to the O2 safely?

What games use it?  So I can test it to know it works. 

Thanks,
Caleb

polluks

Well, I don't think there are any games supporting analog input.
I had a Wico trackball (analog device but digital input) which was very disappointing.

8bitwidgets.com

disappointing why?  lack of games for it?  crappy performance?   didn't work at all?

polluks

Take a look at the simplified data processing
digital joystick: direction left, direction right, fire
analog paddle: position 1, 2, ... 199, 200, fire

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In my opinion the Wico Trackball for the Odyssey2 plays for example very well with Terrahawks (Attack of the Timelord), the game feels much better than with joystick ...