Make your own game-pad!

…Don’t let oth­ers tell you how many but­tons you can press at once, these are times of free­dom 🙂

This is a home­made game-pad with just one accelerom­e­ter (a break­out board from Spark­fun) and one push-but­ton.

custom game-pad with accelerometer and push-button connected to arduino

Using a sim­ple, cus­tom pro­to­col and a C# lis­tener we could play Acceleroids, an Aster­oids lost sib­ling on Steroids, which uses the accelerom­e­ter to con­trol the ship and the but­ton to shoot.

next steps will be to turn this into a generic game-pad by sim­u­lat­ing key­board key presses for any sen­sor you throw at the Arduino, allow­ing you to cre­ate truly funky pads to con­trol your favourite game. Stay tuned! 😉

Edit: We were alerted by friendly com­ments that this project resem­bles another project/tutorial that can be found here:,902.0.html