Raspberry Pi Fight Stick Console Build pt2

Back on with this today.

Picked up a pack of 3M strong hanging strips from ASDA today. It’s basically like a form of velcro that holds really fast.

I wasn’t sure whether it would work but it would be worth a try for a couple of quid.

When I got home from work, the first thing to do was to strip the whole Fight Stick back to the core. When I did this, I realised that there was a whole section in the back corner which was redundant but something I could use with the space I needed. Luckily, that section came out.

Now I had some space to play with, it was a bit of playing around to see which position everything could be put into the casing.

In the end, it all worked with the Pi in the bottom half of it’s case, with one of the side panels attached. I attached the strips to the base and the outside of the case and pushed them together, keeping everything sturdy. A couple of screws to make sure the Pi didn’t come out of it’s half-case then everything was good to attempt to fit back together.

With wires everywhere it wasn’t easy to fit back in. Especially as the cable running from the Controller’s board to the Pi’s board was excessively long. A possibly shortening in the future.

Once everything was fit back together…it was time to test it and make sure everything worked. The way I positioned the Pi in the case was such that the power and the HDMI cables could be easily plugged in and out at any time. I have put the USB cables in already and they are fairly easy to be removed. These wires are for the Controller, a second controller (my Xbox One one) and a small bluetooth dongle for the bluetooth keyboard I have.

When I switched everything on, the Fight Stick wasn’t quite performing correctly and recognising a Left movement as an Up movement. So I had to take everything apart again and rearrange the wires that were causing a problem within the case. Once that was sorted, and everything was fixed back together…it was time to test….and it worked!

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So…still to do on the build :

  • Add a fan to the Pi for safety reasons.
  • Cover up the back panel and the newly formed top panel where the old switches were removed. Need to make sure there’s enough ventilation to let the warmer air escape.
  • Redesign the look of the whole stick :
    • Spraypaint the main body of it
    • Replace the image on the top.
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Raspberry Pi Fight Stick Console Build pt1

So I have branched out into the world of the Raspberry Pi. After a while hearing about these things, and never really thinking too much about them, this past weekend I saw one in action…game…changer!

I had to get aboard…so I took the plunge. Just £45 from Amazon for a Raspberry Pi starter kit complete with the Pi itself, an enclosure, and powerpack.

The Pi itself is pretty small but powerful. It’s packed with WiFi, Bluetooth, 4x USBs, HDMI and packaged with an operating system!

After putting the hardware together, everything was fairly easy to setup and run. I installed RetroPie so I could “acquire” some games and everything was working brilliantly. I enjoyed a nice little nostalgia trip back to the arcades I used to go into as a kid…although this time I didn’t need to shovel 10p after 10p into the slot…I was playing from the comfort of my own home, all controlled by my Xbox One controller connected by USB.

But then, following chats with Mark at work…a new plan formed.

Mark has spent a lot of time in the past competing in Street Fighter tournaments (not actual street fighting…more the Japanese fighting game we have all had a play on throughout the years).

Because of this, he had an old Fight Stick he no longer needed and was willing to donate it to the cause…the plan was formed.

Could I possibly mod a fight stick into a console ready to be used to plug and play anywhere? Could I, a guy who has never even attempted to build anything computer-y ever, manage to pull off a technical feat like this?

So today…it began!

So there it was, all modded up previously by someone else, sprayed and designed with Mark’s internet handle all over it, Chun-Li posing provocatively. But now this bad boy was mine.

So I got it home and took the whole thing apart. We had tested the controller in the office by plugging it into my phone and successfully making it work on a game on there so I was pretty confident it would work.

It didn’t.

Cue the panic!

Everything was wired up OK, the small LED lights on the board inside the controller were happily flashing away when connected to my phone…but connected to the Pi….nothing!

So I went into all the settings, tried installing drivers, tried detecting the Controller…nothing.

I was on a panicked Discord chat with Sam from the office (someone who owns a couple of Pi’s himself) but we couldn’t find the reason why!

Then I unplugged the USB cable that the XBox One controller was plugged into the Pi with and replaced with the Fight Stick…

And voila! We had lift off!

I tested it with a few games and it plays beautifully. Already in the middle of a nostalgia trip, I was back there even more with a controller straight out of an arcade cabinet!

Testing complete! The controller works!

Next up…putting the Pi into the Fight Stick and seeing whether I can get it all packed away nicely! 

Stay tuned…

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Faith in humans restored

So a few weeks ago, Althea was spotting a Finding Dory poster daily near our house. It was one of the Sky TV posters advertising movies.

One day, the poster disappeared. It was replaced with a generic Sky One poster. Cue a very upset 2 year old kicking and screaming and crying that “Dory’s gone!”.

So I emailed Sky TV’s marketing department and very cheekily asked whether they would have a copy of the poster in a regular size that I could possibly have.

Firstly I didn’t expect a reply, but then a lovely reply from a lady called Jenna came into my inbox. 

She wanted our address so she could send something.

Today the parcel turned up! It was packaged in a Paper box…so was quite large. When we opened it we couldn’t believe what she had sent.

Two large cuddly toys (priced at £19 apiece), a smaller cuddly toy, and a Hank that swims in water.

Such a lovely gesture. Althea was absolutely made up. It’s her 3rd birthday tomorrow and this was a lovely early present for her.

Thank you Sky TV

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Gains, Train and Automob-eels

Can I just start off by saying I think I might have excelled myself in the Headline stakes here – “Gains, Train and Automob-eels” might be my greatest moment. Lets see how everything fits together.

So Saturday started off, as explained in a previous blog, with putting 2.5lb on at Slimming World (“Gains”) which wasn’t ideal…but we had a good weekend to look forward to.

Set off for Birmingham around midday (Automobiles). Checked in the Ibis near the O2 Academy in Birmingham…the hotel can only be described as “the type of place where you get murdered!”. I was making light of it…but the OH (oh look I used blogger-speak) literally thought we were going to die in that hotel. I had to stop her wedging a door under all the handles when we were in there!

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We were in Birmingham to see Train (“Train” in the headline) at the O2 Academy…but first…Sushi!

I love a good bit of sushi, and in Birmingham is an all-you-can-eat Sushi & Grill restaurant called Kyoto Sushi and Grill that we had to try out.

It was only £22 each to have as much sushi as you want! And DAMN did we eat that sushi! We ended up having no less than 60….yes that’s not a type…SIXTY dishes between us. Bear in mind a “dish” is a single serving of something, so one piece of Sushi or three mini rolls etc.

It was so much fun…my favourite piece being the Eel (and there we complete the Headline “-eels”)

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Then it was onto Train at the Academy. I have seen them twice before but this was even better. We were fairly close, they sang all their best (and my favourite) songs and even better…after the show we were able to meet Pat by the stage door. Genuinely a lovely bloke.

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Oh…and we didn’t get murdered!

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Fatter, not fitter :(

Let myself down on Slimming World this week. Put 2.5lb on. Deserved it…moving along.

Blaming it on a workmate bringing a load of American sweets back from Florida, plus pick n mix at the cinema, plus not swimming as much…oh and a cheeky 4 hot wings froms KFC!

Week of weakness…going hard for next week. Still 1st 2.5lb off since I started! 

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Happy Death Day : Groundhog Day’s Grisly Update


Going into Happy Death Day, I had seen the trailer once and read a vague synopsis of the film so didn’t know what to really expect. But being from the makers of The Purge and Get Out, anything could happen.

Meet Tree (Jessica Rothe) whose seemingly ordinary birthday is ticking along normally. From waking up in a dorm room, to having run ins with her Sorority sisters, to having a moment with her university tutor. Everything is going well until she heads to a party in the evening, only to be confronted by this baby-faced fucker.

A few moments later and he’s killed Tree.

Tree then wakes up in a dorm, and quickly realises it’s still her birthday and everything she has just lived (and died through) is all about to happen again…and again…and again. Whatever she does, she cannot avoid being killed in more and more ludicrous ways. 

It’s up to Tree to convince those around her that someone is out to kill her and to help her in her plight before he kills her again.

As a viewer we are treated to some genuine scares (mainly jumps) and some very witty banter between Tree and the rest of the characters in her world.

The comedy is really well timed and placed and never overpowers the story. Yes, it’s silly in places and there are glaring plot holes that you can pick apart until tomorrow (if it ever comes) but at the heart is an old school teen slasher flick mixed with the wackiness of Groundhog Day.

Is it original? Not really.

Will it win any Oscars? Nope.

Should you go see it? Hell yes! 

Enjoy!

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The Snowman : Definitely not Walking In The Air

I went into The Snowman expecting a tense thriller with great writing and set pieces and twists and turns aplenty.

What I got was a flat film with zero thrill and beautiful scenery.

But unless you are watching “Norway : A Landscape”, then gorgeous settings are not going to carry you for two hours. 

Lets start with the story. It’s not exactly a masterpiece. In the opening scene we see a short story play out which telegraphs the reason why everything that follows is happening. But then everything that does happen doesn’t actually seem to have any real reason as to why it’s happening. There’s too much randomness as to why the killer is striking and who he is going against, and there’s also zero reasoning behind why he slices body parts up on some, or blasts the heads of others.

Its long and drawn out and could have easily fit inside an hour long episode of CSI : Norway (if that doesn’t exist it should)

…and then we get to this guy…

Michael Bloody Fassbender. Best known for his roles as the robot David in Prometheus, and the Robot Walter in Alien Covenant, and the emotionless Magneto in X Men etc….so when you need a character to again have no emotional range…Fassbender is your man! The image above could have been taken from any single frame of the entire film. He doesn’t change. He is like a male Megan Fox. 

Summary : it’s shit…don’t waste your time!

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