|Computing chaos in the retro-nook, the safety goggles do nothing, but were useful to store tiny screws...|
All the extra buttons on these types of pads mean that the simple approach of treating every button as an individual switch, with an individual wire in the cable would be impractical. In order to prevent these pads from requiring lots of individual wires and massive connectors, the button presses are converted to digital signals and sent on a single wire. This means that to convert one pad from one machine to another you need pre-programmed microchips to allow the pad to talk to its new host machine.
|Fail to increase your understanding of this concept with this useless infographic I made.|
|The 'Amipad' board, with Dualshock shoulder button boards installed. The 2 microchips convert button presses into digital signals, which are decoded within the Amiga, meaning lots of buttons can send on/off signals on a single wire, swish!|
|upper and lower 'shells' of the controller.|
|The cruelly removed guts of the Dualshock pad. Lean closer "k kuh kill meeeeee" it seems to whisper... to the spares bucket with you!|
|The board should sit as flat as possible.|
|Assembled with the analogues removed.|
|Playing the CD32 version of Benefactor (which needs all the extra buttons) on the Amiga 1200 computer.|
Maybe one day I will design and 3d print my own shells and buttons!