TL;DR I am lazy and have a long Xbox cable
I was not going to post this until I had some more to show for the Pi model
"conveyor belt" animation, but if I did that we might be here till next year.
Someone (who shall remain spoons) reminded me a while back that I really wanted to get a Raspberry Pi setup with RetroPie
to play old games. So I got a new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (not the old and busted Pi 3 B
) and set up RetroPie
the one thing RetroPie
really requires is a compatible controller with at least the number of buttons as the game system that you want to play.
Back in the 2001 (pre flog
) I used my redundancy money to buy an Xbox. Then in 2004
I got my hands on Steel Battalion: Line of Contact
the successor to Steel Battalion
. Which was famous for the HUGE custom controller.
It is difficult to explain just how big this controller is(mine is packed away at the mo). It comes with three main pieces and foot pedals. The supplied desk clamp is required to keep it all in one place. I could go on and on about this game but instead...
A long ... time ago I saw a Xbox->USB adaptor and I thought, if only I could get that massive controller working on my Linux machine ... then forgot about it for even longer.
Someone got the controller working for StarCitizen Steel Battalion Controller Trial 1
and other have it working for other games.
But, somewhere in between 2008-2011 I disassembled my Xbox, not sure why. Then I cleared up and forgot about it. Inserted a game disk and grrr* *CRUNCH*. You see, I had forgot to screw everything back and all the loose components just ate each other up and the Lego Star Wars disk I was trying to load.
the only things to survive was the controllers. Ah, finally getting to the relevant bit.
Used the Xbox->USB adaptor with the original super sized(perfect for my big hands) Xbox controller and RetroPie
configured it without issue and works great with all the games I have tried so far.
You see all that cabling? That is 4.2 meters long! The Xbox original cabling was 2.8 and the adaptor(which is just a cable) adds another 1.2m !
I found Super Metroid and have been using every spare minute to complete it. But then I hit the wrong button and overwrote my save, so I have to start all over again! Yes, it really is that good that I am going to play it from scratch all over again.