3 control panels. Suggestions please. Enough buttons?

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Ok, I think i've decided to go with three control panels (swappable)
and need some feedback on them. Note that these are just the tops of
my panels. The 1-up, 2-up, and a few misc other buttons will be on
the base of the panel.

1rst panel is standard fighter type. 1 4/8-way joy and 1 8-way. 7
buttons apiece.

2nd panel is for driving and spinner games. Two spinners. Three
buttons per spinner (for gas, break, and shift (for car games)
maybe?). MIGHT make one of the spinners the type that acts as a
button (for discs of tron). Panel also will have an 8-way with the
botton on top.

3rd panel is for trackball games. Two trackballs. Three buttons
each.

ANY REASON to have more than 3 buttons on the spinner and trackball
panels? I can't think of any games that would need more.

Regarding my base, do I need any more than the 1-up, 2-up? I'm using
an IPAC. Do the IPAC's shift functions work with emulators other than
MAME (like the ATARI 2600 and Genesis stuff)? Maytbe I'll just
include a keyboard shelf below, just iin case, though I don't really
want to.

Thanks,
Matt
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    Nothing on the # of buttons here? Please, suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Matt

    On Fri, 22 Jul 2005 21:33:48 -0500, buck16 <none@oyb.com> wrote:

    >Ok, I think i've decided to go with three control panels (swappable)
    >and need some feedback on them. Note that these are just the tops of
    >my panels. The 1-up, 2-up, and a few misc other buttons will be on
    >the base of the panel.
    >
    >1rst panel is standard fighter type. 1 4/8-way joy and 1 8-way. 7
    >buttons apiece.
    >
    >2nd panel is for driving and spinner games. Two spinners. Three
    >buttons per spinner (for gas, break, and shift (for car games)
    >maybe?). MIGHT make one of the spinners the type that acts as a
    >button (for discs of tron). Panel also will have an 8-way with the
    >botton on top.
    >
    >3rd panel is for trackball games. Two trackballs. Three buttons
    >each.
    >
    >ANY REASON to have more than 3 buttons on the spinner and trackball
    >panels? I can't think of any games that would need more.
    >
    >Regarding my base, do I need any more than the 1-up, 2-up? I'm using
    >an IPAC. Do the IPAC's shift functions work with emulators other than
    >MAME (like the ATARI 2600 and Genesis stuff)? Maytbe I'll just
    >include a keyboard shelf below, just iin case, though I don't really
    >want to.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >Matt
    >
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    cant you fit joysticks and spinners together how are you going to play
    time soldiers and tron
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    Yes, as mentioned, I will have an 8-way stick on the spinner panel.

    On 26 Jul 2005 12:31:56 -0700, 2000man@wongfaye.com wrote:

    >
    >cant you fit joysticks and spinners together how are you going to play
    >time soldiers and tron
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    Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator is a spinner game that also
    uses four buttons.
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    On 26 Jul 2005 19:40:27 -0700, "Matt Fisher" <matthewdfisher@aol.com>
    wrote:

    >Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator is a spinner game that also
    >uses four buttons.

    Hmm. Thanks! I like that game. I might have to make it 4-buttons
    then!
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    buck16 wrote:
    > On 26 Jul 2005 19:40:27 -0700, "Matt Fisher" <matthewdfisher@aol.com>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    >>Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator is a spinner game that also
    >>uses four buttons.
    >
    >
    > Hmm. Thanks! I like that game. I might have to make it 4-buttons
    > then!

    Buttons are dirt cheap, why not go with 6. THat should easily cover the
    vast majority of games, other than stargate and mole attack and your
    average mahjong

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