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Our intrepid pal Jeri Ellsworth is at it again. Recently, she attended the Extreme California, the big arcade and pinball machine meet-up. Always following her own “Did you bring a hack?” ethos, Jeri whipped together this awesome, jumbo joystick, using parts from a plastic dome lamp, PVC pipe, some other home store parts, and lots of LEDs. The game board used in it is the Multi Williams board that Jeri helped design years ago, for a Multi Williams home arcade system that flopped. But it’s found cool new life here, in this fun, giant joystick know as the Pacinator.

Play with my Giant Joystick – The Pacinator

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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