Gamepads and Arcade Tables

We have built gamepads and arcade tables with participants from all ages. Sometimes the challenge is simply to learn how to connect circuits or how to think creatively about a gamepad for a particular game.  Other times, such as in the accessibility challenges, participants hack generic gamepads to expand the controls for a person living with mobility reduction such as a physical disability or Parkinson’s disease. For such challenges, we involve members of the community and test their ideas as they develop.

Building arcade tables for retro-gaming is always a hit with participants. We have built arcade tables with youth from Maison des Jeunes Côte-des-Neiges and with university students during a Media Archeology summer school. Each arcade table is different and takes approximately 20 hours to build.