I've griped enough about how bad the Xbox 360 controller is for Xbox Live Arcade games that I've decided to do something about it. I'm currently in the process of building two simple arcade style controllers for the system, one using a 4-way joystick and the other using 2 8-way joysticks.
The goal right now is just to make them functional. In other words, I'm not going to go all out on these and make them pretty - no lexan covers, no panel art, no t-molding, etc - the idea here is just to make something that works. If they work out well enough, then I'll think about going all out and making a control set with all the bells and whistles.
I spent much of yesterday just planning out the design, and most of today running around getting supplies, marking up some of the wood and making cuts for the 8-way. The project definitely won't be done for at least a week as to save cash, I ordered the 360 controllers I'm going to hack off Ebay on friday, so finishing the project tomorrow isn't going to happen,
Once the thing is finished, I'll post a short article detailing the whole process for those that are interested. Here's what I've got so far - it's not much, but hopefully by tomorrow the panel itself will be finished and all that will be left is the controller hack and wiring.