Project Mov is a custom arcade controller project. The controller features a durable, lightweight outer casing, genuine Japanese arcade parts, professional-grade wire management, and modular connectivity via a CAT-5E RJ45 port and custom cables. The controller is compatible with PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
The word ‘mov’ is Greek for ‘purple’, which is the color of the original arcade controller that this project is based on. The project was started in February 2012 and finished in March 2012. At this time, the wiring and a few other areas were found to be unsatisfactory. As a result, the project was redone and completed in June 2012. Other than some wire colors, no significant changes has been made to the controller since then.
One of the initial challenges was to make sure that the controller stood out and gave a personal statement. Many arcade controllers are typically purchased from a manufacturer and all look the same as a result. The best way to overcome this challenge was to build the stick from the ground up by using reliable parts from well-known vendors in the community. The controller was taken to a few tournaments and competitions. Many became interested at first sight and praised it for its good looks and build quality.
Another challenge was trying to stay within a budget. While I already had a few parts on hand, I was still in need of a few different tools and parts. With the cost of parts and labor, the controller can easily be valued at over $300. I was able to complete the project within a budget of $150, not including the cost of parts that I already had.