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Today I got a little bored waiting for an enormous file to upload and I decided to take apart one of the many old game controllers that I scavenged from Jeremy’s childhood stuff. Whenever I open these things up, I’m surprised at how simple and handmade they look inside. For some reason, I expect that I’ll see totally unfamiliar components, but it’s usually just a bunch of switches and buttons and capacitors and resistors. NOT MAGIC.

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The other cool thing is that you can see how the slight resistance of the buttons is created with little pieces of rubber underneath the buttons.

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Not sure what I’ll do with these yet, although I really dig the buttons and control pad.