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7 August 2010
Author: Giorgos Lazaridis
Men Of War Game Console


I made this Men Of War game console for playing this excellent on-line game faster. This console puts all the important shortcuts in the palm of my left hand. But most important is the joystick with the automatic Direct Control Mode engagement. Upon joystick movement, the console send not only the arrow key press, but also sends the control-key press, and thus the Direct Control Mode is automatically engaged. Upon release, the ctrl key is released and the Direct Control Mode is automatically disengaged.

To maximize button efficiency and increase war tactics, i added a shift key to the console and doubled the shortcuts. Here are the shortcuts that this console has:

Button 1: Select frag Grenade or Change AP/HE (tank) ||| w/ Shift: View items
Button 2: Select AT Grenade or Change MG (tank) ||| w/ Shift: View corpses
Button 3: Control key for manual Direct Control Mode engagement
Button 4: Select smoke grenade ||| w/ Shift: Select (single click) or Set (double click) group #1
Button 5: Use rocket launcher ||| w/ Shift: Select (single click) or Set (double click) group #2
Button 6: Show navigation position ||| w/ Shift: Select (single click) or Set (double click) group #3
Button 7: Examine ||| w/ Shift: Show inventory
Button 8: Stop all commands ||| w/ Shift: Reload weapon

Thumb Button 1: Change stance (prone-stand up) ||| w/ Shift: Change fire mode (Fire at will/Return Fire/No fire)
Thumb Button 2: Rotate unit ||| w/ Shift: Heal
Thumb Button 3: Center to selected unit ||| w/ Shift: Exit vehicle
Thumb Button 4: The shift key itself

Finally, it has 3 different countdown timers. These timers are used to countdown the time required for some special weapons (mainly artillery) such as the Panzerwerfer and the Calliope. After the weapon is fired, i press the corresponding LED Pushbutton and the timer starts the countdown. 10 seconds before the countdown is completed, a beep sounds every next second, followed by a long beep upon countdown end. This informs me that the weapon is reloaded and ready to shed terror again. Currently i have set the times to 120, 180 and 240 seconds but i may change them.

This is the first video presentation of my Men Of War game console. Although it is not ready (has no housing and the countdown timer is not operational), the keys and the joystick works 100%.








This is the final presentation of the console. The housing is 100% prepared and i demonstrate also the blue light dimming effect!







And here is a video that i play an on-line game with this console. The game did not rock as the opponents rage-quited (which is lame), but the purpose is to see the console in action...







And another video playing an on-line game with the console:







And here are all the functions that this console has. The boxes that have a red line in the middle, means that the corresponding key has also a shifted function. The shortcut on the bottom half of the box is the one that is send if the shift is NOT pressed, and the shortcut in the top half is the one sent when the shift is pressed:






Follow this link to see the project worklog!












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  • At 9 October 2011, 4:46:45 user Chris wrote:   [reply @ Chris]
    • This is such a great project. I am truly inspired. Very cool. Love the site too. Please never stop showing us your great projects.


  • At 18 June 2011, 14:06:48 user Stefan wrote:   [reply @ Stefan]
    • Hi there,can you make a code for PIC16F876A or simular of it,because I don't have that microcontroler used in the project. :(


  • At 14 December 2010, 9:16:38 user Kammenos wrote:   [reply @ Kammenos]
    • Well, "lol", as i always, say "Use all your abilities to win". After all, you can get yourself a customizable controller from the market. And then, i hope i meet you in the battlefield... preferably at the opposite team... ;) ;) ;)

      PS: This is not cheating. I don't use a bot to do something that i can't, faster or more accurate. I mean, hey, be wise and gather all the shortcuts that you need close. You can do that. You can customize your shortcuts... You can use the shift key, the control, double clicks...Everything. Is this so hard to do? Or do you miss the LED effect that i have???


  • At 14 December 2010, 8:28:25 user lol wrote:   [reply @ lol]
    • man you are such a nerd, go, get a wife children and a life.
      with this frankenstein like thing you have clearly an unfair advantage
      you super nerd hardwarecheater.


  • At 3 December 2010, 4:03:43 user Don wrote:   [reply @ Don]
    • Oops! Just realized I was reading the comments in backwards chronology! My bad! Sorry, nevermind my last comment!


  • At 3 December 2010, 4:00:56 user Don wrote:   [reply @ Don]
    • Just ran across your site! Thank you! Very informative! A note to Marc Leonhart (since nobody answered him; AND although I haven't studied all the specifics): I believe an input device like this could do anything you would like it to do. It is custom made. I'm sure it could be modified to any purpose!


  • At 17 November 2010, 5:20:29 user Kammenos wrote:   [reply @ Kammenos]
    • brannen. read the worklog. its a construction from a scratch.


  • At 17 November 2010, 2:22:18 user brannen wrote:   [reply @ brannen]
    • i think you used a xbox 360 controller and some hot keys from a key bord


  • At 29 October 2010, 4:52:57 user Antonio wrote:   [reply @ Antonio]
    • respect!!!


  • At 26 October 2010, 19:53:48 user Kammenos wrote:   [reply @ Kammenos]
    • Of course it can. But there are in the market remarkable shortcut consoles for this. You may be interested in this project, either if you want to DIY and for you the trip is more important than the destination, or because you want to do something that the market consoles wont do. In my case, i fit in both cases. The joystick for example is not just a normal arrow key replacement. Does much more that a normal game console cannot be programmed to do. But most of all, i just wanted to do it...


  • At 26 October 2010, 18:50:17 user Marc Leonhardt wrote:   [reply @ Marc Leonhardt]
    • So can a project like this be fitted towards Photoshop and Sai, since I draw with the right I want shortcut keys for the left. But need more button option.





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