* Desktop Arcade Control Panels For Computer and Console Systems * *
Real Arcade Joysticks:
GOPODULAR!® manufactures the only arcade joystick panels on the market
that allow for upgrades and expansion this easily. By using the Podular
System, you can play games as intended and without compromise. With
our trademark Swappable Cartridge Encoder
System, our controllers are future proof. It also allows us to use native
encoders for each gaming platform which means no more lag from adapters! We're using
only the best components from around the world to make our joysticks the best you can
buy. If you're a tournament player, or are working towards it, rest assured that
with GOPODULAR! products, "There Will Be No Compromise".
Retro Style Gaming on Multiple Platforms:
There are very few
manufacturers that support cross-platform use, and when they do, they only support it
through various adapters. This method "works", but can cause lag
and/or button translation. GOPODULAR! offers the only true
solution... swappable encoders. Our controls are based around our trademark Swappable Cartridge Encoder System.
This method allows our arcade inputs to be fused with the native circuit board(s)
required for each system. Have a PlayStation? Use PlayStation circuitry,
not some second rate adapter. Want to move the controller to your PC? Swap to
the PC cartridge. There are no shortcuts with this method, only 100% pure and
original code for each platform.
Not only is this a better way to go, it still gives you the freedom to "try"
any adapters you may already have. They may work! Some
do and some don't, that's the drawback of using adapters. You don't know which
ones work, which ones remap the controls, and which ones will still be available when
yours fails. No other manufacturer gives you the choice between off the shelf
adapters and an easy to swap cartridge that houses a native controller PCB.
That's because no other manufacturer demands this level of accuracy in their
product. We do. Plus we're hard at work expanding our supported consoles lineup.
It's sad that each time Nintendo comes out with a new console, they change the layout
and design of their controllers. So does Microsoft with their Xbox controllers.
With a GOPODULAR! arcade panel, you don't need to learn a new controller layout.
Just purchase the appropriate Swappable Cartridge Encoder, plug it in, and play on
the same control panel you're used to using!
Thought in Design:
manufacturers require you to "make do" with a single joystick layout for every
game you want to play. It may be uncomfortable, it may not even have all the buttons
available! GOPODULAR! is the only manufacturer that is offering a wide selection of control layouts. We put a
LOT of thought into our designs before a new controller is released. All of our
control panels feature our trademark front interface that has both player 1 and player 2
"coin-up" buttons and "administrative" buttons that can be configured
for various functions under MAME and other
emulators. We don't put parts in a cheap rectangular box made out of "Wal-Mart
wood" with paper-thin coverings. We use only real laminate
like on your kitchen counter. Our panels are designed so there are NO bolts, screws,
nails, or anything else stuck through the top. All of the mounting hardware is embedded
below the top laminate. Some of our competitors use wood screws from the bottom to
hide the mounting hardware. That's a bad methos because it can strip out or even
pull out and leave you with a worthless box. We designed and manufacture our own
metal mounting plates for joysticks just like the ones used for mounting trackballs in
Golden Tee machines! They're made to take a pounding. If you're trying to play
games on a competitors panel, you're not getting the full gaming experience. Top-end
gamers need top-end products.
Highest-Quality Arcade Parts:
not use substandard "imitation" controls. Some manufacturers are using
joysticks and buttons coming out of Korea & China that just DO NOT have the quality
and longevity of American, European, and Japanese arcade parts. Each control panel
offered by us is filled with genuine, high quality arcade controls from suppliers like
SANWA, Cherry, Seimitsu, Ultimarc, Happ and iL. We buy parts that are
top-of-the-line, not imitations. If you are considering purchasing a control panel
from someone else, ask them who manufactures the parts they use first. Are the parts
cheap or are they the best? Do they make their own house-brand to cut
costs? There's a huge difference in terms of feel, accuracy, and quality in arcade
parts. We use nothing but the best parts for the application. We list our
parts so you can search the internet and get feedback on each component prior to your
The Simplicity of a Gamepad Encoder:
Your PC will see your
controller as a gamepad. This allows you to use it for every PC game that allows
gamepad inputs. Just plug it in! Our arcade controllers are not just for
retro games either, sports titles are incredible to play with an arcade quality
controller. Now you can play them with "enthusiasm" because you know our
controllers can take the abuse. By using a gamepad based encoder, you have the
freedom to bring your controller to your friends or have them bring theirs to your
house. You can even trade your controllers for the weekend. The more
controllers (and friends) you have, the more fun it is. With GOPODULAR! controllers,
you can turn your PC into the ultimate console system. Want to use your controller
with a game that only takes keyboard inputs? Then use a software program like
"Joy2Key" or "RB-Joy" (part German,
part English site). These programs let you map the gamepad inputs to whatever
keystroke you need. That makes almost any game compatible with our
controllers! On top of that, with the Swappable Cartridge Encoders, your
controller will be seen as a legitimate console controller when you plug
it into your console based system. There will be no button translation or lag like
Podular System Approach:
control panels are designed to be part of a whole, or to stand on their own. No
other manufacturer offers this flexibility in this neat of a package. Search the
internet for examples. The only great looking controllers are custom built, by
hand, by the person using it. That requires a TON of research, a TON of planning and
a TON of construction time. There are several pitfalls to fall into while building a
real arcade controller. That is the advantage of the Podular System. We do all
that work for you. Professional parts, professional design, and a professional
commitment to the future to make sure your purchase doesn't become outdated. We have
new products to roll out that will add to what you've already bought from
us. You can use one control panel with a pile of different cartridges, or use one
cartridge with a pile of different control panels.
Nobody else lets you mix-n-match like this!
Don't buy something ugly. Remember back when you went to the arcade
and saw some brand new game with eye candy all over it? Maybe it was the marquee, or
the sideart, but whatever it was, artwork can & does put the finishing touches on
things. GOPODULAR! control panels have professionally designed artwork. It's
what completes the whole package. Check our pictures and compare them with
other manufacturers. Notice that our artwork isn't printed on "glossy
paper" that needs to be protected by Plexiglas. Our artwork is printed on
commercial grade material just like real arcade cabinets. It's made to look good for
the long haul.
There's a reason why our
control panels are built like they are... we've taken a "system approach"
in our design. You're buying a system you can tailor to your specific needs, not
someone else's. Our arcade control panels are made to be brought over to friends
houses or the next competition event. You can borrow a friends panel or lend them
yours. Your encoder cartridge will work with their panel, and yours will work on
theirs! It's a modular solution!
Face it, other companies are able to sell their control panels cheap for a
reason. They use low quality parts and skimp out on both quality and features.
Don't settle for a cheap controller. If you want the absolute best,
with no compromises, there's only one solution... GOPODULAR!