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Diablo 3 arcade machine
Diablo 3 arcade machine
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Diablo 3 modified to work with joystick and button controls for an arcade cabinet.

Dave Niewinski prefers to play his hack-and-slash action games standing up, using a joystick and buttons. That's why he built an arcade cabinet and custom controls to play Diablo 3.

"I grew up playing Gauntlet on old-school arcade machines," the Diablo 3 arcade cabinet creator writes on his blog. He says he made no modification to the game files, but instead "wrote an intermediate program in VB.NET to interface the controls with the game."

Niewinski says all of the game's classes are playable with his control scheme.

"Most of the buttons are dual-purpose," explains Niewinski. "Clicking on a button might equate to a left-click in game, or skill number 1 if clicked in conjunction with another button. Moving the joystick moves the mouse around the screen so you can target individual monsters/objects. Holding the button on the top of the joystick moves the character around without changing the position you were targeting. This allows you to 'run and gun' as you're always aiming in the same direction, but can run in a different direction."