|MadSci Network: Computer Science|
Hi Mike! I always wanted to know how that gun worked, too! I always just assumed it was a little positional sensor of some sort. Turns out that's not the way it works at all. There's an answer to your question in the Archives: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/jul99/932797371.Eg.r.html Note that there are TWO answers there, though. I wanted to know which one was right, so I did a little more research and found the actual U.S. Patent for this device. You can view the patent at this address: http://patent.womplex.ibm.com/cgi-bin/viewpat.cmd/US04813682__. (If you read carefully, you'll find out there's a difference between hooking the gun up to a television and an actual arcade game. The TV needs a sync signal from the game controller.) The patent is kind of technical, so if you want a less complicated explanation, check here: http://www.wserv.com/~abort/html/nintendo.html I also found a site that has some of the pin-outs for the gun and game controller, though the site is really more concerned with making this work with a computer. If you are interested, look here: http://zansiii.millersv.edu/nintendo.html I hope that helps answer your question. If you need more help, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I had fun learning about this! ;) Your MadSci, -Matt
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