I was playing a video game on my PC and found that my poor little fingers were getting sore from pressing the WASD keys. Since I am playing this game a lot perhaps I could find a way to ease the pain by using a joystick or gamepad. I already have a couple of old gamepads lying around that won't work due to compatibility issues so I was reluctant to buy a new one. So I made a little joystick that can be placed on the keyboard. It is light weight and portable, no cables to plug in and there is no need to download any drivers. Just set it on your keyboard and it is ready to go.
Bonus: I created a 3d model of the joystick. See step 5 below!
Step 1: What you will need
Sugru or make you can make your own here. You can also make it with clay but you will likely need to but some rubber feet on the bottom to grip the keys batter.
Thinner wire (20 gauge)
Needle nose pliers
Step 2: Choose Your keys
Although the game I'm playing used WASD keys to move, I wasn't sure how well the joystick would work with having the ASD keys all in a row, whether moving the joystick to the right would also press the center key. I decided to use WAXD instead (I can reassign the keys in the game). Using the arrow keys may have the same problem. You can also use the 8426 keys on the number pad . I found that the joystick that I made works on both the WAXD and the 8426 on the number pad even though the rows of letters on the keyboard have a slight skew.