Hack: Use a guitar as a fighting game controller

The "rhythm fighting game" genre is born as Street Fighter and Guitar Hero collide to give your rhythm controllers new life

Are you a guitar hero whose tired of the same old songs? Or maybe you're a dancer whose ready for a new revolution? A few enterprising hackers have found some interesting pairings that just might change the way you think about that old Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) pad, or give you a reason to build your own guitar controller!

OpenChord, a Guitar Hero-style game controller created by open-source hardware hackers from real guitars, has been re-purposed to emulate a Playstation 3 DualShock controller. Instead of using it as a rhythm controller, one of the OpenChord team have paired it with Street Fighter 4 to create some sweet chin music. Check out the video for an example of Chun Li strumming her way to victory!

Another legendary fighting game, Mortal Kombat, has also received the rhythm controller treatment, thanks to the San Jose State University Game Development Club. Rather than guitars, these SJSU students have adapted a pair of Dance Dance Revolution pads for a series of elimination events known as the "Mortal Kombat Dance Dance to the Death."

While the OpenChord controller seems especially difficult for the non-musical among us, the DDR pad offers some fun (and frantic) matches for anyone ready for a work-out! Take a look at the videos, and start a tournament of your own!

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