When I introduced Car Hacks last week, I mentioned that cars can be thought of as huge rolling collections of interesting parts. This week I’m putting that idea to the test, by using some of those interesting parts to do something they were never remotely meant to do. Specifically, the parts are power seat controls, and the something to do is playing a 30-year old game of Ms.Pac-Man. And it works pretty damn well.
More specifically, I took the power seat control switch panel from an early ’80s Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser and rewired it to work as the controller for an equally ’80s Atari 2600. This same basic method can be used to make a USBMAME controller for a modern PC or Mac, so those of you not afflicted with Atari nostalgia can play as well.