Not familiar with edge detection, do you mean just a state change detection?
If I used that, I would still need a slight delay on it, right?
Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on what you do after you detect a switch press.
I appreciate all the help, I'm an artist not an engineer, sometimes it's like reading chinese! F.Y.I., the end goal is to build a box with a lid that looks like a Nintendo controller, and the box can only be opened by entering the Konami code, should be pretty awesome.
You probably want a small delay, then. About 10 milliseconds.