i love playing rts games like age of empires, command & conquer etc. and i would like to play that on my joystick from my chair (like a captain's chair) but my joystick has only a few buttons, so i thought i could use the arduino to create 2 joysticks and many buttons on my chair.
my idea is to let the arduino read 2 joysticks (4 analog ports) and like 20 buttons (with multiplexing or something) and the arduino writes the analog value of the joysticks and the state of the buttons to the pc over a virtual serial port.
but here it comes, i don't know anything about writing applications on the pc so is there an piece of software that creates an virtual joystick and accepts serial commands?
edit; like these joysticks http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=9032 and a lot of these buttons http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=97