When the 2600 was first created, it was assumed by the designers that the console would be very near the person playing on it. So a lot of games rely on pressing a button on the console to either start the game, to reset a game after failing, to pause a game etc. (you all know this...but I am just framing here). Well, I have an 7800 and it does not sit anywhere close to me and trying to move it closer to where I normally sit (love seat) would make my setup messy and it would be hassle. Due to the nature of this design, I find myself not playing on it as much as I would normally do simply because it's annoying. It's one thing to get up and change a cart, it's another to have to constantly get up to do something with each game!
Since the 7800 has 4 push buttons that are software controlled (4 posts but the posts are mirrored) and are not physical switches, I decided that I could wire up an 7800 remote control. I did a quick proof of concept by attaching a push button to a couple of the buttons to make sure everything worked fine and it does. Now all I need to do is figure out what kind of connection/wire I want to use to connect the 7800 to a remote control box. I know I could use an arduino and BT and remote control it that way easy enough, but I feel like this project needs a physical connection. My question to you guys is what do you think would be an aesthetically in-line connection type that I could fairly easily get my hands on and use? My only qualifications are that I need it to have at least 5 wires (4 active wires and a common ground) and I'd like it to be small so I could easily hide it on the side of the console.
My first thought was to use RJ45 as it is easy to come by, it has enough wires, and I could get a thin braided cable that is pretty flexible. However, the downside to using RJ45 is they snap into place. That could mean if somebody ran into/tripped on the wire, it could not only yank my 7800 hard and damage it but also more likely to trip the person. I could clip that off but as anybody knows RJ45's don't like to stay connected without it. What would be a good alternative to this? I was thinking maybe a mini-din8. But i can only seem to find beige cabling and I'd like to keep everything black. I also want something that is around 10 feet. I've looked at a few other things as well but nothing quite fits my criteria so I figured I'd ask here.
Any suggestions are welcome!