I am currently in the process of designing a custom arcade-style joystick console for use with emulators on my PC. My design separates each joystick console from a single keyboard-encoder "hub" such that I may add additional joysticks or upgrade the encoder circuit without modifying existing joystick consoles. The connection to the hub may span several feet, much like existing joysticks connect to their game systems.
While designing, I became puzzled as to which cable and connectors to use for connecting a console to the hub. I need at least 12 signal wires for each console (joystick directions, buttons, and ground) and so I thought of using a standard HD-15 VGA cable and terminals. I am now dubious that this will work in general as I've read that some VGA cables don't wire all the pins.
Is the use of HD-15 cables suitable for my design and usage? It is definitely attractive as it is inexpensive and generally available.
What other cable and connector options are available to me and suitable for this project? Jumper cables are appealing as they connect without soldering, but they don't appear to be available in long lengths or as resistant to tangling as a VGA cable.