I have a spare Arduino Uno lying around, which I figured I could attempt to turn into a game controller. First clear issue, that immediately popped up, was that there are not enough digital input pins on the board, but I think I can get around that by using analog pins with appropriate external resistors (is that actually a possibility?).
Another one, more severe, is that I'm not sure how I would need to go around wiring microswitch buttons with the board. Assuming they short the circuit when pushed (SPST), I could simply wire one contact to an input pin, set to
INPUT_PULLUP mode, and connect the other to ground. However, since I know little about how such circuits work, I'm immediately in doubt about two things. Considering the board would be used as a controller, an external power source is out of question and I'd only want to rely on the USB power. Since I want to use plenty of buttons (up to fifteen), out of caution I'm worried that shorting this many input pins to the ground at once could overload the... regulator I think?
So my question is this: is it safe to use multiple, potentially simultaneously pressed, buttons connected to input pins on an Arduino Uno board, powered solely from a USB port? Additionally, just to be clear, is it normal to connect them all to a common ground on the board?