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Five game-changing console controllers

posted Nov 5, 2009, 8:31 PM by Troy Cheek

1) Atari 2600 Joystick (1977)

Boil all joysticks down to their most basic and this is what you get. The Atari 2600 broke a hell of a lot of ground. In fact, by the time it was through it was pretty much surrounded by dust. One hugely important area was the game controllers. The paddles used in Pong and such are obviously legendary in their own right but it was the classic, stubby, heavy rubber knob and single red fire button that was face that launched a thousand sticks. It wasn't the first such device. They'd existed for many years in more complex forms in aircraft and other serious applications but it was Atari that came up with the electrical standard for gaming that took the design on through 16-bit computing and as far as the Atari ST and Amiga.

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