Who invented the video game controller

Joysticks: An Illustrated History of Game Controllers 1972-2004

The joystick is the interface between human and screen action, between reality and fantasy. Millions of players' hands have been twisting and squeezing it for 30 years. Joysticks, the second work by Gameplan, is the book on the most beautiful accessories in the world, a dictionary and an illustrated history of input devices.

From the classic Atari stick to the handy pads from Sega and Nintendo to the optical precision devices of the present day ego shooter, joysticks play with the best, but also the most notorious controllers.

Joysticks provoke emotions: controllers will have to be thrown out of the window after the eleventh game over as a last excuse: "I can't help it - my pad is stuck" are the final words of the multiplayer loser. Scapegoat, accomplice and lifesaver: Pad and stick are the only accessories that every player takes in their hand - they connect.

In cooperation with Take 2, Winnie Forster and Stephan Freundorfer present the reference work for all game fans: Joysticks shows the best, the coolest, the bizarre and daring controllers from 30 years of computer and video game history.


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Joysticks for collectors, connoisseurs and modern gamers:

  • around 400 photos and drawings
  • History, technology and functions - all information about 200 devices
  • classic museum pieces - for the first time in their full glory
  • the most important and iconic controllers of the home computer era
  • the best precision devices for PC and consoles
  • Special chapter on the evolution of game controllers
  • Great technology index

Joysticks: An Illustrated History of Game Controllers 1972-2004
First edition: thread-bound, 144 pages completely in color. With detailed attachments and device directory.
Price: 17,80 €
ISBN: 3-00-012183-8