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Old 03 July 2007, 06:53   #26
Brutal DLX
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Originally Posted by Zetr0
The Atari 2600 Joystick...

I seriously doubt I could say the same for any joystick today being able to put up with that kind of punnishment!
I agree they were certainly robust, but I'd have to say they were also one of the least ergonomically-friendly joysticks I've ever used. After extended gaming sessions, it felt like I might need both of my hands amputated.

Personally, I always really liked this joystick:

http://yape.homeserver.hu/gallery/c16joysmall.jpg

(the picture features the C16 version, but the version I had with my C64 was, part from the connecting pins, identical)

As bare bones as they come, but it took a hell of a lot of punishment and lasted from my C64 years well into my Amiga 500 period. It eventually died after a particularly spiteful Speedball 2 clash with Super Nashwan. From memory, no microswitches in this baby, but there was a certain kind of warmth with it. There was a particular kind of shot for goal I mastered with this joystick for Speedball 2 that I just couldn't seem to replicate with other joysticks.
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