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Old 13 June 2010, 17:55   #13
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The original/old Amiga etc version had mechanical switches. They are akin to relay switches - two metal blades that you push together. My wife has been giving one plenty of stick (arf!) for about 11 years on Galaga - and I only recently had to strip & clean it.

The current version - the ones you link to - have microswitches fitted.

These are supposed to be reliable, but if you are the type who gives their joystick a right bashing, you might like to think about getting some spare microswitches (they are easy enough to swap).

Incidentally, it's quite easy to mod a USB version and put an Amiga/Atari etc lead on it instead.

Oh yeah - the new version also makes a helluva racket with the loud clicking - especially the fire button, if you have no autofire.

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