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Old 20 June 2012, 04:57   #1
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Worst joystick you've ever encountered

So what's the worst joystick that you have ever crossed paths with, ergonomically or otherwise? Let's leave the PC joysticks and console pads outside and concentrate on sticks and controllers that could be connected to your favorite 8 or 16-bit computer.

For me it has to be the Commodore 1311. Luckily never owned the thing myself but have played with it on a few occasions. Stiff and the triangle shaped stick just drills into your palm. Quickshots and such may not have been the most durable sticks but at least they were pleasant to use.
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Old 20 June 2012, 07:58   #2
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Definitely the two hand held joysticks that came with my A600... I still have them, and I still HATE them.

basically you need two hands all the time to hold it. its not designed to stick on a surface. it's basically got a pistol grip handle, with the fire button designed for your thumb (? why not a trigger?) and the joystick itself on top.

in the end i ended up having to hold the unit with my thighs so i could get more precision on the stick.

I can't for the life of me remember the brand, and they're boxed up at the bottom of a pile of stuff... I've no intention of hunting for them to figure out what they are but i'm looking online to grab a pic.

Had to be the worst design ever.

EDIT, found it! piccies attached. It's called a Mastertronic Magnum
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Old 20 June 2012, 08:20   #3
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yea i had the c64 version of this terminator one totally too big and flimsy i snapped mine first day

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Old 20 June 2012, 08:45   #4
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So what's the worst joystick that you have ever crossed paths with, ergonomically or otherwise? Let's leave the PC joysticks and console pads outside and concentrate on sticks and controllers that could be connected to your favorite 8 or 16-bit computer.

For me it has to be the Commodore 1311. Luckily never owned the thing myself but have played with it on a few occasions. Stiff and the triangle shaped stick just drills into your palm. Quickshots and such may not have been the most durable sticks but at least they were pleasant to use.
It is however wonderful compared to the Commodore 1342

which is the worst i've used. well, my atari joystick that came with the 2600 is probably worse, but that is partly broken :P
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Old 20 June 2012, 09:21   #5
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Had to be the worst design ever.

EDIT, found it! piccies attached. It's called a Mastertronic Magnum
Looks like a bad copy of the Konix Navigator - which despite requiring two hands and possibly being the *noisiest* joystick ever was actually pretty good!
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Old 20 June 2012, 09:24   #6
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Atari 2600 sticks - boy they didn't last too many days before snapping apart. Had to fix with Lexan sheet + contact glue so many times...
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That Konix Navigator looks like a strange alien-esque type device

I think though it may have been more inspired by this:

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Old 20 June 2012, 10:51   #8
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Cool idea shit to use

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Old 20 June 2012, 11:30   #9
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N64 pads, cheap, nasty and plop to boot! (IMPO)
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Old 20 June 2012, 11:47   #10
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Original X-Box controller - AKA The Duke was horrible. Not to be confused with the Controller S, which was ace.

Pretty much any 3rd party controller for any games console. Particuarly Mad Catz stuff, buttons just don't feel right.

Though I will admit that the GeoTech for my PS3 is as good as the official pad, if not slightly better, due to having a 360 layout
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Old 20 June 2012, 11:57   #11
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in the end i ended up having to hold the unit with my thighs so i could get more precision on the stick......
OMG!

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there are some really corkers for title of worst Joystick, that Konix really looks the winner - but I will put up another candidate

Ladies and gentlemen I present

The Cheetah 125+


Now, you might be thinking...well that don't look half bad.... atleast it looks like a joystick compared to the Konix and MasterCHronic from earlier posts...

but this Joystick is like trying to thread a needle with a boxing gloves on... theres absolutely no return and if it wasnt for the thermo plastic, edges, the unit would rip-right through itself before it moved in any direction.

The fire buttons are no better - its the very worst implementation of the lowest form of joystick technology (leaf connectors - no springs - no microswitches).

It truly is a wolf in sheeps clothing... even the Mighty Super Streetfighter gaming legend that is Fitzsteve would not be able to pull off a Ha-do-Ken!

This joystick is an afront to all other claiments - pertaining to be a joystick ... in fact its an afront to mankind in general!
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Old 20 June 2012, 12:03   #12
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Old 20 June 2012, 12:22   #13
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Competition Pro.
I cant stand that joystick.
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Old 20 June 2012, 12:24   #14
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Blimey Zetro, the Cheetah brings back some memories! Truly horrific joystick.

The Competition Pro (highly raved about) sucks as well! Too rigid and just annoying to use! The PS2/XBox 360 pads are just as annoying with their weird layouts and more buttons than the cockpit of a 747

The only ones I've ever got along with are the Quickjoy QS-138F (i use one of these atm) and the original Sega Master System Joypads.
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Old 20 June 2012, 12:38   #15
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The konix speedking was for me the worst joystick ever. Couldn't even work out how to hold the damn thing properly never mind use it. My brother thought it was the best joystick ever.
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The PS2/XBox 360 pads are just as annoying with their weird layouts and more buttons than the cockpit of a 747
I actually really like the 360 controller.

The Cheater mentioned above brings back some memories, yep you had to proper shove it around to get some response out of it.

The N64 controller was also pretty horrid.

Another contender for the apple pippin

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Old 20 June 2012, 13:43   #17
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Gentlemen, I give you the Amstrad Official JY1/2 for the CPC range.

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/imgs/a/ac/Jy2.jpg

Bloody terrible thing. Just about the cheapest plastic ever (typical Amstrad) but the real kicker was that the second joystick port was on the JY1, so until adaptors came out, you were stuck with one of the horrible things
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Old 20 June 2012, 13:46   #18
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Hands down, the worst is having to use the Wii controller and the nunchuk, it really p$%@# me off. (now ask me how i really feel
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Old 20 June 2012, 13:59   #19
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let it out kipps..... dont hold back....
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The only ones I've ever got along with are the Quickjoy QS-138F (i use one of these atm) and the original Sega Master System Joypads.
I agree 100%.
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