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Old 21 August 2016, 22:39   #1
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The Holy Grail of 9-pin Joysticks

Dear EAB,

In all my travels throughout the gaming universe, I have encountered many joysticks - some good, some bad, some common, some uncommon... but none have eluded me as much as this tone - one of the rarest, if not THE rarest, Atari-style controllers. I even got to use it once, and only once - the "Arcade Professional" by Emax Computing (image below). Has anybody seen or heard of this controller, besides me?

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Old 22 August 2016, 09:33   #2
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Bad review of it from https://archive.org/details/Personal..._Games_Issue05

"Emax Computing's Arcade Profes-
sional comes with a truly awesome
warning: 'This panel,' you are told, ‘is a
professional module. It is not a toy.'

Well, if it isn't a toy it isn't going to sell
very well, because the number of people
I know who make a living playing
arcade games is pretty small.

The Arcade Professional is an enor-
mous module, as befits its price. The
base measures about a foot across,
dwarfing the stick itself. The 'non-slip
foam base' doesn’t prevent the module
from roaming around the table when
you get excited.

Control is very disappointing; the
steel stick is too loose in the base and,
consequently, response time is slow.
What is worse is that the stick is in the
ideal position for left-handers. I have
nothing against these people, but I do
believe that the right-handed are in the
majority, even among the arcade profes-

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Hmm... didn't sell well, apparently (in the UK, at least). I see. Looks like I will be sticking with my TAC 2. (In the 3rd Doctor's voice) It seems that I am some kind of a galactic yoyo!
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