Episode 13: Video Game Controllers

For the second episode of this season, Luke, Sam, and Andy take a look at how we’ve controlled video games throughout the generations; from the earliest rheostats to the mighty joystick, the humble D-pad, and the motion controls of today.

As a visual accompaniment to this episode, we’ve put together a set of supplementary photos showing the controllers mentioned throughout the episode – this can be downloaded here.

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Evolution of Video Game Controllers: How Simple Switches Lead to the Development of the Joystick and the Directional Pad by William Lu
https://web.stanford.edu/group/htgg/sts145papers/wlu_2003_1.pdf