By John Brownlee at 10:53 am Fri, Nov 14, 2008
Atari USB Joystick [Legacy Engineer]
Isn’t a basic command of English grammar a job requirement for a copy writer? An editor?
“Wiggle it just like you USED to” if you’re going to that sentence at all.
It’s definitely an iconic design, but the joystick was my most hated thing about the 2600. Uncomfortable, impossible to move quickly, squeaky… hopefully they updated it with microswitches in addition to the USB.
so it’s not a reference to the classic 90’s song: “wiggle it”?
I was thinking the very same thing #1 .. but ever since ‘think different’ .. I accepted that grammar has left the building …
Curt Vendel is the brilliant engineer behind this stick and the Atari Flashback 2.0 retro console released in 2005.
Vendel designed this stick so you could remove the PC Board (which offers 10 extra fire button contacts) and use it as a dirt cheap USB controller interface for a MAME cabinet.
The photo isn’t much cup either: at first sight it looks like the thing is about 4x taller at the base than it is. Pretty much anything else would be better than this icky “try to make it look like it’s shooting into space!” concept.
Now you’ve done it, you put that “wiggle it” song in my head. Bistids.
I did my time on the 2600 joystick (turning over the score on pacman left me with hands that wouldn’t uncurl from the shape of the base) but if you want to give me classics which represent true greatness give me a Competition Pro 5000 or a Powerplay Cruiser. Now *those* were joysticks!
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This would have been a nice add-on for the plug-n-play version; plug it into your TV and it has built in games, or add a usb lead and plug it into your PC…
Damn, no I wish someone made that…
#8: You’ll want to be visiting http://www.vesalia.de/e_competitionusb.htm perhaps.
Excellent… now they just need to make a replacement Atari 5200 joystick…
There was someone making usb adapters so that you could plug 2600 joysticks (or presumably any joystick that used that plug) into a usb port but they seem to have disappeared.
I’ve been deliberating whether to buy a Competition Pro for months now. These comments have just made me cave in and order one from Amazon and it took all of 5 seconds. The internet is bad.
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