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Gaming Control Device

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Lucas Stock

on 5 October 2012

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Gaming Control Device When was the the first gaming control device invented? The first widely recognized gaming controller was the "Paddle" invented in 1972 for the hit game "Pong". Who invented the product? The "Paddle" was by invented Atari Incorporated to go along with their newly invented game "Pong." Patents http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/130152/the_ten_most_important_video_game_.php?print=1 In 1969 William Rusch filed a patent for a "Television Gaming Apparatus" that used a paddle controller. What materials were originally used to make the product? The paddle controller consisted of a plastic wheel that rotated on a fixed arc (about 330 degrees) and had one or more fire buttons. They were typically made with a cord to plug into the gaming system. Cord Fire Button Rotating Wheel How was the product originally made? The paddle was made as a gaming controller for the Magnavox Odyssey gaming system. It was created by having a potentiometer in the paddle which allowed it to change and measure the voltage output at varying angles of the wheel. Potentiometer What improvements have been made to the design? Game control devices have steadily improved over time as our technology has advanced over the past few years. The original "Paddle" design for a game controller has made big advancements that have improved user experience. Some of the changes featured on the timeline include the addition of D-pads, joysticks, action buttons, wireless controllers, and eventually motion sensing. These improvements have allowed for a more user friendly and enjoyable way to play games. Game Controllers Over Time 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 1972 "Paddle" 1977 Joystick Blake Patterson andLucas Stock IED 7 1984 D-Pad 1995 More Buttons... 2002 Wireless 2006 Motion Sensing 2010 Infrared Projecting Disciplines of Engineering Involved There are two main engineering disciplines involved with the creation of the game controller: electrical engineers and control engineers. The design process involved control and electrical engineers, because the main components of gaming control devices involve electricity and controlling. Control engineering is a type of engineering that uses dynamic systems to make the gaming control device create the desired action. Electrical engineering is present to because the controllers use many electrical parts and circuits. Both of these fields are very alike and are sometimes considered the same, but they both contribute to the making of the gaming controller device. Society and Global Impact Society and global electronic games were improved, with the invention of game controllers game consoles were able to expand to people’s homes and allowing home entertainment to improve overtime while improving the game consoles and the new and improved gaming controlling devices. Over time the gaming controller device changed at a relatively steady rate. The first created controller was the paddle. Then next the joystick, the joystick was already created for planes but it had not been converted to games till 1977. After the joystick was the D-pad the D-pad was created in 1984. Then next was adding more button inputs and with adding more buttons you need more room and with that they created what’s like the ps2 controller. Now after the buttons was the controversial wireless controller. The first reliable wireless controller created by Nintendo. After the wireless we created motion sensing creating a new age in gaming where u doesn’t have to have a controller and instead u just moves your body the way you are supposed to. That is the kinect which uses an infrared projector to sense your body movements and project them into the game. Controller of the Future (Wii U) Sources Guy, M. (2008, April 1). Video game console library. Retrieved from http://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/art-controller.htm
Official Nintendo web page. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.nintendo.com/?country=US&lang=en
Xbox official site. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.xbox.com/en-US/KINECT
Atari official site. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.atari.com/
Elliot, R. (2002, January). Beginners' guide to potentiometers . Retrieved from http://sound.westhost.com/pots.htm Gaming control devices have impacted our society by expanding the video game industry to the comforts of our home. These gaming system have contributed to the improvement of home entertainment for our generation and have provided an enjoyable pastime for all ages. Gaming Control Devices By: Lucas Stock and Blake Patterson
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