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History of the Game Control Device
Transcript of History of the Game Control Device
Gaming Control Device
Donavan See and Matthew Shaw
Intro to Engineering and Design
The Original Game Control Device
The very first game control device was created by Atari to go along with their newly released game: Pong. Pong (invented by Nolan Bushnell) called for a game control device that was given the name, “The Paddle”. The paddle is a very simple game control device. It involves a plastic wheel, a couple buttons, and a cord to plug into the gaming device. The paddle used a potentiometer to measure and change voltage output according to the varying angles of the wheel. Gaming control devices were created to allow humans to “communicate” to the computer and provide a new pass time activity.
William Rusch filled out a patent application in 1969 for a “Television Gaming Apparatus” which called for the use of a "Paddle" controller to move objects on the screen that collided with other objects.
Inventing and innovating game control devices lies in the hands of electrical engineers. These engineers work on objects that involve any type of electrical parts or electrical circuiting. Since controllers take lots of circuit boards and wiring of electrical items, they call for the attention of the electrical discipline of engineering.
Game control devices have expanded so much since "The Paddle". They have made their way into common households and provide many people a new means of entertainment. Additionally, they create a large opportunity for big companies like Microsoft or Sony to really make some money off of these game systems.
The Impact of Game Control Devices on Our Society
Addition of Joystick
THE EVOLUTION OF GAME CONTROL DEVICES
Look! We've got a D-Pad now!
I can kind of see how it would fit the hand now...
Ah I see! Buttons with different colors!
So you changed colored buttons into buttons with shapes! Clever...
Wait! Is that a thumb stick?
Whoa there, two thumb sticks is getting intense!
So. Many. Buttons!
Those are some fancy button shapes...
Notice anything different?
Hey! Don't hide! I know you've got two triggers AND two bumper triggers!
A controller stick! With a magic sensor!
Excuse me? I only have to use my body?!
Psst! This ball right here lights up.
A screen on a full fledged controller? Nice!
I wonder what the future holds...
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