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Game Controllers

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H Johnston

on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of Game Controllers

Gamepad
Paddle
Controllers
Gamepads (also known as joypads) is a controller that needs to be held in both hands, using the fingers and thumb to press button and swivel a joystick like button. Gamepads usually have a number of action buttons and a control stick/button. Action buttons are usually located on the right hand side of the controller were as the movement controls are on the left, there can also be buttons at the top of controller that can do additional actions, but usually relevant to a game.
Game controllers have changed throughout the history of gaming. From paddles, to game pads and joysticks, the history of game controllers have differred throughout the years.
Game Controllers
The most popular type of controllers are game pads, as well as motion censored.
A paddle is a controller that features a round wheel and one or more fire buttons. The wheel is typically used to control movement of the player or of an object along one axis of the video screen. Paddle controllers were the first analog controllers and they lost popularity when "paddle and ball" type games fell out of favor. A variation on the Paddle, the Atari driving controller appeared on the Atari 2600. Designed specifically for the game Indy 500, it functioned almost identically in operation and design to the regular paddle controller. The exceptions were that its wheel can be continuously rotated in either direction, and it was missing the extra paddle included on the previous model. Unlike a spinner, friction prevented the wheel from gaining momentum.
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