From Paddles to Joysticks to D-Pads to Shoulder Buttons the video game controller has evolved over the last 40 years, what we have in modern times seems to be an accepted formula for controller design. Here you’ll see 20 examples from across video game history, as you’ll see the humble video game controller has changed significantly. But, can you identify each video game console to which they belong?
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David primarily writes retro video game content for Culture of Gaming, he is almost exclusively a retro gamer and a collector of classic games and video game consoles. He fancies himself a bit of a video game historian with a deep love for video game and arcade game history and so is the host and creator of Culture of Gaming’s Retro Rumble Podcast. He comes from Wales in the United Kingdom though absolutely loves the country and culture of Japan. He is a professional poker player and often listens to The Cure, metal, blues or jazz. When not, he spends most of his time gaming, hunting for classic video games, reading, practising the guitar, watching anime, sci-fi or horror movies and cooking Japanese food.