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A History of Game Controllers (Infographic)

by Sean P. Aune | February 23, 2011February 23, 2011 6:00 am PDT

The history of game controllers teaches us that all controllers seem to eventually looking like one another.

Game controllers have been entering our homes since 1972, so it isn’t that surprising that you would begin seeing some similarities between devices over the years, especially since there has been 82 of them over the years according to this chart from Pop Chart Lab.  (click image for a larger view)

While the vast majority of these are well-known, there are some surprises such as hat first rifle controller for the Magnavox Odyssey back in 1972.  Considering the system was rudimentary at best, it’s surprising it was able to do anything beyond the most basic of functions.  Luckily it looks like the releases have calmed down in the recent years, but in the system generation before this one, it looks like the companies really went nuts with releases.

What do you think?  Do any of these controllers surprise you?


[via Pop Chart Lab]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...