Joystick

There are 87 games documented on PixelatedArcade supporting Joystick for Atari 2600.
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Joystick is part of the category Input Devices.
The joystick attribute indicates games which allowed input either solely or partially with the use of a joystick.

Joysticks came in two main varieties, analog or digital. Analog joysticks provided a continuous range of values as the stick was moved so games could determine not only which direction it was being moved but how far. Digital joysticks used discrete values so games perceived the stick as either being pushed a specific direction or not moved at all. Throughout the 80's the majority of IBM and PC compatible computers used analog joysticks. A few PC's, such as Amstrad PC's, used digital joysticks. Outside of the IBM/compatible world, most computer systems (including the Amiga, Commodore 64, Atari ST, and many others) also used digital joysticks.

Pictures

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IBM PCjr joystick
IBM Game Control Adapter
Unlike many computer systems from the era, the IBM PC and many compatible computers did not include a joystick port built into the system (there were some exceptions including the IBM PCjr or Tandy 1000). This ISA adapter card allowed joysticks to be used with IBM PC, PC/XT, PC/AT and other IBM compatible computers which did not include a joystick port as standard.
Tandy 1000 joystick
TI-99/4A Joysticks
Model #: PHP 1100, UPC: 0 33317 00167 5
Joysticks for the TI-99/4A computer came in pairs so only one joystick port was needed for connecting two joysticks.
Wico Command Control Joystick
Wico Command Control for Commodore computers, Atari computers and game systems, and (with an adapter) the Atari 5200 and TI-99/4A. Shown here is the joystick with the adapter for the Atari 5200.
Suncom Tac-2 Joystick Controller
UPC: 0 21626 00104 2
The Tac-2 Joystick (Totally Accurate Joystick Controller) is a third party joystick controller for Atari game consoles, Atari computers, Commodore computers, and TI-99/4(A) computers.
3rd Party Joysticks
Assorted 3rd Party joysticks for Atari and Commodore computers
IBM PS/1 Joystick
Joystick Packaging
Atari 2600 Joystick
CH Products FlightStick
While the CH Products FlightStick was designed for flight simulators, it was compatible with any game supporting a joystick. Versions were available for IBM PC computers or the Apple II series.

Marketing

Product catalogs, magazines, flyers, or other documentation Joystick has appeared in.
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Product Catalogs
500XJ joystick in Epyx product catalog Powerplayers joystick in the Mindscape product catalog
Magazine Advertisements
Spectravision QuickShot joystick - December 1982 magazine ad Kraft Joystick - 1983 magazine ad Amiga Corporation Power-Stick - 1983 magazine ad Wico Command Control - 1983 magazine ad Wico Command Control - 1984 magazine ad PointMaster Competition Joystick - 1984 magazine ad Competition PRO - 1984 magazine ad CH Products - November 1991 magazine ad