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    Default Re: VG&T's Greatest Controllers Countdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor View Post
    What's the verdict, @Big Pete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor View Post
    Looks pretty monstrous to me. Two extra jut-out bits at the bottom. A bizarre button layout on the right. Even more frightening than the N64!

    I still don't know what it is
    It's the Gamecube controller.

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    I got my list in!

    Quote Originally Posted by Emperor View Post
    Coincidentally, I had a new controller experience just yesterday. Played Streets of Rage with a friend on his Genesis. I like the compactness of older controllers and that is no exception, but all the buttons didn't always register input. Sometimes I had to press them quite firmly which got annoying after a while. Don't know if that's just age or whether all the controllers were like that.
    I think that must have just been the controller you were using, Genny controllers are pretty tight, I've made perfect runs through Shinobi III, I don't think that would be possible with a laggy controller(I'm not as good playing that game with a Playstation 2 or 3 controller because of the way the d-pads are designed, Genny controller d-pad is just right though). Sometimes it is just the game too though, like Revenge of Shinobi the controls aren't as tight and responsive as Shinobi III for example, just the way the game is programmed, some Genesis games were just programmed with clumsy controls. Haven't played the original Streets of Rage in a while.
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    Cool idea.

    The 360 controller is an obvious number one for me, but it's going to be fun deciding what comes after it.

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    Default Re: VG&T's Greatest Controllers Countdown

    You are all spoiled!

    I had a very early pc where the joystick plugged into a com port and it had slides on the X and y axis that required constant calibration, it was as analog as it gets... And games in those days weren't really designed for keyboard play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron View Post
    The PS4 controller is just excellent. It feels so comfortable to use...going back to the PS3/2 controller after using it for a while is such a big downgrade.

    I love the GameCube controller and I've got a lot of love for the Wii U gamepad too.
    PS4 controller is my #1 by a light year. I've never been more comfortable holding a controller in my life. When the next Sony console comes out I'm very interested to see what they do for a controller, if anything. They could just use this same controller forever and I'd be fine with it.

    I have a certain love for the N64 controller but it's going to be low on my list due to the issues already raised in this thread. I think the "clunkiness" aspect is moot because of how different it was, so many people just took some getting used to it in order to use it. And it was very innovative even if Nintendo didn't make their future controllers much better. But yeah, the joystick was garbage and I had to replace more than one controller due to it breaking/becoming too loose to use, and the switching from joystick to D-pad was impossible to get used to.

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    I forgot about this. I'm a deadbeat Dad.

    Let's see if we can get a court order for back child support!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
    at this monstrosity.

    Of course the controller for my beloved Intellivision isn't much better....


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    So it's just come to my attention that some big show is scheduled to take place on April 2nd and that we may all have other things on my mind.

    If you could get a list to me by the 5th of April, that will be much appreciated!

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    Thank you to everybody who voted!

    Tune in on Sunday the 9th of April as we celebrate the greatest controllers in video game history.

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    Completely forgot about this, sorry about that Petey boy.

    Hopefully, the SNES controller does well in this, as that would have been my #1.

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    #45

    Fairchild Channel F



    Released in November of 1976 the Fairchild Channel F was the first home console video game system that ran off of ROM cartridges (thank you Wikipedia!). What does Channel F stand for? I'm glad you asked, it stood for 'fun' and with such titles as Math Quiz II, Hangman and Tic-Tac-Toe the console represents a period of time where designers were only beginning to understand their audience. While the Fairchild was overshadowed by the Atari 2600, general consensus among retro gamers is that it's joy-stick controllers was one of the best on market and set an early standard for developers.

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    I filled out my top 25 with a bunch of these wonky older school controllers. Some interesting info @Big Pete, glad to see this countdown underway.

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    I think I once found those in my Mom's dresser drawer as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ness View Post
    I think I once found those in my Mom's dresser drawer as a kid.

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    #44

    COLECO
    VISION

    In 1982, Coleco entered the video game market with a parade of arcade classics including Donkey Kong which was a pack in title for the system. The controller itself was a keypad, with two side buttons and an arcade-like joy-stick. Each game came with it's own controller skin, which gamers would overlay on the controller to inform that of which buttons were active and had their own design.




    Talk about customisation! While we're only talking about the classic controller, it's worth noting the existence of other models. In 1983, Sega classic Turbo was ported to the Coleco Vision with the Expansion Module #2 to give fans the arcade experience right in their living rooms.




    Another popular controller was the Super Action Controller. Sold as a bundle with Super Action Baseball, this joystick came with four additional buttons and a speed roller. While the controller was very sensitive, it's interesting that even back then game designers were looking for ways to appeal to a hardcore audience by releasing upgraded variants.




    As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same!



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    Ewww...that Colecovision controller. I recall using it once, so uncomfortable, really shows how far controllers have come. Thankful I wasn't born in that generation.

    Fairchild, never touched it.

    Like the format so far.

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    #43

    ATARI 7800

    Going head to head with the NES and Sega Master System, you could say the 7800 had it's work cut out for it. The system struggled, big time, and it's issues extended to the peripherals. American and Canadian gamers were treated to a joy-stick that resembled the ColecoVision's, becoming the first Atari controller to sport two button inputs.

    However for us PAL gamers, the 7800 controller looked completely different...




    Hmmm, I wonder where Atari got their ideas from?



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    This is an ordinary controller...

    #42

    Vectrex

    #43 is no ordinary controller! We're talking about the Vectrex, released in 1982, the Vectrex had it's own vector monitor which allowed gamers to play their favourite arcade hits without a television.

    So gamers could play their favourite games like Pac-Ma...I mean "Clean Sweep" and Asteroi....I mean "Mine Storm". Okay the system didn't have much going for it in regards to original titles, but when it came to technology, the Vectrex was one of the most advanced on the market. So much so, it's attracted a dedicated community that developed games for the system well after it left the market in '84.


    With such a unique console, the controller takes something of a back-seat. Most games didn't use four buttons and the joy-stick paled in comparison to it's competition. Despite being nothing special, the controller still allowed gamers to enjoy one of the greatest gaming systems of the second-generation.

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    Loving this countdown. Vectrex is my favorite of all the older school pre-NES consoles. It has a really small library of games, maybe like 30 games if I remember correctly, but most of them are pretty good for their time. It is a very cool little system, I had one a few years ago but the controller didn't work very well(it suffered from the dreaded N64 analog stick impotence) and the monitor stopped working so I sold it for parts for like $15.

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    Um... was that it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BARCELONA View Post
    Um... was that it?
    I think he posted on the Gamer Pad that this will delayed for a minute.

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    A minute? Okay.

    One Mississippi...

    Also nobody post in here until it does. I came in with false hopes!

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    As I posted in the 'Noooooooooooooooo' thread, the message box has been completely broken for weeks now to the point where PW cannot recognise if I'm hitting the enter key. So everything just appears as an ugly wall of text which sucks because I was really looking forward to going through the rest of the list.

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    You can write and preview your post in a BBcode editor, then copy the text to PW when you're satisfied. I linked one below but there may be better ones.

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