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History of the video game controller

We've struggled to form a bond with our consoles. The black/grey boxes that have ruled hours of our lives have always sat in the same space under the increasingly thinning TV, churning out dream worlds and adventures - but we've never been excited by their vital statistics or angular looks.

It's the controllers that we've connect with. We've thrown them at walls during death matches, hurled them in celebration after successful boss battles, held them close to us like the hand of a dear friend.

From the Magnavox Odyssey slider to the PlayStation 4 DualShock, we've documented the most important evolutionary steps in the life of the humble video game controller - from a scrolling wired slab to a news-grabbing gaming event. Triggers, buttons and motion sensors galore, this is the history of the video game controller.



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