A History of Game Controllers

December 17, 2008

This is a collection of small multiples of game controllers of the main gaming systems from the past 25 years, spanning from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Wii was created by Damien Lopez.
The purpose of the piece is to show the progression of controller design throughout the last quarter-century. The images have been normalized, and the hands are all approximately the same size as each other, and thus the controllers all to scale.
This is a very good illustration and reference for gamepad and controller designers, looking at the ergonomics for gamers. 

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Nokia N81 the new N-Gage

August 30, 2007

There was N-Gage, then there was N-Gage QD… Now there is N81. Though not hailed specifically as a gaming phone, the just-announced N81 caters to gamers.

N81 offers landscape gaming with dedicated game keys, 3.5mm headphone plug (via the Nokia AV connector), on top of its 2-megapixel camera, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. It comes in two versions: One with a microSD card expansion slot, the other with built-in 8GB flash memory.

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Random pic of the week

January 15, 2007

If modern day entertainment technology existed a long time ago…

Ainol V1000

October 18, 2006


This is no joke, China is playing catch up, and at a very fast rate. Look at this sleek stainless steel machine with 2.5 inch QVGA display, a handheld emulator, as well as a full fledged media player. It has an ADI Blackfin processor, which can run up to 400Mhz and allows you to play 8bit NES, 16bit SFC and Sega MD games. The V1000 also plays back AVIs, as well as MP3s, WMAs and the lossless FLAC codec (CD-like sound quality).

I don’t mind getting one… if it has greater memory space than its current 1Gb.

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Gemei X-900 (1GB)

October 18, 2006

You see, its ugly… like cheap plastic for a child to wreck… but did you see something unique… a blur between a portable video player and a handheld gaming platform… it is also a camera, and an FM radio.

It is able to support emulators for both 8-bit and 16-bit consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Mega Drive with a video playback time of 6 hours. It has the potentials for improvement…

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Here’s a Game & Watch Popeye game for you to play. Just click on the Picture and save to your PC. You can get the Parachute game I sent last week too.

Have a break…

September 18, 2006

I will be holidaying in Hong Kong from 18-21 Sept 2006…

You have a break too… click on the Game & Watch to download an execution file of this game in your PC… have a little fun while I am having mine 🙂


So cool… Atari Joystick turn Plug and Play turn keychains… with games! Remind me of Nintendo’s keychain gameboys with Game and watch series games.


These Atari keychains work the same way as the original versions, just plug into your TV and play…

Well its a novelty… play it once or twice and you will be bored already… unless you are kidnapped and stuck in the cellar for eight years… but still, its fun for a few minutes…

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