RickR Posted May 18, 2016 Report Share Posted May 18, 2016 With my apologies to any left-handed readers. But have you ever wondered why gamepads have the directional control on the left? On the Atari 2600, the joystick had the player control direction with their right hand, and push the button with the left. This was pretty much the standard, although many systems had buttons on both sides so you could use either hand (Intellivision, Colecovision, 5200, etc). Myself, I've always been better controlling direction with my right, probably from hours spend playing 2600, 8-bit, and Commodore computer games. This Wikipedia article pins the blame on Nintendo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamepad The Famicom was also the first home system to put the directional control on the left. While many arcade systems had the directional control joystick on the left of the buttons, most home systems of the era used joysticks designed for right-handed operation. The division has continued to this day, with computer joysticks typically being designed for use in the right hand with gamepads and arcade joysticks favoring the left hand. But I think the Vectrex controller went this route earlier than that. And the left-handed directional control lives on to this day on the very latest consoles. No choice. What do you all think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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