Which controller did you start with?
from FlavoredButtHair@lemmy.world to retrogaming@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 02:56


GenXLiberal@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 03:00 next collapse

Atari controller

We upgraded to a Wica controller (same thing as the Atari controller just with better parts so it didn’t break so easily.)

natecox@programming.dev on 30 Nov 2023 05:01 collapse

Paddle or joystick?

GenXLiberal@lemmy.world on 01 Dec 2023 01:36 collapse

Oh man, that brought back some memories, thanks!

First joystick and then paddles.

sparky1337@ttrpg.network on 30 Nov 2023 03:19 next collapse

PS1. Unless mouse and keyboard counts….

Nunya@lemdro.id on 30 Nov 2023 03:19 next collapse

Intellivision II and Commodore 64 with joystick. Not sure which one we had first first.

jeff_rose@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 03:27 next collapse

Atari 2600 followed by NES

Corgana@startrek.website on 30 Nov 2023 03:41 next collapse

I played many systems before the Dreamcast but I consider that controller my first.

Null@pawb.social on 30 Nov 2023 03:49 next collapse

A commodore 64 joystick. Next was the NES controller.

Nemo@midwest.social on 30 Nov 2023 04:08 collapse

The reverse order for me. A borrowed NES first at 5-6, then a secondhand C64 at 8. Learned to type and program BASIC on that thing.

Null@pawb.social on 30 Nov 2023 04:14 collapse

Learned basic on that thing as well. I remember having a magazine subscription that included a program in the center fold. Then saving it to a cassette tape to enjoy later. Lol

joeyv120@ttrpg.network on 30 Nov 2023 03:49 next collapse

Commodore 64 joystick.

Redkey@programming.dev on 30 Nov 2023 06:46 collapse

Me too. I started with the little brown first-party stick that came with the Pro Pack, but soon switched to an inexplicably beige Quickshot II.

almost1337@lemm.ee on 30 Nov 2023 03:56 next collapse

Trackball/Portable computer keyboard, followed by NES

pseudorandom@kbin.social on 30 Nov 2023 04:27 next collapse

Radio Shack Pong game.

xfts@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 04:45 next collapse

Keyboard and mouse, but when I started using computers I was so young that my hands were too small to hold the mouse properly, so I left clicked with my thumb up until three or four years ago when I got my first ergonomic mouse. Kinda funny how long habits can stay with you.

RaineV1@kbin.social on 30 Nov 2023 05:02 next collapse

The NES controller. Though I like 2 at the time. First one I remember playing is the SNES controller.

MamboGator@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 05:02 next collapse

3-button Genesis controller.

tuckerm@supermeter.social on 30 Nov 2023 05:21 collapse

Same, and that is still the way a d-pad should feel IMO.

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Sentrovasi@kbin.social on 30 Nov 2023 05:26 next collapse

Sega Saturn controller. Unplugged while my Uncle played Sonic and told me I was Tails.

the16bitgamer@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 05:43 next collapse

Not a controller per say, but does a mouse and keyboard count?

jared@mander.xyz on 30 Nov 2023 05:54 next collapse

Vic-20 joystick and keyboard. And the rotary knob on the woodgrain “pong” game.

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xyzzy@lemm.ee on 30 Nov 2023 05:58 next collapse

An Atari 800 joystick, which was basically the same as the 2600 one. Many evenings spent playing Zaxxon, Miner 2049er, and so on, as well as simple games typed in from magazines.

Then I bought an NES and didn’t look back. Super Mario Bros. was way more advanced, not only in terms of graphics but also the fluidity of movement and the game pad design. And it was more fun!

lazycouchpotato@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 05:59 next collapse

My first controller was probably an NES knockoff. Nintendo never did (and still doesn’t) sell consoles officially in my home country.

If you’re not counting the GBA SP’s controls, my first official controller was the Wii’s Wiimotes.

levi@feddit.de on 30 Nov 2023 06:35 next collapse

Sega Master System II

Pratai@lemmy.ca on 30 Nov 2023 07:16 next collapse

TI-99/4a keyboard.

MrScottyTay@sh.itjust.works on 30 Nov 2023 08:28 next collapse

3 button megadrive controller

criitz@reddthat.com on 30 Nov 2023 08:29 next collapse

NES controller

helloharu@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 08:44 next collapse

I’ve just had to search for the right model but the earliest that I remember is the Coin Control Competition Pro 5000. We had it in a dark/deep blue colour.

jesta@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 09:43 next collapse

I had tac-2 style joystick on my spectravideo sv-738

amio@kbin.social on 30 Nov 2023 09:52 next collapse

Technically NES but mostly N64. These days I just play everything on a PS5 controller. Pretty nice.

jordanlund@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 09:57 next collapse


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SVcross@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 10:15 next collapse

Sega Master System II

SharkEatingBreakfast@sopuli.xyz on 30 Nov 2023 10:22 next collapse

Atari 2600 controller. Joystick & button.

My parents bought us a Nintendo 64 for Christmas when it came out.

Never played any games or consoles that came in between those two. It was wild.

B0NK3RS@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 10:51 next collapse

C64 joystick was the first (playing Professional Ski Simulator…) but the Mega Drive controller was the one I used everyday.

rah@feddit.uk on 30 Nov 2023 11:46 next collapse

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Spectrum +2A

RGB3x3@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 12:09 next collapse

The weird-ass Dreamcast controller. m.media-amazon.com/images/I/619JtZlXpWL.jpg

I never did figure out what the slot in the top was for as a kid.

bear@slrpnk.net on 30 Nov 2023 15:50 collapse

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You may already know this now, but I want to post it for those who don’t because it’s really cool and way ahead of its time.

That was for the VMU, the visual memory card. It stored your game saves but also some games had minigames you could play directly on it, often with bonuses in the main game. In the Sonic Adventure games you could take care of chao and such on it. That thing ate batteries like candy though.

Caitlynn@feddit.de on 30 Nov 2023 13:01 next collapse

Yall making me feel like a little kid

FartsWithAnAccent@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 13:36 next collapse


Kerb@discuss.tchncs.de on 30 Nov 2023 13:56 next collapse

ps1 (dualshock)

cheet@infosec.pub on 30 Nov 2023 15:22 next collapse

N64, and no I’m still not sure how to hold it, I always end up walking funny.

FlavoredButtHair@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 16:40 next collapse

Lol I love this.

TopRamenBinLaden@sh.itjust.works on 01 Dec 2023 10:19 collapse

There is no wrong way to hold an N64 controller. Any way you hold it, it is equally uncomfortable.

HKT3020@lemmy.world on 30 Nov 2023 15:49 next collapse

Not counting dedicated Pong-type machines, this magnificent bastard. Still one of the best for precise twitch gaming with the short throw of the stick, and the paddles seemed slightly less prone to jitter.

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calavera@lemm.ee on 30 Nov 2023 16:02 next collapse

Atari 2600 joystick

SteveDinn@lemmy.ca on 01 Dec 2023 05:39 collapse

Also worked for the Commodore 64 and Vic20.

retrieval4558@mander.xyz on 30 Nov 2023 23:11 next collapse

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kaboom36@ani.social on 04 Dec 2023 08:48 next collapse


I appear to be quite young around here…

TwoBeeSan@lemmy.world on 04 Dec 2023 11:00 collapse

Perhaps a bit.

Mine was ps2. Grandparents still had the original nes my dad played on. Fortunately got some duck hunt and Mario 1 memories

Kolanaki@yiffit.net on 04 Dec 2023 11:24 next collapse

This bad boy:

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(Mattel Intellivision)

sv1sjp@lemmy.world on 05 Dec 2023 07:24 next collapse

A PS1 controller (without analogs) 😊

FlavoredButtHair@lemmy.world on 05 Dec 2023 10:58 collapse

Without analogs? Was it custom made… just kidding

sv1sjp@lemmy.world on 05 Dec 2023 12:11 collapse

Hahaah “back in my days”, dualshocks were luxurious things

SpaceTurtle224@lemmy.world on 20 Jan 2024 14:55 collapse

Xbox 360 controller. we got the console quite late, around 2012-ish? other than that we were mostly a pc household.