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The joystick is the interface between man and screen action, between reality and fantasy. Millions of players have been turning and pressing it for 30 years. Joysticks, the second work from Gameplan, is the book on the most beautiful accessory in the world, an encyclopedia and illustrated history of input devices.

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From the classic Atari stick to the handy pads from Sega and Nintendo to the optical precision devices of the first-person shooter present, joysticks play with the best, but also the most notorious controllers.

Joysticks provoke emotions: Controllers are thrown out of the window after the eleventh game over and have to hold out the button as a final excuse: “I can’t help it – my pad is stuck” are the last words of the multiplayer loser. Scapegoat, accomplice and lifesaver: pad and stick are the only accessories that every player takes in their hands – that connects them.

In collaboration with Take 2, Winnie Forster and Stephan Freundorfer present the reference work for all game fans: Joysticks shows the best and the coolest, the most bizarre and daring controllers from 30 years of computer and video game history.

  • A treasure trove: rich in color pictures and technical drawings
    – c’t.
  • Very well-founded text, very informative technical section
  • A must-read: Get the new book from Gameplan immediately
    – Man!ac
  • The joystick authors show how changeable the piece of plastic is … how it still shapes the worlds through which it moves the player.
    – Star.

Joysticks for collectors, connoisseurs and modern gamers:

  • around 400 photos and drawings
  • History, technology and functions – all information on 200 devices
  • classic museum pieces – for the first time in their full splendor
  • the most important and iconic controllers of the home computer era
  • the best precision devices for PC and console
  • Special chapter on the evolution of game controllers
  • Large technology index

Additional information

Weight 0,426 kg
Dimensions 17 × 24 × 1 cm

Winnie Forster




144 pages, softcover


17 x 24 cm


17,80 €






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