video game controller

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video game controller

The input device used to control a video game. Controllers have evolved from a single joystick with one button to devices with joy sticks, pedals and dozens of buttons. See universal game controller, gaming keyboard, video game console, joystick and Kinect.

Full Cockpit Controls
Capcom's Steel Battalion controller for the Xbox puts the gamer inside a futuristic robotic war machine. It uses joysticks, levers, dials and more than 40 buttons to simulate the cockpit of the "Vertical Tank." (Image courtesy of Capcom Entertainment.)

The Gamepad
Also called "joypads" and "control pads," a gamepad is held in the hands and operated with both thumbs such as this wireless unit from Sony for its PlayStation3. Direction buttons, or a directional paddle, are typically on the left side with the action buttons on the right. (Image courtesy of Sony Corporation.)

Flight Simulator Controller
Perhaps the most elaborate game controller ever, high-end gaming PC maker MAINGEAR introduced a cockpit controller for diehard enthusiasts in 2012. With the monitor placed on top of the controller, you are flying the plane! For more information, visit
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There is nothing worse, when all you've got is a joy pad, than trying to fiddle with dozens of little boxes that need to be cross-checked before you can get to the action.
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SONY are to launch a brand new design of joy pad to go with it their big release of the year, Gran Turismo.
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Anthony swapped his Nissan Primera for a Sega Saturn joy pad and took out a virtual car for a quick spin round Brands Hatch.
They have a tendency to float under the joy pad controls, making it difficult to always judge what your position is.
To continue at the same position that you were shot down: when the Sega logo appears at the start of the game, keep both the A and C button pressed down on Joy pad 2 and then press START.
Computer game players who struggle to put down their joy pads are wanted to take part in a documentary.
However, if you've got your joy pads stuck on this beat em up then you might want to try this cheat.To start on the last stage full life, armour and weapons all you have to do is enter this long password
Every Playstation owner will want to get their joy pads on this disc.