All-in-One Joysticks

2013-11-10 11.20.04

These “all-in-one” joysticks were all the rage a few years ago. Each one is a self-contained gaming unit containing retro games. All you need is a television and a set of AA batteries to start gaming. The games are recreated using emulation and because of that not all of them are 100% accurate to the classics, but many of these I picked up for pennies on the dollar from garage sales and thrift stores so they are still enjoyable to play.

These don’t get a lot of use these days (if you can’t tell, this photo was taken of a shelf in my closet). From left to right, that’s the Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Konami, Activision, Intellivision, Activision (2nd model) and Namco all-in-one joysticks. We have a few others somewhere in the kids’ rooms, including SpongeBob and Star Wars themed sticks. One thing I like about these joysticks is if you have other people’s kids over that you don’t want to turn loose on your classic gaming consoles, these are a great alternative.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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