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The History Of Game Controllers, Ready For Framing

A cool poster charting the evolution of video game controllers, from the rudimentary Pong controllers through red-button joysticks to Kinect? Here you go:

Click to Enlarge -- Graphic by Pop Chart Lab

If you’ve ever been a gamer, you’ll be examining this and counting up all the controllers you ever owned. Because you did.

The poster, an updated version of their poster from last year, is by Pop Chart Lab and it’s selling 24″x36″ signed and numbered prints from a first edition of 1,000 for $30; buy it by clicking here. They’ve also done amazing posters charting things like superpowers, rap names, wrestler names, beer, pop star haircuts, and even the “Migratory Patterns of Fresh Princes,” which actually mirrors my own migratory pattern (just about 30 miles off on each end).

I think I’ll go dig out my Sega Genesis controller now. Just because.

HT: Matthew Grosinger, Kotaku


  1. B says:

    Missing a number of old C-64 controllers as well…
    Or there was a special wheel controller for Le Mans… A big knob up top, and a single button below, to accelerate…

  2. LoopinFool says:

    Can’t argue with any such list that includes the (12-way!) Fairchild Channel F controller.
    I kind of wish I still had mine — those games were awful, but the controllers were terrific.

  3. Ramaza says:

    There is no robot from Nintendo! WTF how the hell do you expect me to play Gyrobot without the robot controller?

  4. JuJuCam says:

    I love the Powerglove. It’s so bad.

  5. Robbie Keizer says:

    This is amazing!! XD

  6. Specials4uc3 says:

    My keyboard and mouse is confused, why all the hardware? Controlling games is easy!

  7. Dangalff says:

    Can’t see the Mario Paint Mouse either..

  8. Dangalff says:

    I tried enlargening it, but the Xbox controller was too big to fit on my screen.

  9. Chris says:

    You could argue that Wii U coming off of the Dreamcast and the Wii..

  10. Gwif says:

    Where are all the flight-stick controllers? What about various game controllers for PC games? Looks like this is strictly for console games.