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History of the video game controller

ShortList have struggled to form a bond with consoles. The black/grey boxes that have ruled hours of gamer's lives have always sat in the same space under the increasingly thinning TV, churning out dream worlds and adventures - but no one ever gets excited by their vital statistics or angular looks.

It's the controllers that gamers connect with. They've been thrown at walls during death matches, hurled in celebration after successful boss battles, held close like the hand of a dear friend.

From the Magnavox Odyssey slider to the PlayStation 4 DualShock, ShortList documents the most important evolutionary steps in the life of the humble video game controller - from a scrolling wired slab to a news-grabbing gaming event. Triggers, buttons and motion sensors galore, this is the history of the video game controller.

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