Everybody stop what you’re doing and check out this amazing infographic on controllers through the years, and their branching evolutionary paths. I can’t get enough of this beautiful and meticulously thorough print! It’s both eye-catching and informative, and really nicely designed. It would look as good on the wall of your gaming cave as it would attractively framed in your dining room. Beginning with 1958′s Tennis for Two and following the threads of innovation to modern handhelds and controllers, the image really astonishes. Seeing 50 years of gaming visually cataloged in this way evokes all those happy memories those bits of plastic helped make. It might be time to dust off my Masters system!
From the pre-order page:
The complete family tree of video game control schemes–including handhelds, joysticks, paddles, gamepads, and one notable glove–this chart shows how gaming input has evolved from simple knobs to directional pads to touch screens. Including every console ever, this sprawling print features 179 species and 12 genera over seven decades of gaming.
This print is available for preorder now. Orders will begin shipping on Monday, 22 April.
27″ x 39″
Each print is signed and numbered by the artists, from an edition of 1000, and comes packaged in a custom Pop Chart Lab Test Tube.
Using 100 lb. archival recycled stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council, this print is pressed with offset lithographic equipment in Flatlands, Brooklyn.
There are only 1000 available, so act fast if you want to tastefully nerdify your space!