[ Retro Scan of the Week ] TAC-2: Totally Accurate Controller

February 4th, 2008 by Benj Edwards

TAC-2 Controller Ad 1983“It’s like your hand is part of the game.”

[ Scanned from Electronic Games, December 1983 ]

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5 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] TAC-2: Totally Accurate Controller”

  1. Jay Says:

    Hey, I still have one of these. First joystick I ever got for my Atari. Wasn’t bad either; one of those joysticks that at least recognised that there were lefties out there, unlike Atari themselves. Loads better than the floaty TAC-3, too.

  2. Jay Says:

    And oh yeah, @Suncom: what exactly is an Atari 1600? (:

  3. Tenacious Stu Says:

    I wish I had been around in the days of Atari, my first console was a SNES, which was pretty good. Mario was the reason I want to become a Computer Games Designer (currently 18 going to uni to study it next year). Hopefully, stuff from the past will inspire me in the future.


  4. Totallyamused Says:

    The TAC-2 was OK, I had one for my Commodore 64 — it was very durable for a game like Track N’ Field. I did, however, prefer the Suncom Slik Stick more — it was smaller – smaller than even the standard Atari 2600 joystick, but was as durable as the TAC-2. I recall I thought both the TAC-2 and Slik Stick were the best controllers until the Epyx 500 (?) controllers came along.

  5. Benj Edwards Says:

    I just wanted to say that since I posted this scan, I’ve acquired two TAC-2 joysticks from a local thrift shop. After bringing them home, they quickly became my favorite Atari-compatible controllers. I love them and cannot recommend them enough. They’re durable and accurate due to a unique mechanism inside which I’ve never seen in a another joystick.

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