[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Keystick: Keyboard Joystick

March 19th, 2012 by Benj Edwards

Keystick Keyboard Joystick in Electronics Catalog Ad - 2000That must be one heck of a spreadsheet you're working on.

[ From Marlin P. Jones and Associates Electronics Catalog, 2000 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Do you prefer playing classic PC games (say, pre-Doom) using a keyboard, a mouse, or a joystick?



11 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Keystick: Keyboard Joystick”

  1. SirFatty Says:

    Back in the days with the inverted T was used to navigate…

  2. Dementropy Says:

    It really depends on the game. I'll play Ultima, Defender of the Crown, and even MechWarrior II with a keyboard. However, King's Quest III & IV, F-15 Strike Eagle, and Tongue of the Fat Man got the joystick treatment when they were played in my house.

  3. JackSoar Says:

    Actually, I could see that joystick attachment being pretty useful if you were, say, playing some Street Fighter on your PC and you didn't want to shell out the dough for an actual arcade stick. Just map the punches and kicks to the numpad keys and you're good to go.

    As for the question, I'll second Dementropy and say that it depends on the game, but usually a combination of keyboard and mouse if supported.

  4. s1500 Says:

    Okay, that's kind of near. Ex-gf's C128 had a clip-on joystick(clipped onto the keyboard) that didn't use keys. It was entirely separate.

  5. Donn Says:

    Joystick only for flight sims. Even when Doom came along, nobody in my dorm was using mouselook; circle-strafe with the keyboard FTW!

  6. RolyRetro Says:

    I remember these! Had one for my PC flight sim games, really helped when you had 93 keys to remember, and made it flight slightly more like flying a plane, rather than just a sim. Slightly.

  7. Jason Says:

    I started using the keyboard to control games after seeing my father play Earl Weaver's Baseball and realizing that he was much more precise than I was with the joystick. I then preferred the keyboard up until the point when games started to require mouse control.

    The two biggest exceptions I can think of are Silpheed and Red Baron; I could never get the hang of those with the keyboard and always preferred joystick control. It's kind of strange how the joystick has been almost completely lost to the game pad these days.

  8. leftylimbo Says:

    I played all my classic PC games (including Doom) with a keyboard. I felt I had a lot more control in my movements that way. This applied to everything from flight sims (Red Baron, Aces of the Pacific) to first-person shooters (Castle Wolfenstein 3D, Doom)

    The only time I realized a peripheral device was way better than keys was when my brother showed me how deathly accurate and efficient a trackball was in Duke Nukem. In conjunction with the right setup on the trackball's buttons, it completely put the keyboard to shame.

  9. Hollo @ SuperGaijinUltraGamer Says:

    I would love to try one of these little clip on joysticks - specially for the work computer. :D

    P.S. Type Wozniak without the z = cool.

  10. BDD Says:

    That's kind of cool. I wonder if there's something similar to that around these days. I'd love to be able to use it for MAME or other emulators…

  11. Kenneth Says:

    Is there someway to by keyboard joystick these days???

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