QuickShot joystick (1989)

Here’s a comic book ad from 1989. Back when it was considered “cool” for people to wear sunglasses indoors, Bondwell released their QuickShot joystick that was compatible with Nintendo, Sega and other computer systems.

At the time, it was widely understood that arcade games were of a higher quality than the games you could play on your home console. 8-bit and 16-bit consoles sometimes advertised their games as being “just like the arcades”. Gaming accessory manufacturers created products, like the QuickShot joystick, that could give people a sense of being at the arcades, which were mostly joystick-operated (in contrast to console gamepads).

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