Evolution, Video Game Controller Style
By James Grahame
According to this chart, the first Magnavox Odyssey controller slithered out of a swamp and onto dry land some 41 years ago. It lay gasping on the muddy bank for a year or two before spontaneously evolving into the Odyssey 200. And -- if one takes the word of scientists without question -- the cycle continues to this very day, leading to improbably complex devices like the Rock Band drum set and Wii Balance Board.
Personally, I don't believe any of it. There isn't a word of this nonsense in my Atari Video Computer System Catalog (1980 Edition), which tells a much more persuasive story. As Atari explains, "Years and years of fun and satisfaction are assured because your Video Computer System is designed to be as up-to-date next year as it is today."
This 24"x36" poster ($30) comes signed by the artist. Printed in rich indigo ink on 100 lb archival recycled stock by blasphemous Brooklynites.