“First up, it’s the classic Atari 2600 joystick, featuring a simple stick mechanism for moving around and a red button for firing. It’s not technically a gamepad, but it’s so crucial to gaming history there’s no way we couldn’t mention it.
The original joystick on the Atari 5200 was a bit of a disaster, but this streamlined version was much easier to hold and use. Atari’s stick brought the joys of the arcade into the home and would inspire many gamepads in the future.”
All five are broken down for your minds to digest here.