The Def Guide to Zzap!64

Joysticks- aint what they used to be
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Author:  alexhighnumber [ Thu Nov 13, 2003 10:54 am ]
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I believe ANCO closed down this year when the owner died. I didn't realise they sold joysticks lately though?

Author:  Mort [ Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:03 pm ]
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Thats bad news :(

The were selling the microswitched joysticks as a sideline to go with their Kick Off 2002 on the pc.

Author:  alexhighnumber [ Fri Nov 14, 2003 12:10 pm ]
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Well, I'm not sure but there was another company involved called floodlight software (a spinoff company?) that i think is still running so maybe they have the stock?

Hopefully google will have the answer!

[Edit] Just realised it's "floodlit" software

Author:  seanbags [ Mon Nov 17, 2003 11:47 am ]
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I recently purchaced a GBA sp and found it a little awkward to hold onto until I got the attachments bundle with, radio, earphones ( and adapter ) etc etc... The part that the gba sp clips onto that gives the gba an erganomic feel is great . ( almost like holding a playstation controller ) Although it would have been nice to have more acsess to the L and R buttons >> Im NOT complaining>> :) ILL get used to it..

PS>> another thing >>> You cant have earphnes pluged in whilst using this attachment if you are using earphones adapter

Anyone know wether or not they sell earphones with the right connection for SP ?

Author:  alexhighnumber [ Mon Nov 24, 2003 11:35 am ]
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By the way, while on the subject of joysticks does anyone recall that one released in about 86 that was shaped like a grenade with a little joystick on the top forming the 'pin'?

Author:  Lloyd Mangram [ Thu Dec 04, 2003 6:53 pm ]
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Yep! Wasn't it called 'terminator' or 'exterminator' or something?
IIRC the Zzap joystick test (which issue??) tested it as total rubbish.

Surely a gimmick, but how could anybody feel comfortable holding a grenade in his hands for more then a few seconds, wiggling the pin like crazy? :D

Not one for decathlon eiher me thinx.
(Yes Craig, I do LIKE decathlon :wink: )


Author:  alexhighnumber [ Fri Dec 05, 2003 10:55 am ]
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Ah so that's it - a google search seemed to confirm it was the Terminator.

Yes I can well imagine it's pretty poor, I remember seeing one at my local game shop and thinking how impracticable it was. For some reason as the years have passed though I decided I really want one! (and ideally in the tube I recall it came in - or maybe that's hoping for too much?)

Thanks again, knowing the name at least should make my quest easier :)

Author:  OOZ [ Tue Feb 03, 2004 6:13 pm ]
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In my opinion, there is only ONE joystick that has been any good in the history of all joysticks. I must of had 8 or 9 of them over the 64ing years...

And that joystick, which has hardly had a mention?

The great, the legendary, origional Atari Joystick. If only they could develop one now for the pc...sigh.

:lol: :lol: :lol: 8)

Author:  English_Bloke [ Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:47 pm ]
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zipstick all the way for me :)

Author:  brian_dead [ Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:38 am ]
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what was that realy weird shaped joystick with a handle at the bottom with the fire button on it like a trigger and a little stick on top? was it a navigator?

i had a couple of quickshot 2's, i thought they were good at the time but now i realise they wernt. :P

Author:  Professor Brian Strain [ Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:46 pm ]
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brian_dead wrote:
what was that realy weird shaped joystick with a handle at the bottom with the fire button on it like a trigger and a little stick on top? was it a navigator?

i had a couple of quickshot 2's, i thought they were good at the time but now i realise they wernt. :P

Yep, Konix Navigator, one magazine printed the picture upside down...

I must admit, I'm a big fan of joypads these days. And I've just got a Competition Pro USB for my PC. Sorted!

Author:  dabbler [ Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:23 pm ]
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Wow the new issue of Retro with ZZap64 has really made me remeber my 64, so I now have vice etc etc, just bought a Speed King joystick on eBay! (in as new condition!) Cool! but like some of you I need to connect it to my PC, I cannot find and reasonable priced interface's, any thoughts or ideas to help me? I'd ideally prefer to build my own, but not destroy the joystick/cable etc (like in a previous post)

Author:  dabbler [ Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:14 pm ]
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Info for all really - i just built a parallel port to 2 joystick converter, parts cost me £6 inc cables from Maplins.

Just tested it with ppjoy and it works really well with any Atari 2600 type joysticks (inlcuding me speedking which arrived today!)

WinVice 64 runs really well with this setup - im happy! The adapter was so easy to build and is offically listed as the "Amiga 4 player joystick adapter"

Pic here : ... ing8pb.jpg

Author:  Mort [ Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:37 pm ]
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Could you post how you did it, or even better make me one and I`ll send you a dvd as payment, I would love to be able to use my old 2600 joysticks again, drop me a line as if these are good we could possibly sell them on the site :wink:

Author:  dabbler [ Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:08 am ]
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Notice your in kent, me too (Maidstone)! Im off to work now, but I could knock up a tutorial in the next day.

What sort of DVD?

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