indestructible? I beg to differ. I 'destructed' at least a dozen of these controllers. As soon as pacman became unresponsive to a quick twitch in a given direction, the end was near... probably 6 months on the average lifespan.
Loved the systems. (My sister had the 2600, I had the 800XL)...but the joysticks were no match for the fervor of youth.
I remember we used to wear out the rubber down to the white plastic baton underneath.
Those bezels that held the rubber down would always break on us!
Those games where you always had to do 360 degree joystick moves really destoyed them!
All I can say is I had two of these and they outlasted every other joystick I bought over the years. One of my friends would always bring his own personal Atari stick and refused to play if he didn't have it hehe
Greatest joystick for a home system, hands down! Indestructible, maybe not. At least you can still find replacements places like eBay. I still prefer using the original 2600 joystick to any other, even the controls on modern systems.
Someone needs to put out brand new replica controllers! I dug out my 2600 but the controllers are stuck one way or another and its a disaster. Atari new parents could only handle one button which is why Nintendo knew they could only handle one waggle. With Wii Tennis, they swing away. Wii Golf on the other hand, "which one is B? which one is A?"....
I found that the bottom left corner of the joystick's 'squarish' base dug into the palm of my left hand. I would have a backwards 'L' shaped mark that lasted for days!!