By Andrew Liszewski
It never feels right when you play a classic MAME-emulated game using a keyboard or a modern controller that’s been designed with ergonomics in mind. It’s still fun, but if your hands aren’t sore after 10 minutes the sense of nostalgia just isn’t there. So do yourself a favor and pick up one of these classic one-button joysticks from ThinkGeek ($24.99) which now feature a USB port allowing it to be connected to a PC or Mac, without drivers, for a truly authentic MAME experience.
You tinkerers out there will also appreciate the fact that the joystick’s circuit board actually supports two more buttons, so with a little wiring and Dremel work you can turn this into some kind of super-advanced 3-button model from the future.