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What was your favored joystick on your 8 bit or 16 bit comp?

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:04 am
by mrmessy
Personally, after using, Quickshot 1, Quickshot 2, Quickshot 2 Turbo, Atari (rubber thing that came with my ST), Cheetah 125 (?) and something that was like a Competition Pro but with square yellow buttons......

....my favorite was the Competition Pro. I used it mainly on my Amiga 500 as I recall. I always used to think they looked rubbish until I used one. Nice Joystick!


PS. Does anyone know if the Competition Pro was the 'Kempston' joystick from the Speccy days? Who the hell was Kempston anyway?

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:17 am
by pottyboy
mrmessy wrote:and something that was like a Competition Pro but with square yellow buttons......
Zipsticks! Used to have one for my dad's Amiga A1200! My all time favourite joystick!
mrmessy wrote:PS. Does anyone know if the Competition Pro was the 'Kempston' joystick from the Speccy days? Who the hell was Kempston anyway?
Any joystick that didn't have a Sinclair joystick port was classed as a kempston joystick by Speccy owners. I think Kempston were a small computer electronics company who did many add-ons for the home computers at the time. One of their add-ons was, of course, the kempston joystick adapter.

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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:28 am
by mrmessy
pottyboy wrote:I think Kempston were a small computer electronics company who did many add-ons for the home computers at the time. One of their add-ons was, of course, the kempston joystick adapter.
Thanks, you would think I would have known after 23 years of Speccy appreciation!

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:34 am
by revgiblet
ZIPSTICK!!!!

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:36 am
by TMR
An AOL from this end for the gorgeous Zipstik. =-)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:39 am
by preownedgames.co.uk
CRUISER

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:49 am
by Opa-Opa
Konix Speedking

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:03 am
by Dimrill
The Cheetah Bug. If I could get one to work for longer than a month, that is.

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:17 am
by kaiserpc
the Cheetah Mach II, with the Quickshot II turbo second - still use both on my trusty C64 (the quickshot is easier to fix though)

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:23 am
by Antiriad2097
Competition Pro 5000, preferably an old one with leaf switched fire buttons.

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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:01 am
by mrmessy
Antiriad2097 wrote:Competition Pro 5000, preferably an old one with leaf switched fire buttons.
I agree. That is the type I had. Wasn't keen on the clicky micro switched fire buttons myself

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Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:18 am
by Submerge
pottyboy wrote:
mrmessy wrote:and something that was like a Competition Pro but with square yellow buttons......
Zipsticks! Used to have one for my dad's Amiga A1200! My all time favourite joystick!
mrmessy wrote:PS. Does anyone know if the Competition Pro was the 'Kempston' joystick from the Speccy days? Who the hell was Kempston anyway?
Any joystick that didn't have a Sinclair joystick port was classed as a kempston joystick by Speccy owners. I think Kempston were a small computer electronics company who did many add-ons for the home computers at the time. One of their add-ons was, of course, the kempston joystick adapter.
Werent there fuller joysticks way back when as well?

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:35 am
by mosh
Commodore 1341 for the 264 series, the fit perfectly in my into my left palm. Pity the plastic wasnt as strong as the plastic the C64 version of the joystick is made of, as the joysticks would break easily where the screw holds the stick to the base.

I broke heaps of them.

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:48 am
by Submerge
dont know the name, but it was green, with a pink stick and yellow buttons (v camp), and had three sensetivity settings, which meant in reality loose, very hard, or impossible to use.

used with a kempston adapter for the speccy and alone for the amiga.

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:15 am
by Tapey297
I too loved the Zipstick but also had, and loved the Powerplay Cruiser (the one with a green body, pink shaft and yellow buttons) I particularly liked the dial on the neck that set the stiffness of the shaft (Oo er). I got it as part of my commodore format subscription package.

I still have both joysticks, both working well. I never did like the trigger style joysticks as much.