Kraft MazeMaster (joystick) / hardware

From: Michael Current (aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 12/04/91-04:25:16 PM Z

From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Kraft MazeMaster (joystick) / hardware
Date: Wed Dec  4 16:25:16 1991

Reprinted from comp.sys.atari.8bit

Written by
Ben Poehland (poehland%phvax.dnet@SMITHKLINE.COM)

For whoever uit was that was taking the survey of what joysticks people use,
heres my 2-cents.

Some years ago I went thru 4 or 5 different types of joysticks, including the
ones from Atari.  What I finally settled on was the Kraft MazeMaster.  This is a

very modest-looking little thing about 3.5" square.  The stick itself is rather
thin (about 1/4" dia.) & stubby: maybe 3" long.  Stick action is center-return
spring-loaded with a good feel: you can sense the positions of the internal
switches as you rotate the stick.

Earlier production models were black with handsome gold lettering & a single red
firebutton.  Later models are Commodore puke-brown with 2 firebutons & a switch
underneath that lets you change between 4 or 8 positions.  I have 3 of these
sticks, one old one & two later types.  One of the firebuttons on one of the
later units sticks, bummer.  Old units are made in USA, newer ones in Hong Kong
(seems about right, we Americans don't make our own stuff any more, we just buy
everyone elses crap).

I like these sticks because of their precision feel, fairly easy to place the
cursor exactly where you want it on the screen with graphic programs, etc.  
I can't say how good they are for games since I'm an old fart & am lousy at
most games even with a good stick.  I like the small size & good feel of the
stick, I often manipulate the stick using only a thumb.

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