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The keyboard was used in some games but it had its limitations.
Commodore paddles
Commodore Paddles
Early video games used paddles. These continued in use with micro computers such as the VIC 20 and the Commodore 64.
Quickshot joystick
Wico joystick
Quickshot joystick Wico joystick
Zipstick joystick
Commodore joystick
Zipstick joystick Commodore C16 or Plus/4 joystick
The more common controller on these computers was the joystick.
Stack lightpen for VIC-20
Stack light pen for VIC 20
Trojan lightpen for the 64
Cadmaster light pen for C64
A less usual means of communication was the light pen. This was often used with CAD (Computer Aided Design) software.
Cheetah Defender lightgun
Cheetah Defender light gun for 64
Some games used a light gun such as this.
Mouse and Cheese pack Mouse and software cassette
Wigmore MS2000 Mouse and Cheese software.
The mouse was a late arrival on the scene. This one is a Neos model MS-30 with serial number 087128 made by Nihon Electronics Co Ltd in Japan. Neos also provided the software, called Cheese, to allow the mouse to be used on the Commodore 64 and 128. The mouse has a standard Atari connector and plugs into the control port. The package was sold as the Wigmore MS2000.
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