Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 5, NO. 1 / MAY 1986


by GIGI BISSON, Antic Assistant Editor

The genuine, original, official Atari CX40 may be the only joystick that you wouldn't be embarasscd to have sitting on top of your desk. Its minimalistic all-black plastic design is elegantly functional--that slim, fexible stick mounted in a compact base adorned only by a single red button. No suction cups, no massive gear-shifter shaft, no weighted 10-pound base-- not even an Atari Iogo or model number. Sigmund Freud would not be able to have a field day with this joystick.

But talk to any veteran gamer about the "real" Atari joystick and you'll hear genuine admiration. "it's easy to use, easy to handle--people discovered that those big clunky joysticks are not really that great," says a sales rep for American TV, an Atari mail-order retailer. Sturdy too. An Antic writer told us the story of a friend who lost his official Atari joystick. He found it, with cord cut off, in the backyard. His mother was ramming it into the ground, stick first. The Atari joystick apparently makes holes just deep and wide enough for planting vegetables seeds in the garden.

During the peak of the video game craze, this joystick was in one out of seven American homes. Today, it's hard to find and many dealers have exhausted their supplies. Some dealers say they can only obtain them by ordering two controllers packaged with Pac Man and Qix cartridges for $19.95 in an Atari "Entertainer", "Arcade Champ," or "Recreational Computer" kit.

However, the following dealers still have the CX40 in stock. But check Antic ads first. Some mail-order retailers may require $20 minimum purchases or shipping charges that exceed the cost of the joystick itself.


Abby's Discount Software
37 S. Broad Street
Fairborn, OH 45324
(800) 282-0333
$14 a pair

American TV
15338 Inverness Street
San Leandro, CA 94579
(415) 352-3787
A handful left.
$5 each
$2 for joystick repair kits with cord and firebutton.

B & C ComputerVisions
3400 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 749-1003
40 in stock.
$6 each, new
$5 each, reconditioned

Computer Creations
P.O. Box 493
Dayton, OH 45459
(800) 824-7506
Has "tons of 'em,"
$16 a pair

Computer Palace
2160 W. 11th
Eugene, OR 97402
(800) 452-8013
Plentiful here.
$9.30 each

P.O, Box 368
Kettering, OH 45409
(800) 255-5835
$6 each

San Jose Computer
1844 Almaden Road
San Jose, CA 95145
(408) 723-2025
Last 50 at bargain price.
$3.50 each