Most of the early sticks I had, including original Atari 2600 types, were of the spring dome type and interestingly, the domes were rarely an issue. Maybe occasionally they lost their spring or cracked, but mostly when sticks broke for me, it was either the plastic shaft cracked/snapped, or the phenolic/paper PCB cracked. I repaired a few PCBs over the years with jumper wire and a soldering iron.exxos wrote: ↑Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:14 am
I think the only switches I remember seeing, on the metal dome ones like in the classic 2600 joystick.. And the microswitches which I think were in the stigma ray joystick, where I think there was a spring on top which the joysticks have pressed down.. What I remember there was always prone to breaking. I cannot say I have seen any other switches, but generally I haven't taken many to bits over the years
Once microswitched sticks arrived, they were more like arcade sticks in construction, though I still managed to kill more than one, but it was usually down to switch failure.
Ironically, the CX24 Pro Line Atari controllers were supposed to be better than the old 2600 controller, but I find them horrible and narrow, and they make my hand ache, so they weren't really of much use at all.