Video Games Peripherals

Before you can play the game, you’ve got to know your peripherals. Learn how joysticks, light guns and other devices work.


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How Joysticks Work

Video games are amazing creations, but the fact remains that if you input you can't play. Take a look inside the quintessential game controller and see how it has evolved over the years.

How does the light gun for a video game work?

How does a video-game light gun work? How does the game know where the gun is aiming? See the technology behind this popular video game accessory.