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Why Do Video Game Controllers Have The D-Pad On The Left: A Quick History Of Video Game Controllers

The history of video game controllers is a winding path full of many failures. Many designs you might have loved as a kid have since been forgotten. Some controllers were just too dang expensive to succeed. Some still just failed to be as inclusive as they could have been and were abandoned.

Inclusively is a funny thing for controllers, as 10% of the world's population is left at a severe disadvantage when using the average controller. The significant number of left-handed people who love video games may wonder, are there left-handed controllers?

For the majority of right-dominant gamers, the question at hand may be, why is the d-pad on the left-side of the controller? To answer that question we'd need a quick explanation of video game controller design. Luckily that's what this list is all about.