Atari-style joysticks were the de facto standard for game controllers in the eighties. The design was first used in early Atari game consoles but got soon adopted by most home computers of the 8-bit era, best known examples including Commodore, Amstrad, Spectravideo and MSX. I still own a couple of Competition Pro sticks and just love the precise and tactile touch they provide. And here’s how to make one… Link.
DIY USB adapter for Atari joysticks