HERE’S THE SCOOP:
- Dartmouth College professor Mary Flanagan’s giant 9-foot-tall joystick set a world record.
- The controller will be in the Guinness World Record 2022 as the largest video game joystick.
- Flanagan made the controller to celebrate “maniacally” playing video games as a child.
This gamer is nothing but serious when it comes to her Atari. Dartmouth College professor Mary Flanagan will be in the Guinness World Record 2022 for the largest video game joystick.
The giant controller — made of wood, rubber, and steel — stands at a whopping 9-feet-tall. Flanagan’s creation is almost 14 times the size of an original Atari controller.
Flanagan made the device in 2006 to pay tribute to her childhood experience of “maniacally” playing Atari 2600 video games.
“To have this common pop culture artifact just erupt in the middle of a space and allow people to play something familiar, yet not familiar, was exciting,” Flanagan said.
Amazingly, the giant controller functions, but you’ll need to bring a friend. It takes at least two people to operate the joystick and push the button. Once you and your partner get into a groove, you can play classic Atari games like Centipede and Breakout.
The contraption once toured Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It now resides as part of the permanent collection of the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.