Why Are Joysticks Always On The Left? | Fact Hunt Special

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L N : Look at this guy. Lost a game 20 years ago and still blaming the controller!

Mitch Douglas : Poor Larry, couldn't even afford shoes as a kid.

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Lucas Webley : I kind of want Larry Bundy's full name to be Lawrence Abundance Jr.

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That Bald Gamer : I'm still waiting for "Fact Hunt: Why Does YouTube Dislike Guru Larry?" Chin up though, buddy! You're doing a great job and you definitely have my support. Silly YouTube and it's monetization shenanigans! :P

The Mutton Chop Gamer : Also ironically is that we've adapted to this format so well that if somebody attempted to do the opposite and have the joystick on the right again, this would mess with our heads and make it hard again.

matt carnes : I always thought it was built for right handed people by default letting my shitty hand do the easy task of moving the character and putting my good hand in the control of camera and aim

Chris Spellman : No Peter Molyneux reference!?

delamoxica : At the end of the day I'm blaming Molyneux.

-L- : Larry is 38? DAMN. Man, you look pretty damn young considering you're almost 40.

GetBant : Nice to see a bit of history of you on TV Larry! I too am a left hander but growing up I forced myself to use everything with my right hand. Now my right hand is my strong hand for strong powerful things and my left is for delicate stuff like writing and grabbing my nob

Sakanero : So having joysticks on the left is essentially the QWERTY of gaming

Dave Brohman : I've always reckoned the reason was you needed the speed and agility of your dominant hand to hit the correct buttons quickly enough while playing. Something like Pac Man where you only need to move the joystick sure, use your right hand, but playing a like Street Fighter where you need to be hammering buttons fast in an a specific order? No way can most folks pull that off with their off hand.

????? : Larry as a lad was an absolute *U N I T*

That Guy : And then there was that weird Sega Master System arcade stick with the stick on the right...

Kaitlyn beaver : ahaha, you were so cute!! :D (no offense meant lol)

IKMNification : Think it has to do with movement becoming standard on the left and button inputs on the right through the popularity of Japanese home consoles. The standard "Arcade" stick layout we have now comes from the Japanese Arcade "Candy" Cabinet style button layout and as Japanese arcades didn't die like they did in the west, I doubt they copied the layout the west used to keep people playing their games.

Drink a Beer and Play a Game : You know how sometimes you never think of something until someone brings it up? This is one of those times. Great vid as always

NR Productions : I've heard a different story back in the day. Most people are right handed so there was more tension put on sticks than buttons (which are more durable) if they remained on the right, causing faster wear and needing more frequent replacements. The good (usually right) hand isn't only more accurate but 10-30% stronger.

LdeinerProductions : Really? So the flip function on the Atari Lynx was for right handed people? That goes against everything I learned over the years.

chrisbomber101 : its strange because in the 80s my family had a zx spectrum and an atari st and we always used our right hands on the joysticks..... this is why i was never able to get into arcades when i went because it never felt natural to me

Crimefighter : Errr....I don't think I'm satisfied with this explanation.

Serendip : A rare victory for left-handers everywhere.

NeverEvenThere : I didn't know that Larry was actually Augustus Gloop as a child...

Masky : I'm a lefty but I've never struggled with sticks on the right side. Is that unusual? =)

TheDarxide23 : I'm right handed and have attempted to use sticks on the right and it's the most bizarre feeling. It totally screwed me up and I couldn't really play that way. Might have worked when people were already used to it that way, but for me who grew up in the arcades in the 80s I've always used sticks on the left. I can imagine no other way.

Simte : *What's next... Inverted Joysticks?*

manny ichi : Nice to hear from another southpaw!

Jason Lee : Man rockin basketball shorts and flip flops Years before they were the standard attire of gamers everywhere

WaifuKnight : i have asked this question many times.

Rick Parayko : I'm left handed and I HATE the joystick on the left. I'd much rather have my dominant hand hit the buttons

An Actual Mother Bear : I always loved this fact... because, as we all know, these days right handers have no problem playing with a stick, cross pad, or WASD on the left hand. Now why non-native south paws can play like this is another thing I'd like to see explored. Why is that the majority of us with dominant right hands can play games ambidextrously?

AlphaEnt2 : Hell, i'm left handed as well :p Cool fact that never thought about. At this point trained myself to use mouse with right hand too.

SonicMaster Sword : As much as that makes sense, I believe it has stayed because the dominant hand is faster and thus is the better hand to hit the buttons.

ShiroTheRed : I always assumed that handling movement was, at least for rigthies, easier to handle with the off hand since arguably button presses with the right hand needed more focus on the timing. At least from my personal experience (and nowadays the camera controls arguably are more valuable in a moment than movement of uncertainty). Granted there are certain games where having the movement for the right hand is better.

Temmie Plays! : Due to your brain's split task-performing; left side controls the right, right controls the left. most platformers and games scroll left to right, causing your left hand to perform th eleft to right movement. that's why when a stage goes right to left, it usually confuses the user.

ReviewCheeseburgersUSA : Damn Larry Bundy Jr, You E X T R A T H I C C

Abby : Oh, wow, I've absolutely never thought about this ever because I'm ambidextrous.

RollingCabbage : I always thought it was because you could hit the buttons with your right hand faster fireing more witch was more important than moving out of the way.

Razor Vermillion : Gotta stick it to them larry! :D I'll go grab my coat...

FallicIdol : I was born ambidextrous but the nuns in preschool forced me to be right handed. Which controller should I use?

Stefano Pavone : Now this is a change in gaming for which I am grateful (left-handed here). :)

Rim The Stew : am I the only one here who switching? i use my right hand for the joystick and left for buttons? yes, it look awkward cuz I crossed my hands but I used to it...

RadioShadow : Sega did release a Arcade Stick for the Master System which had the joystick on the right. Guess they didn't get with the times. Also, I find it funny the Atari Lynx allowed the device to have the d-pad on the left or right, let right or left handed people would have just used the d-pad on the left.

Tactical Hotdog : Didn't show up on my subs list, only here through Twitter. Good job YouTube.

Jason Jeffery : I never knew you were a fellow southpaw! 😉 I had always assumed joysticks were always on the left. I can't imagine switching the stick from right to left was just a cheap way to make games harder.

ScytheNoire : For games that concentrate on movement, I can see it being a hindrance to have it on the left. But once games that required a lot of button pressing, such as fighters, came out, having the buttons on the right becomes an advantage.

Todd Michael Johnson : I was also 18 in 1998. My birthday is today, I’m turning 38! I wasn’t a contestant on any cool video game programs that year, but it’s refreshing to know we’re the same age. I greatly appreciate your work on YouTube! Here’s to 1980, being left handed, and video games in general 🍻