from the something-in-the-air dept.
quanticle writes "The New York Times is reporting that EA has offered $2B for Take Two Entertainment. The effort appears to be a move to consolidate the two companies before Take Two releases the next iteration of its blockbuster franchise, Grand Theft Auto 4. Take Two has politely declined the offer."
Ant writes: "MSN UK has an article titled "Whatever happened to the joystick" that looks at the "downfall" of the joystick:
"Sometimes technology disappears completely, but often it just fades into the background — still existing, still being used and sold and, occasionally, desired, but probably looking wistfully back on past glories.
Which neatly described the joystick's steady slide away form the THE gaming peripheral to a fondly remembered also ran. But the joystick's tale is a long and convoluted one — and it worth looking back into its often mysterious and ill-studied history before explaining why it will rise from the ashes like the mythical phoenix.
The joystick's invention arrived well before computers and games and it remains a controversial debate amongst scholars as to whom came up with an interface that translated human movement into mechanical through a single stick..."
Seen on ClassicGaming."