The top videogame controller buttons - Part 1

Big Red Button – Multi-system – 2005

The big red button on a Buzz controller (and other, similar controllers) really gets to the heart of what being the most important button is about: size, redness and lighting up at appropriate times. Like the secret, emergency Batphone of videogame controllers, you can’t help but want to use this button the moment you see it.

Above: Do not hit your screen 

The only noticeable drawback of the alluring button is that it lacks the weight that we’d like to see in a giant red button. The controller feels light, so there’s a click – but not a solidly tactile punch – when you press and depress the button. If this button were full of gummy bears or fruit punch, it would have received a perfect score.


Triangle Button – PlayStation 3 – 2006

A handsome coupling of green and black, the Triangle button incorporates both a minimalist design and capitalization on the Triangle button of the PS1 and PS2. At first, it’s difficult to discern the nuanced differences between the modern and last-generation triangle buttons.

After careful consideration, however, it’s easy to see why the PS3’s triangle has finally ousted the X-button’s top spot on the PlayStation-button list. For those who are concerned with function as well as form, the triangle is fully pushable and located on the upper-right of the PS3’s controller face. We’ve pushed it several times, and encountered no difficulties whatsoever.


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  • inSovietRussiaDatesRecallBrettElston - April 6, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    i remember eagerly anticipating a part 2 and then getting super disappointed that it never happened
  • KrazyGamer - February 14, 2011 1:46 a.m.

    Funny Article.
  • coolbeans - October 26, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    i hit my screen when i saw that big red button...
  • Hydrohs - October 26, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    I read this article before reading the author, and the writing style seemed so familiar; then I finally looked at who the author was and everything made sense.
  • super0sonic - October 25, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    Wow this was really interesting in a silly way. I hope to see a Part 2
  • Phazon117 - October 24, 2009 4:54 p.m.

    "We’ve pushed it several times, and encountered no difficulties whatsoever." It's comments like this that make the article so god damn enjoyable.
  • CAPST3R - October 24, 2009 8:40 a.m.

    @nadrewood999: the alphabet's made up of 26 letters, not 26 words. you're even more gramatically incorrect than the article! BTW GR, you forgot two tiiiny little buttons... THE ANALOGUE STICKS AND THE ANALOGUE CLICKS! lol, that rhymed. and the l2 button is used in nearly every game you morons, what are you talking about?
  • Willy105 - October 24, 2009 1:51 a.m.

    This article fails for having the Playstation controller more than one time, and fails even harder for not having the best one of all time: The N64's Z button. OF ALL TIME.
  • Kytl - October 24, 2009 1:05 a.m.

    wheres the Z button? thats my favorite button after the A button
  • secretsearcher - October 22, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    You guys have waaaaaay too much time on your hands. But I will say this. The X button on the Gamecube should have recieved some recognition. It would be very hard to stay alive in Smash Bros. if you couldn't jump. (p.s. I know you CAN jump by flicking up on the control stick, but really, no one does that.)
  • bilstar - October 22, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    Great article.
  • Claymore17 - October 22, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    paul ryan??? whhaaattt?? isn't that the really deep voice guy that says "that's pretty funny" on tdar? i thought he left gamesradar
  • rxb - October 22, 2009 1:05 p.m.

    Strange article. Also you can turn as 360 by pressing the disc tray button.
  • AHolyMonk - October 22, 2009 1:49 a.m.

    Excellent Article! I did notice the absence of the Intellivision controller wheel, the granddaddy of all modern analog sticks. What a beautiful mix of form and function, no?
  • JoeMasturbaby - October 21, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    "(“O-G”) mouse button,..." HAHAHAHAHAHA great article, O-G buttons fo lyfe!
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - October 21, 2009 8:41 p.m.

    Great artical! never seen somone spend four pages on controller buttons before!
  • THEBIGJ3 - October 21, 2009 7:34 p.m.

    Great read! Very informative! haha! Being left handed though, I've never used the W button on the keyboard for forward, not once, so the UPARROW key get's my vote there, and the zero on the number pad for those all-important, super-accessible, Call-Of-Duty, little-finger reloads... Also another lefty issue with the mouse: "You may be familiar with this button already, but if not, have a look at your right hand’s index finger. There should be a left button directly underneath." However the left button is, as you suggest, quite legendary. No button under here, just a beer. :-D
  • bloodyshadow - October 21, 2009 6:45 p.m.

    This was absolutely hilarious! Great job, as usual Mr. Ryan.
  • TreeWhale - October 21, 2009 6:38 p.m.

    I am a Whale And i live in a tree but squirrels don't like me because i am in a tree I am a Whale
  • MagicalSarai - October 21, 2009 5:55 p.m.

    I anticate and eagerly await the second part of this article.

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