IGDA Game Accessibility Special Interest Group

Atari Mindlink

Atari Mindlink. Image of a Karate Kid looking gamer playing an Atari VCS game of Mind Breakout - using muscles in his forehead.
In 1984 Atari were working on perhaps the first ever attempt at a commercial video game head-controller: The Mindlink. Left and Right movements could be controlled (to a degree) using left and right eye-brow muscles, with three games being linked to this device: Bionic Breakthrough, Mindmaze and Telepathy.

Atari found themselves ahead of their time, and ahead of available technology. Gamers complained of head-aches as they strained to play the games with any accuracy, leading to the technology being ditched.

YouTube Videos: MindLink, Telepathy.

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