You really gotta give credit to those gentlemen that invented this thing. Here’s a little history for all you out there.
The name “joystick” is thought to originate with early 20th century French pilot Robert Esnault-Pelterie. There are also competing claims on behalf of fellow pilots Robert Loraine, James Henry Joyce and Mr A.E. George. The latter was a pioneer aviator who with his colleague Mr. Jobling built and flew a biplane at Newcastle, England in 1910. He is alleged to have invented the “George Stick” which became more popularly known as the joystick. The George and Jobling aircraft control column is in the collection of the Discovery Museum in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. The joystick itself was present in early planes, though the mechanical origins themselves are uncertain.
In other words, engineers, video game inventors, etc etc all stuck with the joystick. In essence every single device you see today where a joystick controls it means that someone, somewhere thinks that the best way to control a mechanical or electric mechanism is to use a long, round shaft that you pull in all sorts of directions.
After all these years they really couldn’t come up with someone else? By the way, is there such a thing as Joystick porn? There should be.
Anyway, here’s a tribute to all that is the joystick