original joystick was an amazingly crappy design: the stick did not move at all
, so basically you had no feedback about whether the movement had registered.
Also, the stick was a RSI-inducing (we did not know about RSI back then: it just hurt your hand) piece of plastic with a triangular section, while the base was essentially a small rectangle of hard plastic.
So, you grabbed the whole mess in two hands, and used the joystick with both, twisting the base, and sweating from your palms.
Eventually, the black plastic stick cover would come off the base (small wonder, due to the enormous forces in play), and you would be left with its innner core, a clear plastic stick with more hand-hurting protrusions.