Atari Mindlink

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Developer Atari
Type Video game controller
Connectivity Controller port

The Atari Mindlink is an unreleased video game controller for the Atari 2600, originally intended for release in 1984.[1] The Mindlink was unique in that its headband form factor controls the game by reading the myoneural signal voltage player's forehead.[2] The player's forehead movements are read by infrared sensors and transferred as movement in the game.[3]

Specially supported games are similar to those that use the paddle controller, but with the Mindlink controller instead. Two games were in development for the Mindlink by its cancellation, Bionic Breakthrough and Mind Maze. Bionic Breakthrough is basically a Breakout clone, controlled with the Mindlink. Mind Maze uses the Mindlink for a mimicry of ESP, to pretend to predict what is printed on cards. Testing showed that players frequently got headaches[4] due to moving their eyebrows to play the game. Neither of the games in development saw release in any other form in later years.


  1. ^ Top 5 Hardware Super Fails. "Top 5 Hardware Super Fails | Top 5 with Lisa Foiles Video Gallery | The Escapist". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ Vendel, Curt. "The Atari Mindlink System". Atari Museum. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  3. ^ Chris Scullion Games Editor, CVG UK Follow @scully1888 (2014-03-10). "The Atari Mindlink and other outrageous controllers - CVG US". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  4. ^ "20 Worst game accessories ever". T3. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2014-08-18.