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 from the 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. Three games were in development for the Mindlink by its cancellation: Bionic Breakthrough, Telepathy, 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. None of these games were ever released in any other form.


  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. [permanent dead link]
  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. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-18.