CURSE YOU RED BARON | French scientist, engineer and aviator Robert Esnault-Pelterie, inventor of joystick control in aircraft. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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We're a week and a half away from E3 and I've got video games on the brain. That's probably why I hunted up that picture. Pretty cool, right? While Louis Bleriot was the first to use a joystick like controller, it was likely Esnault-Pelterie who coined the word Joystick. Can you imagine what he'd think now? –Brian Crecente

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