Before Menu Screens, we Adjusted Consoles With Buttons

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These wonderful shots are courtesy of Bleeping Relics, and show the control boards of a trio of old Pong consoles. These old analog systems weren't adjusted via menu screens or fancy UI systems. If you wanted to change something, well, there was a button right there on the console.

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I miss buttons in general. They seem to be disappearing these days from modern electronics

Android phones used to have buttons, now they're all touch-based. It's retarded. I never quite understood why they insisted on having touch buttons rather than tactile buttons that you can feel and require real pressure in order to press (which prevents accidental pressing). they say it's more dynamic or something, but does it really need to be that way? Aren't the advantages of real buttons greater than having "dynamicness" in touch buttons?

Other devices are lacking buttons too.. TVs, tablets, cars... I wonder if we'll ever reach a point where we won't be typing on keyboards anymore.. but on touchscreens instead (like in those sci-fi shows)