"ThrustMaster is as close as you can get to the modern-day originator of the joystick in the eyes of any combat simulation enthusiast. They were the first company on the market with a joystick designed exclusively with the military flight simulation enthusiast in mind. Their Flight Control System (FCS) was also mimicked for years by the likes of Logitech and other joystick manufacturers, and even the first Sidewinder 3D Pro joystick offered an FCS emulation mode. Up until recently, one would be led to believe that ThrustMaster dropped off the face of the Earth, as it has been a long time since they've released a joystick for the combat/flight simulation enthusiast. I'm glad to report that ThrustMaster is indeed alive and well."
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