Providing the alternative to consoles, the PC is revered for its high resolution graphics, fine controls (I'll take a mouse over a controller joystick any day), and skill with presenting complicated game schematics and interfaces.
Based on tips I read online, I once upped my swimming skill in a game (single-player, mind you) by aiming my undrownable character at a mid-river piling and rubber-banding the controller joystick into a "swim forward" position.
The other propriety CPU, the 26.6 Mhz "Jerry", contained a 32-bit RISC Digital Signal Processor, in addition to units responsible for 16-bit stereo sound, joystick control, wavelength synthesis, and other functions.
I found using my thumb on the analog stick to be the easiest control option, while my husband preferred actually placing the controller on the floor or his knee and using the analog stick in a joystick fashion.
These cabinets were generally taller than an average man and housed a monitor and deck where a joystick and buttons were placed (or a steering wheel, trackball, or a variety of other control mechanisms).
The child then manipulates a joystick or controller to control the actions of a character or series of characters as the characters face obstacles displayed on the screen.
These arcade sticks take the place of regular Xbox and PlayStation controllers, providing a joystick and face buttons that mimic the look and feel of arcade cabinets.
Many gamers also prefer using the precise combination of keyboard and mouse to control their first-person shooter games, rather than the more sloppy console joystick.
From here you can either lock onto an enemy using the left trigger button or click the left joystick to change your view to first-person for more precise aiming.
The PS2 equivalent for the joystick is pretty good, but for some reason the game designers made it so you have to use the directional buttons on many of them.