From Atari to Commodore 64 to the 8-bit consoles and the 16-bit consoles.
Now I have discovered, with much glee, that my computer is capable of emulating the 32 and 64-bit consoles.
You know the ones I mean, one rhymes with "gay nation" and the other is rather uninspiringly named after the fact that it's a 64-bit console.
Anyhoo, I went out and bought me a USB gamepad, with analog sticks, for $20.
I am in not-so-retro gaming heaven.