Definitions

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  • n. A plus-shaped directional input pad on a video game controller that allows for eight degrees of movement, now largely superseded by the thumbstick.

Etymologies

directional pad (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A proper, old-fashioned 2D platformer with ledges and enemies and timed swings and all the things that make you cry out for a nice crisp d-pad and a decently sprung jump button.

    Boing Boing

  • The clamshell device will allegedly sport a super high-resolution display, features a full QWERTY keyboard along with what looks like a touch sensitive d-pad and button arrangement, and may run atop a custom Linux build.

    Panasonic Jungle VIDEO: New Portable Gaming System Teased

  • While these games have been available for the iPod Classic and iPod nano, these new versions offer high-resolution graphics and three different ways to control the action: the virtual d-pad, touch-screen or by using the built-in accelerometer by tilting the device in a given direction.

    Games flood the AppStore on opening day

  • And instead of a trackball or d-pad, the Devour has a small, inset touchpad on its lower-left chin.

    Motorola Devour Review | CurveHouse.com

  • I haven't really tried using the d-pad much yet but it didn't seem to do too well when I was testing it in windows - it kept hitting other directions for an instant before settling in diagonals.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • * The d-pad is a bit squishy and inaccurate; I find it poor on diagonals.

    Saitek Cyborg Rumble Pad for Xbox 360 and PC

  • It seemed to be the perfect solution: it lets you switch round the position of the d-pad and analogue stick so if you want it to be Xbox 360 style or Dualshock style, that's up to you.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • I bought it because apparently it's an Xbox 360 pad with a decent 8-way d-pad, and it looks like a Sega Saturn pad.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • My SF 4 pad's d-pad didn't feel right: after a short while of going right, the character would continue going right for a fraction of a second.

    Street Fighter IV pad, disassembled

  • A single message box with "The document is not saved, do you want save: yes, no, cancel" will process more information than that and message boxes are known for poor efficiency. 20 years ago, in a NES game, players used a 4-way d-pad and two buttons.

    Archive 2009-02-01

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