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In my youth I was such a wiry square.

Now I've started to select some better friends, and

I've really taken shape,

and will live a longer life.

At least people have always played with me.

I got so much joy, and started to stick

with some nicknames like fatty,

I used to be a real duke!

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like some arcade game to me, yet i haven't figure out which $\endgroup$ – Alex Jun 23 '16 at 17:29
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You're a

video game controller.

In my youth I was such a wiry square.

Old controllers had wires, and were more squarely shaped (e.g. NES).

Now I've started to select some better friends, and

References to "start" and "select" buttons? "Better friends" may refer to the appearance of more buttons, or better (i.e. more advanced) consoles/games.

I've really taken shape,

Now, controllers are more shapely.

and will live a longer life.

Better batteries and rechargeable packs = longer life.

At least people have always played with me.

They sure have!

I got so much joy, and started to stick

Joystick.

with some nicknames like fatty, I used to be a real duke!

Previous Xbox controller iterations have been given nicknames "Duke" and "Fatty".

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  • $\begingroup$ ----- Well Done! $\endgroup$ – Melkor Jun 23 '16 at 17:31

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