In a time where most controllers use simple letters or colors to differentiate buttons one game company wanted to be different. Sure they took a risk with squares, triangles, Xs, and circles making up 4 of their buttons, but it was definitely worth that risk.
In case you haven’t figured out what company I’m talking about, it’s Sony with their PlayStation, and in case you didn’t read the headline this is all about how these 4 little buttons came to be. Goto told 1UP the following:
I gave each symbol a meaning and a color. The triangle refers to viewpoint; I had it represent one’s head or direction and made it green. Square refers to a piece of paper; I had it represent menus or documents and made it pink. The circle and X represent ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision-making and I made them red and blue respectively. People thought those colors were mixed up, and I had to reinforce to management that that’s what I wanted.
So that is what these 4 iconic buttons mean and now you should have no problem out nerding your friend.