Reading "Minority Report" in the March 2013 issue of the Official Xbox Magazine (see above), made me think three things. 1. Left handed gamers are still frequently ignored. 2. Things were probably better in 1981 (see below). 3. Farmer's Left Hand Fighter with a Xbox 360/PS3 adapter is still a pretty good solution for those ignored by a lack of in-game reconfiguration options.
Page 30 of the same magazine has an excellent "Let Us Play: Disabled gamers ask for access to the games we love" featuring Mark Barlet and Steve Spohn from AbleGamers and Ian Hamilton of GameAccessibilityGuidelines.com and Lynsey Graham of Blitz Game Studios. Well worth a read.
The scan above is taken from the September 1981 Atari (UK) Owners Club Bulletin: "Are you Left-handed? Good news for left-handed owners". This details how to convert an Atari joystick from right handed use to left-handed use by re-connecting four of the directional push on connector blades.
Atari repeated this find in the Jan/Feb 1983 (USA) Atari Age magazine, entitled "Make Your Own Left-Handed Joystick. Life was simpler then for sure.