18/04/2011

'Hand-eye, coordination enhancement devices'

'Hand-eye coordination enhancement devices' or 'games consoles' as they are otherwise known, have been around for quite some time now (My own collections documented here) and most think back to their favorite console or maybe just back to the games, with a certain nostalgic fondness. But what of the controller, the portal through which we jumped into these fantastical pixel wonderlands? The growing adoption of xbox Kinect - the non interactive, interactive controller - got me thinking about how things have changed. Long gone are the days where ergonomics was just a buzz word, but I am glad to be old enough, to have enjoyed being a part of the exploration process of console makers trying out the a variety of ways to enhance (not always very successfully) your gaming experience. My favorite being the 'Speedking' by Konix - by far the best controller I have ever used, and one that made my many years as a commodore 64 user, an absolute joy!

Whilst "working" this week, I discovered the fantastic chart above, which really brought together everything that had been bouncing around my skull just days before, and whilst I am not sure quite how inclusive the chart is,  I was surprised to discover that had only used 29 of the controllers shown, a humbling realization. One I hope to remedy.

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3 comments:

Chris Rentner said...

Great post! I'd have to say my fav was the orginal Xbox controller, bulky as it was. Though the GBA pocket models were elegant in their design.

IndigoWrath said...

Hey Robbie! I go back as far as the humble Atari joystick around 1980, but I think my favourite was the original PS2 dualshocks. Perfick! Indigo

Boom Boom Larew said...

Oh, my dear boy... what a sheltered upbringing you had. Imagine only using 29 of the various controllers. So sad.