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The 7 most disastrous gaming controllers of all time

by • July 14, 2016 • No Comments

People love their games machines. Genesis vs Super Nintendo. PlayStation 3 vs Xbox 360. Epoch Cassette Vision vs, er, the Arcadia 2001. If you’ve owned a gaming box you many likely had a view on how it stacks against the competition. But how frequently do we factor in the controller? As the bit you in fact require to get your feels on, it is significant. Similar to, quite significant. With this in mind, let’s take a gander at sactually games controllers which didn’t so much let the side down, as scuttle the bloody ship altogether. And there isn’t an N64 controller in sight.

  • The Amiga CD32's controller, alas
  • The Atari Jaguar controller — do you digit?
  • By far the very least-bad controller on the list, but in context, a disappointing device
  • The Intel Wireless Series Gamepad: only don't sniff the ends

Amiga CD32

Let’s begin off with this upside-down ergonomically-challenged precursor to the PlayStation controller. There are prettier pieces of plastic floating in the Pacific, but have you in fact tried via the thing? Judging by the sales figures, the answer is approximately pretty no. And a great thing too. It was disconcertingly lightweight, and had underwhelming create high end in the all-significant clicky and pressy bits. Oh, and it had an optional (read unnecessary) stick-on rubber d-pad to put over the directional nipples. The punchline? Among all those buttons, the vast majority of games ported to the machine utilized only the big red one.

Xbox Kinect

Having said controllers are the bit of the machine you spend the many time touching, here’s one you don’t. Peter Molyneux’s amazing Project Milo tech demo additional or less ensured the commercial good results of the 360 Kinect overnight. But the reality was pretty different: a slow, laggy control process you requireed a living room the dimensions of a safari park to waft of in. Fruit Ninja aside, the Kinect was sorely lacking in high end software, and so eyebrows were raised when Microsoft bundled it with the Xbox One, adding both price and, as the tinfoil-hat crowd may argue, a surveillance menace to unsuspecting living rooms. Microsoft later backtracked, offering Xbox Ones Kinect-free. But at very least those of us with one yet plugged in to their machines can tell it to alter the channel. Sometimes it actually works.

Atari Jaguar

We all understand the feeling. You’re stuck into an butt-aching gaming bender when suddenly the phone rings. It’s Auntie Morag, asking you to ring her horticulturalist. Can you take down the number? Atari had scenarios only such as these in mind, one imagines, when it included the otherwise inexplicable number pad in the Jaguar’s gamepad. Who is not going to want to do sums while you play Cybermorph? Okay, so you mayn’t in fact use the number pad to do those things. It was just a ploy to manufacture the controller 120 percent larger than it requireed to be. And yet games did use the pad, it was quite only for the reason it was there, in lieu of actual proper buttons. Baffling.

Phillips CD-i

The 1990s: great for music; disastrous for gaming controllers. As far of perfect as Amiga’s and Atari’s offerings were, at very least you may sort of use them to play games. The 400-series CD-i controller looked additional like a thing you’d use to track down Saxon gold, or scan stray dogs. Piss-poor by all accounts, the controller has been attributed as being partly responsible for the console’s mercifully-swift demise. Shame.

Intel Wireless Series Gamepad

Let’s face it: there aren’t adequate consumer electronics which double up as airplane neck supports. Intel took a mighty swing at it with its Wireless Series Gamepad, but the results are quite much too complex to relax with, much less catch a few shut-eye. On the plus side, if you had the wherewithal to download the drivers of the Intel website, you may theoretically use this thing to play PC games, or actually as an ill-conceived mouse replacement. At very least there wasn’t a whole game process relying on this unwieldy u-bend.

Sony DualShock 3 for the PlayStation 3

Controversial? Despite having a powerhouse of a CPU, Sony’s PlayStation 3 ceded precious marketshare and brand loyalty to the Xbox 360 compared to the previous generation. The controller was one area of mismatch. The 360’s was an ergonomic delight: a masterful iteration of the Xbox controller. In contrast, the DualShock’s create had remained additional or less unalterd for a decade. But not dreadful, its sub-optimally placed thumbsticks, poor d-pad and stingily short charge cable didn’t precisely enhance a few otherwise masterful games. File under missed opportunity.

Power Glove for the Nintendo Entertainment System

Eons preceding wearable electronics were a thing, there was Mattel’s Power Glove for the Nintendo Entertainment System. As well as sporting all the buttons of the regular controller (located supremely conveniently on your forearm), you may in addition control the on-screen action with awkward hand gestures a few 21 years preceding Microsoft attempted to repeat the feat with Kinect. Oh, and it had number buttons. So we can’t actually donate Atari credit for having a shit thought with the Jaguar control pad — it only copied one. Selling poorly and with only two games to its name, the Power Glove may inspire dreadful gaming controllers for decades hence. Ahead of its time, and so.


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