New Video Game Accessories Can Do Everything Short of Making Dinner

Of all the ways in which video games have changed over the years, possibly none is more dramatic than the progress of controller design. Where a dial used to suffice for the simple action of Pong, now there are controllers with multiple analog joysticks, molded plastic grips and dozens of buttons.

Not only are today’s controllers more complicated, but they’re also more gimmicky. In the past, controller makers have added features such as auto-fire, programmable buttons, and force feedback to their products with varying results. Following this pattern, Nintendo and Nyko have both released gimmicky controllers and accessories for the latest generation of systems, again with varying results. Here’s my opinion on some of their latest.

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