Recently, there hasn’t been as much to complain about within the video game world of accessories. The most prominent addition to the gaming world right now in terms of accessories is of course, Virtual Reality. I could talk about VR all day long… But, we are not here to talk about the good stuff.. Oh no! Below are the top 10 worst video game accessories of all time!
10. Resident Evil’s Chainsaw Controller
Number 10 may be quite a controversial choice. In fact, it may even be the ultimate collector’s item for some. Only 50,000 of these PS2 controllers were manufactured and no two chainsaw blades have the same blood splatter making each and every controller one of a kind!
Personally however, I don’t think I have ever come across such an awkward controller. I mean why make it a controller? Unless… It was designed for use by Leatherface himself!?
I really don’t don’t know about this one, sure it looks cool but… Can it really be used as a controller efficiently?
9. Nintendo’s Power Glove
The POWER GLOVE!!!… Before it’s initial release the Power Glove gained a lot of public attention due to its early take on virtual reality mechanics and some very extravagant marketing. It was the accessory every kid wanted.. Hell, I still want one now just because they look cool.
There is a reason the power glove hits this list however… Although it is supposedly compatible with many games, there were only two games that were made specifically for it (that’s right just two). Unfortunately they didn’t do so well, most likely due to the Power Glove not coming bundled with any games.
Anyway… Back to the Power Glove’s compatibility. Even though it could technically be used for many games chances are it wouldn’t work how it was supposed too. Ultimately the Power Glove was criticised for its imprecise and difficult-to-use controls as well as it just not working properly in general.
Don’t worry Nintendo… The Power Glove will always be remembered in The Wizard .
8. Alphagrip AG-5
Have you ever sat and thought to yourself, “You know what I need? a controller that has a button for every command!” A keyboard controller you might say. Well, if you have you may have come across this contraption before… The Alphagrip AG-5.
The Alphagrip AG-5 set out with the target of having enough buttons on it to replace a keyboard… But, would a million buttons and a trackball actually make game play more efficient? Unbelievably the answer is no.
The Alphagrip AG-5 is a ‘tooth shaped’ controller with a trackball for the mouse and buttons literally everywhere. Supposedly if you do somehow get the hang of it you can type up to 50 words per minute. That said, I am yet to see anyone use this controller more efficiently than a ‘normal’ controller (or a keyboard & mouse).
7. Konami LaserScope
The Konami Laser Scope is a head-mounted, voice-activated light gun used with and licensed for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
The idea was you plug this in port 2 along with the zapper in port 1 (of course) and you get a little laser sight via the HUD. The gimmick was that you would need to shout “fire!” for the headset to shoot where the reticule was aiming.
The artwork and advertising of the product upon release made the headset look like something ground-breaking. One advertisement in particular targeted parents, it stated ‘sit in peace as your child listens to the game through the headset.’ A child sat screaming FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! sounds real peaceful…
Interestingly, it isn’t all bad news for Konami. Although the headset was unnecessary, uncomfortable and of poor build quality it did at least work!
6. Nintendo R.O.B (Robotic Operating Buddy)
Surprisingly, the Nintendo R.O.B. shipped with the Nintendo Entertainment System Deluxe Set for 2 whole years between 1985 to 1987… Unfortunately, that is about all it actually did do.
Upon release R.O.B. quickly found itself being packed away and left in the cupboard… There were multiple reasons behind this including the large number of small parts, the number of batteries required, the setup time / difficulty AND just like the power glove it only worked with two games!
R.O.B. was another pointless gimmick that ultimately failed. Shortly after sales of the NES took off in the US, Nintendo binned R.O.B. from its NES set entirely.
5. Wii Sports Pack
There isn’t much that can be said about the Nintendo Wii Sports Packs but I am sure we have all seen them…
The Nintendo Wii console and the Wii Sports game were a massive success once released. It wasn’t long until multiple manufacturers rushed to create accessories and other things for the console to make a quick buck. Now, some of these add-ons as you can imagine where good… However the Wii Sports remote attachments simply made the controller more bulky. The attachments would normally resemble tennis rackets, baseball bats, golf clubs and other pieces of equipment.
4. Handy Boy
The Handy Boy is an official “all in one accessory” for the original Game Boy. If you ever owned the original Game Boy and thought hat is wasn’t big enough for your pocket then you probably purchased the handy boy.
The Handy Boy features two amplified external speakers that are positioned on each side of the screen (which don’t work very well), a square magnifier which has simple light for illumination (Which doesn’t work very well) and a thumb joystick can be clipped onto the Game Boy with or without the speakers and magnifier (this is fairly pointless). Unfortunately, even though the ‘accessory’ is foldable I can’t see any way this could fit into any trouser pocket.
Fun fact: The Handy Boy was manufactured by STD.
3. Sega Activator
During the height of Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat’s popularity, Sega released a ‘controller’ that let players control video game characters with real kicks and punches instead of sitting down pressing a button. This controller, the Activator, was an octagonal ring with eight different infrared zones. I think this one requires a video. (Thanks SEGAnetwork!)
The idea was, players would stand in the centre of the ring and interrupt the invisible infrared beams bouncing off the ceiling by using their limbs. personally, I believe this to be a fairly good idea, pair this with something like modern VR and a seriously good fighting game could come of it… Unfortunately, the Sega Activator had a number of issues. It was complicated to set up, the controls were imprecise, it was very expensive and it was cumbersome to use.
2. LJN Roll and Rocker
Long before the days of the Wii Fit, LJN (The bane of the retro gaming world) released the Roll & Rocker for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Instead of burdening the player with the quick and easy directional pad on the NES controller, a movable stand-on platform allowed players to shift their body weight to control a character on the screen. Unfortunately like most things to come out of LJN, the Roll and Rocker failed miserably.
1. Stick Station (Atari) + Speed Board (NES)
At number one we have 2 very similar products, both of which are about as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle.
Let’s start with something called the Skywriter Stick Station, a $15 piece of solid wood for your Atari 2600 joystick. Simply put, it turned the handheld and easily portable Atari joystick into a huge, heavy wooden one. I presume this was to simulate an arcade cabinet?… Honestly, I have no idea, it looks terrible and it wasn’t long before this product was taken off the shelves. (And used to make pool tables or something.)
The other contender for the number 1 spot goes by the name of The Speed Board. This NES accessory was designed to hold a controller so the user didn’t have to. The idea was that it would allow the player to press buttons faster. But in reality it is just a piece of plastic… another poorly received product. Production was halted very shortly after its release.
Dishonourable mention – Kinect
The Kinect, otherwise known as Project Natal was a great idea that was poorly utilised. It was huge bet for Microsoft, but it didn’t pay off… The technology wasn’t quite good enough and it wasn’t long before the novelty wore off… Maybe in a few years we’ll see something like this paired with VR to make for a better experience?
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