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@thomasfuchs Anecdote: in an interview with Miyamoto Shigeru when GameCube was first released, he said they won't be a better controller than the GameCube controller for another 10 years.
The statement is still true to this date (at least for Nintendo) given that they're releasing GameCube Controller for Nintendo Switch…
(Interview was in Japanese https://omoganews.com/2018/08/13/19114841-1028429649297137664/)
For about 55 years, we've written software that's currently too slow by a factor of 2 with the expectation that in 18 months it will automatically be fast enough.
For the first 40 of those years, that technique has made sense.
For the past 15, we have merely written software that twice as slow as the minimum acceptable performance.
And of course the most overhyped and underdelivering of them all… the Nintendo Power Glove.
BASIC gets a lot of shit, but its ability to trivially manipulate hardware and ability to bootstrap LOWER level code are things modem languages could stand to learn from.
On the weirder side of things, what happens when you combine the amazing GameCube controller with a keyboard?
Another specialized controller I loved is the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback wheel, released 21 years ago…
Immigrant 🇦🇹→🇺🇸, also I’m in your Nintendo Switch, yes, really.
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