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@thomasfuchs I grew up with the Speedking, and it survived some tough love. ๐Ÿ˜‰

@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 Switchโ€ฆ

(Interview was in Japanese omoganews.com/2018/08/13/19114)

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.

@thomasfuchs The Mad Catz Panther XL always has a place in my heart. Trackball *and* a flight stick, festooned with buttons and absurdly large

And of course the most overhyped and underdelivering of them allโ€ฆ the Nintendo Power Glove.

@thomasfuchs the SNES controller: I love the color scheme and the rounded edges- I've always had a habit of curling my pinkies along the bottom edge of a controller to stabilize it and this is the only controller that works with me on that

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.

@thomasfuchs Another somewhat eccentric GameCube controller is the Resident Evil chainsaw

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Those things never seem to hear my claps correctly. Taiko drum master used my favorite drum controller although the arcade one is indisputably better.

@thomasfuchs My favourite is the Japanese Sega Saturn controller (my Victor V-Saturn model shown here). The 6-Button Sega Genesis controller is a VERY close second.

On the weirder side of things, what happens when you combine the amazing GameCube controller with a keyboard?

This happens.

Another specialized controller I loved is the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback wheel, released 21 years agoโ€ฆ

@thomasfuchs FWIW one of my all time favorites is the DK Bongos GameCube controller

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