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iControlPad for iPhone production parts now shipping [Updated]

iControlPad for iPhone production parts now shipping [Updated]

It's been a while since the iControlPad team told us the release of the snap-on iPhone gaming controller peripheral was imminent, but general availability looks like it could be fast approaching.  Team member Craig Rothwell has been tweeting photos of the first mass produced sections, and while he's yet to show the central control panel it's obvious how everything will come together.

Update: More photos and availability information after the cut

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Gioteck reveals the HF-1 PS3 controller for FPS players

Gioteck reveals the HF-1 PS3 controller for FPS players

My favorite video game genre is the first person shooter. I started playing them on the PC years and years ago back when you couldn't get a FPS title on a console. Now that pretty much all FPS games are on the console, I still prefer the PC. Mostly I prefer the PC because I am so used to the mouse and keyboard and can't play as smoothly with a game controller.

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Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller is most bizarre Wii peripheral yet

Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller is most bizarre Wii peripheral yet

We've seen bizarre gaming controllers for the Wii before - the football-shaped Wiimote dock looked practically normal in comparison to the inflatable horse controller - but the Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller takes things to another level.  Basically replicating the arcade controls for the Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road II Legend machines the Wii game is based on, the most obvious (and unusual) part of the hardware is the great big sword hilt.

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Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro Available Right Now

Nintendo Wii Classic Controller Pro Available Right Now

It's been over a year since Nintendo announced the Nintendo Wii's Classic Controller Pro, and since then, it's been only sold over in Japan. But, those in the United States got a glimpse of hope back in January, when Nintendo announced that the Controller Pro would be available in April, 2010. Well, sure enough, Nintendo has indeed kept their word, and the Wii Classic Controller Pro is now officially available.

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EVE multiboxing rig skirts gaming rules with complex controllers

EVE multiboxing rig skirts gaming rules with complex controllers

Naively we thought multiplayer gaming meant you and lots of other people all over the world coming together to play simultaneously, but Zhek Kromtor's multiboxing rig takes a slightly different approach.  Intended to allow him to log into the EVE virtual world as twelve separate characters, the convoluted system - which has multiple mice and keyboards, all stuck together with dowels - is intended to get around EVE's block on so-called software multiboxing, where keyboard/mouse sharing apps are used to speedily control multiple characters.

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Apple iPhone game-controller dock patent spotted

Apple iPhone game-controller dock patent spotted

Coincidentally published on the same day as we fell for the ThinkGeek iCade, Apple have applied for a patent describing a portable gaming controller into which a touchscreen device - like an iPhone or iPod touch - could dock into.  Apple reckon such a controller could have anything from game-specific controls, like D-pads and joysticks, through microphones and cameras, rumble packs, motion detection or even a second display.

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Mad Catz Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight Stick for Xbox 360 announced

Mad Catz Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight Stick for Xbox 360 announced

There's something about this Mad Catz Cyborg F.L.Y. 9 Wireless Flight Stick that makes us think the company's designers looked to Megatron for their inspiration; still, that shouldn't dissuade any gamers from taking a firm grasp.  Compatible with the Xbox 360's wireless system out of the box - and thus requiring no dongle - the F.L.Y. 9 has independent throttle and rudder controls together with various comfort adjustments.

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ThinkGeek iCade arcade cabinet for iPad is fake with real promise

ThinkGeek iCade arcade cabinet for iPad is fake with real promise

April Fool jokes online are generally tired, unfunny and just plain annoying, but there's usually one decent idea that slips through the net of mediocrity.  ThinkGeek's iCade iPad arcade cabinet is obviously a joke - the "Availability: 80's" pretty much gives it away - but we can see plenty of people loving the concept of a proper arcade controller for some serious retro gaming with their shiny new Apple tablet.

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