Game controllers

PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

PlayStation controller buttons explained (by the man who designed them)

The origins of the PlayStation controller's triangle, circle, square and cross buttons can't exactly be described as a mystery on a par with the disappearance of the Mayans, but we've always been pretty curious about where the four symbols came from.  Now we know, thanks to a Famitsu magazine interview with Teiyu Goto, the man responsible for the external design of PlayStation consoles, their peripherals and accessories, for the last 17 years.  In among detailing the distinctive dual-grip design, Goto says the four symbols were actually an attempt to keep things straightforward while rivals were using letters.

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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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Penguin United CrossFire Pistol controller for Wii released

Penguin United CrossFire Pistol controller for Wii released

Nintendo's Wiimote controller has been given no shortage of attachments and shells to turn it from a wand into a sword, gun or steering wheel, but if you take your first-person shooters seriously then Penguin United have an alternative.  Their CrossFire Pistol eschews janky shells and instead integrates the Wiimote into a new, gun-shaped form factor.

Thrustmaster unveils exclusive Ferrari gamepads

Thrustmaster unveils exclusive Ferrari gamepads

I am a big fan of exotic cars and if I could pick any car to have, I would want a Ferrari. I love the sound and style of Ferrari automobiles, but considering that the exotic Italian autos cost more than my home I will never own one. Assuming I don't hit the lottery anyway. As close as we mere mortals will likely come to a Ferrari is a Hot Wheels car or these cool new controllers from Thrustmaster.

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