Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: Game Controllers

Arcade Sticks.  Bongos.  The Power Glove. Maracas.  The NES Advantage.  There have been a slew of ways to enhance your gaming experience through the use of controllers that were not part of the core system.  Games have often driven the need for these unique controllers (as those who experienced Steel Batallion can attest to).  More recent examples include the instruments needed for games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero.  In fact, yesterday saw the launch of the Fender Squier guitar; the real guitar that can be plugged into Rock Band.  The concept is fantastic, but the price is likely prohibitive to all but the most enthusiastic of gamers. It got me thinking:

What’s the most unique game controller you’ve used or purchased? What’s the most expensive controller you’ve shelled out for?

If you bought multiple controllers for one game, count it (Rock Band instruments, Dreamcast Arcade Sticks). I’m curious to see what folks have been bringing home.

Expense-wise, the recent upgrade of instruments I did for Rock Band wins, since I moved from all Rock Band 1 instruments to a Beatles Special Edition wireless guitar and drum, a pro guitar/double bass wireless bundle, and 3 wireless mics (not to mention the keyboard I got with the game).  Nothing beat that for sheer expense (though my initial Dreamcast purchase of the system, 4 games, two arcade sticks, 3 controllers and 4 memory units was close, and probably more expensive, albeit across 4 games).  The most interesting controller I used was either the Power Glove or the Power Pad.  I owned the Power Pad, so that probably wins out as the “Oh cool!” factor it had back then.  Of course, eventually I just used my hands on the pads, but while I was running, it was great!

What about you?

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    I owned the Power Glove for the Nintendo. I had Glove Ball (I think that’s what it was called) and it was really cool to play it with the Glove. Otherwise, everything just sucked. Maybe you can chalk it up to me being a kid, but it was harder than hell to play any other game with the Power Glove.

    As for most expensive, definitely Rock Band here too. Bought the Ion Drum Set, Cymbal pack, a real drum throne, the rock pedal (since the standard drum pedal sucks), 2 wireless mics (from the LIPS bundle), and the Fender Squire guitar (non pro, bought it before RB3 was announced, it’s still just a fake guitar, but it is made from a real guitar body and neck). If you want to throw in the 250+ songs that we have bought for dlc plus RB1, RB2, RB3, LEGO, Green Day, The Beatles. The whole Rock Band experience has cost us well over $1k.