Rare: Controllers have become convoluted

The Kinect development director at Rare believes the industry’s principal control mechanism – the joypad – has grown too complex and complicated for the wider market.

Speaking at the fifth annual Develop Conference in Brighton, Nick Burton said Joypads "have become convoluted, they have raised the bar to entry too high."

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Agent Smith2925d ago

Well if holding a controller is too hard for you, no wonder you can't make a good game anymore.

Seijoru2925d ago

They are just trying to make up excuses for people to buy their product. The whole complicated controller thing really only applies to 40+ year olds and their population is getting smaller while the generation of gamers is getting older. So I believe that excuse will be pretty invalid soon. Only really valid to people with no hands.

Agent Smith2925d ago

I agree on the 40+ year olds because of arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. "Oh, my hands hurt."

IdleLeeSiuLung2925d ago

I actually took a break from gaming around late 90s to almost mid 2000s. I found the controller to be far to complex and it took a me a while to actually get good at it.

I'm in my late twenties, and I have excellent co-ordination since I have done martial arts since I was a kid. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

My point being, you hard core gaming crowd might not have an issue, but in twenty years you might! Besides, the vast majority of people don't have time to become hard core gamers, so I welcome a simpler controls scheme that hasn't changed in ages.

BeaArthur2925d ago

Coming from the main Kinect developer...shocking.

STICKzophrenic2925d ago

Controllers have evolved with gaming.

We've gone from 2D side scrollers where all you have to do is move and jump, to FPS, TPS, RPG, etc that require more complex controllers.

If you don't like them, then go back and play with your Atari.

Kahvipannu2925d ago

At some way I agree, but as Rare is making games like Kinnect-Sports, I understand his point of view. My bigbrother (played Commodore/Amiga times) tried my X0, and the controller was like alien technology to him, and since all games need somekind of understanding of controller, he just watched me playing. Currently Kinect is aiming exactly that market.

But I really hope Rare is also doing some "real" games.. I really do.