August 23rd, 2005, 00:50 Posted By: wraggster
Every three seconds a child is born, and every four seconds someone has a new idea as to what Nintendo’s next controller will be. We’ve heard them all, and we have seen thousands upon thousands of artist renditions - like the one pictured right - predicting Nintendo’s next business move. It is popular enough to be its own industry, frankly. Matthew Gallant of Computer Games Magazine has his own belief on the Revolution’s new feature, and although he probably has as much of an idea as the next guy (or girl), I think what he proposes is a pretty good idea, even if it’s not Nintendo’s big plan. His proposal is a combination of gyroscopes and the rumble technology to simulate “friction” when you move the controller too far out of range.
For example, say you are flying Star Fox’s Arwing and you pull up on the controller to fly upwards; you can’t exactly pull the controller over your head because a) it’s impossible in a real life star fighter (I am assuming) and b) because the controller will rumble more and more aggressively as you try. Another trick Nintendo could do, on the same plan, would be separate rumble machines on the left and right of the controller (e.g. if you scrape your car against the left railing of the road, the left side of your controller would shake).
Gallant makes a few more good points on why Nintendo would consider this technology revolutionary – if they could make a controller like this that didn’t drain batteries in a day or so, I’d be impressed myself. What do you think?
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