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U-Move Wii Controller Will Keep You Moving, Won't Take No For an Answer

The U-Move nunchuck controller is like a drill sergeant for the Wii. This little peripheral uses a pedometer to keep track of every step you take, and will let you know exactly how many calories you burn while playing any Wii or Wii-Fit game. Thing is, you'll have to keep moving at all times, in order to "energize" your on-screen character. The minute you stop bouncing around, your thumb...

Charting the Transformation of Video Game Controller Design

We're trying our best to refrain from contributing to the Web's infographic glut, but we couldn't resist this one: the evolution of video game controller design as charted by U.K.-based Cxpartners. See how the original Nintendo directional pad gave birth to the PlayStation and Xbox controllers, and how the Power Glove's whole concept flopped until the invention of the Wiimote. The full image is...

Foam Football Wii-mote Gives New Meaning to Armchair Quarterback

The kickoff to a new football season is a long way off, but gamers can still get a virtual fix on their console of choice. Nintendo Wii owners have a leg up in the realism department, though, thanks to the system's motion-sensing capabilities -- and, more recently, thanks to a new controller from CTA Digital that literally puts the ball in your hands. According to Gizmodo, this soft foam add-on...

Massage Me Is the World's Most Awkward Video Game Controller

There is no shortage of strange and horrible video game controllers in this world. In the early days, there was the infamous Power Glove, and, since, there have controls that involve muscle twitches and streams of urine. Even seemingly mainstream controls like the Wii Balance Board are pretty ridiculous when you think about it. (Q: "How do I play this game?" A: "You stand on this very unstable...

Controller-Chewing Dog Spends Money on Xbox Live

When you adopt a dog, you expect to drop some cash on things like food, visits to the vet, and maybe chew toys. But one man's best friend drained his bank account in an unexpected way. According to Kotaku, a man named Greg says his one-year-old dog, Oscar, purchased 5,000 points on his Xbox Live account, totaling $62.50, while the owner slept in the next room. Somehow, the lab/hound mix...

Gamer Overcomes Disability with Custom PlayStation 3 Controller

Yeah, we may be hardened cynics -- our cold, black hearts have closed off to all but the most extraordinary tech-related stories, and we don't talk about the triumph of the human spirit a lot, but PlayStation 3 forum user KitsuneYume has us stepping outside our usual box today. With the help of an engineer, he made an "adaptive controller" that allows him to game with the pros despite serious...

Interactive Mirror Dazzles Onlookers With Touch-Based Graphics

It was just a month ago that Alpay Kasal of Lit Studios was impressing us with LaserGames, beaming all sorts of fun, interactive visuals on the wall. Now, with a few tweaks, he's turned that projector around and made a two-way mirror into a sort of digital portal. "Interactive Mirror" uses the same basic mouse emulation as LaserGames -- it seems to lack multi-touch but offers some interesting...

'Tis the Season With Microsoft's Wireless Red Xbox 360 Controller

Here's an interesting one. That red / black Xbox 360 controller that was showcased back in July is now available to any ole consumer in the US, Canada, Latin America New Zealand and Asia, and it comes bundled with a Play & Charge Kit and red rechargeable battery for $64.99. For whatever reason, Microsoft's totally missing a golden opportunity to cash in on the holiday shopping season by...

New Add-Ons Turn Your Wii Controllers into Musical Maracas

'Samba de Amigo' is barreling towards the Wii, and we all understand that it'll be a lot less exciting without the Wii Maracas. Thanks to Amazon's quick trigger finger, we now know that Sega's Wiimote accessories will go for $14.99 per pair, and if all goes to plan, they'll be shipping out on September 23rd. Of course, we'd suggest you pocket that and just craft your own wildly colored (and...

Guy Stuffs Entire Video Game System Into Retro Controller

This one has been around the block a time or two, but considering you have absolutely nothing else to do on a Sunday, you might as well dust off that DIY kit and get to work. What you're looking at above is a genuine (albeit modified) NES controller playing a bona fide classic on a laptop. Amazingly, all of the software required for such a marvelously good time is stuffed tight within the...

DIY Nintendo Controller for iPod

Sure the Wiimote's motion-detection wizardry is all the rage these days, but for some gamers, that childhood love affair with the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controller never ended. Yesterday brought news of a touch version of the NES gamepad being hacked onto the iPhone to play such classics as 'Super Mario Bros.' Now, a super geek has cracked open one of the old controllers...