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access_time April 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM in Features by ADudeNamedSimon

To Peripheral Or Not To Peripheral?

Every year there seems to be a new and different type of peripheral for the consumer.  Whether it be a handgun holder for you Playstation Move controller, a dance pad for Dance Dance Revolution or a guitar for Rock Band, it’s all quite staggering.

People are on the fence about all these types of devices.  Why do we (the customers) spend so much money to use these things?  What makes a Wii-mote different when it’s connected to a toy-like golf club? Do people seriously enjoy that feeling of holding a submachine gun that they need to buy it when playing a game?

DDR dance pad

Harmonix’s Rock Band and its old rival Activision’s Guitar Hero had a history of kicking out different peripherals for their games. Guitar after guitar, usually no different from one another besides the different guitar types had flood the video game market a couple years ago. At the moment you can actually buy a Fender Squier Stratocaster 6-string guitar controller to play Rock Band with. At this point, why not just pick up a real guitar, right? Look at Harmonix and Activision now, Rock Band and Guitar Hero games are sadly a thing of the past.

Games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero and DJ Hero saturated the market with instruments but they’re also a big difference from peripherals where you put a Wii-mote into a slot for a tennis racket. You’re pretty much required to have the guitar, or drum set to play the songs in Rock Band, that’s the fun of it. I never got that same reaction when using a tennis racket Wii-mote.

HORI fighting sick

Yuna's Tiny Bee Guns

HORI fighting sticks have become quite popular with the Street Fighter, Tekken, Marvel Vs Capcom crowd especially those playing the game on a 360. Granted it’s not really useful outside of using it on fighting games it does hold it’s own and fighting games are plentiful.

Peripherals will always be sort of a gimmick but some people will continue to eat them up and

use them. I’m not one to hate on peripherals but I think it’s time we all take a step back and just use the controller that came with the console (that coming from the guy who was in awe of PS2 controllers made in the form of Yuna’s Tiny Bee Guns from Final Fantasy X-2).

What do you guys think of all the peripherals on the market today?




  • unlimitedlives April 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    I got to many at home that it was kinda hard to walk through my room for a while. I had about 3 drumsets, one for guitar hero world tour, a couple of guitars, couple of mics and 3 dj hero turntables. I think that’s my limit.

    But if it’s compatible with each other instead of bringing out a new version…that makes me a feel better that I don’t have to keep piling up my plastic instruments.

    Fight sticks aren’t much of an interest to me but there are plenty of stick enthusiasts out there to keep that side of the business alive even when I hear so many complaints about them not being greater than a custom fightstick.

    BTW those yuna guns are awesome…but I’d prefer Dante’s Ebony and Ivory. =D

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