The Strangest Video Game Peripherals

Video gaming as a hobby can be a financial black hole. There’s always a new video game or a new console, waiting for you to dump your money and your hours in to. But games and consoles aren’t the only videogame gizmo vying for your disposable income. There’s also the strange and exciting world of gaming peripherals.

For those out of the know, a video game peripheral is another word for controller. You know, the thing with the buttons? Sometimes, video game companies will design an alternative controller that can either accomplish more tasks than the console’s standard controller or enhance the emersion of the player. There are also games that will only work with it’s corresponding controller (think the guitar in Guitar Hero).

Some peripherals do enhance the gaming experience — like the Wii-Fit board — while others not so much. Today, we focus on that later category. Let’s dive in and take a look at the wide (and strange) world of video game peripherals.

The Power Glove

In the kingdom of odd video gaming peripherals, there is only one king — the Power Glove. The concept was simple enough. Slap a bunch of buttons on the backhand of a sleek looking glove and BAM, you’ve got yourself a one-handed controller that can effortlessly control your original NES. But the Power Glove did more than just offer up a different button layout. It also utilized the players hand motions to make things easier.

Sadly, the Power Glove wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. Though it could technically be used to play any game from the NES library, it didn’t do a great job of it. The required TV sensors didn’t work very well and the glove wasn’t sensitive enough to adequately control the game. In short, it failed.

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