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June 22, 2014

Will Freeman

1 Steel Battalion - the cockpit controller (pictured above)

With about 40 buttons, joysticks, switches, dials and foot pedals, this infamous realisation of a giant robot vehicle's cockpit served just two games.

2 Rez - The Trance Vibrator

The butt of countless gags about sex toys on release, the Trance Vibrator shuddered to the beat of Rez, a music-focused gaming masterpiece.

3 Konami - The LaserScope

A head-mounted, voice-activated lightgun for Nes games, the LaserScope's potential for spraining necks might be what saw it consigned to obscurity.

4 Densha de Go - various train controllers

In an act of charmingly ludicrous design, some of the highly specific controllers for this rail sim series feature their own dead-man's handles.

5 ASCII - Gamecube keyboard controller

Switching keyboard and joypad mid-game is no fun, so ASCII combined the two, creating an ungainly monster of product design.

6 Resident Evil 4 - The Chainsaw

What does a game focused on shooting zombies need? Not an ergonomically challenging chainsaw-shaped controller. But it got one.

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Source: Observer (UK)

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