10 of the most extreme controllers EVER

3rd Space Gaming Vest and HTX Helmet

Popping off people’s heads and spraying explosive shrapnel everywhere in increasingly realistic first-person shooters can be intensely thrilling, but simply playing these games isn’t stimulating enough for some hardcore gamers. To remedy this, TN Games created a device that simulates what it’s like to be punched, stabbed, shot, gored, eviscerated, exploded, and otherwise bludgeoned with devastating virtual weaponry. The 3rd Space Gaming Vest looks like a flak jacket, and delivers a solid body-pummeling experience when connected to your PC system and used while playing first-person shooters. Oh hell yeah.

Anytime you’re hit in the game while wearing the vest, a small but forceful impact jabs you in one or more of eight possible corresponding regions. It’s all powered by an air compressor. While it doesn’t really hurt, it can be a bit jarring to have your guts violently kneaded like dough any time an opponent shoves a high-powered rocket down your throat. For players who want the full-body experience, an HTX Helmet is in the works. There’s nothing quite like getting shot in the head for fun.

Above: FUN! 

Funny Band

Crazy Awesome Koreans Go! It’s a guitar! It’s a drum set! It’s a keyboard! No, wait, it’s a guitardrumsetkeyboard! Meet Funny Band, an online Korean music rhythm game that comes with an all-in-one peripheral that’s so amazing, it makes absolutely no sense. Apparently, you’re meant to use the thing in pieces, but we much prefer the thought of trying to play guitar, keyboard, and drums on it while singing all at the same time.

This quote from the press release gives a taste of the creative brilliance behind this rockalicious plastic monstrosity: “Key point of rhythm game is touching sense during paying the game. Funny Band is music simulation game which provides keynote system from each instrument and music book. Specially, drum and guitar, users can have illusion for playing because instruments' quality is so fantastic.”

Above: That said, a five-drummer rendition of Sk8r Boi would probably be excruciating 

Giant NES controller

Australian youth Kyle Downes possesses a coffee table some might kill for. It’s a giant, fully functioning NES controller that doubles as a games storage bin.

The lad, who was finishing up his degree at RMIT at the time, built the massive thing on his own from scratch. It took four months of intensive work on the project to complete, and it cost about $100 in materials to make. The best part is that it plugs into any NES, so you can attempt to play your favorite retro games in grand style. It also gives the phrase “button mashing” much more significance. Excuse us while we clean the drool off our keyboards.

Boong-Ga Boong-Ga

It’s now time for a completely different kind of punishment: the kind where you pay money to jab a huge plastic finger controller into a fake ass affixed to an arcade cabinet. A Korean game about “spanking the peopple that make your life miserable,” Boong-Ga Boong-Ga is about as hilariously atrocious as the gaming peripherals it requires you to use. The game is based on an actual children’s prank (known as “kancho” in Japan) that involves poking someone in their posterior region when they’re not paying attention. No thanks.

We know its existence isn’t exactly news to many of you, but any list like this that didn’t include Boong-Ga Boong-Ga would be woefully incomplete. Selecting from a number of characters to torment, including “Ex-girlfriend,” “Ex-Boyfriend,” “Gangster,” “Mother-In-Law,” “Gold Digger,” “Prostitute,” “Child Molester” and “Con Artist,” you’ll vigorously assault their backside in various ways with your plastic finger controller to achieve a high score. Your victims freak out and make mortifying facial expressions in response to your prodding. After each session, the game cabinet measures your “power” and spits out a card to rate your sexual behavior based on how well you played. WTF?

The PainStation

Videogame controllers aren’t usually designed to make you bleed. This one is. A diabolical tabletop creation forged by two German artists, The PainStation lets players inflict potentially harsh injuries upon their opponents. And it’s all under the guise of a friendly but competitive game of Pong. The game won’t start until both players place their hands over the Pain Execution Unit sensors on each side of the flat, table-like metallic cabinet, and it doesn’t end until the pain inflicted is enough to cause a player to remove their hand.

During play, the ball will come into contact with randomly placed symbols representing different kinds of pain, like heat, electric shocks, and physical blows. The table then delivers each flavor of punishment the ball touches accordingly. Judging from some of the images of battle scars obtained through extended play, this evil machine is a real beast.

Above: Ow 

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  • BloodBarrage - December 15, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    I actually want to try out the Painstation but you have to be extremely drunk and blazed to do it lol
  • BloodBarrage - December 15, 2009 6:37 p.m.

  • Persona - December 13, 2009 4:02 p.m.

    Europe, home of pain. Also it happens to be a tourist destination.
  • ilike2pwn - December 13, 2009 7:32 a.m.

    Steel Balls=Painstation
  • luke3107 - December 12, 2009 2:06 a.m.

    i want to face anyone at the painstation. so long as i can use my right hand. which has no feeling in it lol. I would be awesomely unbeatable at this, (until i died of blood loss or something lol)
  • jackthemenace - December 9, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    i actually REALLY want to try the painstation out xP
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 9, 2009 3:48 p.m.

    I really wanna try that Painstation >:] And that steampunk mouse... God I want that.
  • Dameon Angell - December 9, 2009 9:12 a.m.

    The Painstation is one of those things you gotta just try once for shits and giggles over a pint .. or two ... or three ..... or ... *falls* I must be drunk, cause here's my captcha: 20th-century kwangsi
  • CAPST3R - December 8, 2009 10:12 p.m.

    it's just typed my recaptcha in the post. that's just ridiculous. now i look stupid.
  • CAPST3R - December 8, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    put a bloody glove on in the painstation! i want an analogue stich bean bag, or an R1 couch. and a circle button table. and square button coasters... *continues this rant on MW2... on a PS3*bromley jerry
  • StoveToTheFace - December 8, 2009 12:15 p.m.

    PediSedate looks like some kinda SAW gimick heh.. the USB pleasure giver 2000 japan edition isnt suprising heh. thats the name i game it anyhow -) btw im a cyclops.. errm that vest thing looks cool, but i would hate to play any COD with it..i would be black and blue within 3mins with the bullets i eat online..heh
  • infern0 - December 7, 2009 12:39 p.m.

    I wanna play some megaman on that giant nes controller it looks brilliant
  • Spybreak8 - December 7, 2009 3:15 a.m.

    Man, is that Painstation the same system they used in that old bond flick, haha nah.
  • Doctalen - December 7, 2009 2:58 a.m.

    Holy shit the painstation sounds fun as hell. Think about it you and your friends are ether drunk or stupid and want to see who the best pong player is then you whip out that thing. The pedisedie looks awesome. Fill it up with some gaseous substances that make you whacked out seems awesome. Think about it your playing a video game and then getting high at the same time. Illegal but sounds like a woot.
  • lovinmyps3 - December 7, 2009 12:04 a.m.

    Holy shit the Painstation sent shivers up my spine!
  • WrathLord03 - December 6, 2009 12:47 a.m.

    I bet the Germans use the PainStation to prepare soldiers for Hitler's second Coming when he'll start World War 3. Another blatantly rascist comment from WrathLord03...
  • Xplosive59 - December 4, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    the painstation would be awesome if you were good at pong otherwise your prety much screwed if you used it, you know what they should do is put "i wanna be the guy" or "ikagura" on the painstation now that would be craptacularly loltastic!
  • haytradyl33 - December 4, 2009 4:44 p.m.

    No, I think Jigsaw probably designed the Painstation.
  • xenn - December 4, 2009 3:41 p.m.

    Did Jigsaw design the PediSedate? Because if so, I'll be excited to see the next Saw movie.
  • TRAVthe3RD - December 4, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    why avoid the painstation? if your good at pong it would be a riot watching your friends be inflicted with pain.. mwoo ha ha

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