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.
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.
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?
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.
Dec 3, 2009
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