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5 most sexy, satisfying ejections in gaming

The eject button is an integral part of most game consoles. Without the eject button we wouldn't be able to get games back out of the machine again. So it's pretty important. Whenever I acquire a new console, I don't check the specs to see how many multi-flexing quadrapongs of processing power are buried inside. That's stuff I don't understand. And as long as the games are good, I don't really care. What I do care about is the eject button and the action of ejection.

In celebration of this often neglected console operation, here are the 5 console ejections that have satisfied me the most over the years.

SNES

Pressing this used to make me feel like a macho cybernetic humanoid popping robot toast. It absolutely dominates the console with its muscular camber and gratuitous proportions. But it's not just the size of the beast I love. The unmistakeable cartridge 'clunk' as it's forcibly ejected is one of *the* defining sounds of 16-bit gaming. Ejection doesn't come much more primitive or satisfying than this.

And the best thing is, it's completely unnecessary. Simply pulling the cartridge out by hand was just as effective. Sadly, such indulgent excess didn't transfer to Nintendo's next console - the N64 was noticeably minus an eject button.

PlayStation 2

You'll probably notice from this list that I'm not a huge fan of disc-tray based ejection systems. I'd say that of the current generation, Xbox 360 is by far the least satisfying simply because it utilizes the horizontal in-and-out disc transference technique. Also, the faux-chrome button feels cheap and nasty to my fingers.

The PS2's disc-placement shelf may rattle rather inelegantly, but after years suffering crude flip-top lids and uninspired buttons, when the console arrived it heralded a leap forward in ejection aesthetic and technology. The delicate gradient and calming blue light 'dot' made it irresistibly tactile. I'd happily press it even if I didn't have a disc to discharge or insert. A classic.

DS

In today's flash card world, this method of ejection is ubiquitous and certainly not exclusive to Nintendo's handheld. But that doesn't make it any less satisfying. I love the delicate click and the subsequent springy persuasiveness as the exiting game card pushes gently against the playful resistance of my index finger. Sometimes I push it back in, just so I can click it back out again.

As a rival to Nintendo DS, I feel compelled to mention Sony's PSP. When it comes to eject buttons and the process of ejection, I admire Sony immensely. But I have to say that I take absolutely no pleasure purging UMDs from my PSP. I dislike a slider doing a job meant for a button, but primarily I hate the ejecting sound. To my ears it’s the sound something makes when it's falling apart.

Wii

The GameCube's eject button may have had a surface indentation specifically designed  for accommodating finger tips, but the prospect of pressing eject was never particularly enticing, thanks to the console's plastic feel and the kinetically awkward motion of the diminutive flip lid. The Wii, then, represents a long overdue return to the SNES glory days of game ejecting for Nintendo.

Wii ejection is a beautiful experience for three reasons. The small but solid, glossy Stormtrooper white and unconventionally angular plastic button. The seductive pulse of Jedi-blue lightsabre light around the disc-hole's mouth. And the friendly 'weeeeoooop' noise from the inner whirrings as the disc is politely returned. Unfortunately I can't think of anything Star Wars related for the 'weeeeoooop' noise. Maybe R2-D2 being fingered by C3PO.

PS3 Slim

The touch-sensitive eject of the original PS3 was never tangible enough for me. But the less fat version of Sony's console is the real high-roller of console disc ejection. Stylish. Cool. Flush. Back-lit. And the way the disc lazily spins upon insertion and discharge is pure poetry in motion. This is nothing less than the pinnacle of ejection satisfaction.

Do you guys have a particular favourite console eject button, or some other aspect of the ejection process that you've found to be particularly satisfying? Join in this rare celebration of ejection by telling everyone about it in the comments.

May 20, 2010

55 comments

  • Aletheon - March 22, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    I stay away from the 360, partially due to it's horrendous disc tray and eject button.
  • Romination - March 22, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    I came here after reading why Cundy loves his 3DS and man, that dude loves himself some console minutiae.
  • BornToLose3 - May 24, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    haha i have to agree with the Wii and DS. I put a game in just to eject it at times.
  • FVHound - May 24, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    @garnsr Exactly! The Touch Sensitive was the best! The little beep it made when you "touched" it, that's right, touched, not pressed.
  • RonaldRayGun - May 22, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    Why no psp? I think any system that can shoot out its games counts as a satisfying ejection.
  • RareHero - May 22, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    This is brilliantly hilarious. i'll never look at a disc tray the same way ever again...
  • AuthorityFigure - May 22, 2010 2:21 p.m.

    Surely a console that needs to be SWITCHED OFF to eject is undesireable...
  • WillisTron - May 22, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    This is the greatest article of all time
  • Mexiflan - May 22, 2010 5:08 a.m.

    That ps3 has legs. Real sexy legs.
  • RamenDragon - May 22, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    Did you guys channel Paul Ryan's spirit to write this?
  • erbclub - May 22, 2010 1:27 a.m.

    It has to go to the NES especially as it aged and you had to figure out just the right way to wedge some random object inside to keep it lined up correctly to play.
  • bugmenot - May 22, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    I love the fat PS3's buttons. When I first used them, it was like "The future is now!" I never saw the slim's ones before now, but they look like a whole bunch of suck compared to the fat's ones. Also, maybe not quite on par with these, but I thought the other kind of SNES's button was interesting (the gray piece that you had to push way down into the console itself). I haven't seen anything else quite like it.
  • blodden1 - May 21, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    You can't beat the wii ejction that smooth sound. Simply beautiful.
  • philipshaw - May 21, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    Great article and I have to agree with the PS2 and PS3 ejection, I love the feeling it gives me
  • jakery22 - May 21, 2010 8:06 a.m.

    I'm rather enjoying the pictures on here. :P. And i have to say. I absolutely love the PS3 slims ejection. The way it slowly spins in and out. :D.
  • TheVoid - May 21, 2010 4:44 a.m.

    This is why I love Gamesradar. I knew just from the title that this off-the-beaten-path article was going to be a very entertaining read. "I love the delicate click and the subsequent springy persuasiveness as the exiting game card pushes gently against the playful resistance of my index finger." Goddamn poetry, right there. Not to mention calling out a gaming experience that I never would have given much thought had the Great Mr. Cundy not put it into words. Although when I first read the title of the article I confidently guessed it would be one of Justin's...
  • 510BrotherPanda - May 21, 2010 3:57 a.m.

    Another Cundy Fun Day article. Do you let your kids flip through those magazines? Anyways, I the like the fact that the original Game Boy has a little notch at the top to lock the cartridges in, somewhat protecting them from jerks who try to steal your game while you play and freeze the screen. I don't understand why Nintendo didn't keep that feature in all the rest.
  • PhantomDave - May 21, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    Premature Ejections are the worst and embarrassing for all. Not....that I've ever done one....
  • frogfromchronotriggerisactuallyjesus - May 21, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    i knew as soon as i saw the headline that the wii would get mentioned in here. damn that thing is satisfying, what with the whirring, the blue light, it's elegant and beautiful.
  • Amnesiac - May 21, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    Remember everyone: Writing an article on an unexpected and unusual topic = running out of ideas. Anyway, I'll throw my hat in with the PSP. The sudden snap and the way the disc pops halfway out for your convenience is very satisfying.

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