QOTW: What peripheral let you down the most?

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This week's question:

What peripheral let you down the most?

We've all drooled over one peripheral or another in the past, and when we finally acquired the things that would change gaming forever and held them in our trembling hands, we expected our TVs to explode with rainbow-colored debris of purified fun. That didn't happen. The grey, plastic reality of our purchases silently glared at us through cheap red buttons and glossy light sensors, and our anticipation metamorphosed into disappointment and bitterness. Which peripheral made you bitter?

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Last week's question:

Have you beaten every game in a series? Which one?

Below are a few of last week's answers that tickled our collective fancies, but since we can't feature them all here, check out last week's article and forum thread for more...

Rattlehead wrote...
"I played every Half Life game except the expansion packs to the original. I played HL2 first when it came out for Xbox. I didn't have a good PC for gaming so I never got to play the original until I lucked out and found it for PS2 at Gamestop"

TrigunGamer wrote...
"Hmm... I've beat all the games in the Luminous Arc series, all the games in the Kingdom Heart series (re: chain of memories doesn't count because its the same as the GBA one, and I beat that) and that's about it. I don't buy a game just because it's the sequel,prequel,expansion, whatever of a game I already have, that promotes marketing bullshit and lets companies sell tons of the same stuff with facelifts (Halo: ODST, Pokemon). Both Luminous Arcs were good and the quality went up instead of down with the second one and Kingdom Hearts vastly improved the battle system of the first game in the 2nd one. That doesn't mean I'll sell out to any game with the words Kingdom Hearts or Luminous Arc on it. I refuse to promote the crap that marketing tries to pull on gamers of the world."

KillDrone wrote...
"While I only consider the Naughty Dog versions of Crash Bandicoot the REAL ones. I will admit to playing and beating 98% of the Crash Bandicoot games."


FartsonMilk wrote...
"The Contra series without using the Konami code at all in any of them. Also any of the Gradius games that came over there as well."

Samuel71 wrote...
"I really wish I could answer "Zelda," but Phantom Hourglass is such a damned bad game that I can't bring myself to beat it. It's funny, because I'd beaten all the other games in the series by about a year ago... but that one game is just so f***ing boring.


Anyway, I have beaten the entire Half-Life saga, as well as the Paper Mario series. But those series don't contain all that many games, so it's nothing to be proud of, really...

Oh, and I will beat Phantom Hourglass by the end of the year. It was one of the New Year's resolutions I made in January, hahaha."

dweller wrote...
"Space Quest. The only time I've forced myself to play a couple of old school VGA or EGA graphic adventure games to completion. The second one Vohaul's Revenge being the most difficult to get into since it didn't have a remake."


Sep 03, 2009

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  • Narc780 - September 9, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    Never been big on peripherals myself as I find their uses are often too limited but my biggest gripe goes to the original NES gun, I mean duck hunt and frisbee shooting? Is that all they could give us out of the what, 800+ games that came out for that system. I'd lump the super scope right in there too for similar failure.
  • Baron164 - September 9, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    Well recently my biggest let down was the Wii by far. Other than that I would have to say the Donkey Kong Bongo's. For some reason I was really excited for them, got one set with a game and then got the second Donkey Kong game and a second set of Bongo's really cheap and I don't think I ever actually used the second set. After I got it and played for more than one afternoon I was kind of like, why was I excited about this?
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - September 8, 2009 11:49 a.m.

    Any light gun ever.EVER
  • Harmon20 - September 7, 2009 4:13 a.m.

    ugh... the e-reader. I, like many, fell victim to the incredible commercial. After getting it for $50 and getting two card sets, I was psyched. But after a while, I slowly realized that the reader wasn't going anywhere... And slowly, but surely, I felt like I was ripped off completely. But at least I now learned my lesson about peripherals. Don't buy them, and don't listen to what they say about them!
  • Mechagodzilla - September 6, 2009 11:22 p.m.

    Does any one remeber the eye of judgment for the ps3. playing card games with the special mat and camera had such potential that was never used
  • miiwiitarded - September 6, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    I'm suprised that nobody mentioned that $250 controller for that one mech game on xbox I can't remember. It prabably wasn't mentioned because nobody bought it. I also got that microphone with mario party 6 on the gamecube. I didn't understand why nintendo made a mic because the mini-games that utilised it would have worked better with a controller.
  • noobeater - September 6, 2009 7:11 p.m.

    cooler thing for my 360. ye well my 360 overheated with it and broke... dont use it now xbox still working 1.2 yrs on and no more loud HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM yeits annoying isnt it!
  • lilyeister - September 6, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    Ah those Rockband foot pedals. Absolutely shattered the first one on Maps, and then when i got my brand new Rockband 2 drums under my warranty, i broke that one and had used my warranty! All this under completely normal use too, what a letdown...
  • grandinquisitor - September 6, 2009 5:56 p.m.

    sixaxis, it was only ever used well in Lair, but that was such a mediocre game
  • Mechagodzilla - September 6, 2009 12:55 p.m.

    the guitar things are worth wieners. so are the drum kits and mics and all the other shitaki that rock band/ guitar hero comes out with every three months. seriously, i tried the game and i couldnt help but think this hole rhythm shtick was better when it was called parappa the rapper. its the same thing except with this you have a whole shlew of things to put away that take up a crap load of room.
  • AtrocityExhibition - September 6, 2009 11:38 a.m.

    i would have to say the wii wheel and the wii fit board, i prefer to play mario kart using a classic controller, and when i got wii fit, i hardly played it, my mum got it for me for some reason and i didnt find it to be alot of fun, especially the balance minigames, wii fit was just telling me how much i suck at balancing, but hey i just got punch out, so i could finally use the board for something!
  • DonPaccuni855 - September 6, 2009 4:44 a.m.

    Forgot to mention the Guitar hero on tour controller for the ds that gave you carpal tunnel everytime you played it for more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • DonPaccuni855 - September 6, 2009 4:37 a.m.

    Guitar Hero III guitar. That broke on me twice before I switched to rock band, whose instruments are slightly less balls. Also the game pack that came with pokemon stadium. I couldn't get it in the controler, and when I did, it wouldn't come out it play yellow version. And I would have to agree with chris, eye toy sucked. Natal will probably be bad also
  • DeadGirls - September 6, 2009 2:27 a.m.

    Sega 32x. For some reason I really wanted to play Doom on my Sega (even though I had DoomII on my Mac PowerPC with 32mb of Ram). The thing was not really in stores, I had to get one used, it was a lengthy and troublesome ordeal. When I finally tried playing it the graphics and framerate were horrible. It sucked. Luckily N64 and PS1 came out not too long after.
  • V3NOMG - September 6, 2009 12:44 a.m.

    The goddamn U-Force for the NES. Just take a look at this commercial I was just as disappointed with the Konami laser scope.
  • prahanormal - September 5, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    You know, to explain this, I have to tell you about my childhood gaming experience. Now like most 90's kids, I was really into nintendo. My two main consoles growing up were the N64 and Gameboy/Gameboy color. For another thing, I really liked pokemon. I owned red, blue and yellow (my favorite of the three) on the game boy and Stadium 1+2 (two of my favorite N64 games). Being a pokemon fan, I was very loyal to the anime. Than along comes Hey You! Pikachu!!!!!!!! Safe to say, when I heard of a game where you could control Pikachu with your voice, I was HYPED. I saved up my money, and bought it on the first day it came out. I got home, put on the mike, played for half an hour, never touched it again. The game it's self was okay, even if it was just about gathering food and having pikachu molest random pokemon, but the microphone was awful. It was like the wii talk, Xbox Live microphones and those shitty microphones you get with a computer all in one. Lets not forget that pikachu coulden't understand anything you said, and you had to shout for the stupid microphone to pick up what you were trying to say. I think it was that day that I started to stop liking pokemon.
  • kjadf12329 - September 5, 2009 9:46 p.m.

    The DK bongo drums. ReCaptcha turkey $20
  • sbghost64 - September 5, 2009 6:06 p.m.

    The guitar hero drums. i thought they were going to freaking sweet and spent my christmas money on the band kit. then i played them for two days and it reminded me of why guitar hero became so boring, ur just hitting notes when the game tells u to instead of actually playing music. also there are a lot of variation in drum beats
  • Shadowscape - September 5, 2009 5:15 p.m.

    Pretty much every controller that wasn't official (anything that wasn't made by nintendo, sony, or microsoft). None of them worked right and were never as responsive or comfortable as the originals, and they all just felt really cheap....except for one wireless logitech controller for the ps2, that worked beautifully and thought was even better then the original ps2 controller considering it was wireless.
  • Hobojedi - September 5, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    There were these Nerf foam swords that you attached onto the wiimote for the swordplay on Wii Motion Plus. When you put them on, it would really weigh down the wiimote, make it hard to wave around and just hold in your hand, and they bent really easily too.

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