You Need To See These Crazy Video Game Controllers

What if a real-life fist bump could make something in a game explode? Or if playing a co-op game required you to scoot over to your partner and literally join hands with him/her? Sounds crazy? Well, then call the folks behind Combiform crazy.

Yes, the hybrid gamepads being crowdfunded on Kickstarter can be used as standard gamepads. They've got Bluetooth, so you can pair them up with smartphones or PCs. But the craziest thing about the Combiforms is the way they merge twitchy physicality with gameplay. Dig the gal and guy at doing the crazy Switch thing at 3:00 in the video, for example. And those games where you shove your controllers onto another player's to beat them in a competition. Don't play with someone you hate

I am no stranger to the terrible experience being peddled with the Xbox 360's Kinect. And let's not even discuss the quiet, embarrassing withering of the PlayStation Move. And the Wii U is a move back towards hardcore game experiences for Nintendo. So, yes, it's easy, fun and even a little correct to diss motion-control nowadays.

But what's tantalising about the Combiforms is the idea that all motion control really needs to do is to evolve. If a device could mutate into form factors that serve more than one purpose and become easier to use across platforms, then you might see more acceptance for video gaming that happens in physical space. Insane, maybe? But it also might be awesome.

Combiform [Kickstarter]


    Kinect was hacked into an untold number of ways that are beneficial to humanity *including the blind*

    This *from just the picture and a bit of the description* sounds like you beat on each other

    I ain't loving on Kinect *mine sits unused gathering dust*

    But it seems much better than this

    I've enjoyed Kinect, and its certainly changed the game for the better in both game and non game applications. Id appreciate it being better, but Im sure that the service will continue to evolve, the hardware will get better, and the software will take better advantage of it.

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