The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Monday, September 19, 2005


It looks like Nintendo is trying to revolutionize the video game controller again:

The controller's most notable feature — invisible in still images — is that players will be able to affect onscreen movement by moving the controller through the air. With the help of two sensors positioned on each side of their TV, Revolution gamers will be able to twist, tilt and flick the controller in order to aim in first-person shooters, steer in racing games and zoom in for a closer view of onscreen action.


"It really is taking conventional wisdom and throwing it out of the window for how you've played games before," Nintendo's senior director of corporate relations, Beth Llewelyn, told MTV News. "When you pick up this controller, whereas you've always relied on pressing the buttons for any kind of movement, here ... the controller itself [dictates] what's happening onscreen."

Llewelyn offered some other examples of how the controller might function, suggesting the potential of a hypothetical Revolution fishing game. "If you can imagine casting, literally that motion you use with your wrist, that's what you use with the controller," she said. "If you're pulling back to catch a fish, pull back on the controller." For a game with a map, she said players might zoom in for a tighter view by moving the controller closer to the screen. In a first-person shooter, players can tether the controller to an add-on that bears an analog stick and shoulder buttons, using the add-on to move and shoot, while moving the new Revolution controller in the air to move the character's gun. That type of setup would resemble a merger of high-tech puppetry and "Doom."

You'll also be able to turn it sideways and use it as a regular controller. Another cool feature on the upcoming Revolution? The ability to play Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube games on the next console. Don't ask me how, but it'll be real cool to play Akari Warriors, Double Dragon, and the original Ninja Gaiden (by the way, how is the new Ninja Gaiden?) without having to dust off and find the old 8-bit.

Some dude at North Carolina State ran as a pirate for Student Body President and actually won. This reminds me of that guy who ran as a snow man for SBP at UT a couple of years ago. Crazy.

There's a Hoop Dreams sequel in the works. That's gonna be depressing.

The Express-News has a good article about San Antonian Tom Frost as a philanthropist.