You know, that funky looking controller with special functionality in a few games that was discontinued after a year because it cost more than the system itself. That console feature that awkardly shoehorned in a few launch games and then promptly shot in the parking lot because nobody really cared for it. Or that weird sound standard that was supported by two games around the turn of the decade and its only legacy is a Wikipedia page that hasn’t been updated since 2011 and an unfamiliar logo on that game you picked up in a bargain bin for $5. Or basically, what are your (least) favourites speciality controllers and gimmicks?
This thread was inspired by a friend of mine talking about his research into the Razer Hydra motion controller, which in turn reminded me of amBX. amBX was basically a gimmick used in PC games from 2008 to 2010 that basically was a middleware that would adjust your ambient lightning, rumble pads and supposedly fans (although it doesn’t like any of the games that supported amBX actually made use of those) based on what was happening on the screen. You can kind of see how it works in this video:
In the end, only about a dozen of games supported it because it was a lot of money and space for something that is neat in theory but kinda underwhelming in practice. The current owners of the technology rebranded it for sale to hospitals and scrubbed any mention of its application in games. It is a neat sidenote in the long, sordid history of abortive PC gaming gimmick. But what says you, Retro?