Peter Molynuex, who left Lionhead Studios and Microsoft recently said something about controllers that many people won’t be pleased to hear. It’s almost as if he is promoting Kinect even after leaving Microsoft, but he said that he is “bored to death” of controllers.
“The joy must be, for me, is discovering it yourself, he said to Digital Spy at the Xbox Spring showcase.
“I’m going to get totally over the top here, and this is the stuff that gets me in trouble. I’m just bored to death with fucking controllers. I am!
“[A controller] is about as experimental as a brick these days. Because you know what it is, whatever game you do, you pick up this controller and you do the same. Your thumb moves here, you can’t move your thumb like this, you can only move it like this.
“You finger goes here, you pull the trigger, and you expect an arrow to be fired, a shot to be fired from a gun, whatever it is, and you use this finger occasionally. That’s it. That’s it.”
“If I would come into this Spring Showcase – and let’s imagine if the world was the other way round. Imagine if we had Kinect and I came in and said look, this is the best gaming device in the entire world, and you said, ‘Oh really? What’s it do?’ You can use your thumb, this finger and this thumb – you’d slaughter me!”
“There’s got to be more, man. There’s got to be more than that. This is like the Hollyoaks of gaming. I mean, it is,” he said.
“Okay, you can sit and watch Hollyoaks from ’til the cows come home and you can feel your life draining away from you. I just want people to approach a gaming experience and think, ‘What if I do this?”
Seriously, Peter? I disagree with you here. While the promise shown by Kinect is great, a controller will always be timeless. There’s simply no replacement.