9 Weirdest Accessories From Video Game History

Fortunately, the video game industry today doesn’t produce as many accessories as it did in its early days. Most people only need one controller to play. A headset at most to increase gaming immersion, that’s all!

Most gamers who prefer accessories are limited to those made for simulators. I’m talking about steering wheels and pedals for racing games. The wealthy turn to virtual reality glasses, which are still not very popular with the general public.

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But back in the old days, when the gaming industry was taking its first steps, companies came up with all kinds of accessories. Of course, there were those who were useful and added to the game. but the The vast majority of accessories produced in the 1980s and early 2000s were completely useless.. And some were surprising!

In this article we list 09 weird accessories from video game history. During my curious research, I found dozens of unnecessary accessories. But I decided to include only the most interesting ones here. I’ve ranked them from the most boring to the most surprising. So have fun!

09. Game boat

It’s an accessory for an accessory! O game boat was an accessory for Microsoft Kinect, in turn, was very popular on Xbox. This accessory is ranked 9th because it’s not that amazing. But it is completely useless!

IT’S A Put two people inside an inflatable. You can play Kinect Adventures with it. The game was very simple: the character was in a boat on a strong river and you had to avoid the obstacles that appeared. like this Subway Surfersbut instead of train tracks, you were on a boat going down a raging river.

The idea of ​​buying a Kinect compatible inflatable just to play this damn game can’t even cross my mind!

08. Game Boy Printer

Game Boy Printer

We are in eighth place Game Boy Printer! It is nothing more than a portable thermal printer. Released by Nintendo 1998 and sold until 2003 (that’s a long time).

The accessory was compatible with almost all Game Boys at the time. By plugging it into a video game, you can to print What was on the screen during printing. It’s like taking a screenshot of your screen and then printing it.

However, the Game Boy Printer was large and complicated. In addition, the print quality was questionable, to say the least. Games were still pixelated, so it was very difficult to see anything on the paper that came out of the accessory. Add the necessary facts to it 6 AA batteries to work and Use Nintendo Proprietary Paper. This accessory was clearly a sales fiasco. It amazes me that it took so long.

07. Konami LaserScope

This is where the breakdowns begin. O Konami LaserScope he was the whole face of a futuristic accessory in a sci-fi movie. It worked as a very stylish headset, but its main function (in theory) was different.

It’s an on-screen target shooter designed to replace traditional pistols. But in the LaserScope, the scope is located above your right eye. So I had to aim with the head and only then shoot.

But here comes the most surprising thing about this product. To shoot, say the word “Fire”.. Yes, the Konami LaserScope had voice commands! But imagine a scene where you’re playing and yelling “Fire” all the time! In the United States, someone would call the fire department.

06. Sega Activator

idea Sega Activator even better. However, it is not very functional for the time. It was released for the Mega Drive. it is touch controls that use infrared to detect your movements.

And how it worked. You would gather the pieces on the floor, make an octagon, and then go into the product. When the device is connected to the Mega Drive, in theory it will recognize the player’s movements reflected on the screen.

But in practice it did not happen. Each dot on the Octagon corresponded to a button on the Mega Drive controller. So if you want to jump, “kick” the point corresponding to the kick button. You can understand better in the video below. But the truth: a strange and completely useless accessory.

05. Chainsaw Controller

O Chainsaw Controller even recently. it is Resident Evil 4 themed controller. The developers had the brilliant idea of ​​turning the traditional joystick into a chain for one of the game’s villains. The result was a colossal, ergonomic mess.

Visually, it is very beautiful. Interestingly, the blood spots are different in each control. In other words, each Chainsaw Controller is unique. But when we think about functionality, the accessory leaves a lot to be desired.

Chainsaw Controller

The buttons are too far apart. This makes it more difficult to play skillfully. Needless to say, control weighs heavily. Today, the Chainsaw Controller is more of a collector’s item than a useful gaming accessory. It was released for PlayStation 2 and Game Cube.

04. Baby Controller

If the developers above turned the controller into a chain, here the controller is turned into a child! Like this!?

In 2010, the game was released for the Nintendo Wii Babysitting mom. This is a babysitting simulator. Some simulators are already fun, but this one goes above and beyond. In the game, you need to take care of the baby, for example, to perform various activities, such as changing diapers or putting him to sleep.

So far so good (not so much). The problem was, they had to buy an accessory to play the nanny mom. This type Baby Controller. It was a doll with a space on the back to attach a Wii Remote.

The game then asks you to shake the doll around. Or do the diaper changing moves. If it’s unpleasant in real life, imagine it in a video game. Watch the video of this game.

03. Game Boy Pedisedate

I admit that this accessory scared me a little. O Game Boy Pedisedate This is a type of helmet/headset compatible with Nintendo’s handheld video game. But he had a role sedate the boys! It is correct! Sedate! Make the children unconscious.

O Game Boy Pedisedate covers the child’s ears and nose. In addition to being connected to the Game Boy, the accessory is also connected to a nitrous oxide emitter. This gas is used as anesthesia in dental offices.

This way, the dentist can do all the procedures without kicking the child in the chair or panicking. Okay, the accessory has a valid purpose, but it’s still pretty amazing.

02. Singer Izek sewing machine

Here’s another Game Boy accessory! Nintendo really wasn’t afraid to take risks, huh!? I think the Game Boy is the champion of weird accessories! In our second position, we have nothing, nothing less Sewing machine! Yes! A sewing machine that connects to your Game Boy.

This is actually an embroidery machine. You insert a specific cartridge into a Game Boy, connect it to a sewing machine, and program the embroidery. The cartridge has 84 different embroidery designs! You can even create your own designs using the geometric shapes available on the cartridge.

It is obvious that such a beautiful accessory will fail in sales!

01. Toshiba Bubble helmet

without a doubt Toshiba Bubble Helmet the most surprising accessory on our list. This is the “helmet” worn by the user. On the front was a curved screen that projected images. The curved screen served to give the images a sense of speed. The idea was to use this accessory in racing games.

The problem is, the “helmet” looks more like a 29 inch tube TV! It was just great! As you can see, it was amazing! To make matters worse, the accessory weighed 3 kg! Imagine playing with a 3 kg object hanging over your head for hours? There is no condition.

However, we have to admit that this idea is good. Unfortunately, the technology still wasn’t there to develop the idea in a more natural and less surprising way.

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