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Molyneux: "I'm Bored To Death With F***ing Controllers"

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Matt Gardner
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Molyneux: "I'm Bored To Death With F***ing Controllers"

The perennially quotable Peter Molyneux has come out with another barnstorming cracker, this time taking aim at conventional games controllers, saying that today's controllers are "about as experimental as a brick".

“The joy must be, for me, is discovering it yourself,” Molyneux told Digital Spy at the recent Xbox Spring Showcase, referring to the lack of tutorials in Kinect-centric Fable: The Journey.

“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!"

Molyneux, who has announced that he will be departing as Lionhead lead and creative director of Microsoft Studios Europe, criticised prevalent gaming experiences for simply involving a thumb stick and a trigger.

“[A controller] is about as experimental as a brick these days," he continued. "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 [Microsoft] 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!"

Molyneux also managed to compare controllers to one of the worst slices of modern television.

"There's got to be more, man. There's got to be more than that. This is like theHollyoaks of gaming. I mean, it is. 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?'"

Never change, Peter. [Digital Spy]

Add a comment8 comments
gunnx  Mar. 9, 2012 at 17:06

He has not had a pop at VDUs yet, are they next

RiKx  Mar. 9, 2012 at 17:09

Okay, you can sit and watch Hollyoaks from 'til the cows come home


I actually can't Peter. I can't even make it through the credits, I have injured myself on several occasions diving for the remote after the Simpsons. This sh*t has to stop!

MattGardner  Mar. 9, 2012 at 17:29

This ^

Late  Mar. 9, 2012 at 17:39

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.

And that's how I like it.
Give me a driving game where LT and RT aren't brake and accelerate respectively, or an FPS where LT and RT aren't aim and shoot, and I'll be annoyed. I'll instinctively pull the RT when I want to shoot.
Went back to one of the Halo games a while back, for a short while. A very short while. Spent most of it suiciding by accidentally throwing grenades at my own feet.
Spent half my time on LA Noire crashing into walls because the game used RB as handbrake but I kept pressing A or B.

Not sure if it's my advancing years speaking, but I say different's bad - when it comes to controllers!

Witchfinder  Mar. 9, 2012 at 20:06

Molyneux's an over-promising, under-delivering dick. I take anything he says about "innovation" with a massive pinch of salt. I like my controller to do predictable things, because that's what feels natural. If your control system is unnatural, then it gets in the way of the play experience.

Frankly, I'm nored to death with Peter Molyneux. When did he last make a GOOD game? Dungeon Keeper (1997)? Or was it even before that with Syndicate?

DivideByZero  Mar. 10, 2012 at 18:57

WTF... Kinect is PANTS. Controllers are fine for what they do - but there are much better alternatives to Kinect for something different.

Check the Novint Falcon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ1Rz2clLS0

I have one of these and it is amazing! Best thing ever. Polar opposite to Kinect which I have used and thought was lame, laggy and had been done before with the PS-Eye.

unleashing1  Mar. 11, 2012 at 11:07

If it ain't broke don't fix it, or presume to replace it with something that is laggy, slow and would feel totally Barron for playing fps games. Molyneux you are a prize turnip with no equil who is to big for his own boots, pls engage brain before mouth and save us from your stinky brain farts

Last edited by unleashing1, Mar. 11, 2012 at 11:08
gunnx  Mar. 14, 2012 at 12:14

If it ain't broke don't fix it, or presume to replace it with something that is laggy, slow and would feel totally Barron for playing fps games. Molyneux you are a prize turnip with no equil who is to big for his own boots, pls engage brain before mouth and save us from your stinky brain farts


yeah there is good reason controllers are around, they do a good job and nothing has come along that is superior. I'm fine with innovation but not for the sake of it, if kinect or other controllers were truly better then he wouldn't need to say a thing it would happen organically.

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