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]