How the Playstation gimped the hands of a whole generation

There’s an old song I really hate that goes “I love you… for sentimental reasons” and it just sounds awful. Anyway, it reminded me of the Playstation, or specifically the Dual-Shock controllers associated with the Playstation.

When the first PSX came out, it had all the hot 3D games, so everyone rushed out to get one. Sure the Dual-Shock controller was uncomfortable to hold, and made your hands cramp up after a while, but how else are you going to play Tekken and Final Fantasy VII?

PS1 control pad

I love you… for sentimental reasons

Fast forward to today, and the PS3 is still using that same Dual-Shock controller design… and by now a whole generation of gamers are just sticking to the Playstations because their hands are deformed to the point where they can’t operate another gaming console’s controller (or a non-touch screen telephone for that matter).

A gimped up hand with immobile fingers was the price to pay for enhanced 3D graphics.

It’s like back in ancient China, when people used to bind the feet of young girls to keep them from growing large, because small dainty feet was a symbol of wealth and desirability. Of course, binding their feet will also result in broken bones and other lifelong disabilities, but that was the price to pay for social status and larger dowries… just as a gimped up hand with immobile fingers was the price to pay for enhanced 3D graphics.

X ray of Playstation hands

So now they should have a new song that goes “I love the Dual-Shock controller… because it’s the only one I can use.”

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I love videogames, movies, my wife and my dog (in no particular order). View all posts by Drew

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