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Comic 404 - Just another gimmick

Posted on Wednesday, the 1st of April at 12:00 AM, 2020 in 2020

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DanVzare Wed, 1. Apr 12:00 AM, 2020 edit delete
Could you imagine having to buy a new controller just because the creators couldn't be bothered to put in an option for the attack button to be assigned to one of the face buttons? And judging from the PSP Ape Escape game, they definitely could've done it. (They obviously only didn't, because they had to sell the controllers.)
The thing is, they still do the same thing. It's just that people don't seem to notice it in the case of Ape Escape, because we all have analog controllers now. But come on, it's clear as daylight. They thought the analog sticks were a gimmick, and were treating them as such (just like the sixaxis thing on PS3 controllers and the touchpad on PS4 controllers). They probably had no idea that they would become the industry standard.
But I think this shows something noteworthy. A gimmick is only a gimmick, if it's treated as such. As such, as soon developers started using that second analog stick for something sensible, such as the camera, then it stopped being a gimmick. I wonder if we'll ever see the same thing happen with VR?

For further proof, look no further than Rayman 2. It doesn't require the dual analog controller, but it can use it. Want to know what the second analog stick is for? You guessed it! Attacking!
And guess what, it doesn't even attack in the direction you press either. The right analog stick is literally just another attack button.
Let's face it, they probably thought that one analog stick kinda made sense for movement, but that a second analog stick was just a useless gimmick.

Also, it's April fools day... speaking of which maybe the combat button being assigned to the second analog stick was originally an April fool's that got out of hand... I wonder what April fool's day will be like this year. Maybe I might get lucky, and everyone will refrain from doing anything April fools related, but I doubt it.
There's an obvious joke I could make right about now, but I'll let someone else make it. I'm sure someone already has anyway.


Geeky Meerkat Thu, 2. Apr 7:43 AM, 2020 edit delete reply
Clearly the BEST games are the ones that use the left analog stick for movement, and the right analog stick to fire your gun in the direction you point it. So you could move left while shooting right. Okay okay, so it's only good in games like Geometry Wars, but tell me that wasn't an amazing game.
DanVzare Tue, 7. Apr 11:06 AM, 2020 edit delete reply
Oh yeah, twin stick shooters are the absolute best!

Speaking of which, that's probably why everyone's first idea for the second analog stick, was an attack button.