Wednesday, July 13, 2011

 ETC The Evolution of the Controller

NCS Synopsis
«©NCSX» Portuguese-language website Ponto Eletronico has created an info-graphic which recounts the evolution of gaming controllers from 1977 to the current day. Back in the early days of home console gaming, the Atari 2600 ruled the land with a non-ergonomic joystick that wasn’t comfortable to grip and only had one button. Repeat: One button. That means in games that required jumping, you had to push up on the joystick in order to leap upwards. The Atari 2600 joystick also broke fairly easily because the plastic control rod inside the joystick would snap if too much pressure was applied which deactivated the direction in which the plastic had broken.

The info-graphic skips a few consoles between the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo 64 such as the Sega Master System, the Sega Genesis, and the Neo Geo but it’s an otherwise acceptable presentation. According to the website Ponto Eletronico, Andrew Peniche and “Mari” helped with the creation of the info-graphic.

 ETC Megaman Clock

NCS Synopsis
«©NCSX» The blue knight known as Megaman (or Rockman over in Japan) has been Capcom’s consistent earner for over two decades with over 50 games under his belt. Megaman made his gaming debut all the way back in December 1987 on the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom, in Japan) console. Back then, games were delivered to consumers on game cartridges instead of discs or download and in the case of the NES, the game carts were grey and had ribbing. That’s right, ribbing on the face which made it easier to grip and insert into the Nintendo console.

Megaman’s coming back but this time in a limited edition (only 10 units produced) Megaman Clock from Kali Meadows. The clock is built into an old school game cartridge case and the decal on front shows Rockman pointing his blaster at anyone viewing the timepiece. Price: US$40.

Shop Description
Artist Edition NES Clock: The Rokku

Power up and blast away at the beautiful rendition of Rockman (Megaman) by Kali Meadows.

Each clock is labeled on the back with its number of authenticity
Only 10 clocks are produced
Mounts on a wall via nail or screw
Runs on one AA battery (not included)

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