Controllerism In Video Games; Midi Fighter Comes Full Circle
We were tipped off to a post over on video game blog Kotaku by DJTT reader Tim Stephanic – revealing a brand new controller for an upcoming game Tenya Wanya Teens – by the creator of Katamari Damacy. The controller (pictured at right) is consists of joystick in a box next to a grid of sixteen light up arcade buttons – hey, wait a second, that looks pretty similar to a Midi Fighter!
The game is a bit more ridiclious than mashing cue points, as noted by a quote from Venus Patrol in the Kotaku article:
“[it’s] about trying desperately to not say or do the wrong thing at the wrong time, that universal struggle to maintain the façade of normality during the awkward transition from child- to adulthood—but, more than anything, really, it’s a silly party game for two players armed with sixteen buttons each.”
It’s well known the Midi Fighter’s roots are squarely in arcade games, but could the cycle finally have fed back on itself and video games controllers are taking a page from the our book for a change?