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19 June 2006
Peter Moore quotes rufbo on controller complexity
Responding to my post about Atari 2600 game skills vs. PlayStation game experiences, Ruffin said:
Not only must one master a ten-buttoned, three d-padded controller in addition to complex HUDs
Today Next-Gen.biz quotes Microsoft's Peter Moore via GamerTag Radio:
"...Shoulder buttons, triggers, analog sticks, d-pads, I mean, there's a lot going on there when you compare it to the old Atari 2600 button-and-stick, which everybody could pick up and have some fun with."
Good to know the big guys are reading.

And Moore's kid and my kid have similar troubles when it comes to modern controllers:
"I look even in my house... there's no way that my 14-year-old daughter can really grasp [the standard controller]."
This is why I'm keeping my son on the NES and SNES for now. He can barely hold, much less manipulate, the PlayStation or GameCube controllers.

On a side note, I'm hoping that the boy takes to the GameBoy Advance when I finally pass that down to him. With a Nintendo DS in my future, I figure he can start with my Afterburning GBA as his first handheld. If I had to guess, he'll find everything but the shoulder buttons intuitive after his time on the NES.

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--Matt Matthews at 13:02
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