Hands-on gaming

Recently we got a copy of Buzz, the Music Quiz in our offices, which is a music quiz show game on the Playstation 2. Answering questions might not seem like the most fun way to spend your recreational video game time, but Buzz offers a slight twist on the regular genre, coming with four buzzers to use as controllers. The buzzer sounds can be anything from a train to a giggling girl (Dave's personal choice) and make for good fun with a group of friends.

More importantly however, this highlights a growing trend towards more interactive gaming peripherals. Look at the increasing popularity of personal Dance Dance Revolution pads. Now, if I had a choice between playing the Atari flashback for days on end, or flailing my limbs around like a dying peacock in front of a captive audience, the flashback would win every time (if this reference makes no sense to you read our review!), but for some reason people seem to enjoy DDR so much they are purchasing similar dance pads for home use. I suppose if I looked half as silly as some of them I'd want the practice too.

DDR pad
Dance your way to embarassment

Then we come to the Nintendo Revolution controller. Revolutionary only begins to describe it. Funny looking is similarly applicable. Whatever you think of it, it offers full screen movement on a three dimensional axis and that is something we've never seen before in games. It could wind up being a massive gimmick, with developers struggling to use the technology to its fullest; or it could be a masterstroke.

We at the GoodGearGuide think this trend towards peripherals is a good one. One thing that has been sorely lacking in our Sims 2 experience has been that little bit of extra interactivity. Keeping that in mind, we give you the latest computer peripheral, the iRon. Coming to a store near you.

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