That said, the argument over what kind of controllers a game should have has been...ongoing, to say the least. So we thought we'd collect the weirdest controllers we could find and see just how far we've come, or not, in our ideas of what a human being is willing to pick up, strap to themselves, climb into, or otherwise completely humiliate themselves in order to shoot zombies in the face.
Needless to say, we haven't actually come that far.
Yes, that is a grown man inside a giant plastic hamster ball. Yes, they actually tried to market this to civilians.
No roundup of weird controllers is complete without "Steel Battalion", the only game that required you to properly boot the controller to actually play.
Yep, that's a fishing controller. Sega made it for their bass fishing games. It's one of the few controllers on here that's genuinely effective for the game it's paired with, actually. Still funny-looking, though.
The idea behind this one was to play racing games by twisting the controller. Namco still blames no "Gran Turismo" support for this failing. Yeah, guys, we're not sure that's really the problem here.
This is actually sold to people as a way to more easily play Flash games. We guess sacrificing your dignity for a high score at work is worth it.
Remember the Wu-Tang fighting game? This is the controller that came with it. More memorable than the game, really.
Finally, a custom controller for all those train simulators. No, this isn't a professional educational aid: it's designed to go with train simulators. That people play for fun. Really.
To be fair to Logitech, they never intended this to be a game controller. That didn't stop people from trying, and failing, to use it as a gamepad.