R.T.F.A.* Thursday: Enough Peripherals Already!

Gamecube MicrophoneI was able to pick up a copy of "Wii Fit" finally yesterday, and I got my first workout in last night. However, by welcoming the Balance Board into my home, the peripheral count for this generation has skyrocketed to the point that I can't handle it any more.

I was once opposed to "Guitar Hero" based almost solely on the fact that it had to be played with a proprietary peripheral (the other reason is an overall lack of rhythm); one giant piece of plastic, for just one game. I eventually broke down on that one, but still, peripherals take up space, and I don’t have a lot of it.

My last generation peripheral count was three ("Mario DDR" mat, "Guitar Hero" controller, and a Gamecube Microphone). However, this generation I have already exceeded 20. "Rock Band," "Guitar Hero," "Link's Crossbow Training," "Wii Fit," "Aquatopia," the list goes on and on, and it's getting out of hand. I'm all for more and more innovation in video games, but can someone please innovate without forcing me to buy a new peripheral ever three weeks.

Jason's Pick:

New Arcade Fighting Game: "Tatsunoko vs. Capcom": It's no "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" but I'll take what I can get. The potential for Chim Chim to take on Blanka is really all I need to get by.

Stephen's Pick:

And The Programmer Should Make How Much? The New York Times interviews the man who played "Grand Theft Auto IV"'s Niko Bellic and ponders the relatively low pay such a job netted.

Tracey's Pick:

Jake Gyllenhaal crowned 'Prince of Persia': From gay cowboy to Persian prince... think he can pull it off?

Patrick's Pick:

Cooking Mama Homemade Apron: The funny thing is, my girlfriend would probably think this was an awesome gift. Currently, she makes food with a robot apron.

* R.T.F.A. stands for “Read The Full Article.”