VTech V.Frown Upside Down

At the closing ceremony of the 2015 International Gaming Month, chairman Deng Tsao Peng of the International Gaming Federation has announced that from 2017 on the gamer class of people will officially include girls. Sure, girls have been gaming for years, as proven by this pink V.Smile controller from 2005. But now it’s offical! VTech’s V.Smile system (picture courtesy of …

Thrustmasters Are Go!

Another deconstruction finished, and though a picture says more than a thousand words, I still have a few (not a thousand) to say about it. And numbers, those too. This would be a perfect time to introduce a new piece of deconstruction terminology: the Surprise Rate (SR). This is defined as the number of newly discovered parts –those that were …

Thrustmaster's Dynamic Duo

Since October is International Gaming Month, I’m currently deconstructing the Thrustmaster Attack Throttle and Top Gun Joystick. Pending their completion, I’ll present some earlier game controller deconstructions here. Yes, I take International Gaming Month very seriously and have been planning this blog for years. If IGM were not reason enough to do yet another game controller, I’d like to point …

Guitar Hero <BR>Genericaster Controller

Gaming is my second favourite time waster. The past couple of months I’ve probably spent more time on Guitar Hero and Rock Band games than on all my other activities combined –excluding my job (a necessary evil to finance my time wasting) and sleeping (my favourite time waster). Which made the deconstruction of a Guitar Hero Genericaster Controller all the …

Happy 25th Anniversary, <BR>Nintendo Game Boy!

This month the Nintendo Game Boy celebrated its 25th anniversary -it was first introduced in Japan on April 21st, 1989. I would never have know, but thanks to the Internet I don’t need a wife anymore to remind me of Important Dates. Anyway, the anniversary seemed reason enough to start deconstruction on the Game Boy I bought a couple of …

The April Fools' Day Miracle

It would appear that it’s a small world after all. Last Saturday I found a lovely Thrustmaster Attack Throttle in Doesburg. Since throttle controllers are little fun without an accompanying joystick, I’d already resigned to the fact that I might never actually get around to deconstructing it. In all my years I’ve only once seen a Thrustmaster stick that matches …

Thrustmaster Attack Throttle

Life is good. No work today and the sun is out. A nice day for a drive to nearby Doesburg, and in particular the local 2Switch thrift shop to search for new prey. It only takes one to make my day, and this day was made by the Thrustmaster Attack Throttle. An archaic game controller from days gone by, before …