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March 2019 Retro Gaming Article


March 14, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Like the Power Glove, the LaserScope is way more fun to wear than use as a video game controller

Konami's LaserScope let your voice (along with random background noise) interact with certain games.
All these crazy accessories look awesome and it's hard to resist the temptation to potentially enter into a new realm of video game control. A wave of your hand. The sound of your voice. What mystical future had we landed in?

But the truth, for those of us who bought into these fads, was they were awful controllers. As kids we yearned to own such futuristic gear, but the reality was a harsh awakening. These devices sucked. But then we grew up. Became adults. We saw the world differently.

Suddenly game control wasn't centric to these once gloriously futuristic devices. Vacuuming the house wearing the LaserScope or drinking a beer wearing the Power Glove was exactly what these devices were meant for. Enhance the mundane lives we'd sooner forget.

Gaming is grand, but the LaserScope and Power Glove enhance the daily grind in ways we didn't understand as frustrated children trying to get these devices to play our games. Once you have a cold beer in your hand and raise it for a toast as the NES cable dangles from your Power Glove, you've achieved the purpose behind outlandish game controllers. And once in your life you need to put on the SuperScope when a cop pulls you over....

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