Giant joypad enters Guinness record books

Massive controller is functional and takes two people to operate
Darren Allan

January 20, 2012

We remember when the original Xbox came out, the chunkier than normal controller was a source of irritation for some.

Those with smaller hands found its bulkier contours somewhat difficult to handle, a mistake corrected with the Xbox 360′s more streamlined joypad.

However, when it comes to really big video game controllers, a new record breaking affair was on display at Liverpool Street Station in London this week.

The giant joypad, created by engineering student Ben Allen along with tech students from the Netherlands, is a 12 foot by 5 foot monster replica of the NES controller.

Labelled ‘NEStalgia’ it’s fully functional, so you can use it to play games. Or you could if you lived in a castle at the top of a beanstalk, anyway.

As it is, the joypad requires two people to operate, one on the D-pad and another to press the buttons. So it requires quite a degree of coordination between a pair of players.

The controller has set a new Guinness record, with the gamer’s edition of the book just coming out.

Other records within the hallowed gaming tome include the longest video game marathon, which stands at a gruelling 109 hours on Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.

We once played deathmatch Quake for 18 hours straight and can attest that our eyeballs were bleeding by the end of that session, so Lord knows how the holder of that record managed to last for four straight days.

The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is now in its fifth year of publication.


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