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#1 Edited by mfpantst (2574 posts) -

So Vinny's story of buying a flight stick this past weekend got me thinking of my misadventures with crappy game peripherals.  In my case it was a joystick as well.  So back for the 1997 Christmas season, what I really wanted was a nice new shiny joystick.  My friend (whom I'd recently moved away from) was big into the Janes games.  He got all of them from his Dad (a defense contractor of some sort) as part of his dad's job.  He had all the Jane's books in his room and everything.  I think his dream was to become an apache pilot, but at the time he was big into the Jane's Anthology game. And by osmosis, so was I.  Except I didn't own the Jane's Anthology game.  And except I didn't own a joystick. 
I did what any preteen boy would do, I asked my mom and my dad for a joystick and Jane's Anthology for Christmas.  Now, on this point there's some contention in my memories.  Because I ended up with a flight sim and a joystick, but not Jane's Anthology.  I'm not sure how this happened exactly, but here's what I recall.  So my request for a joystick was granted and I was granted the ability to help choose.  For whatever reason, the Microsoft Sidewinder was a huge 'of course I want that one' for me.  I don't know how, but it was sidewinder or bust.  And for reasons now beyond me, the brand new, most expensive, sidewinder force feedback model was what I wanted.  if you go look up the sidewinder line, look at the "Force Feedback Pro."  I think what I wanted was the Precision Pro features but the 'force feedback' option was just too tempting.
So I was to get a Force Feedback Pro that Christmas.  Of course, this required a game, and my requested game was Jane's Anthology.  Now here's where the memory does its thing.  I remember wanting the Janes game, but what I got was Joint Strike Fighter instead.  I think I remember my dad telling me something like "well son, the joystick was much more expensive than the regular precision pro, and JSF is the only game I could find that supports your joystick, so I got that instead, hopes its ok!"
Of course, it was mostly ok.  The game itself was fine.  My computer was a bit crappy to run it well, but I liked the game.  What made it particularly awesome was not only were you the pilot, you were the mission planner.  Each 'scenario' had an endgame, but you were given a tactical map with which to plan missions and then you would go on one.  That was pretty damn awesome.  I sucked at it though, and still suck at flight sims in general.
 
So here's where the story fits my title: This was still in the windows 95 days.  A few years later, the computer I was using got upgraded to windows 98.  For whatever reason, JSF was not compatible with windows 98.  And thus, it became useless.  Also, my sidewinder used a game port (I think serial port?) and that quickly became useless too.  So figure, $50/$60 game (?) and $150 joystick, useful for about 8 months.  Now here's your part- share your long and involved 'Game peripheral you have owned that was useless/expensive" story.  Maybe you'll help Vinny get over his "have to have the right peripheral for the game" problem!
 
Edit: because of my own post I've done some research and found an xp compatible version (hopefully runs on 7) and bought a used copy...

#2 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -

A long time ago, I bought a SNES SuperScope and not any of the games really specifically made for it... Yep.

#3 Posted by WanderingBear (84 posts) -

Xbox HD DVD drive, ugh.

#4 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -
@WanderingBear: If we were totalling costs, you might just win.
#5 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -

@WanderingBear said:

Xbox HD DVD drive, ugh.

Guh huh. Sorry, I had to let out a chuckle at this. I'm sorry for your purchase.

#6 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -

I have a Novint Falcon that I got a few years back. It's still in its box. I just haven't had the damn time to even try it out, so it's not because it's useless or anything (I mean it could be, I just don't know yet).

#7 Posted by WanderingBear (84 posts) -

@mfpantst: I didn't even manage to sell it, its sat under my bed....slowly eating my soul.

#8 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -
@WanderingBear: That's ok.  I a) did not ever sell my force feedback Pro and b) don't know where it is.  I think I found a dumpster.  You're still sitting on 'value'
@SlasherMan: You win the truly useless because you haven't used it prize.
#9 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I collect video game stuff, so none of my peripherals are really useless. However, here is a short list of things I own that have limited value outside of collecting:

Steel Battalion

Rock Revolution w/ Drum Kit

360 HD-DVD drive

5 DDR mats

Kinect (so far)

An original Simon

A tiny desktop Galaga machine

Madcatz Gametrak

#10 Posted by SlasherMan (1725 posts) -
@mfpantst said:
@SlasherMan: You win the truly useless because you haven't used it prize.

#11 Posted by Garrick_Greathouse (55 posts) -

I was always a big sucker for gimmicks in my salad days, but my biggest waste to time and effort was this Logitech rumble/force feedback mouse I bought back in 99. As an optical mouse it was fine, but the build in vibrator only worked with games I didn't play, and I never actually used the feature outside of the pack in tech demo software it came with.

#12 Posted by Willin (1280 posts) -

@nintendoeats
 
Why?

#13 Edited by BonOrbitz (2184 posts) -
#14 Edited by believer258 (11820 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

I collect video game stuff, so none of my peripherals are really useless. However, here is a short list of things I own that have limited value outside of collecting:

Steel Battalion

Rock Revolution w/ Drum Kit

360 HD-DVD drive

5 DDR mats

Kinect (so far)

An original Simon

A tiny desktop Galaga machine

Madcatz Gametrak

Can I have your disposable income? I promise, I'll use it on good things.

Well, what have I bought that's useless? Hmm...

I had an Eyetoy when I got my PS2. Damned thing turned me off of motion control forever. My parents were like "See? Isn't it awesome that you don't need a controller anymore?" as my skateboard dude kept going right while I was trying to stand up straight so the motherfucker would go straight.

"No, mom, it doesn't work right".

"You're just not very good at it yet. You need practice."

"I've been playing it for two hours and it isn't picking up what I do at all..."

I soon grew to hate that thing. But other than that, I can't remember much that I had that was useless.

#15 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Willin said:

@nintendoeats:

Why?

@believer258:

The only one of those things that I spent any meaningful amount of money on was Steel Battalion, which I purchased to celebrate my 1000th game. The next most expensive was the HD-DVD Drive which I spent a mind-boggling 20 dollars on (plus another 15 bucks for a copy of Tokyo Drift).

I don't have much money, but I am on a constant hung for cheap games and paraphernalia.

#16 Posted by SpaceRunaway (861 posts) -

I have this nifty one handed PS2 controller designed for use with the Super Robot Wars series of games. It's, uh...it's alright.

#17 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

Does a Virtua Boy count?

#18 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10922 posts) -

I have a chainsaw controller for Resident Evil 4.

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#19 Posted by Sporkbane (185 posts) -

Nintendo wii

Do I win?

#20 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

I have a chainsaw controller for Resident Evil 4.

I loved that thing. Totally reminded me of all the batshit crazy japanese stuff for the Dreamcast. One good example, I've got an adapter that allows you to use a PSX controller for a dreamcast because one of my friends refused to ever use the DC controller claiming it was uncomfortable.

#21 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10922 posts) -

@Buzzkill said:

@MooseyMcMan said:

I have a chainsaw controller for Resident Evil 4.

I loved that thing. Totally reminded me of all the batshit crazy japanese stuff for the Dreamcast. One good example, I've got an adapter that allows you to use a PSX controller for a dreamcast because one of my friends refused to ever use the DC controller claiming it was uncomfortable.

Don't get me wrong, that thing looks totally badass and I don't regret wasting that money on it. It's just not good for actually playing games.

Also, the PlayStation did not have VMUs! Your friend is CRAZY!

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#22 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

My dad bought the Menacer for the Genesis which was barely supported. I think we bought the Activator & returned it for the Menacer instead. Bummer.

I also own Tony Hawk Shred! But I paid $10 for the game w/the board so it wasn't like it cost me much of anything.

#23 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan: I continue to want one of those very badly.

#24 Posted by MikkaQ (10284 posts) -

As much as I hate to say it, outside of launch week I've only ever used my Kinect for Forza 4 headtracking. So that was pretty expensive and relatively useless. It's fine though, don't really regret it. I mean to grab some other kinect games soon though. Gunslinger looks aight.

#25 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10922 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@MooseyMcMan: I continue to want one of those very badly.

How much are you willing to pay? No, I kid, I'm too much of a...I don't want to say hoarder, because that's such a negative word, but I don't sell stuff.

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#26 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

@nintendoeats said:

@MooseyMcMan: I continue to want one of those very badly.

How much are you willing to pay? No, I kid, I'm too much of a...I don't want to say hoarder, because that's such a negative word, but I don't sell stuff.

In case you couldn't tell, I can identify.

#27 Posted by fox01313 (5069 posts) -

Street Fighter themed 360 controller (one with no thumbsticks), so many games have had issues with it & the d-pad isn't that much better than the standard controllers.

#28 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2720 posts) -

My Playstation Move controller. It's been well over a year since I last used it. Doesn't really bother me though, it came bundled with my PS3 so it wasn't that expensive.

#29 Posted by SgtGrumbles (1024 posts) -

Gonna say a 3DO controller because I had to use it with my 3DO.

#30 Posted by SpaceRunaway (861 posts) -

@VinceNotVance:

A Menacer and an Activator!? I am momentarily awestruck.

#31 Posted by JCTango (1361 posts) -

SNES Mouse - got it with Mario Paint. Pretty fun game at the time when I was a kid, but other than that game, I didn't really use it for anything else.

#32 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (533 posts) -

@mfpantst said:

My friend (whom I'd recently moved away from) was big into the Janes games.

I love the Jane's games! USAF and WWII Fighters won't work in Windows 7... which really bums me out. I need to set up a XP partition or something.

@VinceNotVance said:

My dad bought the Menacer for the Genesis which was barely supported. I think we bought the Activator & returned it for the Menacer instead. Bummer. I also own Tony Hawk Shred! But I paid $10 for the game w/the board so it wasn't like it cost me much of anything.

I had the Menacer too... sans the receiver. Some dude my dad worked with gave me a box full of games and all the Menacer stuff except the receiver.

#33 Posted by mfpantst (2574 posts) -

@zombiepenguin9: Yeah they were kinda awesome. I've ordered the xp-compatible JSF because I kinda dug how that game worked. We'll see what beasts that awakens.

#34 Posted by Deusoma (3006 posts) -

My mother purchased a set of plastic sports peripherals that snap around the Wiimote when she bought a Nintendo Wii. She didn't realize they literally didn't do anything, and was quite incensed when she found out the truth. I think she was able to get her money back though.

#35 Posted by Grixxel (765 posts) -

@cstrang said:

A long time ago, I bought a SNES SuperScope and not any of the games really specifically made for it... Yep.

I remember wanting one so bad too.

#36 Posted by DukesT3 (1912 posts) -

I bought a fight stick two years ago. it was $150. Useless to me now cause I haven't touched it in about a year now. Stupid purchase...

#37 Posted by AlexW00d (6240 posts) -

My 360.

#38 Posted by BigChickenDinner (766 posts) -

I can't think of anything.....

*looks at sidewinder forcefeedback2 joystick*

*looks at Rise of Flight*

Yeah.... I don't use them. But I didn't buy them either!

#39 Edited by tadros (181 posts) -

Kinect with the Kinect Zoom hoping it would work fine in my tiny bedroom. NOPE. So now I am just using it for voice recognition for Netflix ha. But honestly, I was hoping Kinect would have a lot more to offer by now. I can't really complain though since I got it for next to nothing.

#40 Posted by fisher81 (535 posts) -

Hey You Pikachu Microphone for the N64

#41 Posted by Moncole (636 posts) -

The Wii Zapper, its not bad but I only use it for Links Crossbow Training.

#42 Posted by Commisar123 (1791 posts) -

I just bought a fight stick, and I'm not sure if I will ever be able to use that thing right

#43 Posted by bwmcmaste (839 posts) -

@cstrang said:

Guh huh. Sorry, I had to let out a chuckle at this. I'm sorry for your purchase.

What about Sony's $100 HDD add-on for the PS2? Ya' know, the one that was only ever fully utilized by Final Fantasy XI? Stupidest game-related purchase of my life - excluding Rogue Warrior.

#44 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -

@bwmcmaste said:

@cstrang said:

Guh huh. Sorry, I had to let out a chuckle at this. I'm sorry for your purchase.

What about Sony's $100 HDD add-on for the PS2? Ya' know, the one that was only ever fully utilized by Final Fantasy XI? Stupidest game-related purchase of my life - excluding Rogue Warrior.

Aw, I remember that! I thought it would have been so cool. Thank God I had no money.

#45 Posted by Zleunamme (656 posts) -

Guitar hero 3 guitar bundle. I bought during Black Friday the year it came out. It was on sell for $80 dollars and came bundled with two guitar controllers. I got caught up with the novelty of the game and had fun playing it for a couple months. I couldn't finish the Slash boss battle and stopped playing it. It has been collecting dust tucked away in the closet ever since. The purchase was more of an impulse buy and in retrospect was a bad idea on my part.

#46 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1225 posts) -

Well, I bought my kid an electric guitar to play Rocksmith with. That's collecting dust at the moment.

#47 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Playstation 3, It played Uncharted2 well but nothing else.

#48 Posted by selbie (1887 posts) -

Wii speak. Admittedly I got it free with a game, but it's still in its wrapping gathering dust with the rest of my Wii stuff.

#49 Posted by GolazoDan (114 posts) -

Circle Pad Pro. I'm from THE FUTURE.

#50 Posted by Village_Guy (2546 posts) -

The Wii. Sorry, I know I'm a horrible person for saying that, but that thing is the most expensive paperweight I have ever seen...