I unfortunately dont have any pictures of the event. However, I had reached the final boss in Final Fantasy XII, after having done every single hunt (Including Tiamat, who has a shitload of health points). Anyway, Once I got to the final boss, My dog ran in the room and knocked my ps2 off of my shelf...which would be fine and dandy, I saved not too long ago, Its going to be finee.
i've never broken any controller out of frustration. Shame on you, Brad. But I hardly get super frustrated in games, last time I remember is this one section in Ninja Gaiden Black. If I get real frustrated like that, then I'll just curse or flip off the TV lol. I never even think about breaking the controllers though. It's been awhile since I've got frustrated with a game though, they make them easier nowadays, which I'm not really complaining about.
First time through Bionic Commando i played it on Commando (inadvertently believing it was the second-hardest, instead of the BALLS OUT INSANE HARD mode it is). There are moments in that game where you'll fight a robot that will one-two punch you to instadeath as soon as it gets close to you, and you'll wear it down over a long hard battle, only to be rewarded with 2 or 3 of that robot ganging up on you immediatly without giving you a checkpoint between. I guess it's anticlimactic, but my #1 technique is to swear loudly and turn off the console. The moment something turns into that kind of unbearable griefing, i need a cup of tea or a hug or something. Maybe a couple hours sleep.
Funny, considering i used to complete Ninja Gaiden fairly easily when i was a kid. World 6 of that game today makes me want to never play games again. Age..
As far as venting, I swear. A lot. A lot more than usual, with a lot more creative juxtapositioning between subject and object. That and I punch furniture that I know won't break my hand and won't BE broken.
For a term, we might look to German with:
Spieldrang (guest-starring drang from sturm und drang, or however that's spelled)
I used to wreck Atari controllers a lot, but they were sort of easy to wreck. I'm impressed you actually managed to make a dent in one of those new controllers; I'm guessing they make these controllers like American Tourister used to make their luggage:
I am loving prototype, and yes, it can get a little bit frustrating. But I wonder, is it fair to rate a game like that when you have a deadline to meet?
Anyways, games that made me hurl controllers, Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden 2. I have a broken Xbox controller for the first game, but i've been better at chugging the controller at softer things, to avoid any damages so far :)
When I first started playing drums on expert for rock band, I was getting extremely frustrated whenever I failed and always whacked the yellow pad on the drums as hard as i could with both drum sticks. In the end I snapped the pad in half. I wish I had a digital camera so I could show it off. In other situations though I usually just grind my teeth and shut off the console before anything gets broken.
Street Fighter 4. Oh god, trying to beat Seth, I got very angry and threw my arms up in despair, forgetting momentarily that I didn't have a wired controller. To my horror, I saw the controller fly, tumbling end over end across the room, landing with a terrific thud. The controller seemed fine, but unfortunately, both the bumpers no longer worked, so beating Seth was all but impossible and I was forced to give up and buy a new controller later that day. In my ten or so years of gaming that's by far the worst I've done.
If all these controllers and peripheries weren't so dang expensive it's possible that I would have thrown a few more by now. Although back on the original xbox I got real pissed at a splinter cell game once and saw an old N64 controller lying around that smashed onto the floor. Being a nintendo product, I doubt i damaged a thing. I also read an fan letter in a magazine years ago where a guy threw a NES off his 2nd story deck and it still worked.
I'm really bad about this stuff - I have game-rage issues.
I recently snapped part of my DS playing Henry Hatsworth. There's a pic here:
I once tore a third-party PS2 controller to shreds while playing Resident Evil 4
And just today I wanted to throw my controller through the wall playing the final boss on Prototype, but I didn't. Instead I wrote an angry blog post about it...
I'm actually really good at reminding myself of the cost of the controller just before I do anything I know I'd regret. I came really close to breaking that habit while playing Bionic Commando recently. The most annoying part about this is that I actually broke the left bumper on one of my 360 controllers just by dropping it from the couch onto the floor. It hit just right, and now the button doesn't work. Maybe I should just give up on playing nice with my controllers, and just buy spares ahead of time. =)
When I get angry, breaking stuff is usually the best way for me to start feeling better, but I always secretly prided myself on the fact that I never broke a piece of gaming equipment. I would shout at the TV, the game, the stupid developers that made the game, or even just spout violent nonsense. But one day, it happened. It wasn't even really that big of an outburst. I just tossed my 360 controller about 6 inches in the air out of desperation, and it slipped from my grasp when it fell back down. The controller hit the linoleum floor and the RB button broke. I was immediately more mad at myself than anything else.
Never been one to slaughter innocent controllers. True, you don't have to deal with the lamentation of the women for killing 'em, but still... I always just turn the game off and go do something else. Like reading. Or shaving the neighbor's cats. There's just no point in getting frustrated to the point of anger with a game.
"F**k you, Scrabble! I'm not taking another lousy vowel, so you can eat my thunder, bitch!" See how stupid it looks?
The only, and I mean only time I ever threw a controller in anger was for the Bionic Commando reboot. My PS3 controller absolutely shattered to pieces and I still find random bits and bobs from it every now and then. I'm 22 and I took out my anger like a 4 year old... I'm quite ashamed of myself. It also made buying a replacement controller that much more emotionally taxing.
...I told my wife i sat on it... I think she believed me until she found an R1 button in her jewelry box. Oy.