Real Talk By: Lady CM
The Avenger itself is not a controller, rather an exoskeleton to be placed on your standard Xbox 360 or PS3 controller. For those of you who haven’t seen it, (360 controller example) it’s rigged so that while your left index finger is rested near the trigger/bumper a small lift/nudge up would result in hitting the X. Right index finger would hit the Y button. And the B and A were also set up with a (my PRE-fessional lingo) nudger.
The first time I had seen it I honestly thought WTF was someone thinking when they decided to put that together. It looked alien! Just something about it was throwing me off, and that was just visually. I do get the concept of The Avenger, however just looking at it I thought no way I’d use it.
I went back a second time to test it, set aside about an hour just for this one booth. While it is supposed to improve or enhance your game play, I didn’t find it to be helpful at all. My right thumb continued to move towards the buttons, there was just something about moving my index fingers up to hit a button that I just couldn’t get use to.
You can adjust the nudges above the buttons to change the amount of movement needed in order to hit a button. No matter the adjustments I did, still felt awkward. And I wasn’t the only one having trouble. Every single person at the booth I encountered on both days made the same statements.
The way the guy demonstrated and taught us how to use it was explaining the purpose of it was so that your right thumb really never leaves the thumb stick. For me it just never felt right not moving my thumb. You’d have to retrain your hands to your controller with it.
“This accessory provides an intuitive user-interface; geared to improve the gamer’s accuracy and reaction-time. “It enhances the user’s speed and manual dexterity,” says David Kotkin, lead designer of the Avenger. “This sophisticated accessory is specially engineered and constructed for those who want to push their gaming abilities to new heights.” The Avenger promises rapid, fluid movements between individual buttons and analogue sticks, allowing gamers to access nine functions simultaneously. The attachment comes equipped with high-precision tension straps, hand triggers, and sensitivity adjusters, which can be fine-tuned like a musical instrument.”
It is however a nicely built gadget, not really sure I’d say it’s “sophisticated”. I spent more time in that hour second guessing my hand movements than really being able to game with The Avenger on the controller.
In my opinion I couldn’t see myself shelling out $50 dollars for it when I can simply move my damn thumb.