You Know What’s ‘Embarrassingly Enormous’? Nope, It’s The Original Xbox Controller

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chris-littlechild - October 5, 2016

 Stop that. It's way too early in the morning for cheap wang jokes.

Hindsight is a damn powerful thing. So many times in our lives, we’ll look back on certain life decisions and really what a huge hunk of dumbassery they really were. That psychopathic ex who put your hamster in a blender? That horribly shit-tastic hair you had in college? Your My Chemical Romance phase? The bitter regret never really goes away.

The important thing to remember about all this BS, though, is that we’ve all been there. We’ve all been through it, and we’ve all got a mentally-challenged buddy, like Phil who ate the crayons, to blame at least some of it on. Even fancy-ass ex Xbox execs (damn, those three words) feel the familiar regret of hindsight.

Take the original Xbox. Its controller, whichever way you slice it, was one chunky mother. Seamus Blackley was the co-creator of the system, and spoke yesterday about how he feels about the oversized peripheral now.

"It was embarrassingly enormous; politically I had no juice to fix it," he said, free to talk all the smack he likes having parted ways with Microsoft since. "They ignored focus tests; I understand you can land a helicopter on it."

Blackley also spoke about the popularity of the Dreamcast among the team at the time, a console that had its own pretty darn funky and pretty darn massive controller. Which I guess explains a fair amount. That Tamagotchi thing? It was badass, wasn’t it?

Gamers with a yearning for a simpler, huger time can check out more on The Duke (as it's called now) back at GameSpot.

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