I believe in magic
30th May 2007
Something I've noticed: People call joysticks by their real name People call racing/gaming steering wheels by their real name People call mouse and keyboard by their real name, but... There's one controller they seem to never get right.
It's the Gamepad, or as you people know it the Xbox Controller. Honestly, get it right, people.
Like that's ever gonna happen...:rolleyes:
No I don't know who did.
4th November 2003
The new ones are game pads. However the original Dukes, those were controllers. So far it's the only game pad to ever really fit my skull crushing hands.
Am I missing something here? What are we complaining about?
Nature's best screw up.
27th July 2005
Us people calling gamepads an Xbox controller. Maybe us people don't want to generalize things.
So the OP has something against calling a gamepad a controller?
1st January 2005
I agree, controller is too vague anymore. It only fit way back in the day when you knew what everyone meant when you said controller. Now there are so many types of controllers, it's not concise enough to call a gamepad a controller anymore.
It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine too, but not a big enough one to make a thread preaching about it. You can't expect a lot of attention to accurate descriptions from consumers that settle for such gear.
Console users are going to play, act, and talk the way they want. About the only ones "controlling" them are the ones charging $60 a pop for the titles they play, which don't even come close to the sophistication of $50 PC titles.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat...
30th December 2002
I always thought of gamepad and controller as being fairly interchangeable, long as you give a little context such as what kind. Joystick to me has always meant something with a full size stick you can grab for flight sims and such.
When I refer to what I play 3rd person, sports and racing games with on my PC, I say XBox 360 controller. I have a Microsoft Sidewinder2 joystick that I play flight sims with. I also have a wireless Logitech Rumblepad (PS2 controller) that I rarely use. Too vague?
Speaking of gamepads, I want a wireless 360 controller, err gamepad. :p Supposedly they work on the PC too. Tons of PC games have native support for 360 pads whereas the Rumblepad needs to be setup more often than I'd like.
There is nothing vague about controller in the context of video games. Controller means console gamepad. If someone is referring to a mouse and keyboard or joystick they will call it that. A gamepad is a controller for the computer.
Trust me, I'm a Doctor
25th November 2003
What's wrong with saying for example: "360 Controller"? It does control your 360 doesn't it?
Honestly saying "gamepad" sounds worse than controller to me.