A hardware hacker turned that horrible toy controller into a working one

A meme for years, Fisher Price’s toy controller mocked us with its terrible smile, dead glazed eyes, miserable tunes, and its frankly heretical DCAB button layout. Now control hacker Dylan “Rudeism” Beck has opened one, plugged it in and turned it into a working controller. To wit, it has indeed kept the bowels already there: it continues its irritating chants and dissonant music as you use it.

Here’s a video, posted on twitterfrom Rudeism using it to play some Elden Ring.

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All my jokes aside, Rudeism’s work is the kind of thing we love to see. Custom controllers aren’t just fun, they’re a hobby for many and a vital part of accessibility for those who need wildly divergent control schemes. Perhaps the smartest part of the Rudeism mod, for me, is this switch: the toy has only one joystick, unlike a modern controller, so when turning the little yellow switch in the lower right corner, the joystick switches “right” ” to “left” and the face buttons to switch entries like menu and start.

Other crimes of rudeness against controllers include modifications such as beating Hades with a pomegranate or farming simulator with a tractor. Here it is Rudeism linktreeso you can find it wherever you use the internet.

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