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Customized Playstation 3 Controller by Ben Heck: I Don’t Get It

by Lambert Varias
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Master modician Ben Heck was commissioned to create a customized Playstation 3 controller. The customer wanted Heck “to make the shoulder buttons easier to get at”. Judging from the finished product, which required the removal of the rumble motors, I’m inclined to believe that the customer has 4 extra thumbs and no ring and middle fingers. Either that or the gamer has a weird way of holding controllers. Nah. The 4 extra thumbs idea is much cooler. That’s probably it.

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But I’m really curious: how are you going to keep the part of your palm underneath your thumbs from touching those buttons? Or is that the point of this mod – to enable the customer to press all 4 shoulder palm buttons at all times? I got my own controller and realized that okay if I placed my thumbs over the analog sticks, my palms wouldn’t be mashing the buttons. But what game would I be able to play decently with that grip? Super Rub-a-Dub? And even if the buttons only worked if you pressed on them hard enough, you’d have to take your thumbs off the other buttons to press them, a dilemma that is remedied by… the default layout of the controller. Ben Heck, I know you’re talented and all, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.

Seriously though, I must be missing something here dammit. What is the logic behind this mod?



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