Molyneux “bored to death with fucking controllers”

Friday, 9 March 2012 13:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Departed Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has had it with “fucking controllers”, saying he’s “bored to death” with them.

“The joy must be, for me, is discovering it yourself,” Molyneux told Digital Spy at the recent Xbox Spring Showcase, referring to the lack of tutorials in Kinect-centric Fable: The Journey.

“I’m going to get totally over the top here, and this is the stuff that gets me in trouble. I’m just bored to death with fucking controllers. I am!

“[A controller] is about as experimental as a brick these days. Because you know what it is, whatever game you do, you pick up this controller and you do the same. Your thumb moves here, you can’t move your thumb like this, you can only move it like this.

“You finger goes here, you pull the trigger, and you expect an arrow to be fired, a shot to be fired from a gun, whatever it is, and you use this finger occasionally. That’s it. That’s it.”

He continued: “And this is the whole of your experience, the entirety. 100% of your experience in this game is what you do with this thumb and this finger. That sounds rubbish.

“If I would come into this Spring Showcase – and let’s imagine if the world was the other way round. Imagine if we had Kinect and I came in and said look, this is the best gaming device in the entire world, and you said, ‘Oh really? What’s it do?’ You can use your thumb, this finger and this thumb – you’d slaughter me!”

Molyneux added further, in what must be a candidate for quote of the year, to compare the controller to UK teen soap Hollyoaks.

“There’s got to be more, man. There’s got to be more than that. This is like the Hollyoaks of gaming. I mean, it is,” he said.

“Okay, you can sit and watch Hollyoaks from ’til the cows come home and you can feel your life draining away from you. I just want people to approach a gaming experience and think, ‘What if I do this?’”

Molyneux announced earlier this week he was to leave the Fable developer after 15 years to start anew at 22 Cans, although will continue to be a creative consultant on Fable: The Journey.

The news has been celebrated, to say the least.

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