A Game Controller Coffee Mug Provides Unlimited Caffeine Power-Ups

Video game worlds are littered with health packs, energy potions, even random piles of food that your character can take advantage of for a quick energy boost. At most offices, though, the only power-up you're going to find is a pot of coffee—and even when it's stale and awful that shot of caffeine can revive you… » 11/25/14 10:36am 11/25/14 10:36am

What Would You Like To See In A New PC Gamepad?

Back in 2013, Lifehacker asked its readers what the Best PC Gamepad was, and predictably, console controllers took over 80% of the vote, with the Xbox 360 Controller getting the lion's share. If we ran the same poll now, the DualShock 4 and Xbox One Controller would take a chunk of the votes, but the result would be… » 9/18/14 2:45pm 9/18/14 2:45pm

How Thumbsticks Came to Control the Modern World

It's no small feat translating a user's wishes into computer commands. Controlling massive robots in chaotic, fast-paced action of modern console games like Titanfall—and yet even children are able to intuitively tear through AI fodder in their digital mechs. How? Using dual analog thumbstick controllers. And they're… » 7/09/14 4:20pm 7/09/14 4:20pm

Oh Sweet, You Can Use the Xbox One Controller on PC Now

For all its flaws, I'm a pretty big fan of the Xbox One . But while the voice control can occasionally miss the mark and sometimes the Kinect won't recognize you, there's one thing that's flawless: that controller. And now Microsoft has released the drivers for download so you can use it on PC. I've been dreaming of… » 6/05/14 11:13am 6/05/14 11:13am

A Videogame Controller Designed To Operate Construction Equipment

In the world of remote control airplanes, it was found that kids who grew up playing video games were far more adept at piloting the small aircraft after spending their childhood honing their hand-eye coordination skills with game controllers. And that's the same idea behind the SafetySense controller from Humanistic… » 5/26/14 8:00pm 5/26/14 8:00pm

Griffin's PowerMate Knob Controller Finally Goes Wireless

When Griffin Technology revealed the original PowerMate—a hefty polished aluminum programmable knob—way back in 2001, most users were left scratching their head as to what they'd use it for. But years of software updates have resulted in a surprising useful and sleek desktop accessory that's great for everything from… » 1/05/14 9:00am 1/05/14 9:00am

A Tiny Controller That's Always On Hand To Improve Touchscreen Gaming

We've been promised that touchscreen smartphones and tablets are the future of mobile gaming, but those of us who grew up with Game Boys and Game Gears know that physical buttons and joysticks are still the way to go. That's not to say touchscreen devices don't make for wonderful portable consoles, they just need a… » 1/01/14 5:00pm 1/01/14 5:00pm

Samsung's GamePad Gives Galaxy Phones Portable Console Powers

If sketchy on-screen controls have limited your smartphone gaming sessions to puzzles and tap-to-play titles, Samsung wants you to expand your horizons and embrace your smartphone's inner console. The company has officially released the redesigned version of its Smartphone GamePad, complete with an accompanying app… » 12/17/13 9:34am 12/17/13 9:34am

Forget Mouse and Keyboard: Play Your Next PC Game with Tongue and Butt

With Steam Boxes looming large in the future, game-peddlers-cum-hardware-makers over at Valve have been experimenting with some new ways to control your PC. Yeah, there's the weird joystick-less Steam Controller, but Valve designer Ben Krasnow has some even weirder stuff: a tongue mouse and a butt controller. » 12/05/13 1:00pm 12/05/13 1:00pm

Classic Controller Ornaments Will 1-Up Your Holiday Spirit

Your Christmas tree says as much about you as it does your love for the holidays. So this year why not skip the traditional ornaments like glass bulbs and shiny stars and go for something that will bring real character to your tree? If you've been a gamer for as long as you can remember, ThinkGeek's got a $20 set of … » 11/05/13 5:03pm 11/05/13 5:03pm