VGA 101 Personals: Hardcore Game Nut Seeking Reliable PS3 Controller For Good Times…

PS3_padSeriously. For some reason, I have NO luck with PlayStation 3 controllers. I’ve gone through no fewer than ten controllers in the past five or six years and it’s not because I’m some hulking ham-fisted beast-man or mean-eating Amazon snapping spines like twigs like Tura Satana in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (whee, a Russ Meyer reference!). I’ve only gone through two Xbox 360 pads in about six years, but I do tend to gravitate to the PS3 a bit more. That said, I don’t think it’s the controller’s construction at all because that total includes a few third-party pads that have died from a broken analog stick here or a rechargeable battery that wouldn’t charge there (the most common issue). My last controller was an otherwise excellent Power A pad that looked like an Xbox 360 controller and it worked beautifully until a few days ago when it flashed a few read lights around the ring in the center before pooping out completely. Boo. Hiss.

Now, I’m temporarily back to my kinda sorta working original Sixaxis from my ancient launch model PS3 (which still works like a dream, thank you), but it’s a dicey relationship at best. She doesn’t rumble like the new models and the right stick is a bit loose, sometimes making characters automatically walk forward when I’m not doing a thing. Sensitivity is a good thing, but not when it makes you walk off a cliff when you were just trying to admire the view. My lovely Nyko Raven and the other third-party pads I’ve used have been great, but like Sony’s first-party pads, they’ve gone down for the count after what I’d consider normal wear and tear. Hell, I still have original PSOne and PS2 controllers that work wonderfully (but don’t work on the PS3, of course), so perhaps it’s just this younger generation I’m having trouble breaking in.

Ah well, I suppose I’ll just need to shell out for another new Sony controller, but they’re some expensive dates that’s for sure. You DO get what you paid for, but for me, it seems that it’s only a matter of time before something in that new pad stops working they way it should. Whine, complain, nag, nag nag… I should try and be lazy here and bug some contacts for samples to review, but I like living on the edge like the rest of the people who don’t get fun stuff for free when they ask for it…

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