Soapbox’s features allow our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random things they’ve been pondering. Today, Kate talks about rediscovering the joy of Joy-Con after a recent mishap, and her Joy-Con 2.0 dreams …
I’m about to turn 30, so of course the natural What you have to do is learn to skate. It makes a lot of sense. I never had roller skates as a kid, so now that my joints are starting to creak like the Grim Reaper poking its head out the door, what better activity to undertake than the one where you tempt fate with wheels in your shoes?
Regardless, you won’t be surprised to learn that I fell and injured myself. Twice. The first time, I was using the skates (they are quads, for the record) in my kitchen without knee pads, and I suffered from my arrogance by injuring my knee. Next time it was outside, fully padded, but I fell backward (I’ve been told this isn’t ideal, but it’s hard to stop falling once you’ve started) and hurt my elbow, preventing me from bending my arm for the next week. And I love to bend my arm! It is one of my favorite activities!
But let me tell you: when you’ve messed up your stupid aging body, there’s nothing better than lying on the couch, feeling sorry for yourself, but still able to play video games, and there’s nothing better for that than the Joy-Scam. .
I’ve always enjoyed the mayhem of Joy-Con. I am no longer confined to a single controller – I can lie on the couch in any way I please, with my arms twisted and as long as I am vaguely pointing at the screen, everything is fine. And there is nothing better for injuries: if I need to have my arm in a particular orientation, it does not matter. I don’t have to find a weirdly awkward position where I can hold the controller with both hands, because the Joy-Con are activated. I, not the other way.
However, it’s hard to mention Joy-Con without the word “drift” at the same time, and I’m currently on my third pair, not counting the Pro Controller I bought so I can play games without worrying that my joysticks will fool me.
My older pair of Joy-Con used to move sideways, and I tried to do the clean without disassembling thing with isopropyl alcohol and a cotton swab, but all it did was change the drift direction to “Up”. My second older partner, who wants to join in on the fun, does the exact same thing. My new pair is fine for now and I am taking EXTRA EXTRA I take good care of them to keep this going for as long as possible, but I have to be honest: I’m a dusty girl, and it’s only a matter of time before my dust gets in and messes things up.
I do not want being forced to return to the confined prison of the all-in-one controller; I just want the Joy-Con to be better.
The thing is, once you’ve become the joy of expanding Joy-Con, it’s hard to go back. I like to feel like a hedonistic Roman, reclining on a couch and lazily pressing buttons. I like knowing that I can play, even when my arm is in a sling. And because I have recurrent tendonitis, I also like being able to have my hands and wrists in a relatively ergonomic position. I do not want being forced to return to the confined prison of the all-in-one controller; I just want the Joy-Con to be better.
However, since the Switch OLED model hasn’t actually updated the Joy-Con, I wonder how long I’ll have to wait for that to be the case.
Other game companies have made great strides in accessibility, such as Xbox Adaptive Controller and customizable Elite controllerand Sony new PS5 controller includes haptic and audio feedback for the visually or hearing impaired.
Nintendo, on the other hand, has historically been behind when it comes to accessibility features (like AbleGamers’ accessibility review of Switch details) and the Joy-Con were probably accidentally useful in some way, like the ability to keep them away. apart in any previous configuration. They’re also pretty unfriendly to those TEENY TINY buttons and the need for fine motor control to separate them from the Switch in the first place.
I know I haven’t delved too deeply into the complete lack of accessibility options on Nintendo Switch and games in general (adjustable text size is a particular issue of mine), but fear not, I’ll keep beating the accessibility drum. as much as possible, and this Soapbox is certainly not my last word on it.
For now, I’ll leave it like this: I’d love to see more controllers that allow you to split your hands the way Joy-Con do. Most accessibility controllers are huge blocks with large buttons, like the Hori Flex, although some come with buttons that you can place wherever you want (like our very own Alex demonstrates with his beautiful feet). Disabilities, after all, are as broad as the characters in Smash Bros., and not everyone receives the same kind of accessibility services.
However, as we all get older, we are much more likely to need those accessibility services, and if I keep skating, I probably have many more injury-related sick days as well.