6 Ridiculous Gimmicks Too Beautiful for This World

Published 4 years ago by Jane Douglas

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Some game innovations are so good they become industry standards, like online multiplayer or Troy Baker. Others are so daringly novel they couldn't possibly stick around. Inspect these six ridiculous gimmicks too beautiful for this world.

Fallout 4 will be great, but will it have a solar powered gun? Only the Game Boy Advance's Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand ever had a photometric sensor on its cartridge to charge an in-game weapon, harnessing the power of the Earth's actual Sun.

Gran Turismo 2, on the other hand, innovated bravely with its scratch-and-sniff game disc, infused with a fragrance of petrol and burning rubber.

You couldn't smell the disc while it was spinning inside your PlayStation, so the secret was to take a really big whiff then hold your breath while the disc was in the console.

Then there was Sonic and Knuckles for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, with its ingenious backwards compatibility kludge known as Lock-On Technology.

It let you plug your Sonic the Hedgehog 3 cartridge into the top of the Sonic and Knuckles cartridge to create a sort of tower of videogame, detected by your console as a single, monstrous 34-megabyte cartridge.

Even better, you could slot in your ancient Sonic the Hedgehog 2 cartridge to climb, smash and glide your way through the levels of the official best ever Sonic game, no arguments.

Got an abandoned innovation for the gimmick graveyard? Memorialise it in the comments.

Previously on Outside Xbox: The 6 Most Lavishly Wasteful Gadgets in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

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