Hardware That Creates Feelings
by John Andreula
Playing video games is all about inspiring feelings within us.
Video games are about connecting with deep emotions. They create a link to the digital art and stories held within. They literally produce feelings as well. The feelings I speak of are sensations. Games stimulate the senses of touch, vision, and hearing.
My first personal example of connecting with feelings produced in video games comes in the form of a memory created in my very early days.
It is the memory of an Atari 2600 joystick.
I cannot even recall what game I played with that black and red joystick on the bulky black and brown hardware. It was probably Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-man.
The game experience itself did not create a memory as much as the tangible sensory stimulation of holding the joystick within my tiny hand did. I can recall the gliding movement of the stick. I remember the clicking of the button being pressed.
I was young and cannot piece together more than the feel of the joystick and the excitement of being able to play with what I understood then to be a “grown-up toy.”