Tag Archives: 10 Years

Why Don’t More Phone Manufacturers Make KeyBoards/GamePads?

Sony patent suggests an Xperia Play with dual keyboards, it's slidingly slidable

I saw this post on Engadget about a Sony Patent for a phone that had both a QWERTY Keyboard and a Gamepad, I’d love that. I blog from my phone, and I’ve also tried writing on my phone (I think this was during last years NaNoWriMo) so I’d love to have a QWERTY Keyboard that allowed me to see more text and type faster. I also play a lot of casual games on my phone and I’m not 100% sold on touch as a means of control for some of them. Particularly platformers, you just need a D-Pad and Jump buttons and shoe horning them onto a touchscreen is irritating, this is why I’ve not really played FF III on my iPad, it just hurts the pads of my fingers to play it for any amount of time.

If you aren’t going to include on on the device at least sell an addon that allows you use one externally. If I had an iPhone I’d probably have one of these things:

Although the orientation of the buttons would annoy me a little, keyboards are not meant to be a grid…

I guess now Android has support for USB controllers, but as far as I can tell no one is making them… I was to emulate classic games on my phone that is more powerful than the computer I had 10 years ago god-dammit!

There is this Gametel Portable Games Controller for Android but it’s ugly as sin:

Story Idea: Left Behind

I got this idea while reading a synopsis of “Future Boy Conan” Which I haven’t watched. I’m sure the science of this is utter bull but it could work for an interesting story. I’m just going to brain dump this here for later.

There is a huge asteroid heading towards Earth, humanity has had 5-10  years notice (maybe longer) of this but it’s so big that there was nothing that could be done to prevent it. The governments of the world decide to abandon the Earth and head out into space in search of a new home, so they have built huge spaceships called Arcs each with it’s own ecosystem and enough nuclear fuel to power it for a very long time, in order to do this they’ve basically strip mined the earth.

One of the ships gets clipped by the asteroid or something else goes wrong during takeoff that screws up it’s engines and makes it either crash back down to Earth or makes them unable to travel any distance so they are forced to land on Earth after the impact.

The survivors on this space craft and the animals/plants they took with them are the only living organisms that survived the asteroids impact apart from maybe some things under the sea and micro organisms that were hardy enough to survive it.