You’re holding the screen displaying your game with the hands that are also trying to interact with the game. Putting your tablet in a stand won’t always work as then you’re doing an awkward pointer-finger-holding-my-arm-out dance with your device.
If only there were a small wireless joystick-like piece of gear which could help us alleviate some of this gaming burden…
It’s a very simple arrangement: One analog stick and three controller buttons. It connects to your device over Bluetooth, and is powered by a pair of AAA batteries. The manufacturer claims 50 hours of gaming on two AAA’s, though I wish there was a rechargeable battery instead (I’ll just have to use my rechargeable AAA’s I ‘spose). Plus their logo looks like Trogdor. A substantial plus in my book.
Zeemote is a lot smaller than I expected it to be. It fits in the hand very comfortably, and barely attracts any attention when in use. I swear my wife thought I was playing games on my tablet via telekinesis the first time she saw me using it.
Does it make gaming better?
Yes. After a little learning curve. The analog stick has a great feel to it, but after getting used to on-screen controls, it took me a little while to re-acclimate to tactile controls. A couple hours back on the stick, and it was peanut butter jelly time.
It’s pretty great being able to prop up a tablet, and not having to do that awkward “how do I hold it and play comfortably” dance.
The only downside is there aren’t a lot of games that support it. Zeemote has a small (and growing) list on their website, but there are only about twenty titles that will work. On that list are a couple of my faves: R-Type, Running Fred, and Mini-Squadron, but pickings are slim at the moment. Also, it’s unlikely we’ll see support for shooters like ShadowGun–as that would require dual sticks.
All in all, it’s an interesting gadget for $30. Currently it looks like it’s available solely through Amazon. If it supports a game you like to play, then there’s no better way to play. Hopefully we’ll see more games supported soon…