Created By: Cutezombiedoll on December 14, 2013
Nuked

All game controllers have wires

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(This is kinda a new thing but bear with me)

As of the past two generations of video games, all game controllers have become wireless and will likely remain wireless into the foreseeable future. However, as most of you probably already know, that was not always the case. For most of video gaming's short history game controllers have had wires. Some writters and artists seem to forget that this is no longer the case, so it's commonplace to see modern works that depict characters playing "the latest video game" with what looks like a controller from the 1990's.

Sometimes this is done purposely to try and invoke a retro feel to the show, sometimes it's simply that the writer is out of touch with these new fangled gaming devices. In any case, even when we start controlling video games entirely with our thoughts, most media will likely still show controllers with wires.

Note, that it does not count as this trope if the characters are explicitly playing an older gen console.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • December 14, 2013
    DAN004
    Maybe sometimes the owner of the console just loves his old console?
  • December 14, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    seems pretty People Sit On Chairs. even the opposite: Next Gen Console Controllers Are All Wireless doesn't really have any inherent relevance. the meaning is the same: they're playing a freaking video game.
  • December 14, 2013
    randomsurfer
    As a nongamer, I ask: Is this Pac Man Fever The Same But More Specific?
  • December 15, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Based on the description Pac Man Fever seems to be about use of the "beep-beep-boop" etc. sound effects from the 8-bit era, regardless of console or game. It's got severe misuse, though.
  • December 15, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ PlayingWith.Pac Man Fever has a completely different idea of what the trope is.
  • December 15, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Chalk it up to sleep deprivation on my part. I see what they're getting it from. The misuse seems to be people mistaking it for more general Artistic License Video Games.
  • December 15, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^dude, get some rest. even i'm multitasking with a project due Wednesday right now, but i wouldn't cut Zzz's for anything... except next-day deadlines.

    ontopic: reading the description, i'd say it's about videogames being depicted as having EightBitPlot, graphics, or sounds, or being simply 8bit regardless of when the work is set on.

    sounds alone is covered by Arcade Sounds. but the obvious overlap means people who don't know about the Arcade Sounds will pothole in Pac Man Fever, and hence the misuse.
  • December 25, 2013
    HumanTorch2
    I'm guessing that this applies only to works set in either the late Naughties (post-2006), The New Tens, and so on, not period peices set before 2005? In any case, it should be noted as a subtrope of Two Decades Behind.
  • December 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Your "Naughties" is in Turn Of The Millennium.
  • December 26, 2013
    KarjamP
    For anyone who's complaining about Pac Man Fever only being about the beeps, the trope's about video games "not evolving out of a primitive state" despite the advancements in video game technology, not only about the beeps. (Ie, they resemble early video games in every way even if it wouldn't logically be so: sound effects, gameplay, graphics, etc.)

    Also, Tropes Are Flexible, so as long as it's in the spirit of the trope, it's okay.

    Motioning to Discard for both being Pac Man Fever, But More Specific.
  • December 26, 2013
    henke37
    • Development kits tend to come with cables for the controllers even when the system is normally wireless. This helps to deal with many systems in close proximity interfering.
  • December 26, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ^^ Arcade Sounds are specifically about the Beep boops. Pac Man Fever is about "people think video games haven't advanced" in general.

    So between that, and the fact that the last generation of consoles did still use wired controllers (just not exclusively)... yeah, MTD.
  • December 26, 2013
    Jinxmenow
    I motion to discard. It's kind of overruled by Pac Man Fever, and it's also unspecific to fiction. Basically all this trope means is that a videogame console was featured in some way, and it was connected by wires to the console.

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