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Peter Molyneux: "I'm just bored to death with f****** controllers"

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Peter Molyneux has revealed that he is bored of controllers, saying that it is the "Hollyoaks of gaming".

The departing Lionhead lead and creative director of Microsoft Studios Europe said gaming experiences now just involve a thumb stick and a trigger.

"The joy must be, for me, is discovering it yourself," he said to Digital Spy when discussing the lack of tutorials in Fable: The Journey.

"And that's something you never... and I'm going to get totally over the top here, and this is the stuff that gets me in trouble. I'm just bored to death with f**king controllers. I am!"

Peter Molyneux

© Microsoft Games

Fable: The Journey

© Microsoft Games



"[A controller] is about as experimental as a brick these days. Because you know what it is, whatever game you do, you pick up this controller and you do the same. Your thumb moves here, you can't move your thumb like this, you can only move it like this.

"You finger goes here, you pull the trigger, and you expect an arrow to be fired, a shot to be fired from a gun, whatever it is, and you use this finger occasionally. That's it. That's it."

"And this is the whole of your experience, the entirety. 100% of your experience in this game is what you do with this thumb and this finger. That sounds rubbish.

Fable: The Journey

© Microsoft Games



"If I would come into this [Microsoft] Spring Showcase - and let's imagine if the world was the other way round. Imagine if we had Kinect and I came in and said look, this is the best gaming device in the entire world, and you said, 'Oh really? What's it do?' You can use your thumb, this finger and this thumb - you'd slaughter me!"

He added: "There's got to be more, man. There's got to be more than that. This is like the Hollyoaks of gaming. I mean, it is. Okay, you can sit and watch Hollyoaks from 'til the cows come home and you can feel your life draining away from you. I just want people to approach a gaming experience and think, 'What if I do this?'"

Molyneux later described examples of open situations that players will encounter in Fable: The Journey, such as getting their horse's attention at the start of the game.

Fable: The Journey will be available exclusively on Xbox 360 later this year, with a rumoured September release date.

> Peter Molyneux to leave Lionhead Studios, Microsoft
> Peter Molyneux's career in pictures - Theme Park, Fable, more

View a gallery of Fable: The Journey screenshots below:

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