Our resident gaming fanatic Ben Oliver lists all the gear you need to get through lockdown. Think: rare and forgotten finds, subscription services and a forthcoming release feat. Grimes.

Nintendo Ring Fit

If you don’t mind looking like a mad lad in front of, well, whoever you live with – the Nintendo Ring Fit is the latest way to combine play and exercise. You use the ring-con and leg strap in combination with the Nintendo Switch joy-cons and off you go. It promises a full-body workout – probably a decent way to stay in shape during the lockdown.”

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Hangout with Grimes in Cyberpunk 2077

Your favourite artist (and mine) will be playing a character called Lizzy Wizzy in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077. As heard in her Miss Anthropocene livestream: I did my voice acting for Lizzy Wizzy, that game is going to be fucking good… I play a pop star who committed suicide on stage, and they had to quickly come and perform emergency surgery and replace her whole body with cybernetics while she was dead for an hour and then she finished the show as a cyborg. One of the greatest pieces of performance art ever made.’ ”

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SEGA Mega Drive Mini

One of the first mass-market consoles to be released when SEGA still used to make hardware. The original Mega Drive was a beast, the mini version is unsurprisingly small but incredibly packs in a whopping 42 preloaded classic game titles.”

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XBOX Game Pass

There’s obviously a lot more Netflix and chill going on right now. But what about Xbox and kill? Why should streaming services get all of your attention and coin? This service lets you download games straight to your Xbox One for a monthly fee. Noice.”

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World of Horror

If horror manga master Junji Ito and cosmic horror author H.P. Lovecraft had a demon child – this would be it. Mixing Japanese urban legends, folklore and 80s nostalgia, World of Horror sees you play a teenage protagonist fighting off Eldritch horrors with wit and might win equal parts. Great for these unsettling times.”

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Rez Trance Vibrator

In an era of bizarre game peripherals, the Rez Trance Vibrator – manufactured by ASCII and released only in Japan – was one of the stranger ones. You plug it into one of the PlayStation 2’s USB ports, and it vibrates. It was never explicitly said what you should use it for but given that the gameplay involved ever-increasing pulsing beats you can put two and two together.”

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Dreamcast Fishing Controller

If you ever watched the Perfect Storm or Deadliest Catch and thought fuck yeah’ then the Dreamcast Fishing Controller is for you. Compatible with all six Dreamcast fishing games, and with the additional bonus of also being playable with Soul Calibur and Virtua Tennis, this motion-sensitive peripheral enabled players to cast their line with a flick of the wrist, feel vibrations when a fish started to bite, and then reel it in using the spindle on the side of the controller.”

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Disco Elysium

Your chance to play an alcoholic detective recovering from the worst hangover in history. On the surface, Disco Elysium is like the old point-and-click adventure games that made LucasArts famous in the 90s but with a massive racked-up line of David Lynch and Andrei Tarkovsky mixed in too. You can become a fascist, a communist, a moralist or an ultraliberal – live clean or get wasted. The choice is yours as you try to solve a gruesome murder in a disgraced, former capital of the world.”

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Nintendo U‑Force

An NES controller that’s controlled by hand. There’s also a flight stick with two shooting buttons for other games and an additional add on for Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! – a power bar which enables your air punches in front of the controller to simulate punching in the game. This all seems old hat in the wake of the Wii and Nintendo Switch but it was revolutionary at the time.”

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SEGA Activator

So it turns out UFC wasn’t the first brand to capitalise on the octagon. The SEGA Activator is an octagon-shaped device that plugs into the Mega Drive controller port and lays flat on the floor. The product is based on the Light Harp invented by martial artist and musician Assaf Gurner, and produced by Sega and Interactive Light. It was the first ever full-body motion controller to be released more than a decade before the Wiimote or Kinect.”

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Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller

How better to dispatch hordes of infected country folk than with your own Chainsaw controller? Released in 2005 by Nubytech as a limited edition controller for Resident Evil 4 – a game that reinvigorated the survival horror genre – the controller, despite looking and feeling badass, is a piece of crap to actually use.”

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