Motion controllers are supposed to make video games more immersive. That promise has been broken in the past (looking at you, Nintendo), but it holds true in the early days of virtual reality rigs like the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. Of course, some men just want to watch the world burn, which is why I’m not surprised that Ricardo Quesada — the excitable wig-adorned man you see in the video above — taped an iPhone to the pedal of his unicycle so he could use it to play a video game.
Quesada, a developer who goes by “retro.moe,” calls his creation the “UniJoystiCle™.” (Get it?) It controls a Commodore 64 game called Uni Games that he also built. Quesada cheekily describes the whole package on his website as a “unique immersive experience, much better than VR.”
“Simple, yet robust!”
Quesada didn’t just pull this idea out of nowhere — he’s part of a group based in Berkeley, California that goes off-road unicycling in their spare time. (In fact Uni Games appears to be an 8-bit recreation of that experience.) He’s made all the source code available for download, as well as the game (which is emulator compatible, but you know you’d rather play it on a Commodore 64 with a 5 1/4-inch floppy disk). But the best part is he’s continuing to support the idea, releasing firmware updates and tweaking the source code to make it better. Hey, it’s cheaper than an Oculus.