Evolution of the Console Controller – The Avenger Elite (2012)
The Avenger Elite is a shell with adaptive controls that fits over the X-Box 360 or PlayStation 3 controller. The controls allow easier access to the buttons and faster response with the triggers.
The device was developed by David Kotkin, a Florida art teacher, partly in response to the needs of one of his students. The student has the hereditary condition Epidermolysis Bullosa, which causes sensitivity and blistering of the skin and also caused his hands to be smaller than average. Prototyped with popsicle sticks and strings, the first version of the Avenger improved the student’s gameplay enough for him to win tournaments. Adjusting the new controls and adapting to them may take anywhere from a few hours to weeks, depending on the player and the player’s needs and expectations.
The Avenger achieved unwanted notoriety in 2011 following a widely circulated exchange between its marketing company, Ocean Marketing, and Penny Arcade’s Mike Krahulik. N-Control severed its relationship with the marketing company and the Avenger went on to receive very favorable reviews from the gaming community.
Avenger Elite gift of David Kotkin, N-Control, 2012.022.001