Imagine the Xbox One Games We Could Have Smelled

Zulfi Alam, the general manager for accessories on Xbox claims that the development on Xbox One’s controller cost over $100 million. Frankly, I’m surprised it didn’t cost more with such an extravagant feature set, such as smell-emitters and built-in displays. In a discussion with venturebeat, Alam admits to being called crazy when pushing for controller changes, but Microsoft is nothing if not willing to completely destroy something great for a better tomorrow; you know, a world where your controller allows you to smell things.

I can see it now, Infinity Ward hears about the feature being included and jumps aboard the scent train. First game they overhaul? Call of Duty: Ghosts. You’re walking through a wooded area when all of a sudden you hear a popping sound. “I think I just heard enemy fire,” whispers a random team member. The controller begins to vibrate and streams of an uncomfortable odor fill the room. Your friends leave, and just as you’re about to check if there’s a gas leak in the house, Logan mutters in his most serious and monotone voice, “I farted.” Wow, talk about immersion.

Alam further explained, “we built small slugs of different types of smells that could actually come out of a controller, like, as you walked through a jungle, you’d smell the flora.” If there’s one thing that’s been missing from games is the ability to smell flowers as you explore enemy-peppered jungles. I mean, why not? With such technology so readily available, we could have seen some mischievous game creators taking advantage of this feature for a couple laughs. Here are a few level ideas we’d be likely to see if smell-emitters made it through to the final build:

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts – A Sulfur mine rescue mission where you’re tasked with recovering kidnapped soldiers being held captive in the depths of the mine. Why this is bad: Sulfur mines smell like burning sphincters being stirred into human waste and rotten ostrich eggs. It’s one of those smells that you immediately begin tasting, which will likely result in a vomit coated controller.
  • Dead Rising 3 – Any mission across any area of the game. Why this is bad: Have you every smelled a decomposing body? Few scents are as harsh and uninviting as the aroma of the dead. Of course, couple that with the fact that there are literally thousands of them roaming the streets, and you have yourself a face-full of disgusting.
  • Zoo Tycoon – Instances where cleaning the animal cages is required. Why this is bad: I don’t know about you, but being knee-deep in elephant dung doesn’t seem like it would feature a pleasant scent. Also, if there’s any semblance of realism to the game, all the monkeys will toss their poo at you upon interaction, and as you can imagine, monkey poo smells about as good as it tastes.