Genezap improves your video game skills using corporal punishment


As if getting your ass handed to you while playing video games wasn’t annoying enough, [furrtek] decided that the best way to help improve his skills was by inflicting physical pain each time his on-screen character died.

While perusing the Internet looking for something to break through the doldrums of the day, he came upon a video in which someone decided to try on a dog shock collar just for kicks. This sparked [furrtek’s] imagination, and he started to think that it would be pretty cool to use the same sort of device to make dying in a video game that much more unpleasant.

After ordering a set of collars online, he tore them apart to see how they functioned, and to measure just how big of a jolt they were able to deliver. [furrtek] then modified two Genesis controllers with a pair of ATtiny 25s, which let him send the fire signal to the collars. Unfortunately, stock Genesis games don’t allow you to send signals to the controllers, so [furrtek] had to spend some time hacking ROM images to trigger events when players are injured or lose a life.

We think the project is pretty slick, and if you don’t mind fiddling with your old controllers, you too can have a merciless trainer strapped around your neck. For those slightly more averse to pain, you can watch [furrtek] and his friend [Dyak] suffer the consequences of poor gameplay for your amusement.


  1. Nick says:

    “and if you don’t mind fiddling with your old controllers” yes, and the rom images as stated in the post…

  2. MrX says:

    how to detect pussies..

  3. Dan says:

    Screensavers did something similar back in the day, except with a bug zapper.

  4. Golddigger says:

    I would have like to see this on a new game system, it seems like a far more simple project to use the game controllers vibration as a trigger for the shock. Games like CoD or BF3 would be a great place to start. (I would probably play far less video games if I implemented this hack)

  5. wretch says:

    It was in “Never Say Never Again”, wasn’t it?

    Cool hack.

  6. steve says:

    Funny hack. I like!

  7. n0lkk says:

    I don’t think the shock training is working very well, or they just like getting zapped.

    • Olli says:

      It’s just like with dogs – training with shocks and punishments big BS. Yes it works but it has a lot of side effects.
      Just look at the two guys – the first one is soon getting stressed and put the collar off.
      Noone getting better with punishment and positive punishment + positive reinforcement. The collar causes stress and stress isn’t good if you want to learn.

  8. Deg says:

    Maybe they need to add positive reinforcement too! Hook you up to an IV drip of some substance, use a peristaltic pump to add a couple jolts of something pleasurable when you pass a checkpoint..

  9. xavierinnyc says:

    It remembers me the painstation!
    It was a playstation with modified controller.
    Nice and quite efficient to improve gaming skills :)

  10. Matias says:

    Ouch. Fell victim to the Spike Bug in Sonic 1… Some ports have the mercy invulnerability work from spikes, because the behavior shown in the movie was probably not intentional.

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