Get a dog they said. It would be fun they said.
About a year ago my wife and I decided to get a puppy. Then we made the mistake of getting another puppy not long after that. Okay, just kidding, but the second pup is much more of a handful than the first one. Anyway, one afternoon I decided to take a quick trip down to Quicktrip, and I didn’t put the dogs away in their cage, I thought, “what’s the worst that could happen in only ten minutes time?”. Then I came back home only to discover my recently purchased Nintendo Switch Pro Controller had been murdered.
Needless to say, I was furious. Mainly because I don’t typically buy things like extra controllers, I’m a single player gamer and the Joycon already offered everything the Pro controller does. However, I decided to treat myself with the Switch Pro controller, and it quickly became one of my favorite controllers of all time. The murder of this controller happened about a month and a half after I purchased it. So I was still in the ‘honeymoon phase’. I was shocked that it happened because my dogs never chewed up anything else in the house aside from their toys.
After I discovered the mangled controller I was so angry that I tossed it on a shelf in the basement for about a month. I didn’t even want to look at it for so long because of the anger it brought to me every time I saw it. $70.00 pretty much down the drain… or was it?
As I said before, I never looked at the controller until about a month later. Despite the shoulder buttons being chewed, the grips being all kinds of destroyed, and the analogs being completely gone, it still worked with the Nintendo Switch console …very uncomfortably. This made me think maybe I could resuscitate the controller. But having absolutely no experience with modding or opening controllers, I had to do research (thank you Spawn Wave).
My father-in-law is a super into crafting and building all kinds of trinkets and furniture, so I knew he was my go-to dude. He said I could carve off the jagged edges with a knife and use sandpaper to smooth out the grips and shoulder buttons. So all I had to do was open the controller and install new analog sticks. This is when I discovered a new passion of mine.
Smoothing out the shell of the controller and installing brand new Xbox Elite analog sticks was actually a lot of fun. Ever since doing this I’ve been eager to try more modifications on controllers. Not just modding but collecting more controllers, in general, is now something I’m really interested in. I’ve ordered some third-party Switch controllers and I’m excited to test them out and possibly open them up. Since this happened I’ve opened up and replaced sticks on a PS3 controller of mine that had been worn down horribly for years.
So at the end of the day, even though I was so tempted to get rid of my dogs, they actually made me realize I have a passion and knack for something I never thought I would enjoy. I was also able to bring a controller back to life that I thought was surely done for. Therefore, I’m actually thankful for my stupid dogs.
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