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OK, this topic has been festering in my brain so I thought I'd throw this out there to see if I'm the only one.
I'm getting tired of games that force me to use a controller in a layout that is ass-backwards for me. Even though I'm right-handed, there are many times when the left/right of the thing just feels wrong. So many times I wish I could have the option to reverse the functions of the left & right analog sticks on my xbox controller. Sometimes I want to flip the controller completely and move the buttons to the left. Like I said, I'm not a lefty, and so I guess I have to justify my peculiar rant.
Case in point: Driving games. It's already hard enough to drive a car with a tiny thumbstick with no feedback, but you want me to steer with my left thumb? It's probably the most uncoordinated appendage on my body, and I have to use it for the most critical part of the game? I fell in love with the demo for Forza 2, but I can't bring myself to buy even a used copy because I know that driving with lefty is going to cause me endless grief. The steering wheel has come down in price, but $99 to play racing games properly is stretching it for me, and it's not like I'm poor.
Another example: Rez HD. I wanted to like this game when I played the demo, but I had a hard time getting ol' lefty to cooperate. I'm a big supporter of inverted Y-axis, so that's not an issue. There aren't that many controls in this game, so why can't I have an alternate layout? That reason alone will keep me from buying it.
One game that seemed to get it right was Tiger Woods '07 (I'm gonna finish that year before buying '08), and I could reassign the tru-swing controls to the right stick. Trying to swing with the left stick was like playing golf with a baseball bat.
I've been playing video games since Pong, so it's not like I'm some un-coordinated newb. I just find it frustrating that game designers don't take alternate views into account for controller layouts. It also makes me wonder if there is a market for controllers that have all the controls flipped horizontally.