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U.S. Patent No. 6,475,083: Unlocking secrets of video games
Issued November 5, 2002, to Midway Amusement Games, LLC


Summary:

The ‘083 patent provides a method for enabling extra features of a video game based upon which type of controller is used to play the game. A player is rewarded with extra features of the video game whenever the controller used is of a matching type.

Abstract:

A video game system and method is provided in which the enabled content of a video game depends upon the type of video game controller coupled to the video game console. Specifically, in response to recognizing the video game controller as being of a matching type, the video game enables or "unlocks" extra features or "secrets" of the video game which are not otherwise available. By creating such a strong synergy between the video game and the matching video game controller, consumers are most likely to be attracted to the matching video game controller instead of other game controllers available in the marketplace.

Illustrative Claim:

1. A method of enabling extra features of a video game based upon a type of video game controller used to play the video game, the method comprising: providing the game controller with controller information indicating whether or not the game controller is of a matching type; reading the controller information; and enabling the extra features of the video game in response to the controller information indicating that the game controller is of the matching type.

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