Yesterday, Kotaku posted this still image of an inventive way to hold the PS3 controller and play mecha game Armored Core.
I'd never seen anything like it. It was assumed that this was a gag. That's exactly what Japanese forum users said when the photo first surfaced: is this a joke?
It might be a joke. Game designer Ollie Barder, who knows more about AC than anyone I've ever met, seemed to think this was tongue-in-cheek—a way for AC players to show just how complex the game's controls are.
But as this above video shows, it's no joke. Or, if it is a joke, it's a really good one and one that nobody is laughing at.
This play style is called "AC mochi" ("AC持ち") or "AC grip".
Armored Core players can appreciate how this gamer is seemingly able to execute commands, while the rest of the world will simply scratch its head and go, "Wait, what?"
マジでプレイしやすいの？ 噂の「AC持ち」を試してみた（動画あり） [Kotaku Japan]