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Special Edition Xbox Controller Parodies are photoshopped illustrations of custom button configurations for limited editions of the Microsoft Xbox controller that poke fun at various professional sports teams and athletes. Each visual features a unique set of made-up action commands that reflect the negative characteristic of the team or athlete in question.
On September 28th, 2012, the Liverpool Position blog posted several mock-up renderings of Xbox and PlayStation button configurations for the then-upcoming football simulation game FIFA 13 which poked fun at a number of the English Premiere League football clubs and star players.
On December 26th, 2012, Twitter user @NFL_Memes posted a custom Xbox button configuration chart poking fun at the poor season performance of the NFL football team New York Jets. In the first two years, the tweet gained over 1,180 retweets and 540 favorites.
New York Jets controller released! pic.twitter.com/EBCyGtXk— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 27, 2012
On the following day, Redditor KyleKoolaid reposted the New York Jets controller to the /r/gaming subreddit. On May 19th, 2013, Twitter user SCNotTopTen posted a photoshopped Xbox controller taunting NBA basketball player Carmelo Anthony (shown below). Within one year, the tweet gathered more than 1,600 retweets and 660 favorites.
Brand new Carmelo Anthony XBOX controller! pic.twitter.com/D1zDJOz0Tn— SC Not Top Ten (@SCNotTopTen) May 19, 2013
On December 10th, a Facebook page titled “Dallas Cowboys Meme” was created with a profile photo featuring a photoshopped Xbox controller mocking the Dallas Cowboys professional American football team (shown below).
On April 24th, 2014, Redditor iwilding posted an illustration of an Xbox controller made to look like a map to the /r/gaming subreddit (shown below, left). In the following two weeks, the post gathered upwards of 9,700 upvotes and 220 comments. On May 5th, the ILoveCharts Tumblr blog posted a “Roy Hibbert Edition Xbox Controller,” mocking the professional basketball player’s ability to sink shots, rebound and box out smaller players (shown below, right). In the first 72 hours, the post gained over 285 notes.
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