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Back to the FutureRemember how they've always warned you not to use a telephone during a thunderstorm because the lightning could zap the telephone pole and travel down the line, through the phone, and into your body?  The same thing applies for video games and holding a controller during a lightning strike.  From BoingBoing:

David Robinson, 14, of Middleton, New Hampshire, was playing Grand Theft Auto 3 during a thunderstorm when he was zapped by lightning that struck outside his bedroom and traveled through his PlayStation controller. Fortunately, the shock only left Robinson exhausted and with a black spot on his left hand.

Thank goodness he's alright, but if this incident isn't a ringing endorsement of wireless controllers, I don't know what is.  The controller was fried by the shock, but the PS2 itself lives on.  I live in Florida, the Land of Lightning in the summertime, and afternoon storms are a daily occurrence here from June through September.  It's not uncommon to unplug every electrical object of value and sit in the dark until the turbulence passes.  I've spent many a storm playing a game on the old Nintendo Virtual Boy while waiting for the skies to clear.