In Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, you have to learn quite a few controls to be effective:

  • Position the player with the left stick;
  • Read the opposing player’s spin by looking at the color of the glow on the ball;
  • Hold one of four face buttons to charge your shot with the appropriate spin;
  • Hold the left bumper to soften your return;
  • Hold one of the other trigger or bumper buttons to execute a “focus shot”;
  • Release the button(s) to swing;
  • Move the left stick to aim your shot.

Here is what these controls allow you to do:

  • Hit the ball.

In Cooking Mama, you don’t have to learn quite as many controls to be effective:

  • Tap the touch screen when Mama tells you to.
  • Rub the touch screen when Mama tells you to.
  • Blow into the microphone when Mama tells you to.

Here is what these controls allow you to do:

  • Chop,
  • Measure,
  • Slice,
  • Boil,
  • Melt,
  • Grate,
  • Sautée,
  • Peel,
  • Stuff,
  • Knead,
  • Beat,
  • Fry,
  • Stew,
  • Wash,
  • Shell,
  • Etc., etc.

I wonder if you could learn anything by taking more games and mapping out the ratio of controls to verbs.