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In the Major League Gaming rulebook, the principles governing which controllers can be used are clear cut – if your gamepad has programmable buttons, it's disqualified. That didn't stop Razer from adding them to the Onza Tournament Edition Professional Gaming Controller for Xbox 360. You can see where this is going.
Much to the chagrin of Onza owners, MLG has banned the controller from competitions. MLG’s Senior Game Tester and
Tournament Director (who goes by the name Killa KC) addressed the ban in the MLG forums, saying "Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble, but the Onza controller will be
illegal simply because of the two programmable buttons. We spoke to Razer
about this and told them that it would be illegal if they kept the extra
buttons. I guess it wasn’t worth it for them to make a version without
the extra buttons.
"The big issue with extra buttons is how easy it is to mod the
controller without us being able to monitor it. Modders will be able to
turn the extra buttons into rapid fire buttons or a macro like RRX. We
cannot simply check every player’s Onza controller to make sure they
have not modded it. Sure, someone could do that now with a Microsoft
controller, but by doing that they are removing a default button on
their controller. People pay a lot of money now for
modded controllers with extra buttons that will rapid fire or macro."
The ban has pissed off the Razer faithful, with many pointing out the Onza's button mapping merely relocates features of the
controller – swapping reload from X to the right bumper, for instance – rather
than allowing gamers to create macros that disrupt the level playing field. The 9/11 Truther conspiracy theorists of the bunch are even going as far to say that MLG banned the Onza at the behest of sponsor Mad Catz.
What do you think? Should all of these controllers be banned outright, or should the league institute some sort of controller testing to catch cheaters?
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