Pro Gamers Ban New Control Pad

Razer's Onza control pad for the Xbox 360 sure looked nice when we saw it at CES earlier this year. Problem is, for some people, it's too nice.

Major League Gaming has banned the pad from its competitive play, officials citing the fact the controller has two buttons that are too easy programmable.

MLG rep Killa KC writes:

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 Onza would make it impossible for us to monitor this on the circuit.

Wait, people still buy controllers with macro buttons? What is this, 1993? Just push the things manually, like your daddy had to.

[MLG, thanks The-Real-Napsta!]


    Really? -freakin they still do this for Modern Warfare 2 and they would ban that.. Wow...

      I'm inclined to pick one of these up for Halo: Reach, especially as the armour ability button is in an awkward spot for bumper-jumper.

      mw2 isnt even worth playing competitivly console and pc simply because lack of good game modes, rego and the are soooo many hackers!!! ooo and hosted servers

        Competitive games like this are usually played via LAN (Or System link in Xboxspeak), and not over Xbox live, so the 'lots of hackers' argument is kinda null and void.

        However, i do agree that its not that great of a competitive game, CoD4 is much better balanced.

    Yeah I Dont Blame them For Baning it Its An unfair Edge And lol MW2 In MLG Please That Game is Fail FOr Balance

      What's with the caps for Every Single Word In Your Sentence?

        Apparently he's just following his NapsterMan theme

        yet lol is in lower case

    Man, I went and looked up this controller after reading the review and it's not even out yet.
    Doesn't seem like it's PC compatible either, which is a bummer. I really want a controller with a better D-Pad.

    I want to know why pro gamers are using control pads at all. It's certainly not designed for any kind of competitive play.

      on a console? the thing is anyone can double click on an icon which is basically what you do to aim and shoot with a mouse. the real world is not that accurate so controllers (in a roundabout way) bring the precision down a bit. either way doesn't really matter as long as everyone is on the same controller method in the game.

    Just man up, drop 2 grand and buy yourself an optimus maximus keyboard.

    On a serious note, I'd say its a fair enough ban.

    Is this gonna be like the good old days with Turbo controllers that can press the X button 10 times in a sec? On another note, I prefer the Tron controller :D

      I'd be all over that Tron controller if they made it cordless.

    Bit stupid really. I mean, have these people forgotten that most PC gamers use a range of macros in competitive play?

      There's a very thin line for this sort of thing. In most leagues and competitions (eg the Korean kespa), they prohibit the use of programmable keyboards etc. You can't just show up at a meet or LAN with your funky keyboard or USB drive asking them to boot your custom settings.

      Macros that function within the limitations of the game (good example would be WoW's in-built macro system) are fine.

      Indulge me, and I'm not having a go, but could you elaborate a little bit on this comment?

      My own definition of "competitive game" is a little narrow at best.

      But specifically which games and what macro's?

      Also console controller vs a software macro on a PC isn't really a fair comparison :P

    Simple fact is MLG asked them to look at making it without the extra buttons that make it illegal for play at their Pro Circuit tournaments and they were pretty much ignored.

    Meanwhile Mad Catz is developing a controller with input purely from MLG.

    The Onza is a great looking controller it's just a shame they had to include gimmicks such as programmable buttons that have no real use.

    I think it's funny that their's a serious league for console gaming. Can one even be considered a 'hardcore' gamer if they play on Xbox? I don't think so.

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