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08-09-2020 at 10:33 AM
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Custom controllers on record submissions?

Lately I've been experimenting with shift registers that the NES uses for controls. One of my favorite (looking) controllers for the system is the nes advantage, but I don't enjoy how it operates. One of my projects I've been working on is creating a pcb and she'll for a custom nes advantage controller using arcade controller hardware. Still working on the design of the controller itself in cad and such. But it's coming !


My question is , can a custom controller be used in record submissions? I was looking into the rules of submissions and didn't specifically see anything. Just wondering if it's generally frowned upon or everyone's thoughts on it.


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  1. Barthax's Avatar

    Two angles to the same problem:

    1) If it provides no advantage over the original controller, it should not be a problem.

    2) If it's not on camera, who is going to know?!

    #2 is the generic for most submissions. :(

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  2. 90skidJohnny's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Barthax

    Two angles to the same problem:

    1) If it provides no advantage over the original controller, it should not be a problem.

    2) If it's not on camera, who is going to know?!

    #2 is the generic for most submissions. :(


    #1 - It may provide an advantage. Say you playing a pac man style game. Hitting corners is much more easier and responsive than a D pad. So technically would that be advantage?

    2 - id full disclosure of what im using., I think its the only way to be fair. Also im obsessed with sanwa arcade parts, they are so clicky even off camera you would know lol

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    Also i should state, im building the controller for personal use, so even if its not allowed, im still gonna build it.. cuz im a nerd who likes to make things lol

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  4. Barthax's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by 90skidJohnny

    #1 - It may provide an advantage. Say you playing a pac man style game. Hitting corners is much more easier and responsive than a D pad. So technically would that be advantage?

    Hmmm... is there a third-party joypad that would have given that advantage back in the day? If yes, then you're probably just as good to go. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by 90skidJohnny
    2 - id full disclosure of what im using., I think its the only way to be fair. Also im obsessed with sanwa arcade parts, they are so clicky even off camera you would know lol

    Awesome. If only everyone was. ;)

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  5. Snowflake's Avatar

    yes, the typical phrase is "cant give an advantage". whats really meant though is nothing like rapid fire. obviously every thing has an advantage, thats why its made. but hte advantage of comfort -- which matters ALOT in marathons for exxample, doesnt count.

    more responsive connections are certainly an advantage, but even on the oh so important donkey kong arcade thats allowed -- remember button gate lol. i dont want say "they all" but a great many players use more responsive buttons and a team billy temporary tactic that was quickly shut down was 'oh yeah well wes cheated to" as if two wrongs make a right, and wes "cheating" was him using the custom button everyone else uses lol

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  6. Snowflake's Avatar

    as a side note, nes had a snap on shell joystick. intellivision has something simliar. believe it or not, as crappy as it was, i needed it for level 11 battletoads.

    the snap on joystick absolutely helped with corner, despite it introducing slight lag due not really being connected but just pushing.

    this was before i was part of tg so its not an example of a proven acceptable sub, but is an example of something i'd think people would have a tough time rejecting

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  7. redelf's Avatar

    I'm all for custom controllers, as long as the idea or design was created back then for the system, and as long as it isn't something trying to defeat the true intent or purpose of the game. A steering wheel that produces more input for a button pushing game wouldn't be acceptable. Letting people know that you are using such a device is advised to alleviate suspicion or cause of legitimacy issues.

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