Ok so I've been playing FPS’s (for you non-gamers that means First Person Shooters like Call of Duty (COD), Halo, Doom, etc.) since Castle Wolfenstein 3D, and yes I'm dating myself on that one, but I’m finding my skills have declined in the past few years.
It could be that my reflexes have slowed over the years, or that I have an actual job and life such that I cannot play the required/desired 12 hours a day. Regardless I pretty much get my ass handed to me by 12 years on a regular bases. They refer to me as an "old" guy online and make geriatric jokes about me, repeatedly telling me how bad I suck. Mind you I can always drop the at least I've had sex or should you not be in bed by now, or is that your mommy calling in the background telling you that you have had enough screen time today retorts on them....I give as good as I get in the verbal abuse arena, but getting constantly spanked by them is a piss off.
There is one thing that I have that the 12 year olds and unemployed video game masses don’t have… a small amount of disposable income, note the keyword small but at least I have some and do not have to ask for my Mom's permission to spend it.
I'm constantly on the lookout on the Interwebs looking for anything that might give me a leg up on my neglected latch-key opponents. In my travels I discovered a truly evil site, in more ways than one, http://www.evilcontrollers.com/.
Evil Controllers allows you to order a custom controller with all sorts of goodies in it. Like auto-cheat triggers that take advantage of bugs in the games to turn semi-auto guns into fully auto guns, and decreasing the reload times of certain weapons. I feel that these kind of "cheats" are just that, cheats, and really should not be used for online play because you are basically having a computer play the game on your behalf (the controllers use microprocessors to run these cheats).I think that these “mods” defeat the purpose of playing the game in the first place (mind you I did use a bot program for playing Mafia Wars....dam you Facebook and your addicting "FREE" games....don't do it....if you’re thinking about it DON'T!)
Anyhow back to my "Evil Controller", besides the "cheats" that you can buy from them they also will provide you with better sticks and button remapping. So as I'm old and my thumb always starts to go numb after an hour of holding down the left-stick to run in COD, I had them remap the left-thumb click to the back-left side of the controller. In addition I had them remap the "A" button, or as we COD players call it the jump button, to the back-right side of the controller.
Now I do not have to constantly hold that left-stick down. I'm mean really, its war out there and who is going to walk through the middle of a battlefield while being shot at...in the words of Forest Gump, "I am running".
If I want to do the Halo jumpy/shooty thing I can simply push the button on the right underside of my controller to jump and change direction at the same time as my right thumb does not have to leave the right stick. Thing of beauty right! It had better be for the price. If you’re not careful you can spend more on an Evil controller than you did on your 360 with Kinect included...no I'm not kidding check out the "MASTER MOD" or Viking Controllers.
Also it should be noted that they also sell a controller called the "Nomad" which allows you to remap any of the 11 buttons to the underside of the controller, like your melee attack or reload or whatever your heart desires...mmmm perfection....OK fine so I bought that one too...Dam online shopping and PayPal, why do they make it so easy.
A few months after playing with my Evil Controllers, a friend emails me a link to the "Avenger Controller site" http://www.avengercontroller.com/. This thing looks crazy, kind of like a spider or bug attached to your controller. But if what it promises is real it would complete my controller master piece, hopefully giving me that faction of a second advantage over my prepubescent opponents that I need to have a positive KD (again for you non-gamers thats Kill-Death ratio). So I slap down my $60, and 4 months later (yes it took 4 months because apparently their shipment was "stuck in customs") a box containing my Avenger shows up.
After dropping my Evil Controller in the spider cage and a little tweaking I hit Black Ops for a little online gun play. I won't lie and say that I took to it immediately but after a few hours I was in love...
Your thumbs never and I mean never has to leave the thumb sticks. With a flick of your index finger you can duck, reload, or change out your weapon. What a dream. It is a great idea, simple, inexpensive, and really effective. I no longer have to constantly move my thumb between stick and buttons, and the triggers are elongated and quicker to respond to my instructions. My KD is up and I'm trash talking the tweens on a regular basis…”Wow I’m older than your Dad and still schooling you!”
I’m not sure if the Avenger would be as effective without the Evil controllers’ remapped “A” button, because the cage that fits around the controller makes hitting the actual “A” button very difficult in my opinion.
If your old and a FPS fan I would highly recommend picking these bad boys up. If for not for the fact that it will make your old hands happy, then for that fact that all your friends that see it will say “What the F#@k is that!”
Yes I know…I'm a geek...but a old geek with a kick ass controller and a positive KD.
Engadet review of the Avenger http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/14/n-control-avenger-xbox-360-attachment-makes-it-look-complicated/
Nomad Review http://thecoolxbox360.com/rapid-fire-isnt-the-only-mod.php
Viking controllers (similar to Evil Controllers but even more expensive) http://viking360.com/modded-xbox-360-controllers