If You Use a Keyboard to Play Console Games, You’re Cheating

HE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Ozzy

Let me get right to the point: If you use a keyboard and mouse for console gaming, then you are cheating. Period.

I have always said that if you want to play with a keyboard and mouse then go play games on the PC where everyone uses the same thing and the playing field is balanced. Console gaming is meant to be played with a controller. To me, people who use modded controllers or a keyboard and mouse to play on a console are cheaters and they are making the playing field uneven.

You do this and you’re a cheater.

Eric is a huge culprit when it comes to this. He claims that playing on a keyboard and mouse is tough to learn but once you do, your skills sky rocket. That’s like a professional athlete saying he took steroids but he still had to work out to get ripped. Nice try! Yes, there are many other people out there that do the same thing. I can’t do anything against those people other than try and report them to Sony or Microsoft but that’s too much of a hassle. But I can start with those that I know and let them know that it is straight up cheating…no excuses.

It’s so annoying jumping into a server and noticing all these players using something that is not a controller. It becomes extremely unbalanced and takes the fun out of online gaming. If Eric is so hellbent on using a keyboard and mouse then I say he should go back to PC gaming where everyone can have the same advantage. That’s all I have really. Eric will have a ton of reasons why using a keyboard and mouse is okay, but to me cheating is cheating and there are no excuses for it.


HE SAID WHAT?!
Posted By Eric 

When it comes to games and other types of competition, you always want to be on an equal ground. You want to know the person you’re up against is playing by the same rules and regulations you are. In an ideal world, that would be nice but that’s not how it works. People will always look for advantages or strategies to implement.

To give a little back story, all of us The What?! Blog men play video games—primarily the popular first person shooter game Call of Duty. Each year Call of Duty releases a new game. Each year we fork out $60 bucks and play till the break of dawn on weekends. The concept of the game is you play in teams of two and each side tries to out-kill each other. Earning kills gives you points, and enough points will get your team a win. We play on PlayStation 3 where the primary and default controller used is a Sony PlayStation controller.

PS3 controller

PlayStation controllers do great for most people but others have found easier ways to play. Some players purchase modded controllers off the Internet. (These are controllers that appear like a typical PlayStation controller but have added software and buttons to give its owner an advantage.) Modded controllers run for about double the cost of a typical PlayStation controller. You also have others who are using keyboards and mice. A keyboard and mouse is not easy to learn, but once a gamer masters the controls, his skill ceiling is higher than your average console controller gamer.

In our scenario, I am a long-time PC gamer so my natural inclination when playing on a console is to use my keyboard and mouse. My friends consider this cheating but my argument is that I have earned the skill required to play with my keyboard and mouse. If a regular console gamer tried using my setup, he would hate it and go back to using his controller. I fully admit that when I play, I know I have an advantage over most other online gamers. I can move more quickly, my shooting is more accurate, and my reaction time is very fast using a keyboard and mouse. However, I am not the only gamer using it. I have played against others on keyboards and mice or modded controllers. My theory is, others are doing it, so why not do it as well? After all, this is online gaming. It means nothing. It is not my career and it doesn’t affect my family in any way.

Video games are supposed to be just for fun. When it’s a just a game, can you really call it cheating or is it just finding another advantage over others? I know there is a fine line. But I think on this issue I am in the clear.


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31 Responses to “If You Use a Keyboard to Play Console Games, You’re Cheating”

  1. Robert

    Ozzy, stop whining and learn to use they keyboard and mouse. A keyboard and mouse is nowhere near to steroids. For one, steroids is illegal and damages your body. Both the keyboard and controller are not illegal for anything and they both damage your body (carpal tunnel syndrome).

    Actually, I say bring back the old school Nintendo controller. Up, down, left, right, button A and button B. That’s it.

    Lastly, its effin video games. Nobody cares.

    P.S. Eric still cheats no matter what

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    • Ozzy

      Actually, a keyboard and mouse is illegal to use for console gaming. If someone were to report Eric, his account would be banned.

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      • echavez

        not true.

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        Here is Microsoft take on it, a buyer of the product email support and got this back. Enjoy ;)
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        As I understand, you’re checking if using a 3rd party keyboard and mouse adapter on the console’s going to be a violation to the terms of use.

        The answer to the said inquiry would be, “no”. You can feel free using the mentioned external accessories. However, we are unable to guarantee its efficiency with the console. We would highly recommend you to continue using the certified Xbox 360 accessory to optimize your gaming experience.

        I hope I was able to help you on your concern today.

        If you need to reply to this e-mail, please reply ‘with history’ (include any previous e-mail) or reference to Service Request Number 1148980051, so we can expedite our service to you.
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          • Ozzy

            Damn, Robert. For someone who says it’s just video games, who cares, you sure are invested in this argument.

        • alex

          Nice post Eric. But what exact question is the guy asking? Using a Mouse/KB to browse Netflix? The answer changes depending on what you are using said controller for. Using a mouse and keyboard to do certain things isn’t illegal, only when it comes to using them to play against other players. For example, plug in a usb keyboard and usb mouse to your 360 and it won’t work. You need to go through 3rd parties in order to achieve this.

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  2. Gaby

    I’m not a fan of video games,so for me i’d say who cares. But since it sounds like a pretty big deal to Ozzy, I say it depends on the advantage it gives Eric. Is Eric terrible once he plays with a controller? If the advantage is so great, that Eric goes from L337 to terribad, then ok. But based on what I’ve seen, he’s pretty good with a controller. Maybe not a 10 like he is with a keyboard and mouse, but definitely not a 6 or below. Plus, Ozzy didn’t add the awesome photo of a certain Justin Beiber riding an actual mouse, so you lose my vote.

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  3. alex

    In an average game, Eric on a controller scores between 20-30 kills. Eric with a mouse and keyboard scores about 50-80 kills. So yes, it is cheating. In the grand scheme of things, does this matter? No but neither does which show is better, HIMYM or BBT, everyone has different priorities and this is ours.

    Eric playing online with a cheating setup doesn’t bother me because he is right, many others do it as well but when we have our LAN parties, nobody wants him using it because we want a fair playing field. And neither do Professional gaming leagues allow this setup.

    Before Microsoft released the 360 on the market, they had tested PC/Xbox cross platform play. Meaning, they tried having PC players play along with Xbox 360 players and they reported that it was a disaster. The controller players got destroyed by players using a mouse. So Microsoft canned the idea for obvious reasons.

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    • Robert

      LOL! See, now that’s how you make an argument Ozzy! If Alex would have written it, I would’ve voted for him. Ah well.

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      • Ozzy

        Oh, whatever. I wrote that post in like 5 minutes. Honestly, if you not a gamer you wouldn’t understand so even if I put out an awesome argument I wouldn’t expect non gamers to understand anyway.

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        • Robert

          Not true. After I read Alex’s comment, I felt bad about my comment. I shouldn’t have said it because it is a matter of opinion and preference. So, I am sorry for that. And the reason I did say it is probably because your post sounded like as you said, wrote it in 5 minutes. It sounded like you were angry at Eric for being better than you even though nothing is stopping you from picking up a keyboard and mouse. Alex, on the other hand, (1) detailed Eric’s variance in performance, (2) explained the social norm regulation by those at the LAN parties, (3) stated professional gaming regulation, and (4) had the history behind cross platform testing. Strong points that would have gotten my vote.

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          • alex

            Robert, I actively keep up with that kind of stuff more than Ozzy. Ozzy wouldn’t know all that stuff because he’s more of a casual gamer than I am. Ozzy isn’t so much angry at Eric as he is with other gamers who do it or with the companies that let them get away with it.

          • Robert

            That’s fine. But, if you want to create a debate that matters, even if it doesn’t appeal to others, having a somewhat cohesive and logical argument would help a lot. You are probably a lot better suited to argue this topic than Ozzy. (Also, Ozzy probably shouldn’t have said he wrote his post in 5 minutes: credibility ruined much?)

          • Ozzy

            I agree with you, Robert. I should have provided more detail in order to make my argument. I don’t like spending a whole lot of time writing my arguments, I mainly just do it to help out the guys with posts occasionally.

          • Robert

            You guys should ask me next time, I would have pwned Eric in this post. And I don’t even play video games. But, I am getting a PS3 soon! :D

          • Gaby

            “It sounded like you were angry at Eric for being better than you even though nothing is stopping you from picking up a keyboard and mouse. ” Oh Snap!

          • Ozzy

            Fine Robert. You can take over my posts if you agree to let me take over your fantasy teams. We both know a lost cause when we see one.

          • echavez

            loL!!! i am loving this.. ozzy taking it to fantasy sports now

          • Ozzy

            Get ready for a championship. I have 3 now btw. (I think I just in the bagged myself).

    • Ozzy

      I agree. Especially with it not mattering because half the arguments on here wouldn’t matter in that case since it’s all just a matter of opinion.

      I honestly think Microsoft and Sony should do something to check if players are using modded controllers or a mouse and either issue a warning or just ban their account.

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      • alex

        Sony is a bit more lax about it but you can’t blame them because PSN is free after all. Microsoft on the other hand actively bans and warns accounts using modified controllers. I don’t know how active they are as Eric has been doing this for years so maybe they just say they ban them but don’t do much of anything. I know that if players are reported using modified control settings then MS launches an investigation.

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  4. wtg22

    Robert, we’d love to have you write a post! If you’ve got something you’d like to debate, hit us up.

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