Greetings to all,
I am writing to you today with the hopes the Halo 4 community and possibly even 343 studios themselves will back my cause… that cause being petitioning MLG (Major League Gaming) to allow me to play in a manner that allows me to play at a competitive level where as otherwise it is impossible due to my condition.
I have Cerebral Palsy, for those of you who do not know what it is I will provide some links for you…
“Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the various areas of body movement.”
What does this mean for me?
It means that my hands (Fingers / Wrists) and feet (Toes / Ankles) try to mimic one another. If I move my left index finger my right index finger will do the same movement if I do nothing to try and resist the movement from happening. With focus I can resist the secondary movement I don’t mean to happen from happening… but regardless of my effort I can never stop it completely. If I literally hold my one hand on a surface and move the other you will see the bones / tendons in the hand held down move despite me forcefully holding that hand down.
How is this important?
It’s important because to use any console controller with thumbsticks means that my thumbs are in control of moving / aiming / looking + whatever the button click controls… now factor that into what I explained above with my hands trying to mimic one another. If you’ve followed me thus far you will conclude that “Hey this guy cannot use a controller very well… certainly not at MLG competitive levels”… in which case you’d be 100% spot on. I do however have a solution to my problem…
This is a device that allows me to plug my gaming keyboard & mouse into the Xbox 360 and use them instead of the controller. Why does this matter? Because my thumbs are no longer in control when using this setup… my condition no longer affects my ability to play at a competitive level to the extent using a regular controller does. My hands will never be able to master the use of a keyboard either… but for FPS type games I can manage. MLG currently has this device or any like it banned from their LIVE events, their thought is that K/M would give any player an advantage over their peers using a regular controller… and you know for most people it may actually give that advantage… my argument however is that I am not a regular person. I have a disability… a handicap that literally makes it so that I cannot compete at MLG levels using a controller. I am hopeful that through some persuasion I can attend MLG LIVE events with a proper team and compete… however as of right now I am having some difficulty in my efforts.
Here is a link to the thread I made on the MLG forums… (It is locked now)
(Note that the email I wrote to MLG can be found in the thread)
Upon reading you will find that I was informed to write an email… thus I did. You will also notice many members of the community backing my cause voicing their opinion that I should be allowed to play using the Xim3 device because of my condition.
It took them about a week to get back to me… and this is where I am hitting a wall. I clearly stated several times I wanted to attend future LIVE events, not Dallas coming up this weekend because it wouldn’t be enough time for me to plan the trip + I work mostly on weekends… I need to plan trips like this not just go. This is what I was sent…
“Hello Kevin, thank you for reaching out. As you know, the use of a keyboard and mouse is not allowed in MLG Halo tournaments. However, given the fact that the Dallas Event is a pre-release Halo 4 Exhibition, we will allow you to use a keyboard and mouse this weekend.
Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas.”
Commissioner and VP, League Operations
Major League Gaming
So according to this email I would be allowed to attend Dallas and compete only because it’s a pre-release event. I won’t however be allowed to compete in future LIVE events. My response was…
“I would like to point out that I’ve stated I cannot attend the Dallas event… my inquiry was in regards to future events not just the event coming up. I certainly hope your stance on M/K setups isn’t final as it appears to be. You’re saying that I’d only be allowed for this one event? Does that not seem silly? I’d go through the trouble of finding a MLG worthy team and have to be dropped for the next event?
There has to be something more you can do, someone else this can go to. From what I’ve seen the MLG community was behind me. Please don’t let this end as a simple “no”.”
I’ll do whatever it takes to help this go forward,
I have not got a response as of yet to that email.
You are now all up to date… I will update this thread as my discussions with the MLG go forward. Will you support my cause? Do you think I am wrong? Be honest with me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, regardless of the results I only have one more thing to say…
I am a competitive gamer, always have been… always will be. No one can ever tell me otherwise or convince me to give up on what I love doing.
Kevin Douglas Lee