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General Donkey Kong Discussion => The Kong-Off => Topic started by: hchien on November 05, 2013, 08:59:12 AM

Title: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: hchien on November 05, 2013, 08:59:12 AM
At KO1, there were 3 players (as far as I know) who brought their own CP.

At KO2, there was only 1 player (as far as I know) who brought their own CP.

This is directed at the top 12: how many of you are bringing your own CP?  Now I can get adjusted to pretty much any control panel after a few games but I figured I'd save the trouble.

Side question for the MAME players:  If KOs were held on MAME, would you bring your own keyboard?   I'd guess most MAME players would say yes.  So it makes me wonder why most people don't bring their own CP.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: lifereboot on November 05, 2013, 10:34:30 AM
I always had concerns about bringing a control panel on a plane.  What if the airline took it away?

I also heard a rumor that one of your panel's connectors got broken on the return trip home, Hank?

Anyway, although I'm pretty nitpicky about my joystick and button I managed to find a machine I liked last year.  With even more cabinets to choose from this year, I'm not too concerned.  Furthermore, when I wanted something adjusted and my button replaced after the first day at the KO2, Jon was very quick at adjusting it to how I liked it.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: hchien on November 05, 2013, 10:48:26 AM
I always had concerns about bringing a control panel on a plane.  What if the airline took it away?

I would never try to bring it in a "carry-on".  I checked it in last year-- no problems.

I also heard a rumor that one of your panel's connectors got broken on the return trip home, Hank?

Yes.  One of the pins of the connector broke off.  This year I saved some Styrofoam packaging and was prepared to sink the pins into it to protect it.

But... if no one else is bringing theirs, I may leave it at home.  My own CP doesn't even feel like my own CP at the KOs anyway.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: corey.chambers on November 05, 2013, 11:20:13 AM
I think I would. But with the random machines that I will need to deal with will not be very fun. With jump timing all a little different.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: xelnia on November 05, 2013, 11:40:50 AM
Side question for the MAME players:  If KOs were held on MAME, would you bring your own keyboard?

I use a PS3 controller for MAME. However, the odds of them having a computer setup with the DS3 tool to recognize a PS3 controller are pretty low, so unless they were configured to use some other kind of console-style controller I would just plan on playing on a real cab or bringing an X-Arcade for MAME. In the event they were actually set up to recognize PS3 controllers, I would prefer to use my own.

In short, FU keyboard.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: Drunkguy89 on November 05, 2013, 12:43:14 PM
^^^  ;D
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: JohnTheLawnMan on November 05, 2013, 01:52:26 PM

FYI

*** The below applies to WILDCARD ONLY ***

Only players with dedicated machines will be able to use their own control panel.  That means you will
NOT be able to use your own control panel during the Friday live qualifier and Saturday round 1.  All Sunday Wildcard players have the option to use their own control panel.

If you have any questions or concerns on this, please write them down and then throw the paper you wrote them down on in the garbage.

-John
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: Scoundrl on November 05, 2013, 03:03:28 PM
I'll be bringing one for Ross. He likes the short Mario Bros style stick and short throw button I have on the blue cab...

Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: Milehighdt on November 05, 2013, 03:05:49 PM
I wasn't going to but now I have to show off the pool ball top.  ;D
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: mikegmi2 on November 05, 2013, 03:09:24 PM
My outlook is that with a Donkey Kong tournament that lasts 2 days, you're either going to play well and have the machine you're on give you a soft game (little to no screwings, easy barrels, lazy fireballs, lotsa free passes, etc)...which will return a 1M+ score...or you're in for a 2 day struggle to put up 800-900K.

If a soft game of DK would help me 25%, bringing my control panel might help maybe 2%.  In the end, it isn't worth the trouble in my opinion.  There are many other factors that trump bringing your own control panel (imo).  I'll hope for machine with some lucky games and try to play clean (no deaths from human errors)...and make the best with whatever control panel I get.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: LMDAVE on November 05, 2013, 03:54:25 PM
I'm glad I changed my playing control methods over the last year to avoid some of the problems with different joysticks. Button timing is different, hopefully that can be easily fixed. As long as I have the longer joystick, I'll be set.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: hchien on November 05, 2013, 04:30:15 PM
Only players with dedicated machines will be able to use their own control panel.

Yeah I guess I should have made that more clear.  I directed the question to the top 12, although I appreciate everyone's input.  And also I forgot WC players have that option on Sunday too now.

Anyhow I forgot to mention that I learned last year from Jon that there are 2 different wiring harnesses for the DK CP.  Last year the machine I picked happen to have the opposite harness that my own CP had.  It was a bit of a hassle to swap it out although the 1-up staff was happy to help me.  I asked Jon to label the machines ahead of time this year so if you're bringing your own CP you can choose one with the same harness (I'm not that picky with the machines and had I known that beforehand I certainly could have found one I liked with the same harness).
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: up2ng on November 05, 2013, 04:46:48 PM
I think with time being set aside for machine selection on Friday and with 12 players choosing from among 22 machines, it should be MUCH easier than past years for everyone to find a machine (and CP) that they like.

Personally, my main criteria is stool height.  I hope they have a lot more "short" stools to go around than they did in years past.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: lakeman421 on November 05, 2013, 04:59:28 PM
I prefer the control panels with the 8-way joysticks that play like a 4-way.  But I will also settle for a machine with Juiced ROMs.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: Munteanfo on November 05, 2013, 06:34:31 PM
Personally, I'm not bringing my CP. The only thing I need to bring is some beer, and play beside Hank, and wait for him to go away from his machine.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: lakeman421 on November 05, 2013, 06:37:30 PM
Personally, I'm not bringing my CP. The only thing I need to bring is some beer, and play beside Hank, and wait for him to go away from his machine.

Ok that is definitely not Vincent because he does not drink beer
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: corey.chambers on November 05, 2013, 07:25:26 PM
I don't really think bringing my cp would be a good idea, not sure what value that would be other than the jump button position. I don't expect to do well at all with all the distractions. I am kind of ADD, and most sounds bunch up in my mind making it hard to think. So, with no real chance of success, cp you are staying home where it is nice and quiet. :)
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: gstrain on November 05, 2013, 07:44:35 PM
I prefer the control panels with the 8-way joysticks that play like a 4-way.  But I will also settle for a machine with Juiced ROMs.
Can you bring your own PCB?  :)
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: hchien on November 05, 2013, 07:54:31 PM
Ok that is definitely not Vincent because he does not drink beer

Inside joke.  At KO1, on the 2nd day, my CP felt like someone spilled beer down the joystick.  Ben claimed responsibility.  Vince please ask Ben what kind of beer it was.  I play better with it.
Title: Re: Any other high maintenance player bringing their CP to KO3?
Post by: Fly on November 06, 2013, 03:14:43 AM
I'm VERY picky about my buttons on Track & Field and Hyper Sports. I'll be taking some extra leafs and buttons. Don't feel like taking the entire panel. Besides, my cab is a cocktail and is a different size.

Hector