Double Binding

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In Armagetron, a player may bind more than one key to a turn direction. For example, binding two keys for a left turn, and then pressing them both simitaniously will result in a quick one-eighty turn-around. Double-binding has a long and glorious history smattered with a fair bit of controversy along the way.


An example DB setup


The earliest known user of double binding is Locutus. His reasoning was that since he had a bit of carpal tunnel syndrome, it was easier to play the game if he bound two or more keys to the same actions. So when he started doing it, it was to deal with a condition that might otherwise be considered disabling. You know, kinda like having one of those doughnut pillows to drive.

From there, it started spreading to younger more able-bodied individuals who wanted to exploit it to get the other guy. On the older servers, it wasn't a large problem because if you turned around too quickly against a wall, your cycle bounced.

After a certain period of time, another player by the name of Digital Logic popularized the phrase "Double binding is a crutch of the weak", talked a bunch of trash on the forums, and then ran away when the inevitable challenge came. We had the tournament anyway, it was a lot of fun.

180s in

The double-edged sword that is Armagetron Advanced had a fix for the bounce bug. It also had some refactoring of rubber code. The end result was that it was now possible for all players to turn around quickly against any given wall many times in a row. The double-binding crowd jumped all over it and created a situation many older players considered almost unbearable.