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PC Gaming: Mouse-and-Keyboard or Controller?

I ask this purely out of curiosity. When I got into PC gaming, one of the biggest draws for me wasn’t so much the graphics power — it was the mouse and keyboard set-up!

My first attempt at playing with mouse and keyboard was the first Assassin’s Creed game. That was tricky. I felt like I was performing a masterpiece on the piano (and I didn’t get very far).

When I switched to shooters, I fell in love with the set-up and decided PC gaming was really for me. Using the mouse enhances your precision when aiming a firearm, and it feels incredibly natural to just point and shoot — the same thing you do every day on your computer when you click on something! Playing Mass Effect 2Mass Effect 3, and Borderlands 2 with the mouse and keyboard was really enjoyable.

Later, I even tackled DmC: Devil May Cry using mouse and keyboard, even though the series is really for PlayStation and a good old-fashioned controller. But using the keyboard not only to select a weapon, but also to click a specific move while holding it, was totally fine. DmC is a lot more challenging with the keyboard than Assassin’s Creed was, but by the time I got around to playing it, I was used to those PC controls and mastered them easily.

Now, I prefer mouse and keyboard for every game I play on the computer, no matter what the genre or gameplay style.

Which set-up do you prefer for PC gaming?

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Why I’m Ready for Razer’s Project Christine

Since purchasing a PC laptop last year — a switch from the Macs I’d been rocking since I got my first clamshell in 1999 (I was 12) — I’ve been in love with gaming on my PC. I prefer it to my other consoles for the graphics, as well as the mouse and keyboard control scheme that makes me feel more in control of my movements in-game.

That being said, I’m not at all familiar with what it takes to build a PC. It’s sad, but I know next to nothing about the technology that makes my PC gaming experience so grand. Being a gamer does not make me a tech person at all.

Lately, my PC hasn’t been wanting to play big games. It can’t run the first Mass Effect game anymore. I’m scared to try loading Skyrim again. My PC has become my go-to for indie games, and it’s still chugging along with a feverish heat when I play Dragon Age 2. But lately, for most big games, I’ve had my Xbox 360 take over. And that’s fine. I like my 360. I’m planning on purchasing a PlayStation 4 soon to join the new console generation. I can get by without a powerful PC… but I still want one. Continue reading Why I’m Ready for Razer’s Project Christine

Valve’s Steam Machine Prototype is Revealed

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Word of Valve’s brand new Steam Machine has people interested in the general future of gaming as well as the capabilities of online streaming. Now, Valve has revealed what the Steam Machine prototype looks like with the new controller which was revealed earlier. Valve plans on shipping 300 Steam Machines to lucky beta testers this year, and while there’s nothing too spectacular about the specs, the Steam Machine will eventually become a full customizable device since it will carry components for any normal PC, but it will still be able to fit inside of your entertainment center.

The case is designed so each part can breathe individually with the CPU releasing air at the top, the power supply out the side, and the graphics card out of the back. Apparently nothing shares airspace inside the case.

While Valve will still be tweaking the final design of the Steam Machine, but they plan to produce and sell the Steam Controller by itself. The controller is an interesting design that tries to incorporate the precision of a mouse and keyboard with the versatility of a gamepad, creating a device that truly personifies the future. Valve obviously wants something that will fit and work in the living room.

As someone who is more familiar with traditional controllers, particularly the PlayStation controller, I’m interested in seeing just how accurate the Steam Controller will be. Apparently, while the controls are unfamiliar, they are still surprisingly accurate. The Verge stated that the touchpads “make first-person shooters and other mouse-friendly games far more accessible than any analog stick can afford. You can sweep your thumb across the pad to turn on you heel, then move it a tiny bit more to line up a headshot without having to compensate for a joystick’s return motion.

“You can push a thumb to the very edge of the pad to keep moving continuously. You can even use both touchpads simultaneously in cursor-driven games to move the mouse cursor faster than with either alone.” What is interesting is the fact that Valve is crowdsourcing controller profiles for every Steam game which will allow players to vote up the best sets of controls. Players will also be able to tweak the settings after.

Look for different versions of the Steam Machine to drop in mid 2014. Prices will differ according to the size and initial capabilities of the machines. As someone who is interested in shifting over toward PC gaming, buying a Steam Machine might eventually be a nice alternative and introduce a wider ability of play. Besides… my leather couch is pretty comfy. Abandoning it for pure PC gaming would be tough.

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At long last, entering the gates of Steam

Image © sependrios (source)
Image © sependrios (source)

Alright people of the Internet, it has happened. Hold onto your butts… … …

I created a Steam account. 

What?! No friggin’ applause? No flourishes, trumpets, or ANGELS SINGING??!! Okay, okaaaay. You don’t have to give me that…just…shut up.

You’re right, who cares? Thing is, I actually downloaded Steam, like, ages ago, and I just never took the time to finish setting up the account.  So many games just sitting there, waiting for me to open up my wallet and say aaaahhhh. And I never…it’s just…I know, y’know! Crazy!

But, see, here’s the other thing…I was waiting.