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PistolMouse puts new spin on shooters

updated 11:10 am EDT, Tue May 11, 2004

PistolMouse 3D announced

MonsterGecko has announced the , a unique game controller geared specifically for first-person shooter games. MonsterGecko says the PistolMouse 3D improves a player's reaction time and offers superior precision over traditional alternatives. Pre-orders for the $70 controller are currently being taken, with shipments starting in June.




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  1. RIP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Guns are cool

    Even when they shoot electrons and kill pixels.

  1. dthree

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    haha

    There's been a dozen "revolutionary" FPS controllers and they all die out because they can't improve on mouse/keyboard control.

    Microsoft had one, thrustmaster had one, etc.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bah!

    Mouse control for first person shooters suck. Keyboard is the ONLY way to go.

    Although this might be cool for those long plane rides...

  1. tr

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Bah!

    wait, so are you telling me that when you play FPS games, you don't use the mouse AT ALL?

    this controller is just a replacement for a mouse, i.e instead of a right-click, you pull the trigger. you still use the keyboard to move.

  1. Visnaut

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A neat idea but...

    It kinda seems cool at first, but I'd imagine your arm would tire quicker being in that position. That alone would keep me from wasting money on this.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Bah

    Damn straight. Never found a point in using a mouse for FPS, found them too limiting (hey you have at most two buttons for your fingers, whereas the right-hand side of the keyboard is all mine - flipping armanents, looking around, etc).

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    RSI

    That thumb scroll wheel / clicker looks like it'd be painful to use in pretty short order.

  1. madgunde

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Keyboard vs. mouse

    I used to use keyboard only back in the Marathon days when vertical motion/aiming was limited in angle. Once Quake came out though, the keyboard was a hindrance and all my friends who started playing with keyboard/mouse combo started having an unfair advantage.

    Keyboard does not give you the benefit of either fast responce or accuracy. It is either one or the other. With a mouse, you can move it quickly to turn or aim fast, or move it slowly to get accuracy. I find my hand/wrist had a tendency to fatigue too when using the keyboard to aim. The mouse is much more ergonomic. As for extra keys, get a 5 button mouse and you'll have all the buttons you need.

    I picked up a Belkin Nostromo Speedpad N50 a while ago and find it great for playing fps with my left hand in place of the keyboard. It is basically a dedicated one handed gaming keyboard and is superior to a standard keyboard for a couple of reasons: a) the keys are virtically aligned instead of off-set, b) with the programmable shift keys, you have far more functions at your finger (and thumb) tips. I'm thinking of upgrading to the SpeedPad N52 which has 3 rows of keys instead of 2. Great product for anyone who plays a lot of fps games.

    Andy

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HUH?

    TRACKBALL and keyboard combo are the best!

  1. GodOD

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nostromo rules...

    I too have the new Nostromo controller and it is the best - hands down. I thought it was the queerest thing at first until I used one. I use it with a Kensington Turbomouse Trackball and my hands don't even touch the keyboard. If you play FPS's a lot, you really should get this set up.

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