I'm not very good with a mouse/keyboard.

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by iphone1105, May 19, 2010.

  1. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    Unfortunately, my skills with the mouse and keyboard jn just aren't on par. Any idea when Steam will add gamepad support? I have heard its coming and searched a ton. and nada....

    In the mean time, anyone have tips to improve my mouse/keyboard skills? I'm too used to my 360 and PS3 controllers....lame I know, but havent been a pig PC gamer...Thanks all Happy Gaming
  2. mixel macrumors 65832


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    That's a difficult one. No idea when they'll add pad support, but using a pad in any of the online enabled games will give you a massive disadvantage, so you're probably right to try to learn key/mouse better.

    Just practice i guess.. :) portal is an excellent game for that as you're not likely to die much by being sloppy.. I dunno.. Aim for panels on the walls and try to shoot them as fast as possible or something? Some of the more complex platform jumping challenges seem perfect for training PC controls. I don't think it'll take long until it's second nature.
  3. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Practice makes perfect! Are you using a good mouse? That can make or break it, especially if you're using an Apple mouse since they're terrible for gaming.
  4. REM314 macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    I have the opposite problem. I'm hoping microsoft and sony allow you to use a keyboard and mouse when playing their console games.
  5. ert3 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2007
    Learn 2 not suck noob.

    but seriously. being good with a mouse and keyboard comes with practice and practice alone.

    I would advise you however to pick a position for both that you are comfortable in and change as little as possible.

    Also its a great idea to put those console skills to work and remember that each hand has a job and they should never stop doing said job.

    You dont use your right hand to press the talk button on the left side of your controller and i dont recomend starting that any time soon.

    bigest mistake I see people make is taking their hands off the mouse so I like to imagine my mouse is a breast.
  6. iphone1105 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    Good idea, I fired up Portal on my lunch break and was fooling around just getting used to everything, so that was good advice.

    I'm prob not using a good mouse, a standard logitech mouse I hijakced from my work computer ;).....what's a "good" mouse you'd suggest?

    You're not the first I've heard say this, I am sure PC gamers would adopt more to consoles as well!

    LOL Noob at PC Games yes, hahaha.

    I like your suggestions, as I mentioned above, I tried messing with a mouse today to play, and I noticed my hand coming off....I'll have to use the "breast" analogy, just dont tell my wife the boob will be Halle Berry's boob I imagine I am holding

    I guess it comes down to practice makes perfect....so I'll practice, thanks guys. Hopefully we can all fired up a game one day and you all can rip me apart with my minor league mouse/keyboard gaming skills...:)
  7. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I have been playing PC games for 7-8 years. All you can do is practice. Second most important thing to the mouse/keyboard is learning the maps. That's what separates a lot of players from good to a lot better. It's tough jumping into PC FPS.

    Best of luck.

    EDIT: Don't forget to get the sensitivity of the mouse exactly how you want it too.
  8. spoonerist macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2009
    I only started playing PC games this year. My advice is to definitely learn how to use the keyboard and mouse. I've heard the Razer gaming mice are good?

    Try playing around with the mouse sensitivity settings. Some gamers like to have high sensitivity so that they don't have to move the mouse that much, while other gamers like to have low sensitivity and a large surface in which to move the mouse around.
  9. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2003
    I have just the opposite problem, give me a mouse and a keyboard any day of the week, its so much more natural (but I guess that comes from how you first learned to play video games).
  10. JackAxe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.
    The first time I used a mouse to aim/look back in 94-ish with a game I can't recall the name of, I had a HELL of a time. Anyways, 15 years later, now I'm good at it... OK, I lied, it only took a bit of practice and I picked it up in no time. I agree with Fiveos22 comments.

    Stick with it and you'll pick up on it in no time. Using a thumb-stick to aim is quite limiting -- which is why console games like to provide assistance when doing things like aiming.

    Mice provide an immediate, but very accurate response that a no thumb-stick can match, not matter how good the player. Another advantage, where as on a gamepad when you're using your thumb to aim, it's bound to the stick(which can also be a button of course), but in contrast, a mouse allows almost all of your fingers including your thumb free to access any available button that might be found on a mouse.

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