Keyboards aren’t designed to play games…but most PC games are designed to be played on keyboards. It’s an interesting bit of evolutionary dissonance in the world of PC gaming, from back when people actually worked on computers and games were a secondary consideration.
But there’s an alternative to this. Not controllers; that’s an import from the console world, and controllers are still a poor choice for games like shooters, strategy titles, online RPGs, and MOBAs. No, instead, I recommend a left-handed “gamepad.” (Yeah, they’re really poorly named.) These part-keyboard, part-controller things have been around for over a decade, quietly thrilling a small group of dedicated PC gamers, but never gaining the panache of the full dedicated keyboard and other gadgets. But accessory manufacturers have been refining them, in both software and hardware terms, and they’re worth a try for any dedicated PC gamer.
These niche little gadgets have a bit of a branding problem—no one knows quite what to call them, for one—but I think for a lot of players they’re a better investment than a full-sized gaming keyboard. As someone who started gaming on the SEGA Genesis and never liked the WASD setup, I’ve been using various Belkin and Razer versions to play PC games for a decade, and never once felt that I was missing something.Read More...
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