Re: Mouse & Keyboard ??

There is another, easy to be overseen reason for not allowing keyboard and mouse support on consoles during the game sessions: FAIR PLAY. Imagine you would play with a controller against an opponent making moves at lightning speed because he/she is using a keyboard and mouse instead. That would be (at least) in the grey area of cheating.

If you play a FPS on pc, you know and in fact expect that everyone you play with, is also using a keyboard and mouse. At least the basics are the same for everyone. There’s always someone with a better mouse but hey, it’s mostly a question of hardware power and your own speed.

On consoles, the same rule goes: you know and expect that everyone else you play with, is using a controller and yes, here too are differences in controller quality and personal skills; but in the end it is still a mostly equal situation.

If you buy a console, you know it is a controller world. If you want to play FPS with mouse and keyboard only, play it on a pc. You also won’t buy a speedboat to make a living on fishing; that’s just not matching by their respective basic purpose.

FPS games are quite well possible to play on a professional level with a controller only. It’s not for everyone, but that goes for steering wheels as well. Some can’t drive a racing game with a controller, some can’t do it with a steering wheel.

In the end, it all comes down to personal skills based on training and patience, preference and fair-play.

Hint: You shouldn’t start playing a FPS with professionals if it is the first time you hold a controller; no matter you were the champion in the pc version of the very same game. Take your time to familiarize yourself with the new environment and do some practice. That’s what matchmaking based on your skills is for.

{One of my posts at "香港 (Hong Kong) 地區 Xbox 討論區" dated "05-23-2006, 7:56AM"}

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