Stop giggling at the title of this article. We are about to dive into serious technical business.
So some of you know that I have a relatively newish baby in the house (those who are ever present with me in Teamspeak sure as heck know it), and as such I knew that he was going to present a few small snags when it came to gaming. I’ve gone through this a few times before. Thus, right before he was born, I purchased a Naga molten-something mouse due to the promise that I would be able to game one-handed if need be.
This actually comes into play every day or so. Hey, when the baby wants to be held, he wants to be held, and who am I to deny him the wonder of MMOs? It’s at this point where I go from the traditional mouse-and-keyboard setup to mouse-only… and it kind of works. Kind of.
I’ve read testimonials of people who have gotten really proficient with gaming on a Naga mouse and perhaps even prefer it. I don’t think I’ll ever be saying either, but I am glad for the option when I need it. The mouse features 12 buttons on the left side that correspond with the 1-12 on the keyboard. It effectively allows me to pilot my character and fire off a basic rotation. I’ve found this works best for Guild Wars 2 (which kept its hotbar pretty short and simple) and less so for games like LOTRO, where I heavily include ZSCFV as auxiliary hotkeys. And there’s the issue of jumping. I don’t really know how players can jump with this thing. Maybe there’s some keymapping that can be done, I haven’t really looked too closely into it.
So while it’s not revolutionizing my life or anything, it’s a nice gadget to have when I’m down one arm for gaming.