Game controller

  podlod 10 May 11
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Hi, in one of my past threads i happen to mention that I cannot use two of my fingers in my left hand for awhile due to an accident. is there a pc games controller i can use temporarily, something in comparism one uses on an xbox?

  Inept Pig 11 May 11

You could use an Xbox Controller; although they're not that cheap (around £20) - however, it would depend on which fingers as there are still shoulder buttons that would require pressing on many games - or, indeed, the games you're intending to play.

  podlod 11 May 11

Hi inept, I have my right hand, and on the left hand I have my thumb, and my finger which is next to it, which I believe is the index finger.

  Inept Pig 11 May 11

It may be worth taking a look around a few shops and getting hands-on with a few controllers to see which has the best fit - I'd hate to recommend something and for it to then be uncomfortable for use.

What type of games are you looking to play? Playing FPS on a pad after using mouse and keyboard can often be a difficult switch!

  AllThumbs 12 May 11

The problem with specialist kit is it tends to have specialst price tags. I found one easily on google but it was american and cost around $125 which seems a tad steep.

So, this is going to sound a bit odd but you could look at a nostromo n52e pad.

http://www.kikatek.com/productinfo.php?productsid=17065&source=froogle

I know that there are a lot of keys that are unavailable to you, but the pad is completely configurable and on my one, with just thumb and finger (which I can't recall if thats your index or your fore finger), I can reach 5 buttons comfortably with the finger and the thumb has access to another button as well as a 4 way rocker switch (it states its an 8 way rocker but the fine tuning for that 8 is too fiddly for me - 4 is fine). I have pretty small hands so you might have a better reach than me.

In theory not only can each key be given a different use, but macros are possible (ie combination of keys tied to one key so Shift and another key can equal one press on your nostromo). I should point out though that I've never used the macros nor any other of it's vast range of variables - mostly cos I can never remember beyond the normal jump, duck, run keys kind of thing.

http://www.belkin.com/uk/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=393402

Now, I should warn you that some people really can't get on with these pads, they try them for a while and then swear never to touch them again. Since I started using one I like it for all fps games I play. Between a nostromo and a 4 button mouse I've got ample control. You'd obviously have to use more combinations and I suspect it would be fiddly - difficult to get the usual forward back left right motion to fit in easily. But as Pig says, depends what games your interested in.

  AllThumbs 12 May 11

I thought I should add that on the nostromo you rest your hand on a curved palm rest so that you form a sort of cup. It's very comfortable but if your hand is in a cast it probably wont work for you. If your two fingers are taped together it might be ok, but like Inept Pig suggests, I'd try it out first.

  gengiscant 13 May 11

You could of course wait till your fingers have recovered from their fight with a lawn mower,it has been a fair few weeks now since the mishap so see no point in buying hardware which will only have a limited use to you.

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