Laptop users: Do you use your trackpad for gaming?:

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Bigfoot Puncher
I have a MacBook Pro, but I rarely play games without plugging a mouse in. I just find the trackpad too awkward. The only games I play with the trackpad are turn-based games like Civilization and Fallout. At least those are games that won't be effected by how well I can click on things.

edited 11th May '11 10:26:09 AM by RL_Nice

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I play card games with my trackpad.

3 MoeDantes11th May 2011 10:34:36 AM from the Land of Classics
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For computer gaming, nothing beats a real mouse and a real keyboard.

I actually tried both a trackpad and even a touchscreen for real time strategy games, and found that they generally didn't offer half as many advantages as I thought they would.
4 Mezzopiano11th May 2011 10:35:41 AM from That Cold Place , Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
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Whenever I try to play RTSs on a trackpad, I just end up hurting my hand. So I just borrow my mouse from my desktop instead.

edited 11th May '11 10:35:55 AM by Mezzopiano

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God no. I've got a wireless USB mouse just in case.
6 Neo_Crimson11th May 2011 10:47:38 AM from behind your lines.
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In a word: NO.

Seriously, playing World of Warcraft with a trackpad was nightmarish. I can scarcely image playing Starcraft with one or, *shudder*, TF 2.

edited 11th May '11 10:58:17 AM by Neo_Crimson

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I can play Starcraft 2 with much trouble.
8 del_diablo11th May 2011 10:56:03 AM from Somewher in mid Norway
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I have used a clitmouse for gaming, the problem was that it was sort of malplaced anyhow.
I have only tried a trackpad once, and nevermore.
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9 Tyyrlym11th May 2011 10:56:16 AM from Normandy SR-2
Nope, I loathe my trackpad for anything but the most momentary use. I've got a wireless mouse.
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10 Komodin11th May 2011 11:02:39 AM from Windy Hill Zone , Relationship Status: I like big bots and I can not lie
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Nope, for me, it's either keyboard n' wireless mouse or Xbox 360 controller. As much as I love the touchpad, it's too imprecise to be useful beyond its basic functions.

edited 11th May '11 11:03:08 AM by Komodin

11 pvtnum1111th May 2011 11:04:59 AM from Kerbin low orbit , Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Wired mouse (Razer Deathadder 3500dpi). The trackpads are worthless. For that matter, I also eschew the built-in keyboard in favor of an external one - better tactile feel and larger keys, yadda yadda.

It's much easier to play a first-person game with a mouse than with a trackpad, although I'm sure one could get by with a trackpad if there's no alternative. My wife loves wireless, so she has a wireless Logitech mouse and headset - because lets face it, most laptop speakers are worthless, also. I keep trying to get her to grab a keyboard also, but she loves how her laptop keyboard feels.

edited 11th May '11 11:07:10 AM by pvtnum11

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Now that I think of it, I think that I don't like to use a mouse for RTS games.
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I feel really lonely now. I use nothing but a trackpad for everything, up to and including TF 2. I can't stand mouse clicks or having to relocate it every few minutes. Also I really like my trackpads' mouse because it's super responsive to my touch and clicking is as loud as pressing a key on the keyboard.
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14 Pykrete11th May 2011 12:35:54 PM from Viridian Forest
I've done it every once in a while when I just didn't happen to have my mouse on me (during class, etc.). Usually just for generic flash games, or if I log into World of Warcraft to check my auctions. Or of course, non-gaming.

I did manage a shmup with the trackpad once, but it was more of a party trick while my programming team was waiting for a Linux kernel to compile >_>

edited 11th May '11 12:37:32 PM by Pykrete

15 Blueeyedrat11th May 2011 12:36:37 PM from nowhere in particular. , Relationship Status: Mu
I have a Logitech WM 305. I rarely ever use the pad, especially not when gaming.
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17 Plumbum11th May 2011 03:06:11 PM from Chichester, England, weighing in at 263lbs , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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Yes, but out of necessity.

My mouse broked, so I play with the pad, but I've stopped playing TF 2 and mostly play Evil Genius now.
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I usually use a USB mouse nowadays. Though, the trackpad is good with Spore's laidback Tribe and Civ stages.
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I use the trackpad all the time.
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Trackpad is fine for MM Os or things like Minecraft, but I definitely pull out my mouse if I want to play Quake Live or a *hard* RTS.
21 Neo_Crimson11th May 2011 03:41:12 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
[up]As I've mentioned before, a trackpad is DEFINITELY not fine for an MMO.
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22 TibetanFox11th May 2011 03:52:11 PM from Death Continent
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Haha, gaming on laptops. You poor, poor bastards.
I use my trackpad for MM Os.
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24 pvtnum1111th May 2011 04:14:53 PM from Kerbin low orbit , Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Good enough for Minecraft...

High-end laptops can manage most games well enough, but yes, dollar for dollar, a desktop rig is the better deal.

Have fun lugging a desk rig to LAN parties, though. I stash my laptop, power unit and headphones into a bag that already has a mouse and keyboard set inside, and I'm out the door in under five minutes.

edited 11th May '11 4:15:13 PM by pvtnum11

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25 Matrix11th May 2011 05:35:10 PM from The Matrix, Canada , Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
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My laptop is essentially a compact desktop. I have a wireless USB mouse. I never use the trackpad for gaming.

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