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

 1 RL Nice, Wed, 11th May '11 10:25:56 AM from a computer.
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

A fistful of me.
I play card games with my trackpad.

 3 Moe Dantes, Wed, 11th May '11 10:34:36 AM from the Land of Classics
cuter, cuddlier Edmond
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 Mezzopiano, Wed, 11th May '11 10:35:41 AM from Wajaom Woodlands Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
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 Crimson, Wed, 11th May '11 10:47:38 AM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
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

Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
I can play Starcraft 2 with much trouble.

 8 del diablo, Wed, 11th May '11 10:56:03 AM from Somewher in mid Norway
Den harde nordmann
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 Tyyrlym, Wed, 11th May '11 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.
"Tyyr's a necessary evil. " Spirit
 10 Komodin, Wed, 11th May '11 11:02:39 AM from Somewhere in Windy Hill Zone Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
The Sonic Wiki Curator
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 pvtnum 11, Wed, 11th May '11 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

Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
Now that I think of it, I think that I don't like to use a mouse for RTS games.

 13 hnd 03, Wed, 11th May '11 12:16:28 PM from [REDACTED]
Parasol Star Memories
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 Pykrete, Wed, 11th May '11 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 Blueeyedrat, Wed, 11th May '11 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 Plumbum, Wed, 11th May '11 3:06:11 PM from Chichester, England Relationship Status: You can be my wingman any time
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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 19 thespacephantom, Wed, 11th May '11 3:32:57 PM from standing on the razor's edge
welcome to the limit
I use the trackpad all the time.
don't look down, just keep your head
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 Crimson, Wed, 11th May '11 3:41:12 PM from behind your lines.
Your army sucks.
[up]As I've mentioned before, a trackpad is DEFINITELY not fine for an MMO.
Sorry, I can't hear you from my FLYING METAL BOX!
 22 Tibetan Fox, Wed, 11th May '11 3:52:11 PM from Death Continent
Feels Good, Man
Haha, gaming on laptops. You poor, poor bastards.
 23 thespacephantom, Wed, 11th May '11 3:52:37 PM from standing on the razor's edge
welcome to the limit
I use my trackpad for MM Os.
don't look down, just keep your head
 24 pvtnum 11, Wed, 11th May '11 4:14:53 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

Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
 25 Matrix, Wed, 11th May '11 5:35:10 PM from The Matrix, Canada Relationship Status: Less than three
quidf scire vis?
My laptop is essentially a compact desktop. I have a wireless USB mouse. I never use the trackpad for gaming.
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