So, you’ve finally decided to join the PC master race? Welcome aboard. The world of PC gaming has a lot to offer. Mods, vastly superior technical performance and capabilities when compared to consoles, mods, MMOs, mods, a plethora of customization options etc. And did I mention mods?
To get the most out of PC gaming however you’re going to need to learn how to use mouse and keyboard effectively. Sure, a lot of modern games have controller support, but not all of them. And older games, you’re completely out of luck there. There are some alternatives to mouse and keyboard, but I’ve gone down that route and trust me, it’s not worth it.
Back in Sumer 2015, I managed to get a bit more of free time for myself and was itching to play my favorite game of all time, Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind again. So, I downloaded Steam, purchased Morrowind, booted it up and started my adventure. Or at least tried to. When I played Morrowind for the first time, it was on Xbox. My adventure got off to a very rocky start. Everything felt clunky. I couldn’t engage in combat effectively, couldn’t swap weapon and magic loadouts quick enough, was very slow navigating my inventory. Wasn’t good at anything. I became so frustrated, I turned it off and began looking online to see if I could use a controller for Morrowind.
I couldn’t use an Xbox controller, but I had some options; namely the Logitech F310 game pad. I purchased one on Amazon and booted up Morrowind to try again. Mapping the commands was a lengthy task, and there weren’t enough buttons to map all the commands that I wanted to use So again, no dice. What now? I had pre-ordered the Steam controller, but its’ release was several months away, and no way was I waiting that long. I knew then and there, that I’d have to learn mouse and keyboard.
But I couldn’t learn in Morrowind, No, I needed a simpler game. But which? I browsed the Steam store for some options, and came across Red Faction, one of my favorite games when I was a kid. Why not I figured? I bought it and booted it up. I did the tutorial and then played through the 10-hour campaign. Feeling confident in myself, I booted up Morrowind, and sure enough, Red Faction had worked like a charm. I was using mouse and keyboard like a pro, as if I never stopped PC gaming.
And that ladies and gentlemen, is the key to learning how to adeptly use mouse and keyboard; old-school FPS. Emphasis on old-school.
Why Old-school FPS?
Why old-school particularly you might ask? Why not Overwatch, Fortnite, or PUBG? Well the thing is, old-school FPS games and modern FPS games are like night and day; two different breeds entirely. Old-school FPS games are more frantic and fast-paced; lots of strafing, jumping and precise firing. No air strikes, no excessive quick-scoping etc. And if you’re trying to learn to use mouse and keyboard, that’s exactly what you want. You’ll either learn the controls, or you’ll die. Over and over again. And no one wants that.
Don’t believe me? See for yourself. Take any old-school FPS; Doom, Quake, Heretic, Unreal Tournament, Duke Nukem etc. and give them a whirl. The FPS was made on the PC. PC is the ultimate gaming platform for FPS games. There’s no better way to learn to use mouse and keyboard, then to strap up and get shooting.