How To Learn Mouse And Keyboard Gaming

So, you have decided to join the PC master race eh?

Welcome aboard! You won’t regret your decision.

Gaming on PC has a lot of benefits. Take gaming rigs for example. You can build your own gaming PC, modded to your personal tastes, and it’ll cost less than what a pre-built high-end gaming PC costs.

Not to mention the fact that unlike consoles, you won’t need to upgrade to another generation of your system.

And then there are mods. Sweet, glorious mods.

While some console games are starting to gain access to mod capabilities, these are still vastly inferior to what’s on offer on PC.

If a mainstream game is broken, there’s a strong chance that a modder has a fix for everything wrong with the game.

And for games like Elder Scrolls or Fallout, there are quite literally hundreds of mods to further your enjoyment and extend your game’s playability.

Finally, there is the fact that for several video game genres, namely FPS, MOBA, and RTS, PC is the best system to play on. While playing these types of games on your console is more than possible, PC offers up the most precise gameplay possible.

PCs are capable of far more, from a technical standpoint, than what’s offered with consoles. Simply put, the PC can’t be matched.

Sounds awesome right? Well before you can dive in and have a blast, there’s one thing you need to do; master the art of playing with mouse and keyboard.

Don’t get me wrong, there are alternatives. A lot of modern games come with controller support, and for those that don’t, there are alternative gaming peripherals such as the Steam controller and the Logitech F310 gamepad.

However, I have gone down this route before, and trust me; you will be much better off just learning to use your keyboard and mouse.

For neophyte PC gamers, this may seem like a daunting task. After all, playing with a mouse and keyboard is nothing like playing with a controller.

Luckily, there’s a cheat code to mastering pc gaming. I’ve got two words for you (Well one word and an abbreviation, but you know what I mean): Old-school FPS.

Why Old-school FPS?

Emphasis on Old-school. Why you might ask? Why not modern FPS games like Call of Duty, Overwatch, Halo, PUBG, or Fortnite? The answer is simple.

Just like mouse and keyboard are very different from controllers, old-school FPS is different than modern shooters. There’s no quick scoping. There’s no regenerating health.

Old-school FPS games are far more fast-paced and chaotic than their modern brethren, and that’s exactly what you want.

People play video games to have fun. This is a given. And you know what’s not fun? Dying in a video game over and over again.

That’s exactly why the old-school FPS is your greatest tool in learning to use mouse and keyboard. Either you’ll learn, or you’ll keep dying and the fun will fade away.

Trust me, when the bullets are flying and the action is furious, you’ll learn how to play, and you’ll learn fast. I say this from experience.

A couple of years ago, I got the itch to play my favorite game of all time. Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind again.

So, I purchased it on Steam and booted it up immediately. My adventure in Vvardenfell didn’t go too well, however; aside from Runescape, I hadn’t been doing much gaming on PC for years, and it showed.

Everything felt clunky, and I wasn’t having a good time at all.

So I switched it up. Red Faction was on sale on Steam, and it was one of my favorite games growing up, so I purchased it and booted it up.

I played through the tutorial and then blitzed through the ten-hour campaign.

All my troubles with mouse and keyboard controls? Gone. I had no time to worry about that; I was too busy trying to beat the game.  And it is that simple.

Pick an old-school FPS, any old-school FPS.

You have a lot to choose from:

  • Doom
  • Quake
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Heretic
  • Turok
  • Duke Nukem
  • Shadow Warrior
  • More!

All good choices that will have the same result. Play through the campaigns or play a few multiplayer deathmatches with bots. You’ll be a pro at mouse and keyboard in no time.