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New Fatal1ty Gaming Mouse

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the product-mascot dept.

PC Games (Games) 240

steven williamson writes to tell us that Hexus has a quick look at Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel's approach to a new gaming mouse. At first glace it doesn't seem to have much to offer beyond your average optical mouse. A few of the features are a "four finger" setup with regards to mouse buttons, a mere 1600 DPI but that should be plenty for most, and an exchangeable weight to give it just the right heft.

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240 comments

Four Fingers...?! (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431512)

They even upgraded the three-finger salute ("Zee bird, boss! Zee bird!"). Isn't anything sacred anymore?!

Re:Four Fingers...?! (4, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431543)

They even upgraded the three-finger salute ("Zee bird, boss! Zee bird!"). Isn't anything sacred anymore?!

Well... a few generations of procreation within your family tree may yield the ability to manipulate a 5 finger stick.

Re:Four Fingers...?! (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431562)

That would explain why I'm still stuck on using an Atari joystick with one big red button.

Re:Four Fingers...?! (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431656)

> > They even upgraded the three-finger salute ("Zee bird, boss! Zee bird!"). Isn't anything sacred anymore?!
>
> Well... a few generations of procreation within your family tree may yield the ability to manipulate a 5 finger stick.

I knew a guy who could manipulate five joysticks at once.

He was born with five cocks. Not only was he a great gamer, but as a fringe benefit, he said his pants always fit like a glove.

Re:Four Fingers...?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431743)

I'm sure his girlfriends were always suprised to find five roosters when he dropped his tighty whities. Ahhh... The Mystery of the Ages...

Re:Four Fingers...?! (1)

Rebel_lord (900522) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431579)

Apparently not, even the sacred one finger salute has been upgraded to the Super Finger [wikipedia.org] or Su-Fi. The Super Finger or Su-Fi (pronounced SUE-F-EYE) is a hand gesture created by Cook. It consists of raising the middle finger, ring finger, and thumb on the same hand while lowering (or curling) the pointer and pinky fingers. Cook's website explains his idea behind the Su-Fi: One night I did a bit on stage about 5 years ago at the Laugh Factory. I was talking about how the finger is lame now and it's lost its pizzazz. I said I wanted to upgrade the finger and so from now on people should use both the ring finger coupled with the middle finger. I called it the SUPERFINGER (or SU-FI).[1]

Kinda like strapping a brick to your cock, (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431515)

Isn't it?

Looks Interesting (2, Interesting)

netkid91 (915818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431518)

As a gamer myself I can't wait to play UT with this thing, it will save me a lot of time switching weapons and I like how it looks. With the weights I can keep from jolting to fast, and the buttons allow for endless possibilites. Time to get rid of the old 3 button optical I have.

Re:Looks Interesting (4, Insightful)

jacksonj04 (800021) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431742)

This is probably /. suicide, but my IntelliMouse Optical does the job perfectly. Two side buttons, left and right click, and a clickable roller. It even works on sandwiches.

If you find yourself needing a 6 buttoned, a 4-way roller equipped, tilt sensor loaded, dual laser surface scanning, custom weighted hand cooling mouse then you are taking it too seriously.

Re:Looks Interesting (2, Insightful)

Fei_Id (937827) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431911)

Amen. I bought mine for like $15 new. I've never had issues with it; it feels great in my hand. And if you need a ton of buttons to click on the mouse; you need to start learning to use your LEFT hand :)

Being ambidextrous is a big advantage in many things... though most "professional" gamers are pimply-faced 18 year old kids that weigh 120lbs with 9inch arms (though their right forearm is much larger than the left! I wonder why!??!?)

Re:Looks Interesting (3, Insightful)

Suddenly_Dead (656421) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431875)

How would it help you switch weapons? What endless possiblities with the buttons? By the looks of it, or what I can gleam off the weak article, it has adjustable weight (how hard is it to control a mouse, really?), a fourth button somewhere (there's a little red thing on the left side, but the article describes a button high and to the right), and a scroll wheel.

Other than the weight changing, which I doubt is worth the high price tag that this is likely to earn, this mouse has nothing special going for it. Take the 5+ year old Intellimouse Optical [nyud.net] that I'm using, which was one of the first optical mice that didn't require a special mousepad. It has a clicking scroll wheel, and buttons on the left and right sides which are large and easy to press. That's five buttons and a scroll. The endless possilbities!

Honestly, I don't have a clue about what the parent is on about, or the point of this article at all.

Another mouse?? (1)

mgranit11 (862145) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431520)

How many mice do we need? This one looks pretty cool but I'll stick to my normal old mouse.

I don't get it (5, Informative)

AutopsyReport (856852) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431521)

At first glace it doesn't seem to have much to offer beyond your average optical mouse.

So then why is this on the frontpage of Slashdot?

Re:I don't get it (2, Funny)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431549)

Either
  • Because at second glance it's does.
  • Because Slashdot is "Time sink for nerds; things that kill a few minutes"

Re:I don't get it (5, Insightful)

Andy Gardner (850877) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431618)

I don't get it

...You must be new here,

Welcome to /vertisement...

Re:I don't get it (0, Offtopic)

bohemian72 (898284) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431759)

Heh, I have a cousin named Andy Gardner. You wouldn't happen to be an artist in New York would you? ;-)

Re:I don't get it (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431831)

From TFA:

"[Newfangled mouse has four buttons]..so all four fingers have something to do."

All four fingers? Alrighty...

Re:I don't get it (5, Informative)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431850)

Because Steven Williamson, who writes for Hexus [google.com] , submitted the story to Slashdot with a link to the ad-laden Hexus website. And, if you scroll to the bottom of the Hexus page, you'll see Slashdot listed as "friends of Hexus". I'm sure they are, given that they send a lot of ad revenue their way.

Sigh... (4, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431522)


Best joystick I ever had was an Amiga Power Stick [amigahistory.co.uk] (Atari variety) -- the ones they sold to finance the development of the chipset which eventually became the heart of the Commodore Amiga. They were the best.

Why? (1)

drix (4602) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431715)

Enlighten me.

Re:Why? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431751)

Enlighten me.

  • Fit in the palm of your hand
  • Work buttons with cradle hand, move stick between forefinger and thumb of other hand
  • Minimal effort to achieve results, very responsive
  • Easily taken apart for cleaning
  • Lightweight, but tough construction

Re:Why? (1)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431756)

Apparently you've never met an old Amiga user. Don't you know *everything* was better on the Amiga?!?! Games were better, apps multi-tasked better, even food tasted better if you had an Amiga!

Re:Why? (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431899)

Una Amiga con beneficios?

(I'd punctuate it correctly, but slashcode won't let me use ¿.)

best joystick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431909)

NES Advantage when it first came out. It was the only controller with slow and turbo. You could even play on player 1 or 2 with it.

Spell checker (5, Funny)

BertieBaggio (944287) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431523)

"At first glance, the Fatal1ty gaming mouse doesn't look too different from any pther mouse..."

Looks like the spell checker got pwned by fatal1ty too!

LOL DONGS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431527)


Slashvertisment (5, Insightful)

Treeluvinhippy (545814) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431529)


Seriosly what's with all the advertisments posing as stories? The admins might as well put up pop-up ads instead of having them pose as stories.

Re:Slashvertisment (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431785)

We can block popups, though.

Re:Slashvertisment (2, Funny)

InfiniteWisdom (530090) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431835)

Yes, anything that's a product must be kept off slashdot. If anyone stands to make money from the added publicity, it's more important to thwart that than to point slashdotters to a new product that might interest them.

Underwhelming (-1, Troll)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431533)

This is supposidly the top end super best gaming mouse ever.

But sadly, it's not. It has a BALL in it you need to CLEAN because it picks up DUST?

I can understand not being wireless - there is often a slight delay in wirelss mice that can be, well, fat1l.

But an old fashion dirty ball mouse is unexcusable for what this is suppose to be.

Re:Underwhelming (1)

sidmystic (598569) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431558)

You sure?

What is different, and perhaps not in a good way, is that this is an optical mouse and not a laser mouse, so the max DPI is only 1600

Parent is wrong.. (1)

adisakp (705706) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431564)

But sadly, it's not. It has a BALL in it you need to CLEAN because it picks up DUST?

Did you RTFA??? It's optical. Optical doesn't have a Ball. It's not the latest generation LASER but you won't be cleaning your balls.

Re:Underwhelming (1)

WTBF (893340) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431574)

What is different, and perhaps not in a good way, is that this is an optical mouse and not a laser mouse, so the max DPI is only 1600... but that should be plenty to satisfy even the twichiest gamer.

No, it is an optical mouse - no ball.

MOD PARENT DOWN (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431585)

According to the article, this is an optical mouse; it does not have a roller ball. However, it does not use a laser.

Re:Underwhelming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431591)

What you thought was a mouseball is actually the interchangeable weights mentioned in both the summary and the article. Nice detective work, Sherlock!

Re:Underwhelming (1)

Gandalf_the_Beardy (894476) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431607)

What ball? Looks like the pop out centre is the changeable weight - it specifically says in TA that it's optical...

Hold on... (4, Interesting)

Erik Fish (106896) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431535)

The article says that other mice have adjustable weights, however I was unaware of this. Can someone provide a list of mice with this feature?

Re:Hold on... (3, Informative)

tprox (621523) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431592)

The Logitech G5 [logitech.com] , for one, comes with a set of weights that you can add to your mouse to suit your needs.

Re:Hold on... (2, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431603)

No, but I can tell you that Logitech just came out with an optical with switchable weights. Personally, I think this is stupid, since it's an ordinary logitech design. Their argument was that people had been opening mice and voiding their warranty. My counterargument is that base logitech optical mice are practically free. In fact, I just got one at the goodwill store, along with about 20 USGS topo maps of about 18" square, for $1. That's fifty cents for a mouse if you break it down fifty-fifty. Total damage: a slight scuff on the left side. It's even the black one.

I have personally opened up a mouse like this and removed the weight, already. Mice don't need weight IMO. It's just more mass, meaning slower acceleration, meaning it slows you down, but the friction can do that and the friction's slowdown is controllable - if you press down harder, it's harder to move the mouse. So what's the weight supposed to buy me again?

Re:Hold on... Detailing! (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431636)

I have personally opened up a mouse like this and removed the weight, already. Mice don't need weight IMO. It's just more mass, meaning slower acceleration, meaning it slows you down, but the friction can do that and the friction's slowdown is controllable - if you press down harder, it's harder to move the mouse. So what's the weight supposed to buy me again?

Detailing.

I find a heavy mouse the only usable mouse when I need to do something detailed (vector art, especially). It requires a little more force to get going, and a little more force to stop.

Other users of my mouse at home and at the office complain and say I should just decrease sensitivity, but I love being able to flick quick to get across the screen (especially a large screen with a high res). A heavier mouse that is highly sensitive offers me the best of both worlds.

Re:Hold on... Detailing! (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431779)

Some might say that if you want to do detail work and you want to be able to flick across the screen, you should turn down the sensitivity, and turn up the acceleration.

Re:Hold on... Detailing! (1)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431822)

Actually, that is what they usually say (I just shrug them off as I've tried it). I prefer a heavier mouse.

Really odd, thinking back, I was the first person I knew with a mouse. I had an old Compaq luggable PC (anyone remember those? keyboard in the bottom, green screen?) and the local computer store released the first Microsoft mouse. I brought it home, and had nothing to use it on, until my first HP scanner. Whoa, memories.

Acceleration is evil (1)

MikkoApo (854304) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431879)

The latest Microsoft mouse drivers (IntelliPoint 5.5) have an assignable mouse function called "Precision Booster". When you click (or hold, depending on the mode) the assigned mouse button, you get 2x precision. Another fancy feature was "Gaming Toggle" which allows you to record key macro on the fly with the mouse. Haven't had the chance to try these, but the added precision will be probably used here :)

My take on the G5 (2, Informative)

GeekyMike (575177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431889)

My wife bought me a Logitech G5 mouse for Christmas. It boasts 2000 DPI sensitivity and it can change sensitivity on the fly using 2 buttons below the wheel. you can even specify sensitivity using the included software to up to 5 settings (expanding on 400/800/2000 which works even before installing drivers/software) so everyone is happy. It also includes Teflon pads to reduce friction and a weight cartridge to further customize your controls. The only drawback I can find is the price, but a little shopping around can save a few bucks even after the shipping. No, I dont work for Logitech.

Re:Hold on... (1)

Thats_Pipe (837838) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431615)

Check out the Logitech G5 or G7. A quick search on Newegg.com will find them. They are laser, with adjustable DPI from 400 to 2000, and have the interchangable weights. The mouse in the article is a joke compared to those two from Logitech.

Re:Hold on... (1)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431797)

I'm curious. Why would one want to 'decrease' their mouse resolution? Or increase it for that matter? I've never used one of these high-res mice before, so I suppose I just don't know what I'm missing.

Re:Hold on... (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431832)

Small error here: the G5 is a wired mouse with adjustable weights, but the G7 is a wireless mouse w/o adjustable weights, it features a pair of unloadable batteries (that you push in the batt loader e.g. you never run out of batteries)

Re:Hold on... (1)

aaron_ds (711489) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431730)

Meh, I have a really old Logitech M-BD58. It has a weigh inside attached by a screw. It would be extraodinarily easy to replace it with a heavier or lighter weight. While the process could be made even easier, the functionality is still the same, this "feature" isn't groundbreaking.

Wish I could access the Hexus site, (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431541)

but thanks to Slashdot, they've got a server Fatal1ty.

Slashvertisement extreme (5, Insightful)

tacokill (531275) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431542)

Ok, this is just pathetic. Not only is this "review" an advertisement -- it even fucking says it right under the headline!!!!!


Right there in a graphic "Advertisement".

News for nerds, my ass.

Re:Slashvertisement extreme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431681)

Try looking at the webpage without adblock...

Re:Slashvertisement extreme (2)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431807)

"from the product-mascot dept."

Slashdot has jumped the shark.

Not to be a douchebag, but (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431551)

ampednews [ampednews.com] broke this story last month, and I'm sure it was submitted to Slashdot (the site owner even admits to wanting slashdot to break it [somethingawful.com] ).

So why didn't Slashdot publish it then?

Re:Not to be a douchebag, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431749)

They wanted a bigger pay-off than originally offered.

ugly !! (1)

fireiceviperhotmail. (944265) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431553)

Ive seen a lot of mice in my day but this one gets the reward of being the most ugly
mouse i have ever seen...

Julien ^_^ http://free.hostdepartment.com/8/81fortune/ [hostdepartment.com]

Re:ugly !! (1)

netkid91 (915818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431576)

never judge a book by it's cover. You may be dating a fat girl but she is a sex godess, what's better, looks or "funcionality" ;)

Re:ugly !! (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431849)

Issue here is that this thing has neither, as far as I see not only doesn't it include any true innovation (innovation, you know, what Razer and Logitech sometimes happen to do with their mices), but it doesn't even use laser sensors (which even Microsoft finally switched to...)

Who took these photos? A 6 year old? (4, Informative)

YrWrstNtmr (564987) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431559)

Could we GET any crappier photos of this thing? And that bigass 'Hexus.gaming' watermark doesn't help things.

Oh, and please lose those mouseover keyword thingies. They come in at about a 9.5 on the Annoy-O-Meter scale

Re:Who took these photos? A 6 year old? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431728)

Close-ups of a dusty mouse covered in greasy fingerprints don't present very well; if Creative knew about the review beforehand, they should clue in and not let a gaming site do their marketing.

The reflection from the camera's flash is a nice touch, too. GJ, Hexus.

Re:Who took these photos? A 6 year old? (1)

cution (881211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431813)

Better sue. There's a law for that now.

Re:Who took these photos? A 6 year old? (1)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431893)

Oh, and please lose those mouseover keyword thingies. They come in at about a 9.5 on the Annoy-O-Meter scale

Block *.intellitxt.com and they go away.

Sucks to be left handed (3, Insightful)

Krach42 (227798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431577)

This mouse was clearly not designed to be used equally with both hands... if you're left handed, it's going to be a bitch to use. (Correction, if you use your mouse with your left hand, it's going to be a bitch to use.)

Re:Sucks to be left handed (1)

shdragon (1797) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431665)

This mouse was clearly not designed to be used equally with both hands... if you're left handed, it's going to be a bitch to use. (Correction, if you use your mouse with your left hand, it's going to be a bitch to use.)

As a fellow leftie...let me just say I'm glad they decided not to compromise. Every mouse that tries to keep things left/right neutral only end up being awkward because they've had to sacrafice comfort & feel to make it "switchable".

Any task repeated often enough comes to feel like that's the "correct" hand.

Re:Sucks to be left handed (1)

Krach42 (227798) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431735)

As a fellow leftie...

Actually, in the grand spirit of Americans complaining about things that don't actually effect them, I am in fact a right hander. My dad is left handed though, and I've gotten comfortable enough at using a mouse left handed (because I'm too lazy to move it back to the other side) that it doesn't feel entirely weird.

let me just say I'm glad they decided not to compromise. Every mouse that tries to keep things left/right neutral only end up being awkward because they've had to sacrafice comfort & feel to make it "switchable".

True, unless you're going with the symetrical design to begin with, making a switchable version just doesn't work. Of course, offering a mirror-image version that would be produced in smaller quantities for left-handers that insist on having a left-handed version would be a nice consideration.

Any task repeated often enough comes to feel like that's the "correct" hand.

As provable by my pool game. I learned pool by emulating my dad. Now, when I start shooting people are confused and think that I'm left-handed. I didn't even think there *was* a "handed" way of playing pool.

Re:Sucks to be left handed (1)

404notfound (467950) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431760)

Any task repeated often enough comes to feel like that's the "correct" hand.

Gotta agree there. I'm a leftie, and I've been one my whole life, but I've always used computer mice with my right hand. I wasn't even aware that people did it the other way until several years after I was already quite comfortable with it. I've tried switching to the left hand a few times, but it just feels awkward.

Like Golfers, fishing enthusiasts, etc... (1)

IAAP (937607) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431616)

they're all looking for that one product to give them an edge and to compensate for any lack of skill or lack of practice.

Pretty soon, Callaway will have a line of gaming mice. $500 mouse anyone?

Re:Like Golfers, fishing enthusiasts, etc... (1)

An Tse (643951) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431670)

Most of the good gamers I know use pretty much run-of-the-mill mice and keyboards. Most of the poor gamers I know use things with all sorts of bells and whistles. Things like this put me in the mind of.... front wheel drive cars with huge downdraft spoilers, spinners on 1998 Saturns, giant fart-cannon mufflers, etc.

Heft (1)

DarkClown (7673) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431620)

What an underused word heft is. I got to use it talking about a chefs knofe the other day and it was the perfect word to use.
I love this idea for mice - I wish there was a keyboard that had some kind of control over how much resistance keyboard keys offered, and even the control over the key acoustics when depressed, clicky or mushy or whatever.

great googily moogily (1)

Danzigism (881294) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431638)

is it just me, or is Fatal1ty like the gayest alias in the history of gaming? for being one of the best gamers there is, he sure picked a noob of a nick.. hehe

lefties? (1)

Allison Geode (598914) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431646)

I see the link's image shows the fourth button as a 'thumb button' on the side. question: is there another one on the other side for us lefties? we always get the short end of the stick when it comes to gaming mice and flight-sticks!

Re:lefties? (1)

Allison Geode (598914) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431666)

never-mind: i read the article more carefully. blah. it still seems like bad button placement, though.

Can I press... (0, Offtopic)

thaerin (937575) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431660)

Can I press the shiny, red, candy-like button?

I think you all are missing the point... (1)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431673)

The point of this story was not to highlight a brand new mouse...the point was that this is quite possibly the first product named after a professional video gamer (Although I could be wrong. If someone could provide a counter-example, please do).

Re:I think you all are missing the point... (2, Informative)

grommit (97148) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431694)

The fatality line of motherboards from Abit comes to mind.

Re:I think you all are missing the point... (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431865)

You are, Creative has already released the X-Fi Fatal1ty sound card quite some time ago (which already had some kind of advertisement for this mouse and the whole "Creative Fatal1ty line of stuff" and a gay-ass statement from fatal1ty himself)

Missing again (1)

springbox (853816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431687)

I haven't seen any new "gaming mice" that have any sort of vibration. I'm not giving up my Logitech iFeel mouse until it either breaks or someone puts force feedback into a new mouse. I think it's a good idea anyway.

Re:Missing again (1)

Amouth (879122) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431796)

I love the force feed back mice.. my bigest problem is i am addicted to wire less keybaords and mice.. the preformace is just fine and i don't have to mess with a cable.. sure i change the batts about every 3 months but i use rechargables.. i want nice NORMAL wireless mice.. i hate the ones that are designed to fit your hand.. i can't switch them between left and right.. i have for so long wanted a nice normal force feedback mouse that is wireless

I saw it at CES 2006 (4, Interesting)

SixDimensionalArray (604334) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431691)

*sarcasm* Wow... a fancy mouse! *sarcasm*

I saw and touched it at the Creative booth at CES 2006. IMHO, it's just another Fatal1ty gimmick, mostly useless bells and whistles. The one touch sensitivity feature was kind of interesting, but seeing as how I only ever adjust the sensitivity ONCE in most games and don't change it much, it is not that practical. The weights might be handy if multiple people game on the same PC, but when I played with it I didn't find a reason to change the weight in the middle of my Quake 4 gaming, for example. I didn't seem to notice the extra accuracy too much. I did feel that the mouse was a little bit small though, somehow didn't have a place to really rest the hand comfortably.

A little off-topic, but the Creative X-Fi (http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?cate gory=1&subcategory=208&product=14000 [creative.com] ) sound system in the same booth was very powerful, and I could feel the chaingun rounds pummeling my chest!

-6d

Re:I saw it at CES 2006 (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431910)

A little off-topic, but the Creative X-Fi (http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?cate [creative.com] gory=1&subcategory=208&product=14000) sound system in the same booth was very powerful, and I could feel the chaingun rounds pummeling my chest!

That's not really helping, a sound card isn't supposed to be powerful (and isn't, really), it's supposed to

  • offer a perfect rendering of the data with as few distortion as possible
  • Suck the lowest possible level of ressources from your main CPU
  • Have additional features (high number of voice channels, effects, ...)

Now the X-Fi line is VERY good at that (slightly lower perfs than the older Audigy lines, but much better quality, and can ramp up to 127 voice channels instead of 63 for the Audigys), but the power itself comes more from the amp and speakers than from the soundcard.

How to block hexus adverts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431714)

perhaps if their bandwidth is abused without them getting paid for their spyware and crappy adverts they might seek a more worthy career

add to your firewall:
84.12.5.0 - 84.12.5.255
81.19.48.0 - 81.19.54.255

Is it like the motherboards? (1)

NerveGas (168686) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431736)

Out of 3 Fatal1ty motherboards I've bought, one arrived DOA, one failed within a few days, and one remains operational. Hopefully the mice are better.

steve

Re:Is it like the motherboards? (1)

AgentDib (931969) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431762)

I hope you only bought the first one and the next two were free replacements.

Re:Is it like the motherboards? (1)

Borg453b (746808) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431860)

Ive been using the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 for a while now. Had a few quirks at first, but after a bios update its been working like it should. Im quite happy about it - and despite some reluntance to utilize the guru panel at first, I must admit that I get a kick out of the LED and front jacks.

Setup: Athlon 3800+ Venice Core, 1 GB ram (Too little), Asus Geforce N7800 GTX (yup; I am a gamer. Neither pro nor clan player through)

I based my purchase on this: http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/05/13/life_in_the _fast_lane/page3.html [tomshardware.com]

Here is an extract from the conclusion of that toms hardware article: At the end of day, two motherboards receive our recommendation: both the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 and MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum Edition offer well-appointed and flexible boards based on top-grade components. These units shine above all through their range of functions and overclocking abilities - the wealth of experience of both manufacturers in the enthusiast market is obvious.

yeah, but: (1)

jeffehobbs (419930) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431761)


...too bad he just got p0wned [kotaku.com] .

~jeff

Re:yeah, but: (1)

goodenoughnickname (874664) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431944)

Yeah, make a "Nordic" mouse and I'm in.

Weight (1)

Life700MB (930032) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431763)


Is really mouse weight that important? Any pro gamer here who cares to tell us about this?


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Another way to get money from the gamer (1)

jcgeuze (943829) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431784)

I've been a gamer since 1999, started with quake. Retired now ;) But I find all these gadgets so useless. Back in the old days we had the same things, better mouse mats etc etc. In the end the guy with alot of skills on his outdated computer with his 4 year old mouse still wins because he is better.

Fatal1ty Becam3 a Stat1stic (2, Interesting)

writermike (57327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431788)

While Fatal1ty is capitalizing on his new-found fame, it should be known that Fatal1ty recently lost [kotaku.com] his self-titled tournament at CES.

Which begs the question: Do we really want to buy a mouse named after someone who loses games? I mean, if you really want to do that, then I will soon announce my WriterMike Mouse. From Zero-To-Throwing the Computer Out The Window in 7.5 seconds.

Re:Fatal1ty Becam3 a Stat1stic (2, Insightful)

blahplusplus (757119) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431846)

"Which begs the question: Do we really want to buy a mouse named after someone who loses games? "

Everyone loses games, especially in FPS games, no one wins consistently 100% of the time. When I used to play quake and other FPS games on the ladders you had to practice all the f'n time to keep up and people traded wins back and forth when you're very competitive you'll win and lose because the competition is so good.

or how about ... (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431873)

... Steve Ballmer chairs?

I've seen many ugly things in my life (1)

masklinn (823351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431793)

but that mouse gets the prize, it's ugly as a sin and looks badly built...

Who buys this? (1)

Dragoon412 (648209) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431794)

So, I'm curious.

I used to be a pretty hardcore gamer, but these days, my time's dominated by school and work. But I still know some really hardcare gamer types, including some competetive Quake players.

Invariably, when I ask them about fatal1ty, the response I get is either "Who?" or along the lines of "Fuck that nob gobbler!"

Is this the exception, or is plastering this guy's name on their products basically a waste of money? I mean, independant of the mouse itself - do they thing anyone gives a flying fuck that it says Fatal1ty on it?

I never buy anything Fatalonety related (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431843)

... Not since that crap-ass motherboard with the extra fans that failed in like 15 minutes. seriously, just 'cause he's good at fps games does NOT necessarily mean he's good at anything else.

Nostalgia (0, Offtopic)

wormeyman (797562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431864)

Good to know slashdot is posting news articles days after the rest of the 'net has reported it it's so nostalgic :D

Rollover ad for Logitech (1)

Mo B. Dick (100537) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431912)

I like how when you roll your cursor over the word "gaming mouse" one of those annoying advertisments pop-up. The funny thing is that the adverstisment is for a logitech gaming mouse.

Funny review (2, Informative)

DJCater (877532) | more than 8 years ago | (#14431925)

Here [dearwandy.com]

Nintendo Revolution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14431937)

Nintendo is making there controller go more for virtuall reality. It is a one handed 'remote'. When you turn the remote, your view moves as well. They only has two buttons ('a' and 'b') along with the 'start' and 'back' button. They are also changing it so that in some games when you are using a sword, you control your weapon with the motion sensor. You can purchase an additional and traditional thumb joystick.
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