Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Confessions of a Game Hardware Reviewer

This is the only advice you'll ever need in choosing input devices

Gamers, power-users, and just about any computer person who sits around touching a keyboard and a mouse all day have every right to be choosy about their input peripherals. I know I am. As a bona-fide cripple, I use my computer as a connection to the world outside my house. It's my entertainment device; my stereo; my gaming machine; my media viewer; my internet device; and everything else electronic rolled into one.
Logitech plays it cool with the awesome G9x

When I made a living writing stuff like this, a big chunk of that living came from reviewing input devices that appeal to gamers, mainly mice and keyboards. For many years, starting in 1997 as PC Gamer's first technical editor, I gave all kinds of advice on choosing gaming peripherals.

Look for comfort! Tactile feedback! Button placement! Twitch response! Programmability! Features!

And so on.

Now I'm going to tell you something that I never told you before. This advice would have all but made me irrelevant, and my career null and void. I'm not saying that every tech website is going to fire its editors if this goes viral; it's not that revolutionary. It might, however, change how consumers use hardware reviews. When I had the epiphany of this thought, I definitely started looking at peripheral coverage in a new light.