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H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:05pm
How to embrace open nature of the PC?
I'm not a real PC gamer yet, playing on a college laptop. Although L4D2 seems to run well. But because I don't have aon Vsync or anything like that I feel like everything, even my hardware, is sorta substandard (I use al ogitech g300; i'm gonna buy a new mouse tomorrow just because.)

I'm just wondering why I feel the way I do and how to embrace the open nature of the PC. I just changed my mouse setting in windows to 4, turned off acceleration, increased my dpi to my max of 2500 (on a whim, figured why not take advantage)

Quick question: DPI is basically resolution right? So let's say you have it at 12000 you'll be blazingly quick, but cant you just offset that by turning sensitivity practically all the way down? And that way it'll be controllable but smoother/track better?

I have this "feeling" that I tampered with settings.. it's like when I change things around I feel weird that I did it and eventually end up going back to defaults like "ok, i need to get good w default". I sthis b/c I come off of console where verything isa ll rigid and explained to you?

How do you embrace the open ended nature of Steam and mods and all of that stuff? Going into folders... deleting stuff... etc
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H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:23pm 
Turning off raw input? you mean turning on?

I have a question about mouse acceleration. If it's pretty much a bad thing, why is it even an option in games in the first place?? and mouse filter and all that stuff. It'd be cool if they had a hold-your-hand tooltip that says you should use this setting if... etc. It seems like it's only under certain conditions inside a game that you'd use acceleration. I have it off. I don't know why but everyone says to turn it off. I hate doing things without knowing why.
H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:27pm 
Also does frames per second influence mouse smoothing and tracking? Right now I'm playing on an i3-2310m w an intel hd 3000. I have settings in Left 4 Dead 2 so I'm pretty much running at 60fps+. I use a Logitech G300 (Probably picking up a DeathAdder tomorrow).

Like... does the game running at 60fps on a crappy computer vs 60fps on a built, custom computer make a difference with tracking? With mice? Is 1200 DPI on the G300 gonna feel the same as 1200 DPI on a Deathadder? Obviously the ergonomics are different so that could make a difference. But I just mean in terms of tracking.

Maybe I'm overanalyzing. I overanalyze so much and I don't know why. Literally when I'm playing if my crosshair doesn't move smoothly as if I were holding down a joystick, I immediately start thinking "was that an unsteady hand? did my mouse skip some pixels? Is my mouse bad? Am I overthinking it and psyching myself out?"
H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:29pm 
Why does windows mouse speed affect the 1:1ness of moving my cursor around? When I changed it to 4, I felt more in control and my cursor was moving around well.
H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:31pm 
Idk how to say it. I don't know what I want in a mouse. Sometimes it feels overly... light. I want something that has a little bit of heft to it yet is also smooth. My lack of experience leads me to overthink things. Just pressed my mouse against my hand and it's as big as my palm lengthwise w my fingers extending past that. So maybe htat's too small. the form factor on the deathadder looks quite nice.

Plus my grip (according to the grip guide) is a "plaw" grip. It's not exactly a palm, but it's not exactly a claw grip. the deathadder fits both.
H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:33pm 
Last thing! How do low sensitivity gamers who have to swipe their mouse and stuff find that that's what they even like?? You watch gameplay of their hands and that just looks so unnatural. It looks like guesswork; like they look at the screen, do a calculation in their head, and just happen to swipe in a quick, not so precise looking movement on target. I move the mouse steadily around. I guess I should geta new mouse pad; i'm playing on a bed so that's probably my first problem. But my mousepad is generic. Cost $2.
H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:51pm 
I feel like doing all that is too much and it should just be intuitive. Like you slide the bar around and your'e like "ok, this feels good".

So I wish they had like a DPI guide within the software like "this is how it should feel". Because otherwise even if it does feel good i doubt myself and start overthinking again.

"Well this is good, but is ther esomething better that I Just haven't discovered?"

Or every time I overshoot an enemy by a little i'm like "was that me missing or is my sensitivity not right?"

Sometimes I snap shoot and.... idk how I do it. It just... it's like my cursor just locks on their head when i look at it... just reflexes I Guess. I don't play CS. Idk why I installed it (I've been watching the war owl and it made me think i was good). I wasted money on that game :(. Just not my cup of tea. I'll stick to L4D2 seeing as all the half lives i've finished.

also w valve games, is the default sensitivity the same across the board? and how do they come up w default sensitivities for games? Does it assume that the user is using a standard office mouse (I believe those are like 800-1000dpi).
H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:52pm 
This is gonna go for a while. Forget the last question thing.

Will 800 DPI on my Logitech G300 feel the same as 800 DPI on a Razer mouse? Or are sensor technologies different?
H1Caliber Jul 20, 2014 @ 9:01pm 
I don't like arena shooters like that. I know all about em but I just.. I don't like it lol. I'm not really playing anything competitive cuz what i can run (CS) i get destroyed at plus i just don't liek the gameplay. lmao but hella hours played. id on't feel like explaining it.
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Date Posted: Jul 20, 2014 @ 8:05pm
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