Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Gaming Keyboard.

The keyboard has not seen as much advancement in terms of making it a formidable gaming device. The keyboard is mostly viewed as simply a conglomeration of over a hundred keys that are placed and configured for typing efficiently, not for navigating a character through a virtual world. There have been some modifications made to keyboards to entice a gamer, such as adding macro buttons on the perimeter of the keyboard, or having keys that glow in the dark. Still today the shape and layout of a keyboard remains the same, optimised for word processing but not gaming.

Recently, certain companies have started to introduce mini-keyboards, or sub-keyboards, that are specifically designed to maximize the gaming experience. These are commonly referred to as gaming keypads.

The genres of PC games that have been influence and affected by the development of gaming keypads are first person shooters (FPS), third person action-adventure, and massively multiplayer online games (MMO). In each of these styles of games, there is control over the movement of one character.

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