You know what I’ve never thought about before today? No, it’s not that, get that out of your mind right now. Goddamn, but you guys are dirty.
I meant to say, how people hold their controllers. Why JC, I hear you clamour, what an interesting and specific thing to think about, please, tell us more! Well, though I do not appreciate the sarcasm in your tone, luckily I have nothing better to do until Rome II reinstalls, so I will continue along my merry way.
I saw my girlfriend playing Tekken a few days ago, (and she totally kicked my arse, god damn it, Jin!) and I only just noticed she holds it in one hand, and mashes the buttons with her other. Having never seen this before, I was pretty puzzled but then I realised it makes sense for the game. I guess I’m like most people, I hold it like it’s meant to be, with a thumb on either stick and a finger on each trigger. I’ve no idea why I don’t have a finger on both a trigger and a bumper, my fingers are certainly long enough, but it just doesn’t feel right to me at this point.
Which then got me thinking about the little, well, I suppose nuances is the right word? The little habits we pick up in games over the years, whether they make us actually better at the game or not. For me, the earliest I can remember is, in shooters, I hate to have any percentage of the gun loaded, that isn’t a hundred percent. That came, as far as I know, from Warhammer 40,000, Fire Warrior, an FPS I played on the Playstation 2 a long, long time ago.
I remember that, whenever you came up against harder enemies, they took almost a full clip of your main weapon to bring down, so it just became a reflex. Even now, when playing Battlefield, Call of Duty or whatever, I still reload any chance I can get, and still try to reload in those occasions even when I have a full clip. It’s almost as though it’s just ingrained in the part of my psyche that plays these games, and I can’t shake it. It’s fine when I’m playing with an Assault Rifle, or SMG, but the second I get an LMG in my hands, it becomes more of a burden.
So, finally, I was wondering whether you guys have any different ways of holding the controller? Does it change depending on the game? Do you use third-party or modded controllers? Or are they habits in gaming you wish you could drop?