I've been gaming on my laptop a lot, and I'm starting to worry about the wear and tear it'll put on the keys I use most (like WADS and other FPS setup standards). I'd like to invest in a nice, inexpensive PC joystick to use with the mouse, and pickings at the local Best Buy are pretty slim. Does anybody have any good picks I can look into, and where I can find them? Thanks.
and why not a cheap usb keyboard?
A good, inexpensive but sturdy flightstick is the Logitech Extreme 3D Pro.
Well, I was looking into a gamepad, but they don't work with a lot of Steam games like TF2 and Left 4 Dead that I play (other than the XBox 360 controller, which I'd need the USB input device for, but both together run for $60). I don't really want a flightstick, just something I can use in conjunction with the mouse. Again, something not overly complicated and something that works well in replacing WADS control via the "controller" or "joystick" options in the stuff I play.
It's pretty much the standard for PC controllers, as many multiplatform games support it out of the box.
A cheaper alternative is using a Bluetooth dongle and a program to hook up a wireless PS3 controller, which further allows you to "trick" the system into thinking its a 360 controller. This comes in handy for those few titles that have wonky 360 controller support like Alpha Protocol (I get analog deadzone issues where the character moves on his own).
Xpadder is also the way to go for mapping keyboard/mouse commands onto either controller. Handy for games like Mass Effect 2.
Also, fuck Bioware for not including controller support in ME2 on PC. ME3 better have it.
Dunno about anything that could work with mice.
Joysticks? We don't need no stinking joysticks, just moar keys! Honestly, if you're just looking to save wear and tear on your keys, then here you go. A complete WASD + goodies replacement. There are other options out there if you're not a Logitech fan for some weird reason, so look around.
You need this.
He already has a keyboard.