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post #11 of 30
It's a game of time.

I currently feel left handed individuals will play better on a left handed setup as its their dominant hand. Gaming with a mouse is quite similar to basic drawing or writing. I'm not saying you can't "get good" with enough time and practice, though the learning curve will become much easier than struggling as you are. There's an obvious reason why the question is being asked.

In my case, I've been gaming since the late 90s and swapping back to the hand I spent a majority of my time on is sub par to a mere < 1 year of practice. I feel as if I have more control over my cursor, but that's only my perspective. For all I know, my right hand could be screwed.

Of course, I feel my KB movement is still sub par.


Btw. Theres a handful of people including the OP who have asked me this same question.

I do know how awkward it also feels to simply try "it" after gaming w/ a right mouse for so long. I didn't think it could be done at first.
Edited by Skylit - 3/6/13 at 1:36pm
post #12 of 30
I am naturally left handed, but I am so used to playing right-handed. tongue.gif It would take quite a while to be equally proficient with my left hand.
post #13 of 30
I happened to ask myself the same question this past weekend. I decided against it because I'm more concerned with how my right hand will adapt to the keyboard than my left to the mouse. I think learning the keyboard with my right hand and either remapping all the shortcuts I've used my entire life to the right side or uncomfortably reaching for them on the left makes things incredibly difficult. It will also make using any computer that is not my own quite challenging. I do almost everything with my left hand but this is that rare thing that I think is impractical.

On the other hand, if we're talking strictly about gaming I think the potential advantages are more genre-dependent. I can imagine having the dominant hand on the mouse being an advantage for competitive FPS players, but I think the reverse can be true for RTS.
     
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post #14 of 30
I am doing this transition at the moment cause I am curious myself. I am @ Day 3 I think and I often think about switching back cause right now it is pretty weired but I just won't do it wink.gif Btw, Skylit can you remember at which point (how many days) it felt more comfortable and you could feel progress ?
post #15 of 30
I was in your situation as well, I do everything with my left hand except use a mouse because everyone was right handed when I was growing up. I have made the switch for about 2 months and I feel my control with the mouse has improved, with it getting better the longer I use it. As other people have stated the keyboard seems to take longer to get used to than the mouse, but I've gotten used to it using p l ; ' as the closest mirror I found most comfortable to wasd. But I suspect that I will see a lot more improvement when I can further get used to mouse and keyboard movements in sync.

I see using your dominate hand for aiming as an advantage for FPS because aim plays such a huge role and I thought to myself that I am at a disadvantage to someone who is right handed when they aim with their more dexterous hand. When you think about it, in most sports players who are left handed use their left hand for the task required in the sport, but with computers you normally get forced to do it a single way.

It does feel quite uncomfortable at the start because the keyboard movements stuff up your aim and control in game, but if you persevere through it holding the mouse with your dominate hand is satisfying.
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post #17 of 30
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by joshvr View Post

When you think about it, in most sports players who are left handed use their left hand for the task required in the sport, but with computers you normally get forced to do it a single way.

Look how many lefties biggrin.gif I feel in home.
I switched back to my righty for 3 reasons:
- With my left I'm so horrible playing.
- It helps to develope my other part of the brain.
- Rafael Nadal one of the best tennist in the world is naturally righty but uses his lefty to play tennis and he is one of the best in the world. (I think the muscle memory you gain in the hand you don't do anything but playing on the pc is better than the other).
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by Noctizzle View Post

http://www.anythinglefthanded.co.uk/acatalog/left_handed_keyboard.html

Lefty keyboards/

What benefit would be derived from using that with the mouse on the left? Having the number pad and home cluster on the mouse side actually makes it less ergonomic, since it either forces having the alphanumeric portion of the keyboard off-center or puts the mouse hand further off to the side. Left-handed mouse use with a standard keyboard is much better.
     
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post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by vss vintorez View Post

Look how many lefties biggrin.gif I feel in home.
I switched back to my righty for 3 reasons:
- With my left I'm so horrible playing.
- It helps to develope my other part of the brain.
- Rafael Nadal one of the best tennist in the world is naturally righty but uses his lefty to play tennis and he is one of the best in the world. (I think the muscle memory you gain in the hand you don't do anything but playing on the pc is better than the other).

Excuses. smile.gif



My KB layout:

O K L ; - WSAD

Right Shift- Walk
M -Crouch.
Space- Jump.

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post #20 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by vss vintorez View Post

Look how many lefties biggrin.gif I feel in home.
I switched back to my righty for 3 reasons:
- With my left I'm so horrible playing.
- It helps to develope my other part of the brain.
- Rafael Nadal one of the best tennist in the world is naturally righty but uses his lefty to play tennis and he is one of the best in the world. (I think the muscle memory you gain in the hand you don't do anything but playing on the pc is better than the other).

I think he does that because he sees the advantage of being left handed in tennis (which is pretty big, because most players in tennis are right handed and are not use to facing left handed players which serve at different angles and spin the ball in different directions to right handed players. There are theories that he wouldn't be so dominate against federer if he played right handed.) is more than the disadvantage of him not being able to hit it as hard or as precise as he probably could with his right hand. You also serve to the advantage court with a natural swinging action that moves away from the right handers backhand. (sorry have played a lot of tennis:))

The reason I switched to using a mouse with my left hand is to try and give myself a potentially higher skill ceiling thus increased performance. I could use the mouse very well in my right hand, having very good control and aim. I am a competitive person so I wanted to see if i could improve it, plus you will always wonder what it could of been if you never try it.

It will feel horrible at first but you have to play through that to see results.
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