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The Hitch Hikers guide to "the mouse"
Mouse modding fun
By Onykage

Do you have any of these symptoms?

If you suffer from any of these illnesses, then this guide was made specifically for you. Now, before we can continue lets look at some ideas that are important to know when shopping for a new mouse. The .com boom brought on some really crazy advertising ideas. One of which is the idea that "If its in print on a website then its got to be a fact". We will cover that in a second. First we need to look at the mouse itself.

The mouse is a simple creature. There is not much going on in the inside. It's just a bunch of solid state items. Obviously the mouse just interprets the movements you give it with your hand. So basically this is just a funky ruler with a magnifying glass for eyes. Where does DPI come in? Well, DPI just tells you how well the mouse actually sees. This is important to some extent. The average decent quality mouse has around 750 DPI. This isn't bad at all. It will definitely work well for all around uses. This does include gaming. DPI is used to determine how well the mouse will perform at a higher rate of movement. For example, a pen pad is a device used for hand drawing digital art. A cheap pen pad has 600DPI. If you were to try to sign your name on this pad, you will find that the signature is blocky with places missing, and awkward straight lines here and there. This is because the pad is having to interpolate the pixel resolution of the pen as is travels across the pad. Of course if we try this on a much higher quality pad, the signature will look very much like that signed on a piece of paper using a ball point pen. So how does that affect a mouse? Just like the pen, the mouse interpolates movement on the mouse surface. So a higher DPI mouse will be more accurate.

Now just to go ahead and get it out in the open so its common knowledge. The internet has become a cons paradise. Something that's always good to keep tucked away in your head is "just because it's in print, doesn't make it true." Data manuipulation can be seen on almost any high traffic consumer website. A really good example of this is the AMD "We're better then intel idea". See whats funny about this example is even devoted AMD supporters laugh when they see this marketing stratagy a work. Its a simple idea, just to spam your consumers with lots of bias and half true information, and it becomes fact in the consumers eyes. Ever noticed that AMD bench tests always test AMD's newest badboy against intel's average consumer chip from a year ago? It's not that intel just quit making chips, its the fact that the newest badboy from intel is A: hard to find on the market, and B: those on the market are extremely high priced, almost no-one can afford them. So, AMD benchmarks a chip that is a comparable price to that of the new AMD chip. So you can see this leads to a very convencing speculation that AMD is better and faster then intel. Another such example of this is the Mac idea from the forums that was so wide spread that Mac sold 1000 units of the mystery item and never paid the first penny for advertisement. So basically it comes down to.. they donated their money to Mac and expected to recieve a product created in the mind of a forum member. Both of these are good examples of data manipulation. The internet is nothing more then a digital newspaper or magazine. Fully customizable for what ever lifestyle you live. And like any form of journalism, what is the one thing that keeps that journalist writing his articles? It's the advertising and sponsorships that's what. Oh you knew money had to come into this somewhere. Money influences everything. So next time you're cruising those reviews and testimonials. Look around on that site for the ads, and see who has the biggest one on the page. I'll bet dollars to yen that the main ad for that page will be for the company who made the product in the review. Think about it, they are definitely telling you all the neat technicalities about that product, and that is because knowledge sells. More then likely, if you are reading this, then you are a geek. This is a good thing, and you need to make sure you are always doing what geeks do best. Have the upper-hand. Now lets take this idea and move it over into the input device world. Specifically the mouse.

Good advertising practice tells us that if we take a $5.00 generic, house brand optical mouse, and slap a wild paintjob on it, grind down or totally mutate the outside, and put it in a really brightly colored box with the words "gamers mouse", on the outside, then we can go ahead and expect to make a 500 percent profit off our new mouse design. Just because it has the word "gamers" on it and it is really obscure looking, it automatically means its top quality. We will stop there and I will let you decide if that has any reasonable logic to it at all. And if you're smart, then you might have just learned a very valuable anti-marketing tool.

When we take all that we know thus far, and apply it to the use of games, where exactly do we find ourselves. We know that nothing is what it's cracked up to be. We know that Higher DPI improves the accuracy of the input device. We know that you get what you pay for. So does all of this mean that in order to be good at a game we need the most accurate and expensive mouse on the market? No it doesn't. If you're trying to better your game, and you think a new mouse just might solve the problem, think again. The mouse doesn't make the player, the player makes the mouse. Just like, Wilson Basket Balls. If Michael Jordan won an Olympic medal playing basket ball with a Wilson ball, does that mean the ball won that medal for him, or did he himself win that medal while using that specific ball. Obviously, it's the player not his equipment. The same rule applies with a mouse in computer gaming. More then likely, you need to learn how to play the game first. There is no substitute for raw skill. A lot of younger gamers have a serious problem with a lack of patience. Until you learn patience you will never learn to be good at a game. That goes for any game. And with a game, there will always be someone who is better then you are at that game. So, learn to lose, accept it, and realize that the more you get owned in a game, the better you will eventually become. Now if you want give your game that little edge that causes greatness and rumor, then skip on down to the bottom for some tasty treats I have prepared for your viewing pleasure.

Now we will get to the more interesting stuff. Lets start with some common symptoms.

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Posted by Onykage on March 03rd 2006 (15:19)
not sure what you mean by "home made mod?"

i'll do another one.. prolly going to do a nice logitec next. =)

Posted by Triple6_wild on February 02th 2006 (23:43)

great job on the article onykage xyxthumbs.gif

i want better pics of the finished mouse tho ><

basicly can you tell its a home made mod?

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