Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Oct 2013 05:02 UTC
Games

Valve issued a video demonstrating its Steam Controller today. The game pad, which features two track pads in lieu of joysticks, is used for its series of Steam Machines, announced in September.

Looks good.

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RE[2]: Looks like
by emarkp on Sun 13th Oct 2013 04:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Looks like "
emarkp
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2005-09-10

Yep, looked like trackpad thumb, and a recipe for RSI (which I took a lot of heat for saying last time this came up).

It remains to be seen if a custom mapping rather than the legacy mapping will improve things.

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RE[3]: Looks like
by WereCatf on Sun 13th Oct 2013 08:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Looks like "
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2006-02-15

Yep, looked like trackpad thumb, and a recipe for RSI


I'm sorry, but I do not understand the logic on that claim. From what I remember from your earlier comments was that you base your claim on the fact that there's no force to pull the stick and with it your finger back to the center position. However, you're completely ignoring the force you need to exert yourself to pull the stick out of the said center position.

Does this force cause an RSI? No, not as far as I have heard, and yet this force is more than you need to just slide the finger to the center or out of it on a touchpad. It's easy to claim superiority when you just plain ignore half of the equation and I would dare say that most of the time the stick is not in neutral position, therefore you're constantly applying the aforementioned force to it through your thumb -- when you've moved your thumb to any position on a touchpad there is much less force required to keep it there.

I just cannot take this silly remark about RSI seriously.

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