One of the most annoying things about gaming on a laptop is the touchpad. Now there is no reason why the touch pad should not be as serviceable as the good old mouse, It might take a little practise but it should work just as well as a standard mouse. However if you have ever tried to aim immediately after using the keyboard in most cases you’ll probably have noticed that you can’t for a few seconds or that there seems to be interference.
What you would have just experienced is Palm Protection (Different company’s call it different things but it all amounts to the same thing). What Palm Protection is designed to do is to protect users from accidently activating the touch pad while typing on the keyboard. The Idea being that if you’re typing an email or for instance a article you’re not having your cursor move around the screen and end up accidently typing away in a sentence you finished ages ago.
For gaming however this is a bit of a nightmare as it can mean that for a few moments you are unable to look or aim which in some games isn’t an issue but in fast paced games such as a fps could mean the difference to life or death.
Now you would think it would be pretty easy to disable this and indeed for some manufactures its just a option in the driver settings for the touchpad. However for others even switching it off in the settings doesn’t actually switch it off.
World of Warcraft. Is a game that never really hooked me. I tried once died quickly and bounced right off.
I never got hooked like how the rest of the internet and alot of my internet friends did.
Its one of the most successful MMO’s ever and I have never understood why.
Perhaps I never really gave it a fair chance or perhaps it was just the race I chose that I didn’t connect with and so, with WOW being in the press again and with many, many years under its belt and with several big expansions I thought that I would give it a chance once again by downloading and playing the trial version.
So my latest video is the first hour or so of game-play which does unfortunately ends up with the game crashing on me.
Expect more and tune in every tuesday and thursday for more videos
It had been widly reported that come the end of the 31st of june the much maligned and some would say hated games for windows live would become no more as microsoft were set to switch it off for good.
This would have left several games unplayable with out a patch not unlike the recent closure of gamespy.
However according to MCV this is not happening and microsoft themselfs saying that they are continuing to support the platform which is good for games that rely on it and didnt look like they would have had any chance of a patch.
It’s good news for the games that were in limbo and for the players that still play them.
The big question is what have Microsoft got planned for games for Windows live now? What do they have planned for the pc? Time will only tell.