What this mouse lacks in comfort, it makes up for with flexibility for a large number of games. Instead of interfacing with each game’s internal mouse settings, it has an independent program that lets you set up individual control schemes. Once installed, you access the mouse’s menu and load up a control profile for a specific game, then run the game. The proprietary software comes pre-loaded with a list of popular shooters and some other PC titles, and you even have the ability to create your own custom templates for new games, or customize the old ones.
Over the course of a couple weeks, I tried it out on Half-Life, the aforementioned UT 04, Jedi Academy, various incarnations of Quake, and even my old favorite, Doom. Working out control schemes for each game was time consuming, but in the end I was happy that I could tweak most any option on any of my games. For the hardcore audience, certain stick/button combos can be programmed—for example, pressing different directions on two sticks at the same time could perform a special move. The flexibility of this mouse is practically bottomless, if you don’t mind twisting your fingers.
For standard PC use, such as word processing or surfing, the Game O’ needs some minor adjustments. The sensitivity, at least on my desktop, was far too high to use effectively, so I kept the Game O’ plugged into a secondary USB port as a standby gaming mouse. I couldn’t find any sensitivity sliders in the mouse’s own setup program, but some hunting around in Windows config will remedy that problem.
I have one last complaint—the Game 0’ model that I reviewed has an inexcusable plastic squeak. It made the aggravating noise every time it was bumped, and I determined the source of the noise to be the right mouse button. I hope this is just a factory defect for my review model alone, because only real mice are supposed to squeak, not gaming ones.
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Sandio’s Game O’ mouse is the first to test the horizons of gaming mice, but don’t expect it to be a magic bullet to cure your Counter Strike woes. It takes practice, just like anything else, and the odd placement of the top stick, which makes accessing the scroll wheel difficult, may gripe some keyboard-mouse purists. That said, the Game O’ performs well with a wide variety of games and can be customized for just about any title on the market. Check it out if you want to experiment with your shooting style.
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