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Adjusting to a new mouse.

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I had to get a new mouse. Even after tweaking all of the settings in prBoom+ and the control panel, I can't quite get the old control yet. When I have to turn a lot, I bump into walls and stuff, or get wedged between groups of monsters because I misjudge the movement required. It's sort of saddening, because I spent quite a lot of time improving my Doom skill level recently, only to see the hard-earned rewards melt away. Worse, it doesn't feel fun to move from point X to point Y in a room anymore; it feels like an awkward, poorly coordinated chore. :(

Has anyone battled through this "adjustment period" and come out the other side? How long did it take? It's quite unpleasant.

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I personally had no problems with the DOS Doom version although i came late i set up the controls the way i felt it comfy,i set movement keys to WASD, and slightly increased Mouse sensivity and got it easy to play .

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When I switched from ZDoom to PrBoom-plus I think it literally took me months to adapt to the new type of mouse. It can be a really long process.

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Memfis said:

When I switched from ZDoom to PrBoom-plus I think it literally took me months to adapt to the new type of mouse. It can be a really long process.


Yeah I went through this in August, when I wanted to start making Boom-format maps. I actually managed to get better in prBoom+ than I was in ZDoom in just a month or so. Probably because I was pretty terrible back then.

I decided to buy yet another mouse, one more comparable to the old one. I'll take the day off from Dooming. :)

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The same thing has happened to me more than once before, you'll get through it. I've found that trying different mousepads (as opposed to using a new mouse with an old pad) can sometimes help. It's also not necessarily helpful to prioritize your old sensitivity settings over the new mouse's incidental performance--if you used to be spot-on but now are overswinging/overdodging, try dulling the settings a bit. Ultimately the magic comes from you and your sense of anticipation, not from a 'perfect' setup, and on that point, if all else fails, you might try getting accustomed to the mouse in a different game for a bit (for me it's usually Blood) before coming back to Doom. No sense banging your head against a wall.

Just for conversation's sake, when I go to play a (G)ZDoom WAD (which I generally only do for wads that need the port to function correctly), I usually find my performance also tanks for the first level or two, maybe even more if it's a WAD that has some tough fights. There's just something about player movement in ZDoom versus most other major ports that's different, always feels to me like there's a subtle tic when you stop and change directions or the like that I can never seem to quite get used to, whereas by this point I've internalized some of the other simulation differences (hitbox handling, etc.) and can act accordingly.

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Does the new mouse have customizable DPI settings? I've been through multiple mice, and I always get one with such an option so I can fine tune my settings to the values I know I am comfortable with.

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Demon of the Well said:

Ultimately the magic comes from you and your sense of anticipation ...


Yeah, one thing I noticed is that aim is secondary in Doom to moving well and actually avoiding fireballs. My aim doesn't compare poorly to quite good players, yet I have a habit of dying in ways that good players don't. I was able to "reality" the rev training scenario a few times without even turning that often, as long as I focused on dodging / herding / paying attention to attack telegraphing sprites.

Rayzik said:

Does the new mouse have customizable DPI settings? I've been through multiple mice, and I always get one with such an option so I can fine tune my settings to the values I know I am comfortable with.


I had no idea what this was until I looked it up. Thanks a bunch. Fiddling around with that helped a lot, and I'm within 90% of the previous feel.

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A few years back, I went from using a cheap mouse with standard Windows mouse acceleration to a proper high DPI mouse and Windows accel "disabled" (through those MarkC registry fixes or whatever it is), it took me a good month to adjust. Once I was finally comfortable, I asked myself what was the point, as I didn't feel like my accuracy improved in any meaningful way.

Then a couple months ago this newer mouse died and I bought a new one. Only took three days to get used to it.

I think it makes sense. If you remove acceleration, smoothing and all that jazz, then there's only one setting to tweak to find the experience you're familiar with, sensivity.

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To find a good input device is a pain in the ...4$$!
I came finally to those trackballs...
I'm using an ancient Logitech (thumb-) trackball with cable. When Logitech took them off the market (some eight years or so ago), I bought SIX of them, so I'll never have to switch to a different system...

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