Earlier this year I took a pretty gnarly back injury. I’m 90% better but, just my luck, the one body position that still hurts a lot is sitting in a desk chair. I’ve been playing other games with an Xbox controller in the meantime, but I really missed WoW, so I returned for 9.0.
After trying to sit at my desk and confirming that, yup, it still really hurts - I tried out the new controller support Blizzard put in. It’s a step in the right direction, but having to push the select button and move the mouse cursor around to deal with my inventory or interact with objects in the world is just too clunky. I’ve also tried the Consoleport add-on, which was a little less clunky but a lot more complex - I could never quite get my head around all the different bindings, and it always took so long to set up.
Mouse and keyboard is just too good for WoW! So I’ve been looking into couch-friendly M&K solutions. First there are lapboards from Corsair and Razer, but they’re all over $150, which is a bit much for me right now. I’ve also found wireless keyboards with an integrated touch pad for mouse control, but I worry about the touch pad being as frustrating to use for the pointer as the Xbox controller’s right thumbstick. I’ve also found these interesting mini-keyboards that are only the leftmost side of a full keyboard, focused on WASD and its surrounding keys. Some reviewers say they really like it for couch gaming.
Could any of you couch adventurers share your setups with me? I’m really bummed out thinking about how my days in Azeroth might be over, but there’s got to be a way to play from the couch that doesn’t suck!