Joystick versus mouse in first person shooters: Mouse is faster than joystick
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Original versionPedersen, H., Refvik, R.F., Uy, J.S. & Sandnes, .FE. (2020). Joystick versus mouse in first person shooters: Mouse is faster than joystick. In: T. Ahram, R. Taiar, S.S. Colson & A.Choplin Choplin (Eds.), Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies (IHIET 2019), Cham: Springer International Publishing, 378-382 https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25629-6_58
Many gamers use desktop or laptop computers with a mouse when gaming, instead of a special purpose gaming input device such as a joystick. This study compared the hitting speed and success rates of mouse and joystick for a simple first-person shooter. A between-subjects experiment with n = 22 participants using a tailor-made game task was conducted. The results show that the mouse only takes 68.8% of the time compared to the joystick in hitting targets. No significant differences were found in terms of success rate with the two methods.