Gaming Steering Wheels
Late at night a young Ickitt Moverhover would steal away from his bed--against the rules of his parents and his state--to marvel at the prized possession of his family: the 1978 imported Chi-Town Hustler. After unscrewing the petrol tank, he would breathe into his lungs the familiar smell of toxicity and impregnate his dreams with drag racing. When the blip blip of dying brain cells faded into sleep, the greats would appear to him: Arnie Beswick, Shirley Muldowney...Vin Diesel, and they would elude the coppers with their artful driving kills. One night as Ickitt dreamed the dreams of torqued wheels and starting point gunpowder, he realized the satiety of the dream-world had disappeared. He would need something more tangible: a racing game fully equipped with pedals and a steering wheel .
| ||Ickett, though determined, was befuddled by the manufacturer's purchasing lingo, and he needed to do a bit of research before buying a wheel.|
Here are some things he considered and key words he learned:
- What console do I have and what steering wheels are compatible with my console? Ickitt has a PS3, but you may have something different--such as a computer.
- What is force feedback? The force feedback wheels are designed to give the same feedback as would be experienced when driving a real car, but the realism of this depends on the game.
- What is a yoke? A yoke is very similar to a steering wheel except that it resembles the control yoke found on many aircraft. Some flight yoke systems have additional controls attached directly to the yoke for simulation of aircraft functions such as radio push-to-talk buttons. Yokes, like throttle quadrants and pedals, are popular with serious flight-simulation enthusiasts.
- Should I get a set with pedals? Pedals may be used for driving simulations or flight simulations. In the former case, an asymmetric set of pedals can simulate the accelerator, brakes, and clutch pedals in a real car. Most steering wheel controllers come with a set of pedals.
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