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Evaluation of Mouse Pads Designed to Enhance Gaming Performance

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In recent years, competitive computer gaming has enjoyed a rise in popularity. Marketers of gaming accessories make claims as to how their product can improve user performance. An experiment was conducted examining three specialized mouse pads. Results indicated no performance difference between the specialized mouse pads, a traditional mouse pad and no mouse pad. No significant differences were found between each of the mousing surfaces based on kinematic data. The results suggest that manufacturers claim of increased performance can not be supported by empirical evidence.

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... More specifically, there is a tendency towards using a specific type of computer equipment, which is designed for playing games competitively. For instance, Slocum et al. (2005) note that since most competitive games rely on the fast and accurate movements of the mouse for manipulating movements during competitions, playing eSports requires optimised user input performance. Consequently, 'manufacturers of computer accessories have benefited from gamers' increased demand for high-dpi optical mice, specialised input devices and specialised mouse pads to give them a competitive edge with regard to control of input' (Slocum et al., 2005: 706). ...
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