Xbox-style LOTRO With SwitchBlade

by Jon Davis 11. February 2008 02:11

Before I call it a night I wanted to blog a note that I thought I'd stumbled across mention somewhere that it was possible to play a PC MMORPG with a wired Xbox 360 controller. Sure enough, I found the answer to this at It targets World of Warcraft alone for now, but the controls are customizeable and LOTRO is a WoW look-alike anyway so the mappings pretty much just work. There was a little bit of learning curve, but once I realized that I need to hold the right bumper down to rotate my character I was good to go.

I didn't have time to play it much, but testing it, it seemed promising. An MMORPG is meant to be played with a keyboard handy--those are real people you're playing alongside, after all, so you should be free to chat. But I like the idea of running around as a Hobbit without a mouse when I'm sitting at my sofa.

Tomorrow or sometime this week I hope to try the Xbox controller with my PC flavor of Call of Duty 4. I had the Xbox flavor of the game as well, but I immediately sold it when I realized that the PC copy would suffice.

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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