It was when I made the transition from “strictly console gamer” to “strictly PC gamer” that I started to lose my feel for the gamepad. The mouse and keyboard seemed to feel so much more natural to me, and the maneuvers I could perform on a PC completely overshadowed the unholy mess I would make on a gamepad. As I write this I am fully capable of completing every portion of Left 4 Dead with sweet precision. I am the king of the headshot! But you stick me in front of this game with a gamepad and I guarantee you will be voting me off the campaign within the first minute. I seriously couldn’t aim worth a damn.
There are hundreds of gamepads available online now, and they only multiply. And since the wonderful people at Microsoft created the Xbox 360, their controller works perfectly on a Vista machine. Read more at OCModShop.