Do "G" Keys Have Any Value in RPG's & FPS'?

Whisper2

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I bought a Corsair K90 keyboard several months ago primarily because I wanted to try mechanical keys. I chose this model for the lighting not the "G" keys.

I play only single player RPG's & FPS'. I just started Skyrim - Dragonborn and I still have Borderlands 2 installed (waiting for the level increase). Is there anything the "G" keys could add to playing these games?
 

Dankk

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By "G" keys, I assume those are programmable function keys?

I don't know. Probably won't be that helpful in either game, but that's for you to decide. I mean, the purpose of the keys is that you can do anything you want with them. You can potentially have a whole bunch of hotkeys on the side of your keyboard that you normally wouldn't be able to have.
 

Red Storm

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I think it would be more useful in twitch (fast paced) games where tying multiple things to one key would be ideal.
 
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In something like Skyrim you could use them as hot keys for various items or spells you use regularly. One of them could use a health potion, another could switch between a weapon and a bow, you could use them for various spells that you favor, etc. Not a lot of use for macros in that game, which is unfortunate, since if the crafting wasn't menu driven, you could use them for smithing/enchanting/alchemy and make those a lot easier.

As far as an FPS is concerned, depends on the game. They're great for CS since you can assign each to a different loadout and buy all your items with a single keystroke. I don't know about macros for FPS games though; I wouldn't think they'd offer any advantage.
 

Keeper

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I am going to sit back and watch for replies..... Because I too wonder that. I have tried a couple of the 'Pre Programed" set-ups. And I am like "MEH...."

I was looking forward to using in in BL2 but since I found Multiplayer, there is little need. We go in. We roam. We kill. We loot...WAIT... I need to make a NINJA Macro. Cause I am the ARSE hat that kills all the baddies before looting chests.
YEAH, I play with randos... My kids and or their GF's didnt go BL2.

Thats it... Tonight I am "marcoing" a double tap "E" program!!!!!!!!!!
Calling it NINJA LOOTER

(Wow, thats pathetic... I feel like Claptrap).
 

BrightCandle

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MyvG15 has them and I have recorded a few things mid game that I was repeating but haven't done that for years. They just aren't as useful as they might first appear.
 

Elcs

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I've owned keyboards with G-keys or macro/programmable keys since around 2007/2008'ish and the only game I can recall where I've had any sort of really positive use out of them was in Age of Conan. I bought the game on release day and quickly programmed macros for all of my combo skills. Why press keys in a certain order at a certain speed when I can program a macro to do it?

Since then I've tried to use my G-keys to replace the traditional WASD and that failed spectacularly. Not found much use, if any, for them since.
 

supremor

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I have not used the programmable keys once in the 4 or so years I've had this keyboard. The only real scenario where I see them being useful is MMO's and I'm never touching those again.
 

JamesV

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Outside of games, I have my G keys bound to things like Notepad, Calculator, IE, and Media Center.

If a game makes me use WASD for movement (normally arrow key user), then I use the G keys as extra keys. Since my pinky can reach them easily, I bind them to direct weapon selects which would normally reside on 7 through 0, which you can't hit without moving your fingers off WASD.
 

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