By Vincent Tucker // Senior Global Marketing Manager, Gaming on December 10, 2008
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Hello, I’m Vincent Tucker. I’m a global product marketing manager in the Gaming business unit here at Logitech. I have been with Logitech for four years and in the gaming industry for more than eleven years. I work out of Logitech’s Fremont office in the Bay Area. It seems I’ve been around the world, though there are always new places to visit. Recently, I’ve been working my way through the top 100 best movies and books of all time. It’s quite a task but is totally worth the effort in my opinion.
The G13 Advanced Gameboard has been a special project for me. I, like so many others, have been playing game after game on the PC for as long as computer games have existed. My current gaming focus is World of Warcraft (WoW). I have been playing a Priest in WoW since the ‘Friends and Family’ alpha stage in January 2004. It is an excellent game and I have a great time playing with real-life and online friends I have met along the way.
My objective for the G13 was to make something that would help me be a better player. I’ve been using a keyboard for all my gaming, but regardless of button mapping or macro programming, I felt I’d reached a plateau in my gaming proficiency. My biggest desire was to address two of my gaming shortfalls:
1. I travel quite a bit and playing on a laptop keyboard is not fun; and
2. I wanted to move as many of my quick-bar keys as possible to a position under my fingers.
I tried to play on my laptop on many of my trips but it wasn’t comfortable or particularly efficient. I felt my play suffered so much that I would simply solo or grind rather than get into instance groups. Also, when I played on my laptop while traveling or at home, moving my hand off W, A, S, and D, and reaching over to activate a distant key not only took time, but also prevented me from reacting to some dynamic circumstance.
The G13 has greatly improved my performance. I regularly receive compliments on my healing prowess from both my Cauldron Born Guild-mates and random pugs. Sadly, this does not affect my leadership position on the death meters … though this is really an “under-tanking” issue! I die so frequently my guild has renamed “Spirit of Redemption” after me. Perhaps I need to send a G13 to my main tank.
* Logitech G13 Keypad Will Help Up Your PWN Factor (Gizmodo)
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* Logitech G13 game board brings screen to the screenless (CNET)
* Logitech Intros G13 Gameboard (PC World)
* Logitech Announces G13 Gamepad (I4U)
* Logitech intros G13 gameboard (Macworld)