@QuantumDelta: I mostly disagree with you. I have finished FS1 twice on 'medium' on keyboard only, I was OK on dogfight but never precise, I even made the loop thing you did in your videos, maybe is just me not good at keyboard. I played with joystick too and was much better, I was playing FS1 on 'hard' this time when I broke 2 joysticks and then I stopped playing.
As a long time ACE Online player I can say first hand the mouse is better than joystick and by far than keyboard on a dogfight on that game, that's why you just don't have keyboard controls. The mouse in FS doesn't work as a joystick so, is not a fair comparison to a FS keyboard performance.
Mouse is best because you slide the mouse in the direction you want and for me is easy to be precise and follow targets very close, with a keyboard you have fine tune your following with lots of keystrokes on the key pad constantly.
The mouse is not a lazy man's device, is just a device that is, by its nature, more efficient than the keyboard, if it works like a fine tuned joystick, like in ACE online not like in FS. Why don't you play ACE online so you can see what I'm talking about? Of course the turning in ACE depends on your engine, a good one would be 130º+ at level 7X+, would take you like 1 week to get there, is not much, considering it takes months to get to level 9X+, the level top is 110.
I wrote that you used joystick because of how you handled the throttle in one of your videos, I think was called "Lost hope part 2"
You wrote yourself, you need a mouse for precision, keyboard might have best turning but you need a lot of practice and keystrokes to achieve the level of precision and easy aiming a fine tuned mouse working as a joystick, I know
this as I have demonstrated, and you or anyone else won't convince me other wise.
@General Battuta: OK, you're being impolite so I'll be impolite too: No, I'm not talking ****, YOU ARE, I have described why a fine tuned mouse working as a joystick can beat a keyboard and you come here an insult me and threaten me. Keyboard players perform well because it has high sensitivity on turning and with a lot of practice and keystrokes you get a good player (precise), that doesn't mean is more efficient let alone easier to use than a fine tuned mouse working as a joystick. Is not either fault, is just the way they work.
And you conveniently skipped paragraphs, people do that when they're afraid of losing. So if you're another coward moderator and don't have what it takes to discuss something and you'll ban who ever tries to contradict you, then fine, ban me then, don't forget to flame to be the perfect coward.
@JGZinv You're right, the natural ability also is a factor in performance and of course the personal choice for an input device, I prefer efficiency, little investment high output, hence the mouse as a joystick.
I have this script: Script - Scripted Mouse
which sucks, is far from fine tuned, if you have a good one please link it.
PS: I made some corrections, those small mistakes changed the entire meaning of some paragraphs.