So this is a new one for me, writing on one blog about another blog. Normally I would think something like this is shameless self promotion, and maybe it is… Nah, just kidding, I have the privilege of writing for two of our blogs. Our new baby here, the Microsoft Hardware Blog, as well as the SideWinder Blog. Though both sites have a bit of a different focus, Hardware vs. Gaming, they do share much common ground. For the PC gamer, the only thing that comes close to being as important as the games themselves, is the hardware that you use to play them. So really, these two sites are like peanut butter and chocolate. Two great tastes that… well, you know the rest.
The SideWinder team refers to me as the SideWinder Insider. I don’t work directly as part of their team, but due to my passion for gaming and Microsoft Hardware, they have made me a virtual member of the team. As for my normal “day job” here at Microsoft, I am a Senior Premier Field Engineer on the Dedicated Support Engineering team. I have been a gamer since I was old enough to reach the keyboard on the computer, and tend to be pretty demanding on my mice and keyboards. I have used just about every SideWinder product ever made; in fact, I still have a mint condition SideWinder Strategic Commander in my office. And can remember vividly the days of using the SideWinder Force Feedback Pro playing PC games like Mechwarrior 2 and Starsiege. Now I run the SideWinder Blog, interact with the community via gaming events and Twitter, as well as assisting with the SideWinder Facebook pages.
Over the last few years I have gotten to know the folks on the SideWinder Hardware team very well. It is a privilege to have input on the design process for new products as well as having the chance to test them before they are finalized. I am always looking for feedback from the community on what you do or don’t like when it comes to gaming hardware. The more information I have from you, the better I can assist in providing feedback to the group and the better our products can help meet your needs.
So my point today is to let those of you who are not only fans of our hardware, but who are also gamers, know that we have a nice community over on the SideWinder Blog. Most of the time you will find tips and tricks on whatever the current flavor of the month is on the gaming front, as well as HD video captures of gameplay footage taken by myself. If you are lucky, you may get to see yourself in my videos as I tend to spend a lot of time playing with the folks who frequent the blog as well as those who follow us on twitter (@SideWinder_24x7). Between the two blogs, I also get the opportunity here and there to give away some nice SideWinder gear, like the new SideWinder X4 Keyboard or X8 Mouse. Also feel free to check out the new SideWinder Channel on Youtube, to see what we are playing now.
Over here on the Hardware Blog I will mostly be posting hardware information that relates to gaming, Tips and Tricks, Macros, etc… For those of you who are looking to jump online and get your game on, I will have plenty of content over on the SideWinder Blog for you as well. Between the two we should have plenty of fun on the way. If you are interested in hooking up with SideWinder for some gaming, you can always find me using the following:
Games for Windows/Xbox LIVE Gamertag: SideWinder 24×7
Steam Community ID: SideWinder 24×7 (http://Steamcommunity.com/id/SideWinder_24x7)
I am always looking for some more friendly faces on the battlefield, so stop by, have some fun, and let me know what you think of our products.