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THIS JOYSTICK IS A REAL HEAD-TURNER

DON'T BELIEVE IT WHEN FRIENDS TELL YOU THEY bought a multimedia PC to help the kids with their schoolwork. According to market researcher Link Resources Inc., 75% of all home PCs are used to play games. Logitech Inc., the Fremont (Calif.) maker of computer mice and other pointing devices, is hoping to cash in on the home-PC game craze.

On May 16, at the game-industry's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, it plans to unveil what it calls the ultimate in joysticks. The $99 Wingman Warrior is designed specifically for hot 3-D computer games such as Id Software's popular Doom. In those first-person-perspective games, players often have to master difficult keystrokes to change the viewpoint while using a joystick to control movement. Wingman Warrior's so-called SpinControl knob makes it easier to play those games by mimicking natural head-turning: Turn the knob left, and the viewpoint changes as if the player had turned his or her head to look left.

EDITED BY PAUL M. ENG


Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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