An Interview with the Creators of the World of Warcraft SwitchBlade

It's not a Knife, It's a Switchblade

All across the world, almost everyone has one thing in common: We love being comfortable. Whether we're relaxing in a hot tub or kicking back in our Lay-Z-Boy recliner, people generally love to be in positions where they can stretch out and relax. For years, however, the computer gaming industry has been tied to the keyboard and mouse set up; not exactly the best choice for ergonomic game playing. All of that is set to change with the introduction of Blue Orb's SwitchBlade technology, which allows you to play your favorite MMOGs via an Xbox 360 controller. To learn more about this new technology, the Ten Ton Hammer staff tracked down Aaron Levin, Blue Orb's VP of Business Development, and asked him a slew of questions about SwitchBlade and MMO gaming in general.

The left analog stick controls movement, while the right analog stick controls the mouse. The left and right shoulder buttons control the left and right mouse buttons, respectively – and if a user holds down the right shoulder, they can use the right analog stick to control the camera and the direction their character is facing. There's even an option in the SwitchBlade interface to lock the camera by simply hitting the right shoulder, which results in a much more console-like experience.

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