The premise of the Stinky Footboard is simple: Sometimes two hands and 10 fingers aren’t enough. And in games that require you to press more keys than a world-class pianist, your foot can come in handy.
That’s the idea behind Stinky’s deadly simple Footboard. The USB device is akin to a four-way, foot-operated D-pad. We had concerns about the durability of the Footboard, but cracking open our review model revealed the D-pad balanced on a heavy-duty ball-bearing and a metal bar running across the length of it. The switches themselves are Cherry MX blue. The unit connects to the USB cable via a standard Micro-USB port, so you can swap cables if need be.
Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of the magazine.
It was close, but the Stinky Footboard Kickstarter campaign was ultimately successful.
Imagine using your foot to cast a spell or to kick an opponent in the gut when he charges so close you can smell what he ate for lunch through your monitor. Or maybe you'd step down when you want to crouch, jump, or sprint. These are just some ways you might use the Stinky Footboard, a PC game controller for your foot that recently hit its goal on Kickstarter with a few thousand dollars to spare.
For first person shooters, real-time strategy titles, and most gaming genres outside of sports, using a mouse and keyboard trumps a console controller, hands down. I won't debate this, but after reading about the Stinky Footboard, I am willing to concede that there's room for a third wheel in what's traditionally been a two-handed tango. Just as piano players rely on foot pedals for a wider range of sound, the Stinky Footboard offers gamers greater flexibility than a mouse and keyboard alone.