Wired for speed

Gaming consoles may be nasty loathsome closed-platform things, but they certainly do have nice comfy controller pads. My keyboard gaming skills, built up over 15 years, were finally defeated by Ubisoft’s lazy so-called “PC conversion” of Assassin’s Creed II. So I gave in to the dark side — and picked up an £18 Xbox 360 Wired Controller for Windows

All of a sudden, the game is actually playable. The pad runs fine on Windows 7, and games auto-detect and use it if the official drivers are running. Hurrah!