Treating it to option 3 solved my spinning problem. So I'm currently back in piloting school, losing the bombardment
bit, much to the enjoyment of all the young colleague pilots-in-training and teachers manning the bleachers to see the old guy (me) struggling to get out of the way of two handfuls of asteroids launched into my path.
Sorry, but I didn't have the chance to get through the training sessions. I'd bet that for a newcomer they might bring some challenge.
Never played a FPS, either, by the time Linux got its first FPS, my dexterity was already so much lower than when one is in their teens, that I'd be only a casual victim in any multi-player FPS, and I don't enjoy destruction anyway, I play games like various Civilization, SimCity and Football Manager much more. And even then, mostly solo, I much prefer cooperative play to competetive play. and I appear to be an oddball in that. Oh, and I play MMORPGs, if they have an enjoyable social dimension.
I don't enjoy destruction either, though, I've been hitting the Linux FPSs for a while, and I kept my dexterity quite up to the task. My lucky story is that 1. I controlled a FPS server and 2. I could run the Linux client for it, which performed way better than the Windows clients (without making use of admin tricks, mind you), this way doing "The Right Thing (TM)" against my opponents. Oh, and having a right/well organized team in multi-player FPS, acts as a bonus.
But I'll give that mouse control a seeing to, perhaps that will make some things easier for an older recruit like myself.
Oh, and I wanted to say one more thing about purism: engines running at a fixed speed? In space?? Seriously
??? Whoever wrote Elite clearly failed physics, as evidenced by the aft view at cruising speed.
And by the direction of travel after turning the ship, or coming to a stop after killing the engines, stopping roll/pitch after releasing those controls. Doesn't bother me, but purism my arse!
Don't know about purism (as long as you enjoy what you're doing, is pure enough in my books), but the mouse control in Oolite might not ease things as expected. Although I have a joystick and PS3 controller attached to my computer, I'm still keyboarding mostly. Works similar on other machines (laptops) I run it.