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Draft
Aug 4, 2002, 11:35 PM
I'm wondering what gamepads everyone uses?? Also, do you like your gamepad?

I personally use a Macally iShock II. It's not very good though. The button set-up is about as good as it gets. The problem is with the size. It's huge!

Draft

Shrek
Aug 4, 2002, 11:47 PM
Well, when it all comes down to it: To handle a Monster Mac you need Monster Hands!

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

:D

MacMaster
Aug 4, 2002, 11:57 PM
Originally posted by Draft
I'm wondering what gamepads everyone uses?? Also, do you like your gamepad?

I personally use a Macally iShock II. It's not very good though. The button set-up is about as good as it gets. The problem is with the size. It's huge!

Draft
Isn't it the same size as the PS1/2 controller?

Draft
Aug 5, 2002, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by MacMaster

Isn't it the same size as the PS1/2 controller?

No. It has the same button lay-out, but the controller body is 1.5 to 2 times bigger. It's really bulky.

Draft

MacMaster
Aug 5, 2002, 12:13 AM
Originally posted by Draft


No. It has the same button lay-out, but the controller body is 1.5 to 2 times bigger. It's really bulky.

Draft
Oh...When I saw it in the store (from a distance) it looked exactly the same...I was thinking of getting one for a little while...

Draft
Aug 5, 2002, 02:18 PM
Anyone else own a gamepad?

Shrek
Aug 5, 2002, 02:34 PM
I do, but unfortunately it's PC only. I CAN'T WAIT TO GET A MAC!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

Draft
Aug 5, 2002, 02:36 PM
What kind of a gamepad is it? Do you like it? If it's USB, then it'll work on a Mac.

Draft

Shrek
Aug 5, 2002, 02:49 PM
It's the Logitech Wingman Rumblepad. On Logitech's website it says it's for the PC only. :( Look here (http://logitech.com/index.cfm?page=products/productlist&crid=28&countryid=19&languageid=1) at the second item in the list; some others say 'Mac' and this one doesn't. :(

MacMaster
Aug 5, 2002, 03:09 PM
Originally posted by Shrek
It's the Logitech Wingman Rumblepad. On Logitech's website it says it's for the PC only. :( Look here (http://logitech.com/index.cfm?page=products/productlist&crid=28&countryid=19&languageid=1) at the second item in the list; some others say 'Mac' and this one doesn't. :(
There's an app for OSX that will let you use it on a mac.......ahhhhh...nooooo, I can't remember what it's called :eek:! If I remember I'll tell you.

Draft
Aug 5, 2002, 04:38 PM
Originally posted by MacMaster

There's an app for OSX that will let you use it on a mac.......ahhhhh...nooooo, I can't remember what it's called :eek:! If I remember I'll tell you.

It's called Gamepad Companion. Any USB gamepad will work in OS X with this utility. The rumble probably won't work though.

Draft

MacMaster
Aug 5, 2002, 04:39 PM
Originally posted by Draft


It's called Gamepad Companion. Any USB gamepad will work in OS X with this utility. The rumble probably won't work though.

Draft
Yes thank you that's it! My brain feels much better now.:p

Shrek
Aug 5, 2002, 05:33 PM
Originally posted by Draft


It's called Gamepad Companion. Any USB gamepad will work in OS X with this utility. The rumble probably won't work though.

Draft

Stupid rumble! :p

bousozoku
Aug 5, 2002, 08:01 PM
I've got a Gravis Gamepad Pro. You can generally get this for between $15 and $25, depending on sales and markdowns. Since most of the games which use the game pad aren't Mac OS X compatible, I don't know whether it works in Mac OS X.

It works acceptably well in Mac OS 9.x as long as the program understands InputSprocket and is approximately the same size as the PlayStation controller with the same layout.

I believe that USB Overdrive is another shareware program that will allow you to use a variety of joysticks and gamepads and mice (mousies?) on Mac OS X.

TEG
Aug 5, 2002, 08:32 PM
I use a Gravis Exterminator Digital

My mom bought it for me for my PC, it came with a USB Adapter and Was Mac compatible, so When I bought My PBG4 It came with me.

Why Doesn't Apple have built in support for joysticks/gamepads like os9?

TEG

Draft
Aug 5, 2002, 10:23 PM
Originally posted by TEG
I use a Gravis Exterminator Digital

My mom bought it for me for my PC, it came with a USB Adapter and Was Mac compatible, so When I bought My PBG4 It came with me.

Why Doesn't Apple have built in support for joysticks/gamepads like os9?

TEG

They're working on it. Hopefully in Jaguar they'll have it. Hopefully.

Draft

Shrek
Aug 5, 2002, 10:43 PM
Originally posted by Draft


They're working on it. Hopefully in Jaguar they'll have it. Hopefully.

Draft

That's exactly what I'm waiting on before I get my first Macintosh: Jaguar, but also the G5 (hopefully). And not to forget, money--lots of money. ;)

vitruvius
Aug 5, 2002, 10:52 PM
SideWinder Dual Strike

even i dont like Microsoft, i bought this GamePad 2 years ago and its the greatest gamepad for FPS (due to the articulated part u can direct your gun with one side of the gamepad while u run using the other side, its tricky to learn, but when u do no one can stop u) i think the design rocks , and even the box said that it doesnt work on a mac i plugged in my first TiBook with os9 and it worked perfectly in Unreal and Quake, and now Gamepad companion is close to give me full support for gaming in OSX ( gamepad still lack some hatswitch support)

heres a view of the gamepad ( so bad M$ doesnt produce it anymore):rolleyes:

m4cw4re_syst3m
Feb 12, 2004, 09:39 AM
Hi,
Thanks for the info on GamePad Companion!
just got my newly aquired Logictech WingMan Precision 6 button gamepad going with it, all seems to be working fine under OSX Panther :)

Thanks again
http://img.shopping.com/cctool/PrdImg/images/pr/177X150/00/01/3e/fd/7c/20905340.JPG

d-fi
Feb 12, 2004, 04:04 PM
When i went looking for a gamepad i was not impressed at the quality of most pc (as in personal computer) gamepads. They either looked cheezy felt cheezy or were just bad knockoffs of console gamepads.

After looking around for a day in town with no luck. I thought why can't i use my PS2 controler with my iBook?

A quick search on the web and i found a PS/PS2 to USB adapter for about $18(us) including shipping to New Zealand.

Now i have my white iBook with a white PS2 controler. rumble and everything works, for me the PS2 controler is the ulimate game controler how else could you play Tony Hawk 4 on a iBook, keyboard? that would be fun:rolleyes:

if you don't have this yet you should get it for configuring your gamepad/joystick assigning keys that sort of thing for OS X

Gamepad companion:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/drivers/gamepadcompanion.html

this isn't a plug but here is the web site if anyone is interested:

usb adapters:
http://www.lik-sang.com/list.php?category=55&

anyways hope that can help

d-fi

jxyama
Feb 19, 2004, 12:00 PM
Originally posted by d-fi
Gamepad companion:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/drivers/gamepadcompanion.html

this isn't a plug but here is the web site if anyone is interested:

usb adapters:
http://www.lik-sang.com/list.php?category=55&


i'm sort of of the same opinion. i just got a logitech dual action game pad and have been ok with it. (but i've read a lot of reviews on amazon complaining about the quick failure of the left analog stick... so i will probably return it.)

i'm strongly considering purchasing this usb adapter since i already have many PS2/PS1 controllers - it will let me play two players on various emulators on my PB... but i have one question. does the gamepad companion/usb adapter correctly let you use analog stick?

i like PS2/1 directional buttons but analog would certainly be nice...

cubist
Feb 19, 2004, 02:25 PM
Thanks for reviving the old thread. I just ordered the Lik-Sang adapter -- since my stepson has a PS2, I'll be able to use his controllers!

jxyama
Feb 19, 2004, 07:47 PM
Originally posted by cubist
Thanks for reviving the old thread. I just ordered the Lik-Sang adapter -- since my stepson has a PS2, I'll be able to use his controllers!

let me know if the analog controls work well with it or not... i'll probably order anyway, but it would be nice to get a first hand feedback...

jxyama
Feb 21, 2004, 09:50 AM
i found this on another thread...

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=26-304

if radioshack accepts returns (i think they do...), i'm gonna get this today and try it. it's not mentioned whether this will work with Macs but worth a try...

cubist
Feb 27, 2004, 12:52 PM
Just got my lik-sang smart joy today! Installing as we speak! Thanks for the great info, gang!

(later) Works fine on the PC; ... Game Pad Companion is a little difficult to set up, there being no standard game controller interface in Mac OS X (why not?), but works fine once configured. This is great! Now my stepson will wonder where his good controller is :)

AssassinOfGates
Feb 28, 2004, 03:35 AM
Thrustmaster (Pro?) USB. Dpad, 4 triggers, 4 face buttons. $10 at CompUSA and GameStop / FuncoLand. Its a crappy controler for most games, but for $10 it makes perfect sense for those 4 player MAME sessions :D Love it!

TeknoTurd
Mar 5, 2004, 01:59 AM
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000ALFCI.01-A1921S276TP630.MZZZZZZZ.jpg

Logitech Dual Action - $20 - It works well with all of my emulators. The only games I play are through emulators so this controller is nice because its pretty basic. I give it a 9/10. The only reason I don't give it a full 10/10 is because the D-Pad on the left is a circl instead of looking like this + so it sometimes gets confused between a "Down" command and a "Down-Left" or "Down-Right" It just takes some getting used to.

rockman2023
Mar 5, 2004, 12:00 PM
i found this on another thread...

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&catalog%5Fname=CTLG&product%5Fid=26-304

if radioshack accepts returns (i think they do...), i'm gonna get this today and try it. it's not mentioned whether this will work with Macs but worth a try...

I'm the one who boasted on another thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=60591, message #22) about how I despised the iShock2 I wasted money on, and how much I liked the PS-to-USB adapter. Please do check out the PS-to-USB adapter because it DOES work on Macs. You may also want to invest in GamePad Companion to configure the controller for apps that dont have HID support. SNES9X and Stepmania dont require Gamepad Companion, for example.

jxyama
Mar 5, 2004, 03:41 PM
well, there's also very good "Emulator Enhancer" which works with NEStopia, Generator and TGEmu (but not SNESX or MacMAME). i noticed that my PB is a bit underpowered and when using NEStopia, gamepad companion made things a bit choppy. so i've gotten rid of it for now.

Emulator Enhancer is a shareware, $25, but it's fully functional without donations. will not expire - you just get a popup when you start the emulators. (considering how much i use it, i will be making a donation shortly.) it also allows full screen mode as well. i recommend it over gamepad companion for most emulators.

BTW, thanks for posting about the radioshack PS2->USB adapter. that thing is a godsend. PS2 controller is by far the best one out there...

i returned my logitec pad mentioned few posts earlier after reading on amazon that the left analog stick has a fairly high failure rate..?

spinner
Mar 5, 2004, 04:48 PM
I have the Gravis Xterminator game pad.

Check it out. (http://www.gravis.com/products/pro_xte_d1080.html)

leftbanke7
Mar 5, 2004, 07:58 PM
I just bought the PSX-USB converter based on how well it was hyped here. It's great but it seems to be just slightly slower than my previous controller but nothing too great that I can't handle. All in all, it was a great $11 purchase.

nargot
Mar 8, 2004, 06:03 AM
When i went looking for a gamepad i was not impressed at the quality of most pc (as in personal computer) gamepads. They either looked cheezy felt cheezy or were just bad knockoffs of console gamepads.

After looking around for a day in town with no luck. I thought why can't i use my PS2 controler with my iBook?

A quick search on the web and i found a PS/PS2 to USB adapter for about $18(us) including shipping to New Zealand.

Now i have my white iBook with a white PS2 controler. rumble and everything works, for me the PS2 controler is the ulimate game controler how else could you play Tony Hawk 4 on a iBook, keyboard? that would be fun:rolleyes:

if you don't have this yet you should get it for configuring your gamepad/joystick assigning keys that sort of thing for OS X

Gamepad companion:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/drivers/gamepadcompanion.html

this isn't a plug but here is the web site if anyone is interested:

usb adapters:
http://www.lik-sang.com/list.php?category=55&

anyways hope that can help

d-fi

Just ordered myself the gamejoy ps2-usb adapter, cheap as... hope it works well because it will make my ps2 less redundant

powerofthekiwi
Mar 18, 2004, 02:50 PM
I have an ishock II and hate it for FPS! Is there any way to make the analog sticks continuous? when I push them they move the cursor by blocks on the screen - not a continuous movement like on a console but a blocky one - this make aiming impossible! Does anyone know a fix? If not - anyone using a gamepad whos analog sticks are continuous like a console (I love the controls for halo on x box and am trying to get similar results on my mac)

Dr. Zauis
Mar 19, 2004, 03:33 PM
I use a Gravis Gamepad Pro ($10 at Best Buy)

nargot
Mar 19, 2004, 03:50 PM
Just ordered myself the gamejoy ps2-usb adapter, cheap as... hope it works well because it will make my ps2 less redundant

Received it in 3 days from order purchace!!!! that is super quick!
Its easy to use, configure in minutes with gamepad companion. I havn't fully tested the analog stick yet, hopefully i'll have time this weekend

7on
Mar 19, 2004, 04:09 PM
10.3 has full gamepad support to my knowledge. Even without GC. My Nostromo n45 works in Panther and so do those Axis Pads (both Win only and didn't work defaultly in Jag w/o GC).

the Belkin n45, best gamepad ever
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Product_Id=104594

http://images.belkin.com/F8GBPC001/FUL1_F8GBPC001.jpg

Check out that d-pad!

jxyama
Mar 19, 2004, 04:40 PM
10.3 has full gamepad support to my knowledge. Even without GC.

for "ordinary" USB pads, yes. but PS2 to USB converter isn't a standard "USB" input device so it doesn't work without GC.

(for emulators, just use emulator enhancer. it's more robust.)