Recommendations for a joystick or gamepad?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by TopGear, Jan 17, 2004.

  1. TopGear macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2002
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    Anyone have any recommendations for a good, cheap joystick or gamepad?

    In case it matters, I have a 800 mhz G3 iBook (dual USB) with 640 mb RAM. I'm just looking to play Deimos Rising or whatever without wearing out my keyboard. Plus there's the carpel tunnel syndrome...


  2. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    If you're going to be playing basic stuff, I can reccomend the Thrustmaster Firestorm 3.

    It says it's for PC, but I have one and it works perfectly on the Mac. Also, it's only $10. A great buy. (There's also the Firestorm Digital 2, which has more buttons)

    I also have the Nostromo N45 Gamepad. I bought it thinking I'd use it for Rayman 3, but when that fell through, it mostly got put in the drawer. It's really nice though. It's great when have friends over so we can play 3 player stuff in Mame or on SNES9x, and others.

    It's around $20, but it has buttons out the wazoo and a pair of analog sticks.
  3. deep square leg macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2003
    I'd suggest getting a cheap playstation control pad on ebay or something (or perhaps you already have one?) and buying a USB -> playstation converter. Mine works wonderfully on my PC and Mac, i use it for all of my games and emulators. You can also buy usb Xbox controller converters, actually pretty much any recent games controller has a usb converter.

    IMHO console controllers are much better, both in quality and design. They have to be, they are the only interface to the unit!

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