Games that use Joystick?

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  1. apattee macrumors regular

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    I have a Joystick that I find fun to use, and I'm just wondering what mac games use joysticks. I enjoy games with airplanes but not so much simulations.
     
  2. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I know an insane person who uses a joystick to play a First Person Shooter. Not recommended. The referenced person normally gets his butt kicked in Matches. :)

    My suggestion is to stick with simulations for joysticks- Airplane, Tank, maybe racing if you don't have a wheel.
     
  3. billmister macrumors 6502

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    i tried buying a controller to play games of doom and it didn't work.. i bought two. Once was from logitech and the other was somethign else.. Neither worked, so i returned it. SUCKS.

    now i'm used to using my mouse, so eveything is now good.
     
  4. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Keyboard and mouse/trackball is the only way to play Shooters. Hmm, I wonder if you hooked up a keyboard mouse to your 360 if you would kick a bunch of butt of those playing Halo mp, using controllers? :)
     
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  7. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Boy are you talking ancient history... Great game in it's time. :) I tried to find some screenshots online, no go.
     
  8. Ubz Gray Mouser macrumors newbie

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    I know this ^^^ is a very old post, but, I disagree with your comment. I am a Global Moderator for the FPS game, UberStrike. I use a cheap Logitech Attack 3 joystick (left hand) and a gaming mouse for my right hand. Keyboard is not used at all. Joystick buttons (crouch, primary weapon, spring grenades, etc, etc) are easily activated by by thumb. Jump is trigger. WASD functions are the joystick itself. Fire and scope functions are left and right mouse buttons, with the scroll wheel toggling weapons choice. Sweet. Efficient. Fast learning curve. No more keyboard-induced cramped fingers during long sessions. Only con is trying to text in-game messaging, because you have to let go of the joystick to chat, which is best done during a respawn

    Unlike many FPS games, UberStrike includes USB joystick discovery and customization in the in-game setup. More games are just beginning to adopt this policy, as opposed to using joystick/keyboard mapping apps.

    At any rate, if you happen to play UberStrike, stop by sometime for a friendly game and see if I get my "butt kicked" because I am using a joystick. :)

    And if your favorite games provide joystick support, give it a shot. You may be very surprised. BTW, the logitech Attack 3 is under $30 and can be used either right or left handed.
     
  9. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I'm open to the possibility. It just seems that when you have two fingers on the A and D key you'll have a faster response than by deflecting a joystick. It would also come into play when using a side movement button in combination with forward and aft button, then reversing course, faster response than with deflections on a joy stick. I will admit that this is more important in a twitch game, and maybe not as important in a game that only allows realistic movement.
     
  10. Ubz Gray Mouser macrumors newbie

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    Both the keyboard WASD keys and a joystick's movement reflect "8-way" positioning. "WA" (two keys "northwest") pressed together or the joystick moved to the "northwest" position in a single movement. I suspect a joystick's action is faster moving from "northwest" to "southeast" with 1 flick of the wrist than switching from "WA" to "WD" on the keyboard using two fingers. It all comes down to what you get used to. :) That's all I'm saying.

    Besides, I'm an old dude whose fingers cramp up after a while.
     
  11. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I remember hating playing Halo multiplayer with the little xbox controller 360 joystick. Maybe ill try a real joystick sometime just to see. :)
     
  12. Ubz Gray Mouser macrumors newbie

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    Again, be aware that many games do not yet support joysticks in their internal/native setup. The Logi Attack3 is a pretty generic stick. Even so, there is a Mac app "Joystick Mapper" that apparently lets you create and store custom joystick gaming profiles that remap in-game keystrokes to joystick functions. I bought the app but haven't yet played with it. Setup seems a bit complicated, but I'm saving it for a rainy day. Reviews seem decent.

    A while back I contacted Keystroke Mapper support and asked the obvious: "Does this work with a standard Attack3 joystick?" They said "yes".

    Bonus is Mac OSX doesn't require 3rd party drivers. Good luck!
     

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