WoW with a game controller

inhalexhale

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On a PC there is a program called switchblade, that lets you use an XBOX 360 controller with World of Warcraft. I want to reactivate an old account and start playing again, but I would much rather play from my couch than at a desk!

Are there any similar programs out there for Mac?

Thanks!
 

inhalexhale

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The up and down DPAD arrows change action bars, almost how you can use SHIFT as a modifier for keyboard macros. Idk if it would be as seemless for PvP situations, but for questing and PvE rotations it would be fine. Personally, I would only be questing with my wife a few times per week. Anything more than that would make the game unbearably boring lol.
 

e²Studios

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The up and down DPAD arrows change action bars, almost how you can use SHIFT as a modifier for keyboard macros. Idk if it would be as seemless for PvP situations, but for questing and PvE rotations it would be fine. Personally, I would only be questing with my wife a few times per week. Anything more than that would make the game unbearably boring lol.
There is no way you could map anything that would even remotely help to a controller of any kind. Whats wrong with WASD and a mouse? Get a Razer Naga, thats more effective than a controller once you get used to it.

Controller... pfft.. Controllers are for console games :cool:;):p
 

Sambo110

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So you have to press left and right on the dpad to switch between moves? Then press another button to use the move? Wow, that would suck.
 

inhalexhale

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There is no way you could map anything that would even remotely help to a controller of any kind. Whats wrong with WASD and a mouse? Get a Razer Naga, thats more effective than a controller once you get used to it.

Controller... pfft.. Controllers are for console games :cool:;):p
lol, well I guess it isn't for you then. You can bind everything you would need to the controller though. Like I said, would it be as smooth? Idk. But I can play from my couch and thats way more important than anything else lol.

Sambo, most people don't bind every spell to 1,000 different buttons. You can make a modifier macro so say "1" can have many different functions; 1, shift+1, alt+1, etc. I would use the same concept on the controller.
 

yayitsezekiel

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what about a wireless keyboard and mouse? and then sit on the couch with a mousepad on the armrest or some flat surface and your keyboard on your lap. would that be a possibility?
 

Sambo110

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lol, well I guess it isn't for you then. You can bind everything you would need to the controller though. Like I said, would it be as smooth? Idk. But I can play from my couch and thats way more important than anything else lol.

Sambo, most people don't bind every spell to 1,000 different buttons. You can make a modifier macro so say "1" can have many different functions; 1, shift+1, alt+1, etc. I would use the same concept on the controller.
Still wouldn't work. I use at least 10 moves in combat, and another 5 or so out of combat, plus you have your bag, character, friends, comparing items etc. I'm guessing your a lower level? Once you get higher I honestly don't think you will be able to still use a controller.
 

inhalexhale

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what about a wireless keyboard and mouse? and then sit on the couch with a mousepad on the armrest or some flat surface and your keyboard on your lap. would that be a possibility?
I did that once before when I had my desktop hooked up to my tv. It was alright, but a little cumbersome. I just wanna plug my laptop into the tv, pick up a controller and go.
 

inhalexhale

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Still wouldn't work. I use at least 10 moves in combat, and another 5 or so out of combat, plus you have your bag, character, friends, comparing items etc. I'm guessing your a lower level? Once you get higher I honestly don't think you will be able to still use a controller.
If you look up the program I mentioned for PC, you have 12 keybinds and all of the regular controls (bag, interacting with players, etc.) without changing action bars. Like I said, this program in particular (with a 360 controller) uses r/l triggers as modifiers for the x, y, a, b. So that would be 12 spells without making any macros, action bar swaping, etc. Up and down on the dpad would change action bars as well, giving you access to 12 more spells per bar. Seems like pleanty to me.
 

yukio

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i use a belkin nostromo to play WoW...

can't imagine playing any other way.

use a usb extender cable or a small hub with a long cable and you should be good to go from the couch.
 

topgunn

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I could think of a few class spec combos that could be easily played with an XBOX controller. At least in PvE.
 

inhalexhale

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Found a solution :)

I'll post it in case anyone ever does a search and needs this info too.....

You need two programs. One is from a site tattiebogle.net. you just download the XBOX 360 (or PS3) drivers.

To use with WoW, you need another program called controller mate. From what I've read, you can map any button to the controller.
 

e²Studios

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Found a solution :)

I'll post it in case anyone ever does a search and needs this info too.....

You need two programs. One is from a site tattiebogle.net. you just download the XBOX 360 (or PS3) drivers.

To use with WoW, you need another program called controller mate. From what I've read, you can map any button to the controller.
I don't think anyone here doubted that it would be possible to do. The problem comes when you actually play, the game is not meant to be played with a controller. I could never see using one, good luck to you, but I am sure we'll all be here to say "I told you so" when you come back complaining about how bad it is ;)
 

TheAnswer

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Wow...more power to you if you are able to play successfully with just an Xbox controller. I have the n52te, Razer Naga and an extended keyboard and I still don't have enough keys!!! :D
 

oneeach

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I use an Alpha Grip AG-5 for playing. It does take some time to get use to, but once you do then you have a full keyboard and mouse (thumb trackball) without moving your hands from one to the other.