View Full Version : Your Guide to Control Pads (for your PC)


wangcomputers
02-14-2002, 06:09 PM
Now that you have some decent emulators, what you need next is a decent method of playing on them.
Using the keyboard isn't really viable for most games. (works ok on tetris though)

I've found that PC pads usually are pretty crap, microsoft pads aren't that bad.. I suppose the "sidewinder" is OK. http://www.microsoft.com/japan/hardware/newsw/img/gamepadpro.jpg

But there aren't nearly enough buttons on it though.

So you should use your <u>console</u> gamepads instead, via the use of an adapter.

PSX to PC
In my opinion, the psx pad is the best.. so you should get something like this:

http://image.lik-sang.com/images//170/ps-joyconverter.jpg
this is one of the ones I have. It's not bad, it supports directX vibration.
(for those lonely nights)

but i think this one is better (it does the same, except for 2 players) it supports rumble.
But i think the downfall is that it's not usb, and it requires an additional power source. http://image.lik-sang.com/images//170/blaze-dualshockadapter.jpg
you can get these at http://www.lik-sang.com/catalog/product_list.php?category=55&

the newest one though is called the "ultraimpact" made by smartjoy.

http://image.lik-sang.com/images//170/ps-ultraimpact.jpg
this is quite a new one..
it allows 4 psx pads to be connected simultaneously.
However i don't think it supports vibration, and it's not a USB either..
http://www.smartjoy.com

N64 to PC
If you prefer the N64 pads, try this:
http://image.lik-sang.com/images//90/n64_psx_usb.jpg
it can convert either psx or n64..
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[This message has been edited by wangcomputers (edited 02-14-2002).]

NegaBenji
02-14-2002, 06:17 PM
AND WHERE CAN I PURCHASE ONE OF THESE FINE MACHINES?

wangcomputers
02-14-2002, 06:22 PM
hahah, I wish I could say i worked for them.. http://www.netphoria.org/wwwboard/tongue.gif

www.lik-sang.com (http://www.lik-sang.com) - has pretty much every gaming gizmo you need

www.smartjoy.com (http://www.smartjoy.com) -just that 4-way thingy.<font color=black>

[This message has been edited by wangcomputers (edited 02-14-2002).]

darcy_is_sexy
02-14-2002, 06:30 PM
For the do-it-yourselfers:

http://www.emulatronia.com/reportajes/directpad/psxeng/index.htm

Mark LeDrew
02-14-2002, 07:16 PM
I really like the SNES control pad. Is there an adapter for those too?

I use a Gravis GamePad Pro USB. It's not great but it's pretty good for playing NES and SNES games and it was real cheap.

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ZeroBullet
02-14-2002, 07:25 PM
The Thrustmaster FireStorm Digital II (http://us.thrustmaster.com/products/lookproduct.php3?skin=Gamepads&productid=130)works well, and it's only $10.

http://us.thrustmaster.com/products/images/firestorm_digital2.gif

I got one for free when I bought my Ferrari steering wheel and it works great for the SNES games I've been playing.

wangcomputers
02-14-2002, 08:14 PM
<font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Originally posted by Mark LeDrew:
I really like the SNES control pad. Is there an adapter for those too?

I use a Gravis GamePad Pro USB. It's not great but it's pretty good for playing NES and SNES games and it was real cheap.

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yeah i think there are ones for the snes..
but why don't you just use a psx one? You really can't bear to 'sell-out' can you http://www.netphoria.org/wwwboard/tongue.gif

the snes pad is actually very similar to the psx one. It was modelled upon it after all.
except that the psx pad much more ergonomic.

ZeroBullet
02-14-2002, 08:28 PM
<font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Originally posted by wangcomputers:
except that the psx pad much more ergonomic.</font>

Yep. I always found the SNES one fine, but going back to it after years of using PSX it is very awkward.

saferkefka
02-14-2002, 08:50 PM
i have two gravis grip pads that are shaped like psx controllers. whats great is how you can daisy chain them together. they are supported by zsnes, im not sure about other emulators though.

my snes gaming rig:

AST Ascentia P Pentium 166mmx laptop with 40 megs of ram, 6gig harddrive. this is one of the only laptops i've seen with a built in gameport. great for gaming on the go.

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The exploding boy
02-14-2002, 11:13 PM
<font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Originally posted by NegaBenji:
AND WHERE CAN I PURCHASE ONE OF THESE FINE MACHINES?</font>

"AND HOW MUCH WOULD YOU EXPECT TO PAY FOR SUCH A PAD JIM?"

"geez, i dunnoo....a hundred!?"

"NO! NOT A HUNDRED"

"hmm 75 then!?

"NOT EVEN 75$, NO, THIS PAD CAN BE YOURS FOR THE MERE PRICE OF ONLY 30$!!"

::gasps from the crowd"

"WOW TED! YOU'RE TELLING ME I CAN GET THIS MARVELOUS MULTI-BUTTONs AND USER FRIENDLY PC GAME PAD FOR JUST 30$??

"YES! THAT'S WHAT IM SAYING! IF YOU CALL NOW AND ORDER AT THE NUMBER AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN!!"

"AMAZING!"

::crowd applause::

NegaBenji
02-15-2002, 07:20 PM
I'm gonna invest in a nice PSX adaptor soon - any that use a standard gameport? (but don't need extra power?)

Disarmed
02-15-2002, 07:25 PM
<font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Originally posted by The exploding boy:
::crowd applause::</font>

How much do they pay the audience in an infomercial to look so overzealously happy over such dumbass products? Do they promise blowjobs for the guys and a shopping spree at a shoe store for the gals?

strange_one
02-15-2002, 07:26 PM
<font color=FF00FF> the sidewinder looks slick

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The exploding boy
02-15-2002, 08:24 PM
<font face="Arial, Verdana" size="2">Originally posted by Disarmed:
How much do they pay the audience in an infomercial to look so overzealously happy over such dumbass products? Do they promise blowjobs for the guys and a shopping spree at a shoe store for the gals?

</font>

They have to give them a good check. Or they are employees fthe companies and are threatened to be fired if they dont look happy.