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#1 drabyss78

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:15 PM

Can anyone recommend a good controller for Mac gaming? I picked up a logitech controller with no software that works on almost nothing I have.

I found this:

http://www.amazon.co...99550020&sr=8-1

It looks pretty cool and can be had pretty cheaply.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts/recommendations,

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:43 PM

Keyboard + mouse is what you normally use for Mac gaming.  As far as gamepads go, I have a Logitech Rumblepad II that works with everything that supports gamepads.  It doesn't really need software, though for a couple of games that should support gamepads but don't, I use ControllerMate.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:10 PM

For most games that are best played with Gamepads I use a Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2.
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Posted 08 March 2011 - 01:46 AM

The Logitech Cordless Rumblepad 2 or an wireless Xbox 360 with the corresponding drivers.

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:55 AM

Playstation 3 pad is quite good as well, does not need drivers either :)

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 10:32 AM

View Postedddeduck, on 10 March 2011 - 08:55 AM, said:

Playstation 3 pad is quite good as well, does not need drivers either :)

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Really, without drivers? I remember connecting my PS3 Sixaxis Controller using TattieBogle's driver.
It wasn't working without it. Maybe Apple changed something in the OS. Have to check it out later.
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Posted 10 March 2011 - 12:51 PM

View PostJan, on 10 March 2011 - 10:32 AM, said:

Really, without drivers? I remember connecting my PS3 Sixaxis Controller using TattieBogle's driver.
It wasn't working without it. Maybe Apple changed something in the OS. Have to check it out later.
Yes, that really works. It's only a bit tricky to get the controller recognised when you try to connect it via Bluetooth, but possible.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 03:39 AM

View PostJanichsan, on 10 March 2011 - 12:51 PM, said:

Yes, that really works. It's only a bit tricky to get the controller recognised when you try to connect it via Bluetooth, but possible.

First thing to do is make sure you have the following items and software ready before you begin.

  * 10.6 or better (10.5 is **NOT** supported)
  * No PS3 Gamepad driver software installed (uninstall any Tattieboggle PS3 stuff)
  * PS3 Gamepad
  * USB charging cable for PS3 gamepad
  * Bluetooth enabled on your Mac

Once you are ready please download and watch the video below it will take you through all the steps you need to take to connect your PS3 Gamepad to your Macintosh computer.

http://www.feralinte...epad_MacOSX.mov

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 02:36 PM

WTF  :o

i will test this and if it works i will sell my wired xbox360controller
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 02:43 PM

Good to know, though all the Feral games I have are better played with K&M.
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 07:33 AM

It really depends on what your playing, I use a couple of Wiimotes for 2 player MAME. Drivers here. Great for Double Dragon, shooters and the like.

I still use an original Xbox pad occasionally with a USB adaptor and the XBOX HID control panel., works well for driving games, pretend your playing Halo on an Xbox etc.
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Posted 31 March 2011 - 01:32 PM

View Postedddeduck, on 29 March 2011 - 03:39 AM, said:

First thing to do is make sure you have the following items and software ready before you begin.

  * 10.6 or better (10.5 is **NOT** supported)
  * No PS3 Gamepad driver software installed (uninstall any Tattieboggle PS3 stuff)
  * PS3 Gamepad
  * USB charging cable for PS3 gamepad
  * Bluetooth enabled on your Mac

Once you are ready please download and watch the video below it will take you through all the steps you need to take to connect your PS3 Gamepad to your Macintosh computer.

http://www.feralinte...epad_MacOSX.mov

Cheers,

Edwin

sorry edwin, this does not work for me.

- my mba has 10.6.7
- i uninstalled the tattieboggle stuff (xbox360 panel) and made a reboot
- i connected the ps3pad with the usb-cable turned bt on and pressed the ps-button for 3 30 or 300sec but nothing happens all four light flicker and that was it.

there must be something else to do ...

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 07:09 AM

View Postdr.zeissler, on 31 March 2011 - 01:32 PM, said:

sorry edwin, this does not work for me.

- my mba has 10.6.7
- i uninstalled the tattieboggle stuff (xbox360 panel) and made a reboot
- i connected the ps3pad with the usb-cable turned bt on and pressed the ps-button for 3 30 or 300sec but nothing happens all four light flicker and that was it.

there must be something else to do ...

Doc

Watch the video carefully :)

You hold down the button for the specified time then PULL OUT THE USB CABLE. It will then appear on your Bluetooth list. Oh and make sure your PS3 is completely off and unplugged (not sleeping) before you start this!

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 07:36 AM

View Postdr.zeissler, on 31 March 2011 - 01:32 PM, said:

there must be something else to do ...
Also important: make sure that in the Bluetooth control panel the "activated" and "visible" checkboxes are checked.

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 11:11 AM

Bluetooth control panel the "activated" and "visible" checkboxes are checked. YES
You hold down the button for the specified time (3 Seconds) then PULL OUT THE USB CABLE. YES
It will then appear on your Bluetooth list. NO
Oh and make sure your PS3 is completely off and unplugged (not sleeping) before you start this! (i uplugged the power cable) YES

the four lights flicker and nothing happens

i tested this for 3 seconds; 5 seconds, 10 seconds etc. but nothing happens.


EDIT: edwin you are right, IT WORKS, yesterday the battery was perhaps a bit to low... BUT With TR-Anniversary the Fire Button does not work, fire is on the digital-pad, not on the "normal" buttons.
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 06:30 AM

View Postdr.zeissler, on 01 April 2011 - 11:11 AM, said:

TR-Anniversary the Fire Button does not work, fire is on the digital-pad, not on the "normal" buttons.

Yeah due to the funky way the PS3 pad works (every button has TWO sets of inputs digital and analogue) this will need to be fixed in the next patch.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:38 PM

Check out my site dedicated to using gamepads with Mac and Mac games.  It's still under construction, but you may find the information there very useful already:  www.macgamepads.com.  Until I figure out how to add forum support to a GoDaddy hosted site, please email me if you have any information you think will be useful on the site.  My email address is at the bottom of each page.