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Posts tagged “joysticks”

Feature: "A little bit of gravity is nice, so that your sneeze lands on your tissue"

Braben On Elite, Oc Rift, Dodgy Gravity & Doing Space Right

At last week's Develop conference in Brighton, I grabbed a half hour with Frontier Developments boss David Braben to talk about what's going on with Elite Dangerous (fresh from my own wide-eyed experiences of it on a VR headset). Discussed: space, Oculus Rift, why FIFA games don't sound right, how Star Trek doesn't talk about gravity, developing in the public eye and publisher-free, and the…

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Feature: Beyond The Joystick

Of Mice And Gamepads: The Future Of Controllers

If I’m going to be dull and reductive about it, playing videogames works like this: we tell a game something through an input device – say, a gamepad, motion contoller, touch screen or keyboard – and get a response back in the form of images or sound. It’s like a conversation, but it’s shaped by the devices we use to talk. Without the Wiimote, there…

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Feature: Saitek X52 Pro vs Logitech Extreme 3D Pro vs Speedlink Black Widow

A Clash Of Shafts: Three Flight Sticks Compared

I've spent far too long thinking about and researching joysticks lately, primarily as a result of playing Elite: Dangerous. One thing I haven't established during all that time is whether 'joystick' is the right word for a genre of game controller which also throws out terms like 'flight stick' and 'HOTAS.' I've probably offended someone with just the title of this piece, but then again…

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The Flare Path: A Stick For A Stone

I'm not saying my trusty Saitek Cyborg flightstick is old, but... It has 'MADE IN SIAM' stamped on the base. It came bundled with a bottle of laudanum and a photogravure of an eagle. The hat switch has three corners. The Force Feedback mechanism involves burly shrews. The manual foreward was written by Pliny the Elder. Altering the deadzones without first placating Anubis, voids the…

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The Sidewinder Shall Not Sleep Tonight

It's not all that often that I peer curiously at a flight sim these days, but when I do I absolutely relish the chance to bring out ol' faithful. I've been lugging the Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 joystick around with me for years, even though it's been out of print since around 2002 and is no longer supported by Microsoft. It's a relic, but…

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