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Game Controllers

If you’re serious about playing games on your computer, you need a game controller (and often more than one); that means something more than a mouse. Typical controllers include joysticks, flightsticks, gamepads, driving wheels, and other hardware devices designed specifically for the games of your choice. If you’re an extreme gamer, the type of controller you need can vary greatly with the types of games you play. High-tech gaming these days requires high-tech controls. Game controllers have reached the point at which serious flight simulator enthusiasts hook up a flightstick, throttle, and separate rudder foot pedals to more accurately simulate the flying experience. Sports gamers usually go for handheld digital gamepads with quick response times. And fans of racing games just aren’t getting the full experience without a force feedback steering wheel with its own set of foot pedals for the gas and break (and possibly even a clutch).

This book doesn’t cover gaming to any extent, but if you are a gamer, and you buy a game controller, it likely comes with an installation program. If not, Windows XP may detect it automatically or you may need to run the Add Hardware applet. If that doesn’t seem to work, you can try adding it through the Game Controllers applet. In most cases, USB devices have no-brainer installations. Just plug it in and you are good to go.


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