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Author Topic: Spinners vs Rotary opticals  (Read 3317 times)

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Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« on: June 20, 2002, 08:57:58 pm »
I am wondering if there is any need to have spinners on my panel if I am going to use the Happs rotary optical joysticks.  I think I read somewhere that these joysticks spin the same as a spinner it's just that they don't have the rigid feel.  Is this true  ??? ?

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Re: Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2002, 05:28:26 am »
The mechanism is the same as a spinner.  Problem is the rotaries are high-fricition and they won't freewheel.  You are probably ok with them for Arkanoid or some of the driving games, but forget it for 720 degrees or Tempest.
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Re: Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2002, 11:47:11 pm »
Yep I just got mine yesterday and it is not freewheeling at all.  I got mine for the Ikari, Heavy Barrel stuff and I have a spinner as well so no problems, but I agree they will not replace a spinner.
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Re: Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2002, 01:56:33 am »
:D Cool thanks for the advice Tiger-Heli and Scott.  Now just need my questions in the other thread answered  :'(

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Re: Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2002, 04:30:50 am »
I'm thinking about using the Happs opticals on my 4 player panel.  Can you use the Oscar restricters with these sticks?  I'm trying to determine if I should get 2 Supers and 2 of these, or get 4 supers and two of these and swap out a set of the supers when I want to play Ikari.  Do the Opticals feel different (other than the obvious rotating thing)?

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Brian
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Re: Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2002, 12:02:13 am »
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I'm thinking about using the Happs opticals on my 4 player panel.  Can you use the Oscar restricters with these sticks?  I'm trying to determine if I should get 2 Supers and 2 of these, or get 4 supers and two of these and swap out a set of the supers when I want to play Ikari.  Do the Opticals feel different (other than the obvious rotating thing)?

Thanks,

Brian


AFAIK, the happs opticals are supers + the optical circuts. So the feel should be basically the same.  I suggest 2+2.
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Re: Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2002, 08:46:21 am »
Could a trackball be a good alternative instead of a spinner.

Tempest and arkanoid work fine with the mouse so I can't see what could be diffrent.

Also does anyone know where to get the oscar spinner in the UK.

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Re: Spinners vs Rotary opticals
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2002, 10:08:54 am »
The trackball can be used to play spinner games, but it is not a patch on a proper spinner.

I live in the UK and ordered from Oscar Controls - it came very quickly but I did have to pay
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