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Second control panel
« on: June 18, 2002, 11:39:46 pm »
Carsten Carlos was a bit worried that I hadn't posted any questions in a while so here goes  ;D

I've got my first 4-player panel sorted for use with nba jam and street fighter type games.  I'm trying to work out what I should put on the second panel (I'm trying not to have a third at the moment).

I was thinking it would be for 2 players.  2 of those e-stiks from Andy so it can be changed 8 - 4 then 45 degree as well.  2 spinners. 1 trackball. I was thinking about puting the 2 Happs optical rotary joysticks as well.  Does this seem to be a reasonable type of cp?  Any recommendations on how many buttons to add?  I will be putting the trackball in the middle with 2 buttons, the spinners will be towards the back.  Is there anything I should look out for / add on / remove?  Connecting up to ipac4 and optipac.

Any responses would be appreciated  :D
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Re: Second control panel
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2002, 03:23:07 am »
Why 45 degrees?  If you are doing this to play qbert you can set Mame to only accept the diagonals from an 8-way stick.  I think th optical rotary joysticks would be nice.  For each player of a 2 player setup, I would put one joystick on the left- 7 buttons in the middle and a trackball on the right.  This setup will cover most games.
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Re: Second control panel
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2002, 04:30:53 am »
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Why 45 degrees?
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Re: Second control panel
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2002, 10:42:57 am »
It sounds like the T-stick may be in the way of using the spinner.  I happen to like dual trackball games like Marble Madness that is why I have that idea.
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Re: Second control panel
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2002, 03:23:10 am »
I was thinking of a layout similar to that on this page http://www.significantbits.com/ac_controlpanel.php.  I wouldn't have the LCD or the seperate 4 way or as many buttons across the top.  Just haven't thought of a nice place for the spinner per players.  

There are games out there that will use spinners for two players - isn't there? or am I just kidding myself?

Have decided to go with the t-stiks as they look quite good and the happs rotary optical 8-ways.

For those with spinners amongst other things on the board where has been the best position for ease of use?

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Re: Second control panel
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2002, 07:13:12 pm »
Is there any games that require me to use the 8/4 way joystick at the same time as the spinner or trackball or rotary-8way.  

Maybe I would be better off putting the t-stik on the 4 player cp (as players 1 and 2).  This would leave trackball, spinners and rotary optical 8 way on the second cp.

Can someone give some advice on this.  

I guess the real question is are there any games that require the joystick and the rotary joystick????????  If I need a joystick with spinner or trackball then i will be able to use the rotary.

Any advice would be verrryyy appreciated  :D Please.

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Re: Second control panel
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2002, 04:27:53 am »
AFAIK, no rotary joystick games used more than one joystick per player.

A question you may want to ask is:  Do I want both the rotary joysticks and the 4/8-way joysticks available to each player so the rotaries can be used as standard joysticks for dual joystick games?

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Re: Second control panel
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2002, 06:29:22 pm »
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AFAIK, no rotary joystick games used more than one joystick per player.

Cool.

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A question you may want to ask is:
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