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#1

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:49 AM

I recently started playing the PC version and it's definitely a lot better than the 360 version but there's a few things I really don't like about it such as the clunky mouse and keyboard controls. Maybe I'm just used to playing it on the console but it feels so much better to be able to use the analog sticks over the mouse anyday.

After a bit of research I downloaded the drivers for the xbox controller however I still need another program that enables me to use it with Minecraft. I've heard people suggest Xpadder although I really don't want to pay for something if I can get a product with the exact same function for free. So are there any Mods or anything like that to fix this problem?

Oh a side note I noticed my Xbox Controller doesn't light up when it's connected through my USB port but when I check the control panel it says it's working properly. Do I need a specific controller designed for the PC or will the ones made for the xbox work?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:55 AM

1. Get over yourself, you thumb jokey.  :P  I won't go into all the detailed arguments about control systems, since its been stated countless times.  Suffice to say, you'll save yourself a lot of grief if you simply go tri-lingual with the controllers (Classic, KBM and Dual stick).

2. Wireless Xbox controllers need a receiver unit to work.  The USB charging cable DOES NOT TRANSMIT DATA.   The Wired controllers on the other hand will work without any modifications once the drivers are loaded.  If the drivers are working, you should see the P1 ring light up.

3. The game doesn't natively allow controller support.  The underlying input methods are actually there, but still need to be codded and mapped to the game functions.   That being the case, you have no option but to use a keyboard emulator (and I have yet to see someone make a mod specifically controller support).

You can try this.  Its java-based and its free.   http://javadocs.wordpress.com/

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:04 PM

Thumb sticks?   Fiddle Sticks!
Can't beat the control offered by the mouse and keyboard for first person interaction.
Clunky it is not. As a veritable multitude will attest.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:21 PM

View Postdaft_rucks, on 20 June 2012 - 04:04 PM, said:

Thumb sticks?   Fiddle Sticks!
Can't beat the control offered by the mouse and keyboard for first person interaction.
Clunky it is not. As a veritable multitude will attest.
that could really depend on what his mouse/keyboard is :P

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 05:45 PM

Check out the youtuber Ethoslab. he made a video about it a long time ago. I dont really wanna go look through his videos but he recently mentioned it so im sure its there

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:28 PM

As a primarily console gamer I have a great love for the Xbox 360 controller, and I will always defend twin-thumbstick controllers in any debate about "Mouse&keyboard Vs Controller".

... at least when it comes to first person shooters. But Minecraft is a bit different. A lot of what you do in Minecraft is moving items around in your inventory and the crafting screen, and that was such a pain to do in the Xbox 360 version. It's a mouse pointer -- it needs to be moved with a mouse! Other annoyances with the Xbox control:
- Slow turning speed (even cranking up the sensitivity is slower than a mouse)
- Not being able to look around while pressing a face button (for example looking up while jumping or swimming)
- Moments of panic can cause you to click the left thumbstick, which changes the camera to external view and gets you killed.

WASD and mouse all the way for Minecraft.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:43 PM

Xbox360 version is by far above and beyond pc. Any console will always be better because they are designed for gaming...pc's are not inheritently for gaming but wide range of other applications. Arguing is futile. Oh and it's spelled jockey by the way. Just saying.
@SqueakyG FYI....either thumb stick is mousable.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

Why sticking to xbox 360 controller since most controllers including ps2 and ps3 only rely on your thumb and my thumb can go red after playing too much -_-

Keyboard+Mouse is the best gaming controller combination out there,believe me or not you will not feel sorry for using your mouse and keyboard.
PS:besides i don't think PC can support xbox controllers
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

View PostExo000, on 09 January 2013 - 05:11 PM, said:

Why sticking to xbox 360 controller since most controllers including ps2 and ps3 only rely on your thumb and my thumb can go red after playing too much Posted Image

Keyboard+Mouse is the best gaming controller combination out there,believe me or not you will not feel sorry for using your mouse and keyboard.
PS:besides i don't think PC can support xbox controllers


Console gamers don't get tender thumbs Nancy. And if the controllers weren't the greatest piece of gear invented for gaming then you would be using a mouse and keyboard for your console. Arguing is futile.
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:13 AM

MegaKrafter, 5-10 years ago i'd agree with you. Lets look at a gaming console, and a gaming pc.. both well known names. Microsoft Xbox, and Razer Blade.

X-Box-http://en.wikipedia...._specifications


Razer Blade-http://www.razerzone...ore/razer-blade

  • Extreme Performance

    • Ultra-portable Form Factor
    • All-New Features and Applications



    • Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor with Hyper-Threading CPU: 2.2GHz (Base) / 3.2GHz (Turbo)
    • Intel® HM77 Express Chipset
    • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz
    • 500GB 7200RPM HDD (Primary Storage) 64GB SATA III SSD with NVELO Dataplex™ Software (Cache Acceleration)
    • Integrated Intel® GMA HD – Mobile Mode NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 VRAM with NVIDIA Optimus™ Technology


    Now, let us get onto top mice/keyboard VS xbox controller

    Xbox, forgive me if this is not the best controller out there. http://www.razerzone...nament-edition/
    16 buttons total.
    Avrg 1100 dpi - 1900 dpi Source is alot of different websites give different numbers.


    Mouse and keyboard-
    http://www.cyborggam...rod/strike7.htm
    About 130ish keys. And touch pad.
    http://www.razerzone...razer-ouroboros
    TECH SPECS


    • Customizable ergonomics to fit all hand sizes and grip-styles
    • 8200dpi 4G Dual Sensor System
    • Gaming-grade wireless technology with dock
    • Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled
    • 11 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
    • 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response time
    • Up to 200 inches per second / 50g acceleration
    • Approximate Size: 122 mm to 137 mm / 4.80" to 5.39" (Length) x 71 mm / 2.80" (Width) x 42 mm / 1.65" (Height)
    • Approximate Weight: 115 g / 0.25 lbs. (without battery) to 135 g / 0.29 lbs. (with battery)
    • Battery life: (Approx) 12 hrs (continuous gaming)

    With all that said, if you can use both to the best of their ability. Mouse/keyboard will win 100% of the time.
    But lets look at me and my stats playing BF3 on pc, about a 0.49 ratio.. Now take the top console players, I don't stand a chance.. keep that in  mind saying that one is always better then the other.

    Edited by dragon414, 10 January 2013 - 11:15 AM.


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    Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:41 AM

    View Postdragon414, on 10 January 2013 - 11:13 AM, said:

    «snip»
    Are you comparing a console from 2001 with a computer with Windows 8 (Super Recent)?
    Please quote me if you're talking to or mentioning me.

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    Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:35 PM

    ... proper tool for proper situation...

    for hotkey gaming, nothing can beat a keyboard and mouse (this why when you compare console fps to pc fps, you'll notice one of the big differences is weapon/ability variety. )

    For aiming, that is more personal preference and is generally mouse vs joystick/analog stick. both having their advantages and disadvantages.

    The thing about PCs is that it is more flexible - you say consoles are 'designed for gaming' - oddly enough they are becoming more and more PCs in their own right (they actually are just computers in the end) - especially if you look at a lot of the prototype consoles coming out currently (or even console philosophies such as the "Steam Box" philosophy, that is very similar to the android philosophy, as opposed to console philosophy, which is more similar to the idevice philosophy - distributed technology vs proprietary technology)

    I could go into a miniature version of all the papers I wrote on the gaming industry over the years, but simply put - as my first line said "proper tool for the proper situation" is the most important thing to remember when looking for the best tool for your current gaming experience.

    A flight-sim is better with a joystick, a racing-sim is better with a wheel, an RTS or Hotkey-based game is going to be better with a keyboard, an fps is going to be better with an accurate aiming device (mouse for absolute aiming vs analog stick for relative aiming). The keyboard offers much smoother use of quick-swaps via keybindings allowing greater variety, where a controller may be more limited, but is generally more ergonomic for 'relaxed' gaming (such as on the sofa).

    And the sofa/chair without a desk is why you haven't seen a mouse and keyboard appear for consoles as a standard peripheral (xbox has a controller attachment that is a keyboard, for a reason).


    As far as the OP - I'm sorry, but I currently don't know of any such software... though it is very likely out there.

    #13

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    Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

    View PostMegaKrafter, on 09 January 2013 - 04:43 PM, said:

    Xbox360 version is by far above and beyond pc. Any console will always be better because they are designed for gaming...pc's are not inheritently for gaming but wide range of other applications. Arguing is futile. Oh and it's spelled jockey by the way. Just saying.
    @SqueakyG FYI....either thumb stick is mousable.
    So, any logic I had has just been flown out of a window. "Consoles are better because they are designed for gaming". True at the "designed for gaming", but they're not better. Examples: Consoles aren't as powerful as PCs, because most games can't go above 720p, or else there is so much lag, that the game is virtually unplayable. Yet the PC I have can run games such as Assassin's Creed 3 at 1080p with little to no lag. Saying something is better "because it's designed to" isn't a valid argument if something can run it even better. Back on topic: The joypad mod can allow you to play minecraft with an XBOX controller, as well as split-screening with another person. Look it up, the mod is on this website. ;)
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    Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:34 PM

    View PostMegaKrafter, on 09 January 2013 - 05:24 PM, said:

    Console gamers don't get tender thumbs Nancy. And if the controllers weren't the greatest piece of gear invented for gaming then you would be using a mouse and keyboard for your console. Arguing is futile.

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    Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

    View PostSqueakyG, on 20 June 2012 - 11:28 PM, said:

    As a primarily console gamer I have a great love for the Xbox 360 controller, and I will always defend twin-thumbstick controllers in any debate about "Mouse&keyboard Vs Controller".

    ... at least when it comes to first person shooters. But Minecraft is a bit different. A lot of what you do in Minecraft is moving items around in your inventory and the crafting screen, and that was such a pain to do in the Xbox 360 version. It's a mouse pointer -- it needs to be moved with a mouse! Other annoyances with the Xbox control:
    - Slow turning speed (even cranking up the sensitivity is slower than a mouse)
    - Not being able to look around while pressing a face button (for example looking up while jumping or swimming)
    - Moments of panic can cause you to click the left thumbstick, which changes the camera to external view and gets you killed.

    WASD and mouse all the way for Minecraft.

    Not strictly true, I can't speak for others but when I want to look around whilst jumping or swimming, I make a slight adjustment to the way I hold the pad so that I can press the button and move the stick at the same time and adjust back when I'm done. It's hard to explain how I do it without a pad in my hand which I don't have, so I won't. But take it from an experienced console gamer of 20+ years, it is possible.

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    Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:04 PM

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    Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:30 PM

    View PostMegaKrafter, on 09 January 2013 - 04:43 PM, said:

    Xbox360 version is by far above and beyond pc. Any console will always be better because they are designed for gaming...pc's are not inheritently for gaming but wide range of other applications. Arguing is futile. Oh and it's spelled jockey by the way. Just saying.
    @SqueakyG FYI....either thumb stick is mousable.
    Not really.... I have paid for a gaming pc and get 120 FPs, consoles get around 30. Little diference.

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    Posted 09 February 2013 - 10:57 PM

    Hey guys, did some digging.

    http://www.minecraft...e__hl__ gamepad

    I'm about to test this myself....and if you don't like mods, well, you don't have much of a choice sadly....
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    Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:11 AM

    View PostOutkin, on 09 February 2013 - 10:57 PM, said:

    Hey guys, did some digging.

    http://www.minecraft...e__hl__ gamepad

    I'm about to test this myself....and if you don't like mods, well, you don't have much of a choice sadly....

    THANKS SO MUCHH

    View Post007Nick700, on 20 June 2012 - 03:11 PM, said:

    Xpadder? Paid? I hear ThePirateBay calling.

    I know some people are going to hate on me, but isn't tormenting illegal in the US unless you have permission from the creator of the torrent itself? Sorry...
    Cause if it isn't, I've going to have a LONG night of downloading. ;)
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    Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:34 AM

    It is illigal, but the chance of the cops catching you is very low...
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