Download of the Week: PPJoy

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jasonricard

Is this just going to be of use for old games? I'd like to see more games supporting modern joypads, so would prefer if the software worked the other way round.

 

Jason @ Approaching Women

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jjetfire

Ahhhh TIE Fighter... Time to dig out my old CD...  :-)

 

What a great game, might have to find an old machine and just load windows 98 for the joys of playing TIE Fighter... First game I really got into, well, that and SimCity 2000.

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Lhot

Dave, do ME a favor...I'm 54 years old and was raised on the Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick....find ME a free app that allows me to use my Sidewinder with any game on a desktop PC....IMO controllers suxxors and are only for those raised on them or aliens with 16 tendrils on each hand  :)

Since I'm sooo old and learning new things is hard for me...it must be simple interface, where all I need do is point the app at the games executable and it will auto set itself up...well...hopefully.

P.S.  I have a few older games, circa 1998 to 2004  that work with both joysticks and controllers...and I can whoop anyone using a controller  with my Sidewinder, just need an app that allows me to use it.

P.S.S.  Actually game devs should include the option to use a joystick in every game, it has more than enough buttons, etc., and no matter what ANYONE says...using a keyboard to play any game is simply ridiculous.  I've already found an app called Joyshock, but at best it's worse than Xpadder for setting up the controls.  THAT'S what I want for Xmas  :)

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Jer Stryker

I know you can use PPJoy with FreeTrack, to get your head movements to move your view around virtual cockpits in old sims that didn't support head tracking.

 

And yes, Tie Fighter is THE best game of all time, and the best version is the first 1995 CD-ROM version, with the iMuse score intact, but the hi-res 640x480 flight graphics and full voiceover.  I still play it with my Logitech G940 via DOSBox.  It's ironic that you can run the DOS version on Win 7 64-bit but not the Windows remake.

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Keith E. Whisman

I love the name, PPJOY.... LOL....

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bonus45

Best game of all time.  I too have the 64 bit curse though.  Has anyone played around with this conversion ... Tie Fighter Conversion ? I've been meaning to, but haven't found the time.

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TheMurph

Yes.  And there are modifications that allow you to install xwing alliance on a 64 bit machine (which, of course, you'll need to run the conversion)

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Emmit066

So that joystick that I have stting on my desk so I can fly in Battlefield 1942, Desert Combat, Battlefield 2, AIX, N@W, 2142, & Heroes is something I shouldn't have?

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GaryIKILLYOU

MaxPC did a review on a $500 joystick, not what, 3 days ago? The TM Warthog ring a bell. Personally my X-52 Pro from Saitek is awesome, and to be honest, I still use it every day!!!

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US_Ranger

When are they going to remake Tie Fighter and X-Wing? I think the nostalgia factor alone would bring in a lot of sales. Those 2 games remind me of being a happy little kid. I'd come home from soccer practice and load it up. I miss those days.

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I Jedi

David, I'm going to let you finish, but Half-Life had thee best story/game play of all time.

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TheMurph

hahaha.  A+

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DOOMHAMMA

Still own a Joystick here, Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X, I love Tie Fighter. I play the whole campaign again every 3 years, it's a ritual for me lol.

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WETAFROMAN

I love both of those games so much but i have not been able to find a way to run them on my 64-bit OS. And all my computers now are 64-bit.

So if someone can tell me how to get it to run or what kind of free ware i need to run it i would be so grateful.

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TheMurph

http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/do1fn/did_you_love_xwing_tie_fighter_andor_xwing/

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themohawkadmin

I have the same problem!  For many (not all) old games, I use Sun's (I guess now it's Oracle) xVM virtualbox running a 32-bit copy of Windows XP.  Virtualbox has decent enough DirectX capabilities, and it seems to work on most older games just fine.  It also solves the problem when games don't like multiple CPU's (like System Shock 2).

Hope this can be of some help!

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gothliciouz

last time i checked 3d accelerator wasn't available for virtualbox or any virtualization software, i don't know if tie fighter even requires it but other old games requires it(sw:racer, sw: rogue squadron) games that uses software renderer (diablo, starcraft) runs fine.

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aether

3D acceleration has been supported by virtualbox for at least a year now and has been around (unofficially) since 2007, simple google searching will point that out. I have even played Warsow in a VM that was running Sabayon Linux with high settings. Granted...there is most certainly performance losses incorporated with 3D acceleration in a VM.

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carage

If my memory serves me correctly, I think you don't need a joystick to fly either X-Wing or Tie-Fighter.

I think I finished both with my trustworthy keyboard and mouse.

 

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TheMurph

Ahh, I was referring to the X-Wing Alliance conversion of TIE Fighter.  er.  flip that.  reverse it.

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Keith E. Whisman

I still have X-Wing Allience and it still kicks much ass. In X-Wing Alliance is a subgame called the simulator, basically Tie Fighter. Definitely needed a joystick for that game. 

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Keith E. Whisman

True, however, both games are far more entertaining and suck you in so much more if played with a joy stick. 

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I Jedi

A true gamer's friend, to note.

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