Games for Windows


I always thought that the “Games for Windows” badge is some compatibility badge that games get when they run well on Windows machines but it turns out that Microsoft tries to market their Xbox 360 controller with it! Grand Theft Auto IV doesn’t work with my Speedlink Striker 2 gamepad… it needs this Microsoft Xbox 360 controller for Windows although Grand Theft Auto Vice City works with it. I noticed the same with Star Wars Force Unleashed. IMHO this Xbox controller is absolutely ugly!

More: http://www.microsoft.com/games/en-us/aboutgfw/pages/gamesforwindows.aspx

Apparently there is a workaround to play with the gamepad I have (It’s a Speedlink Strike 2 – see picture below – is basically a PS3 gamepad that looks much better than the Xbox 360 gamepad)

A software called Xpadder can simulate the gamepad by using keyboard mappings and works according to their support with GTA IV: http://xpadder.com/forum4/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=1812

What does Xpadder let you do?
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– Play PC games with poor or no gamepad support
– Add gamepad support to emulated, internet and DOS games
– Play multiplayer games with each player using a gamepad
– Control video/music players using their shortcut keys
– Use a gamepad with a browser or any Windows program

Download: http://xpadder.com/ – it’s 10$ so pretty affordable

Gamepad on a PC

I’m a gamepad-hater and I always wondered how console players can have something like that as a controller. Now I got one that very much looks like a PS3 gamepad from Speedlink (Striker ²). Yesterday I tried a few games on it and I have to say that the PC version of Ghostbusters: The Videogame is much more fun with the gamepad. Nearly unplayable is Collin McRae Dirt 2… although there is a vibration effect depending on the road you are on the control is inaccurate (comparable to the keyboard).

Need to check Streetfighter IV, Batman Arkham Asylum and Star Wars Force Unleashed with the gamepad.

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