Due to the amount of requests for joystick support, we decided implemented it!
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Since we haven’t got a device to test it, we borrowed one and implemented joystick support yesterday. We got an XBox 360 controller and everything works really cool. (Actually playing with a game pad is so much fun, that we ordered two from amazon )
It is now possible to bind any key or axis of your game pad to the controls of your ship. If you specified an axis for accelerating, turning left or turning right, these actions will be pressure sensitive. It should be possible to connect two joysticks to your PC and bind their buttons separately but since we’re just having one device, this feature hasn’t been tested yet.
What does not work?
Entering a players name and adjusting the ships colors is not possible with the game pad. Maybe we have to create a on-screen-keyboard for entering names, but that’s work for future…
How can I help?
We need your feedback, mostly concerning compatibility with other controllers! So if you happen to have such a device, grap the latest SVN version (How-To: Compile M.A.R.S. on Linux) and post your suggestions here!