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#1 ComputerSpaceFan OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 4:49 PM

Is this a thing? Gamester81 says he prefers playing Centipede with a paddle but I can't get it to work.

 



#2 save2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 5:02 PM

Never heard of that and can't seem to find a hack that allows for any kind of analog control either. Weird!

#3 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 6:23 PM

There's several controller hacks for Centipede VCS.

 

Amiga Mouse

Atari CX-22

Atari CX-80

 

..that's all I know of. If there are more, let's hear about them!


Edited by Keatah, Tue Jan 9, 2018 6:33 PM.


#4 Video OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 6:43 PM

Uh, no. Centipede has x and y control, so it can't be played with a paddle. I suppose it could be set up to use the other paddle to control vertical movement, but that would be inconvenient IMO. A trackball would be cool though, but that would be more like using two driving controllers.

#5 save2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 6:54 PM

There's several controller hacks for Centipede VCS.
 
Amiga Mouse
Atari CX-22
Atari CX-80
 
..that's all I know of. If there are more, let's hear about them!

 
Wow, finally found it! Wish these were to be found in the Hacks section. Becoming increasingly tricky trying to keep track of all this stuff.
 
http://atariage.com/...ck#entry3317929
 
So my initial hunch was correct... a trackball hack allows the paddles to operate in x-axis mode? Never thought to try that.   :lol:  



#6 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 7:08 PM

Ok. looks like you just found it!



#7 Swami OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 8:31 PM

 

Wow, finally found it! 

 

http://atariage.com/...ck#entry3317929

 

So my initial hunch was correct... a trackball hack allows the paddles to operate in x-axis mode? Never thought to try that.   :lol:  

 

Since moving in y-direction with the second paddle is impractical, if the centipede makes it to the bottom you are screwed, since you can't get out of the way.



#8 NE146 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 9:23 PM

Yeah I was going to say.. if you can't move up & down what would be the point of this? :P



#9 Swami OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 9:28 PM

If you could fix the x and y paddles to a frame arcade machine style, and fixed a button to always be pressed, you might have an interesting coordination exercise on your hands.



#10 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 9:30 PM

Fuck'n Etch-A-Sketch



#11 alex_79 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:02 AM

Wow, finally found it! 
 
http://atariage.com/...ck#entry3317929


That's an old version, the latest binaries for all the trackball hacks can be found on the first post of this thread.



#12 carlsson OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:17 AM

I thought cooperative gaming was a thing of the 21th century? I mean if you handle the X axis and the fire button, you could tell your friend to move vertically when needed. Like a co-pilot, whom you get to blame if they didn't move away in time.



#13 SpiceWare OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:03 AM

I thought cooperative gaming was a thing of the 21th century? I mean if you handle the X axis and the fire button, you could tell your friend to move vertically when needed. Like a co-pilot, whom you get to blame if they didn't move away in time.

 
Back in the 86 or 87 I used to play cooperative Spindizzy with a friend on the C= 64.
 

Spindizzy can also be played with two players. The two player mode is very unusual though. One player controls the gyro up and down, the other player left and right.



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Posted Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:45 PM

 
Wow, finally found it! Wish these were to be found in the Hacks section. Becoming increasingly tricky trying to keep track of all this stuff.
 
http://atariage.com/...ck#entry3317929
 
So my initial hunch was correct... a trackball hack allows the paddles to operate in x-axis mode? Never thought to try that.   :lol:  

 

They are listed on my Comprehensive Homebrew list, and after all I was the one who asked about a Centipede hack to use a trak-ball.






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