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PC vs X-BOX/PS2

 
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Hi,
I am trying to convince my wife that the games available for a PC are just as good as those available for a Play Station 2 or the new X-Box. However, I am unable to find any information on how to set up 2 game pads or joysticks on a PC to simulate the console gaming environment. I know there are PC games which allow multiple players but they all either seem to require atleast one of the players to use the keyboard (yuck!) or they require two PC's be networked together. It would seem to me that since many of the game pads and joysticks are USB devices then you should be able to use several of them at the same time right? Would these controllers conflict with one another? Does anyone know of a site or link which would provide information on this topic. There are a million PC game sites but none seem to address this issue.
Thanks,
Steve
 
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I dont see why you would have to connect controllers to a pc to show how good a game is. Games arent good because of their controller type. Both types have great games that are made for that specific device. A fighting game on a pc with a kb/mouse plays WAY better than on a console with a controller. Whereas a racing game on a console plays way better than on a pc because of the controller is more suited to it.
I have never heard of a way to attach multiple controllers. But im not sure how you would do it anyways since you would need multiple monitors to play.
 
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You can attatch multiple controllers to a PC and play a two player game on the PC. The trick is that the game has to support it. Most of your sports games will, i.e. EA Sports games. But there are other games that can be played two player but they REQUIRE a network because the software does not have the ability to split the screen. First person shooters are good examples of this. i.e. Unreal Tournement. And there are games such as Need for Speed which does allow split screen to play in two player mode on the PC. But again, the SOFTWARE, not the COMPUTER would have to support two controllers.
Now with that being said, you will have to get USB controllers since there are two USB connections by default on most PC's. If you are still using the MIDI port on the sound card for your game controller, then you can go to a computer store and buy a duel game controller card that uses a ISA slot on your mother board.
Hope that helps.

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Thanks for the input!
Andy, I agree that the controller does not make the game. I still use the keyboard to play Quake but I am not the one who has to be convinced. My wife is more familar with the console gaming systems and I wanted to recreate that kind of environment for her.
Gregg, She likes to play games like Mario Brothers which support 2 players without splitting the screen. I imagine there must be plenty of games like that. I would think that most popular console games would be ported to the PC. I think you answered my question though since you said it is possible to use mutliple USB controllers simultaneously. I am not very familar with the USB spec and thought that might create conflicts.
Thanks,
Steve
 
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