Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: Gravis PC Gamepad: Anyone else love this controller?

  1. #1
    Pac-Man (Level 10) treismac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Savannah, GA
    Posts
    2,025
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default Gravis PC Gamepad: Anyone else love this controller?



    Fond memories of PC gaming with this controller. I assume I'm not alone here.

    Question: Is there any adapter available that would enable hooking this baby up to a USB port?

  2. #2
    Red (Level 21) Jorpho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    We're all mad here
    Posts
    13,537
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    Oh sure, USB-to-gameport adapters are quite common. They don't work quite right with more complex pads, but these ones are simple enough.

    Circle pads are inferior to true cross pads, I think.
    "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." --Bertrand Russel (attributed)

  3. #3
    Strawberry (Level 2) CRTGAMER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Southern CA
    Posts
    402
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    Love the Gravis, own the Pro version which has unique capabilities. Two of the triggers autofire and the other two triggers can be set as sideways control for SHMUPS. Also great for top down space shooters such as Asteroids; play just like the button spin control of the Arcade panel.

    I posted a USB Gameport adapter guide, with the right keyboard utility extra buttons can be made to work at times.

    Gameport Controllers in a USB Port Guide
    http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewt...646565#p646565
    Last edited by CRTGAMER; 06-07-2013 at 02:21 PM.
    CRTGAMER Guides and Reviews
    Apple II+, APF MP1000, Atari 5200 7800, Vic20, TI994A, SX64, Educ64, 128D, Vectrex, N64, PS1, iMac CRT, Dreamcast, PS2, Gameboy Advance, Gamecube, GBA Player, PSP, Wii, PS3 Emotion chip, Samsung Impression, VHS, CED, Video 8, Pioneer Laser, DVD, Sony WEGA HDCRT

  4. #4
    Ghostbuster
    Greg2600's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Soprano Land, NJ
    Posts
    3,503
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    24
    Thanked in
    23 Posts

    Default

    A terrific controller! Mine used the MIDI port.
    The Paunch Stevenson Show free Internet podcast - www.paunchstevenson.com - DP FEEDBACK

  5. #5
    Red (Level 21) Jorpho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    We're all mad here
    Posts
    13,537
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2600 View Post
    A terrific controller! Mine used the MIDI port.
    That's technically the game port. (If you wanted to plug in a MIDI device, you needed a special cable usually.)
    "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." --Bertrand Russel (attributed)

  6. #6
    Insert Coin (Level 0) gwaine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Richmond, VA
    Posts
    110
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    loved it...played Star Control II and Duke Nukem 3D with it a ton
    Click here for my game list, including pictures.
    Currently playing on my Xperia Play: Nectaris: Military Madness (PSX), Chrono Trigger (SNES)

  7. #7
    Pear (Level 6) Soviet Conscript's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Posts
    1,361
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    recently did a little write up on these for my blog. I love the pro version. that and the original make great DOS joypads. I still use the USB version of the Pro on my win 7 PC.

  8. #8
    ServBot (Level 11) Custom rank graphic
    Graham Mitchell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    3,623
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Xbox LIVE
    Psygnosis8
    PSN
    Psygnosis8
    Steam
    Psygnosis8

    Default

    I used this quite a bit in the 90s, up until 2003 when I bought a sidewinder cuz my new laptop didn't have a game port at the time.

    I remember this being pretty revolutionary at the time. Prior to this coming out, pcs only had joysticks, most of which were cumbersome and awful. They were usually patterned after the atari 2600 stick--small and awkward.

  9. #9
    Strawberry (Level 2)
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    528
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    i still have one of these somewhere, I also have still use a newer USB gravis gamepad that looks pretty much like PS1 controller without the analog sticks.
    COMPLETED MY USA SMS SET!!!!

  10. #10
    Kirby (Level 13) Tanooki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    5,957
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    3
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    2
    Thanked in
    2 Posts

    Default

    I swapped out on of these and a basic CH stick for years depending on what was fun back in the DOS era. I'd say I probably miss it, but I don't as the SNES pad with the L and R spoiled me a bit. It was like the ultimate pad for a long time though as it worked so well with a heap of DOS titles.

  11. #11
    ServBot (Level 11) Edmond Dantes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    3,578
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    16
    Thanked in
    16 Posts

    Default

    Tons of memories with this thing obviously. Commander Keen was never the same without it. I actually still have one somewhere.

    These days I prefer the Interact Hammerhead FX for use with emulators, but that only works with Windows 98 PCs and won't do DOS.

  12. #12
    Insert Coin (Level 0)
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    34
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    I too have fond memories of these Gravis Gamepads.

    I remember breaking the little plastic joystick thing when I was a kid, and my dad machined a beautiful metal replacement joystick that had the same threads, so no risk of breaking that one! Although I was partial to just using the pad without the joystick.

    I recall Phillips used these same controllers for it's CDI system too:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...-i_Gamepad.jpg

  13. #13
    Cherry (Level 1) 8-Bit Archeology's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Maryland, USofA
    Posts
    391
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Xbox LIVE
    Steampunk360

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond Dantes View Post
    Commander Keen was never the same without it.
    This controller was my Commander Keen experience. I loved this controller so much. In the days of tracking ball mice and gigantic computers, to me the gravis pad was having the future in my hands.

    I played so many games with this. And i always used the grey screw in joy pad stick.

    Thats it im buying one again and the adapter.

    Commander Keen
    Doom 2
    Duke Nukem 1,2 and 3D
    Wacky Wheels
    Spear of Destiny
    Wolfenstein 3D
    Rise of the Triad

    All these are instant memories when looking at the picture of the gravis pad.

  14. #14
    Pac-Man (Level 10) treismac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Savannah, GA
    Posts
    2,025
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 8-Bit Archeology View Post
    Commander Keen
    Doom 2
    Duke Nukem 1,2 and 3D
    Wacky Wheels
    Spear of Destiny
    Wolfenstein 3D
    Rise of the Triad

    All these are instant memories when looking at the picture of the gravis pad.
    Yes, yes, and yes!! While I'm not really a PC gamer (note: I was playing Skulls of the Shogun last night), there was a period of my gaming when the PC showed me a lot of gaming love. These games (plus the Monkey Island series) made up this period.

  15. #15
    Cherry (Level 1) 8-Bit Archeology's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Maryland, USofA
    Posts
    391
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Xbox LIVE
    Steampunk360

    Default

    Fun times.

  16. #16
    Pretzel (Level 4) Clownzilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Springfield, MO
    Posts
    958
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts
    Xbox LIVE
    Clownzilla

    Default

    Loved the controller but absolutely hated that joystick you screwed in. Made me feel like I was playing my pc games while enjoying a cup of tea and some crumpets (ie. too dainty)
    Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.

    Pope Benedict XVI

  17. #17
    16-bits, yo Custom rank graphic
    BlastProcessing402's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    1,282
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    1
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    7
    Thanked in
    5 Posts

    Default

    I stepped on mine and snapped the little joystick right off. Oh well, that stick was pretty dumb anyway, it was much better as just a d-pad.

    This controller was pretty revolutionary for PC back in the day. Up until then all you had was analog sticks, which were great for flight sims and the like, but for much else they kinda blew.

    I did eventually replace mine with an MS Sidewinder pad (still using the gameport, not usb) which I must say was pretty sweet for emulators (especially Genesis, with the 3x3 layout).

  18. #18
    Key (Level 9) Jimmy Yakapucci's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    1,952
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    0
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    0
    Thanked in
    0 Posts

    Default

    I think that one of the unique points about the Gravis gamepad was that you could flip a switch and use it left handed, or reversed, or whatever you want to call it.

Similar Threads

  1. Gravis Game pad Pro on a Mac
    By Nintendork in forum Computer Gaming
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-25-2011, 09:56 PM
  2. Original Gravis Gamepad with USB?
    By GM80 in forum Classic Gaming
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-27-2007, 12:20 AM
  3. Revolution controller love it or hate it? please dont lock
    By sabre2922 in forum Classic Gaming
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-16-2005, 01:22 AM
  4. WTB: FM-Towns Marty Controller (gamepad)
    By jcrouse in forum Buying and Selling
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-31-2005, 08:55 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •