- MailBag for Quake 2 Tweaks from 12/04/99
— by Love2Play
is a short one this time so we can bring you some goodies.
have a very special guest this week. Someone to start out
our work on Quake 2 configs. This man proves that joysticks
are not just for console gamers anymore, that there is more
to using your ball and stick than meets the eye. I met BigDaddie
through the Planetquake
Forums and he and I frag regularly on Friday night (and
most weekend nights) in Lithium and WoD. I was lucky enough
to get to try out his stick (no, his JOYstick, silly!) and
it was incredible. We want you all to have all the options
available to you to improve your game, so without further
2 and the PantherXL
what is this PantherXL thing and why do I love it so? It's
a joystick, trackball, and 17 strategically placed buttons
all rolled into a single package specifically designed for
kicking butt in FPS games. It's an excellent alternative to
the keyboard/mouse favored by many people for gaming with.
I chose it because I type 8 hours a day at work, and using
the keyboard while playing was killing my joints. Oh yeah,
did I mention that I'm an old Quaker (39, for those people
that feel the need to know)? Certainly not the oldest Quaker
I know by a long shot, but older than many.
I like about this device is that it isn't just a joystick,
and it isn't just a trackball. It's an integrated unit that
was designed to provide you with the same killing power as
the master keyboard/mouse user. It was designed to give you
intuitive 3-dimensional movement in a 3-dimensional game.
I was never the best with moving in a specific direction using
the keyboard (beyond the basic 8 compass points), but with
the PantherXL, I just point the stick in the direction I want
to go and I'm there.
some hype on the PantherXL, some pics, and sample game configuration
files stop by the PantherXL
website When you want to use this device to play games
other than Quake 2, stop by the website and pick up the sample
configuration file you'll find there if the PantherXL is supported
by that game.
those that want a more personal look, here's a shot of mine
apologies in advance to the lady Quakers. Being your typical
male, I'm going to be saying "he", "him", "his", and Quakeguy
a lot in what follows. Some of the best Quakers I play with
are ladies, so I certainly don't mean to imply that only guys
play. It'd be a very boring pastime if that were true. So,
when you read Quakeguy, please just replace it with Quakegirl.
Configuring (or Calibrating) the PantherXL for Windows
at this point you have at least taken your PantherXL out of
the box, assembled it and have "attempted" to play
Quake 2 with it. Heheheh, you ain't seen nothin yet.
away from that Quake 2 icon on your desktop, we still have
a lot of work to do. Yes, I know the mouse was just plug and
go, but like a fine lady, the PXL needs more attention. Trust
me, just like a fine lady, it will be worth the extra effort
in the long run. First step is to configure (or calibrate)
the PXL for Windows applications. Basically we're going to
introduce it to Windows so that when you move the stick, spin
the trackball, or press a button, Windows will know what the
heck you are talking about, and translate your desires into
commands for the Windows application that you are running,
namely Quake 2.
Before you rush madly through this
step so you can start gaming as quickly as possible, consider
the following. You are showing Windows the difference between
when you are using your PXL, and when you are not. Do this
step right and your Quakeguy will stand perfectly still when
your hand isn't on the stick. Do this step wrong and your
Quakeguy will develop an affinity for the closest wall whenever
you let go of the stick. So unless you want your Quakeguy
wandering off into a wall, down some stairs, off a cliff,
or into that lovely pool of lava when you take your hand off
the stick; take your time getting through this step.
get started. Click Start, then Settings > Control Panel >
Game Controllers. Click Add and scroll through the list of
controllers until you get to "Mad Catz Panther XL" (you did
remember to install the drivers off the CD, right?). Select
it and click OK. Click the controller you just added and click
Properties, then Calibrate. Look well upon the screen that
pops up, because you may be visiting it a lot in the next
few hours. Then again, you might do this right the first time
and can then promptly forget all about the nastiness of joystick
configuration. Did I mention that doing this right the first
time is preferable to rushing through it and then doing it
over and over and over again?
the text just below "Calibration information". These are your
instructions as you move through the steps to calibrate the
PXL. I'm not going to cover them in detail, but will point
out some key things you may want to pay attention to.
When the instructions say make complete circles with the joystick,
push the stick all the way forward, then press against it
as you move it through a few complete circles. If you don't
do this, you will limit the range of motion of the joystick
and that will affect your gaming - not positively, I might
Take a look at the paw-shaped bump that surrounds the trackball.
There is a reason for this shape. You'll notice that if you
put your hand over it, your hand naturally rests at an angle.
When it comes time to calibrate the axis of the trackball
(umm, spinning the pretty red ball left, right, up, and down),
you want your hand positioned at this angle (in other words,
resting comfortably on the paw). That way when you are playing
and execute a picture perfect 180° spin to frag that person
trying to sneak up on you from behind, you won't end up getting
a wonderful view of the ceiling as he frags your butt.
you get done, click Finish, then OK. Whatever you do, don't
click Cancel after the Finish, unless you really mean to discard
all the work you just did doing the calibration. Then finally,
click OK to dismiss the Game Controllers dialog.
Binds and Settings
all set to play Quake 2, right? Nope, sorry, still got some
more work to do.
step is to tell Quake 2 how sensitive the trackball should
be (do you really want to spin it 3 complete revolutions just
so you can turn and face to the left?), how much you can wiggle
the joystick without your Quakeguy moving, and what all the
buttons should do.
we're going to be creating a new custom config, you're going
to want to review TechTips
Quake 2 Tweaks if you don't know how to create a custom a
config file and create an autoexec.cfg. Now open up My Computer
and head over to the quake2\baseq2 folder. Double click the
config.cfg file to open it in Notepad. Click File >New
to display a brand new empty notepad window. Copy and paste
config (click to download) into the empty Notepad window.
Click File >Save As. Navigate to the quake2\baseq2 folder
and enter a file name of "pxlq2.cfg" (without the quotation
marks). Click Save, then click File >Exit.
the quake2\baseq2 folder. Do you have an autoexec.cfg file
listed there? If no, make one; otherwise double click to open
it and enter the following line at the very end of the file:
File >Save, then File >Exit.
have other mods, just copy your baseq2 autoexec.cfg config
into those mods that don't have one, or add the "exec pxlq2.cfg"
line to the bottom of existing autoexec.cfg files.