Game Controller is Added

Hello Boaters,

Many of you have requested a game controller option and we have responded.  Currently, it only works in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, but not in Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, or Safari. Your feedback is appreciated. The control mapping is as follows:

  • Right throttle up = right joystick forward and L1 and R1 buttons not pressed
  • Right throttle down = right joystick reverse and L1 and R1 buttons not pressed
  • Left throttle up = left joystick forward and L1 and R1 buttons not pressed
  • Left throttle down = left joystick reverse and L1 and R1 buttons not pressed
  • Left shifter up (separate controls) = left joystick forward and L1 button pressed and R1 button not pressed
  • Left shifter down (separate controls) = left joystick reversed and L1 button pressed and R1 button not pressed
  • Right shifter up (separate controls) = right joystick forward and L1 button pressed and R1 button not pressed
  • Right shifter down (separate controls) = right joystick reversed and L1 button pressed and R1 button not pressed
  • Rudder to port side = right joystick left and L1 button not pressed and R1 pressed
  • Rudder to starboard side¬†= right joystick right and L1 button not pressed and R1 pressed
  • Left Bow thruster = left joystick left and L1 and R1 pressed
  • Right Bow thruster = left joystick right and L1 and R1 pressed
  • Left Stern thruster = right joystick left and L1 and R1 pressed
  • Right Stern thruster = right joystick right and L1 and R1 pressed

Enjoy!

TheBoatdocker Group

5 thoughts on “Game Controller is Added”

  1. I am trying to use the simulator with a game controller but I am having problems. I can operate the left engine with the left joystick but I cannot operate the right engine with the right joystick. The right engine will only work with the keys on the controller. Is anyone else having the same problem? Any idea how to solve this, maybe a setting? Or maybe can someone indicate whether you found a controller which works perfectly fine?

      1. Thanks for your quick reply. I went into the website that you indicated and the right joystick is showing as Axis 5 in its up/down movement, and Axis 2 in its left/right position. In the meantime I found a small program called JoyToKey and have used it to bypass the problem, as it enables each movement / button press on the joystick to be assigned to a particular equivalent keypress on the keyboard. If I may pass a small general suggestion about the game, I noted that the wind indicator shows where the wind is going towards, however to be better and to correspond to electronic wind instruments on boats and also to how weather forecasts report wind, can I suggest that this is changed to reflect where the wind is coming from? The norm is boating is to identify wind direction by where it is blowing from not towards. It is current which is identified by where it is flowing towards. Thanks for this great simulator – I find it very useful as it is great for training purposes.

        1. Thanks for your comments Jonathan. I appreciate you finding and sharing the JoyToKey program with other users as I did not know about that one. With regards to your second suggestion, I had originally designed the simulator to do exactly what you suggested. I changed it when a number of boaters told me it was exactly the opposite. It is an easy fix to make so I will leave this comment out there for a while to let others weigh in to see if I should change it back.

          Regards,
          John

  2. Hello:
    Thank you for this. Can someone please share/recommend which game controller is best to use with a Mac to have the best “twin throttles” experience?
    Many thanks,
    PA

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