I use a keyboard/mouse combo almost exclusively. WASD+mouse, specifically. For games that don't need a mouse, I prefer cursor keys + Z/X rather than ctrl/shift. It's a more natural position.
As for peripherals, I used to have a gamepad thing. Never much liked it, though I've rigged up an adapter (out of duct tape and paperclips, seriously) that allows me to use NES controllers via the parallel port. I've been meaning to dig it up so's I can astound people by playing Freespace 2 with a Quickshot.
Anyway, klik games are generally designed for the keyboard or keyboard/mouse. Because everybody has them. You can't really go wrong that way, very relaxed. Gamepads are alright, I only like them for emulations, and even then only occasionally. Joysticks are mainly a flight sim thing. You could get one of those fancy hand things you wave around I suppose, if looking and feeling like a tool is your thing.
I use some generic PS2-ish controller. It's got just as many buttons, so it makes it perfect for using with ePSX. Though for click games, I usually use Joystick2Mouse 3, which allows you to remap your gamepad to whatever you want (Analog stick mouse emulation, keyboard keys, macros, etc. awesome and free). This is mostly because I don't like using Y and X (Or Square and Triangle for you PS ppl) for your typical jump/attack buttons.
I do agree that playing some games on a gamepad is useless, I tried with ninjuken, and I don't think I'll ever make that mistake again.
unless you're looking for something specific, no. Besides, most of the reason the upper pads cost more is because they come with software, and the link I just posted easily blows any of those programs out of the water (with a bit of a learning curve of course). If you want one that has a good track record to go with it's price, go Logitech Wingman, though I find the buttons to be too small (they may have changed this).
Brad, I'd say go to Target/Wal-Mart/Bestbuy/etc. and just pick up a generic one for under $25, I got mine at Wal-Mart nearly 2 years ago, and the analog is now just starting to get sticky (keep in mind, I emulate everything so that's 2 years of heavy, heavy use.)
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I never use controllers either (Except when I play xbox). What specific game(s) are you wanting to play with it?
I have a sidewinder, made by microsoft. It's probably not the best but it's certainly the most expensive (£25 i think) I only got it over a cheap one because none of them said they were windows xp compatible. It's got 10 buttons (2 are shoulder buttons)
I only use it for 2 player games on emulation and occasionally football games.
Try to find a cheaper one though, although my dad found one for a few quid and it don't work at all as far as i can figure out.
The Xbox 360 controller is already out for the PC. It'll work on the console as well when it's released. Dual analog sticks, d-pad, 4 face buttons, 2 triggers, 2 shoulders, and 3 additional face buttons (back, x360, start) that I presume are programmable. Plus, it has rumble, and a port on the bottem that you can plug a headset into. I've played the XBox360 kiosks at WalMart, and the controller is pretty comfy, feels solid, and has nice weight.
I don't do any PC gaming at al anymore, but for PC games nothing beats the Keyboard & Mouse. But when i played ROM's and such i bought a GCN to USB converter/cable, i think it was called JoyBox or something. It allows you too hook up your GC controller to the PC, works brilliant for emulation.
I Played NES, SNES and N64 ROM's all with ease with the controller, and with TV-out and on the TV it feels like your just playing the original
You can also get PS2 converters, i don't know how well they are for actual PC gaming however.