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THIS is how you're supposed to play Elite: Dangerous

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Matt Gardner
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Elite: Dangerous, PC games, Space sims

THIS is how you're supposed to play Elite: Dangerous

My flight stick still hasn't arrived. Amazon Prime is a filthy lie. I'm currently sobbing into the fluffy mane of a rather disgruntled Dealspwny because playing Elite: Dangerous with a keyboard and mouse is an utter arse, and because the last attempt at a Let's Play feature for the now-in-beta game had hardly any space truckin' and mainly featured me describing increasingly elaborate and disturbing ways I was going to "equalise" my inferior control setup.

Bottom line: we'll have to wait a bit longer before I can legitimately work Deep Purple into a video.

Even when my flight stick does turn up, I'm going to have to come to terms with the fact that I just can't hold a candle to this YouTuber axiumone, who's gone and turned five 24-inch monitors on their sides, fed them in an absurd monster rig, and is currently playing space sims in a fashion I can only dream of... and enviously drool over on YouTube:

You need a beast to run all of this and, well, you can check out the specs of his setup here. Just don't look too hard at the price tags. I crave that terabyte SSD.

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pandpand  Aug. 11, 2014 at 13:29

Should keep you happy until the Rift is available.

Late  Aug. 11, 2014 at 14:49

Lies! You can't be sobbing into the mane of Toby, because he's currently ferrying Jon and Carl over to Deutschland!
In my head they're sporting full suits of armour.
And Toby's a bit bigger than he appears in the photos we've seen.
And there's only one of him.

MattGardner  Aug. 11, 2014 at 14:59

I was writing this on the back of Toby while galloping to Gatwick to rendezvous with Jon and Carl? (They were indeed sporting armour -- Carl likes light armour because he's a rogue, and Jon enjoys the feel of chainmail).

And yes. There's definitely only one Toby.

Definitely.

And no siblings.

Certainly not one who's secretly been renamed Froby.

stevenjameshyde  Aug. 11, 2014 at 16:00

I should really get round to finishing my Toby the Dealspwny custom ship design for Resogun. I never got further than creating convincing voxel googly eyes

Tsung  Aug. 11, 2014 at 16:21

I'm going to be controversial here and say...

The only way to play Elite Dangerous is with a Xbox Controller.

I've tried Keyboard / Mouse quickly gave up on that.
I have a Joystick & Throttle controller that everybody recommended (Thrustmaster Hotas). Can't get on with it, been so long since playing any game with a joystick it just doesn't feel natural enough (nor accurate enough).

Then there is the xbox controller. I can pretty much do everything without taking my hands off the controller. I could play the game with a Rift on and have no need to press the keyboard. It just works, and it works well.

So XBOX Controller all the way.. :D

Last edited by Tsung, Aug. 11, 2014 at 16:21
Late  Aug. 11, 2014 at 16:41

Certainly not one who's secretly been renamed Froby.


wot no Broby?! oO ;)

CarlPhillips  Aug. 11, 2014 at 16:53

Certainly not one who's secretly been renamed Froby.


wot no Broby?! oO ;)


I'm afraid you're both wrong. The "other one" was named Cloneby by the boys in the lab.

Not that we have a lab conducting mad science involving plush toys. No sir.

MattGardner  Aug. 11, 2014 at 18:11

If Black Dynamite was a horse, he'd be Froby.

http://www.dealspwn.com/writer/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/FROBY-DYNAMITE.jpg

MattGardner  Aug. 11, 2014 at 18:13

I'm going to be controversial here and say...

The only way to play Elite Dangerous is with a Xbox Controller.


I shall now attempt this and chronicle my misadventures.

Drago_MkII  Aug. 11, 2014 at 20:18

I'm going to be controversial here and say...

The only way to play Elite Dangerous is with a Xbox Controller.

I've tried Keyboard / Mouse quickly gave up on that.
I have a Joystick & Throttle controller that everybody recommended (Thrustmaster Hotas). Can't get on with it, been so long since playing any game with a joystick it just doesn't feel natural enough (nor accurate enough).

Then there is the xbox controller. I can pretty much do everything without taking my hands off the controller. I could play the game with a Rift on and have no need to press the keyboard. It just works, and it works well.

So XBOX Controller all the way.. :D


That is pretty controversial... For me I find that there aren't even enough buttons on the thrustmaster let alone the xbox pad. I do agree that I find the aiming a bit easier using the controller but I think the game is way more fun with the hotas, it just makes it something else.

Thrusters were probably easier on the pad actually but I found buttons to adjust throttle were horrible.

MattGardner  Aug. 11, 2014 at 22:18

HURRY UP AND DELIVER MY HOTAS, AMAZON!

Drago_MkII  Aug. 11, 2014 at 23:02

HURRY UP AND DELIVER MY HOTAS, AMAZON!


Is it the T.flight hotas you ordered? It's constantly in and out of stock and changing in price.

Annoyingly going to have to return mine since one of the buttons has already stopped working. None of my mates who got it have had any problems, just me which seems to be my luck with anything PC :|

MattGardner  Aug. 11, 2014 at 23:10


Is it the T.flight hotas you ordered? It's constantly in and out of stock and changing in price.


Yeah. Had one before and it did the job nicely for all my flight stick needs. If I had the money spare, mind, I'd definitely get myself one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000LQ4HTS/

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/411AwN1KjML.jpg

Drago_MkII  Aug. 12, 2014 at 00:01

If I had the money spare, mind, I'd definitely get myself one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000LQ4HTS/


Ah yeh, that's the one that's modeled in the elite ship cockpits. So many buttons. So many lights. Oh how the other half live!

MattGardner  Aug. 13, 2014 at 15:14

IT HAS ARRIVED!!!

TheChappy  Aug. 13, 2014 at 18:54

IT HAS ARRIVED!!!


ever since i clicked your amazon link to that flight stick you wanted, all the ads on pages on my phone are trying to sell me one. I dont want one!

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