How to Map a Joystick to a Keyboard in Game Maker

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How to Map a Joystick to a Keyboard in Game Maker
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Game Maker is a computer game creation engine for many different types of games, including shoot-em-ups, platformers and even role-playing games (RPGs). The engine primarily uses the keyboard keys as a method to control the game; however, with some additional software and a joystick, you can map the keyboard keys to the joystick in order to play the Game Maker game with the joystick much like you would with a console video game.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Obtaining the Mapping Software

  1. 1

    Find the right keyboard/joystick mapping software for your operating system. There are many different types of this software, like Total Game Control or JoyToKey (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Download the keyboard/joystick mapping software to your computer.

  3. 3

    Install the keyboard/joystick mapping software by following the on-screen instructions provided with the installation software.

    Mapping the Keys

  1. 1

    Plug the joystick into the computer with its adaptor. The computer will recognise this as a joystick and pop up an information window.

  2. 2

    Run the Game Maker engine or a Game Maker game and select the option to view the keyboard controls. You will notice that keys like "W," "A," "S" "D" and the directional keys do something as well as many others.

  3. 3

    Run the keyboard/joystick mapping software by double-clicking on the shortcut icon.

  4. 4

    Map the keys to the joystick. You will see multiple keys like "Q," "W," "E," "R," "T" and "Y," and you will need to select the corresponding keys in Game Maker in the keyboard/joystick mapping software. For example, the "W" or left directional key is mostly used to move left in the game, so press the left joystick button to match that action.

  5. 5

    Play the Game Maker game of your choice and try the joystick. The controls will now be mapped to the joystick rather than just the keyboard.

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