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How can I find a joystick for OS9?

My Dad wants a joystick to play Hellcats and Chuck Yeager. Presumably the ones at the local electronics store won't work on vintage computers? Where do you suggest I look for a joystick?

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Depends a little on what you mean by "vintage".

Ebay or Craigslist are probably the most likely sources, but they will be used, so no guarantee they will work for long.

There were USB->ADB adapters, but I don't know how good they were for joystick use. Newer 'vintage' computers will of course have their own USB ports. The real problem is that the software may not understand how to use a new joystick's output, although you might get it to work with the software from an old joystick.

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I have a new-in-box Gravis (and a used one I think) or here's one on ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gravis-mac-mousestick-2-programmable-joystick-f...

Quite a few available.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=gravis...

ADB port required unless you have Griffin USB to ADB adapter

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Mousestick seems to emulate a mouse input. Does that mean it would have good compatibiliy?

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I believe Mousestick comes with it own control panel and startup settings/mappings for some games. The Mousestick II comes with settings/mappings for 100+ games. Many games of that time also included Mousestick settings. Of course almost all games allow you to open up their preferences and manually change the control settings. So you can for example change "forward" from "up arrow" on the keyboard to "forward" on the joystick. The mousestick has X-Y/joystick, two fixed buttons, a pull trigger on the joystick and two thumb triggers on the joystick.

So you can program the fixed buttons to rotate weapons or the thumb triggers. Or you can combine keyboard options with joystick control. It also has uses a Y jack so you don't lose your ADB port. Mechanically it was not considered the best option in it's day but it's probably one of your few options for OS 9 and earlier at this point in time.

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A trick I've used that works well is to search Google for "System Requirements" + (The Operating System/Architecture):

So searching for say - "System Requirements" + gamepad + joystick + "Mac OS 8.6-9" or some such..

Works great for finding programs for an OS too.

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Mousestick II software is here if you want to download it and see which games it supports without additional programming.

http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/gravis-mac-mousestick-ii

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If you need a USB stick check out the MacAlly iStick or Airstick.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/1249/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=macally+joy+stick

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http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/macally-product-drivers
PDF files about iStick (two kinds), Airstick PDF, iShock PDF and their drivers for OS9.