What's a good video game controller for a toddler?
August 27, 2014 6:06 PM Subscribe
What's a good video game controller for a toddler? Absolutely required:
A reliable way of connecting it to a Windows 7 or 8 laptop. I don't mind using JoyToKey or 3rd-party drivers if necessary. Preferred:
Wireless, so it can't be used to pull the laptop off the desk; Durable and/or cheap, in case it gets thrown or dropped; Simple, few inputs.
posted by CustooFintel to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm mainly thinking of gamepads and joysticks, but a pointing device or keyboard that fit the criteria would be just as good. Note that a keyboard would have to include the ability to disable keys like Esc and Ctrl, to prevent the child from, say, minimizing the game.
I've tried a Wii remote in the past, but have found it a frustrating process that doesn't work more often than it does. I've only ever gotten it to work consistently with Dolphin
, but of course that limits me to only games that run on Dolphin. The main other program I've tried is GlovePIE
. I'm open to the possibility that there are more reliable ways to get a Wii remote to work on Windows, but my general experience using Bluetooth devices with Windows makes me skeptical.