"How to set
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I love to play INSANE, especially
driving the Red Bull RockHer II designed by Fat Alfie! It's a
crawler made special for the game and WOW is it ever capable!
Still, the trick to crawling in INSANE is perfect control, and that
simply cannot be done with a keyboard. That said, I went out
and bought a gamepad type controller and hooked it up. I went
straight to INSANE's "Vehicle Controls" configuration table and
started assigning the controller buttons to the functions I wanted
them to perform. With that done, I went to the "play screen"
and tried to drive the RockHer, only to find it would only turn
left! I went in search of more info on what I may have done wrong
and found a few discussions about how to set up the gamepad.
Unfortunately, they were only partial suggestions and not the whole
story from start to finish. After a few hours of research and
fumbling, I eventually figured it out. Considering I'm a
computer nincompoop, I figured there are more of you out there, like
me, who could use a simple tutorial on setting up your gamepad for
FYI, this is how I set up my
Logitech Dual Action gamepad. I wanted to use the left
mushroom for steering and the right mushroom for throttle so I would
have fine-tuned variable control on both the throttle and steering.
I installed the controller configuration program as you must be able
to re-map the mushroom joystick for the steering to work correctly.
If you do not have the software CD, you can download it from
I do not know if this procedure
works for any other type or brand of gamepad as I have only tried it
The first thing I did was to
install the controller and its configuration program (also known
as the Logitech Profiler). To start setting things up,
open the profiler and click "select a game" right from the main
screen. Then, "Create a new game profile". Then, click
"Browse" and navigate to the C:/codemasters/Insane folder.
Once you have that folder
open, select the "Game" program with the small Insane logo next
to it. Then click "Open"
Enter a Game Profile Name (I used
INSANE), the second box should have the file path you just selected
in the previous step, so leave that, then it will offer you one of a
couple logos to include (I clicked the INSANE logo). Click "OK".
Now, every time you want to start INSANE and use your gamepad,
connect the gamepad, open the profiler, then click "Play INSANE"
Before we start the programming
process, BE SURE the "analog" button on the controller has not been
pushed. If it was pushed, there will be a small red light
turned on next to it. That light and button is next to the
Left Mushroom. You will not use "analog" for any INSANE
gameplay so be sure that light is off.
Now, it's time to enter into
INSANE and set up the gamepad for the functions you want them to
play. Using the profile, open Insane by clicking "Play INSANE"
and enter any game with any normal vehicle. Once you are in
the game and on the "play screen", push escape "Esc" on your
keyboard to bring up the menu. Then select "VEHICLE CONTROLS".
In that menu, select "STEER"
and then hit "Enter" on your keyboard...then push the right side
mushroom straight to the left. I repeat "the RIGHT SIDE
mushroom" to the left. If it then says "Steer Right", push
the right mushroom straight to the right. It may not give you
the option to push the mushroom right, but don't worry, it knows
what you want. Now understand, I know you want to use the
left mushroom for steering but we'll get to that later.
For right now, you are telling the game that it will be the
right mushroom controlling the steering.
Next, you'll select
"ACCELERATE" and hit "Enter" on your keyboard. Then,
you'll push the RIGHT SIDE MUSHROOM straight up.
I go on through the menu
setting up my controller so the lowest left-index-finger button
is the main brakes, the higher left-index-finger button
is the handbrake, the lowest right-index-finger button is
the shift to higher "UP" gear, and the highest
right-index-finger button is the shift to lower "DOWN"
gear. I make the "2" button rollover and the "4"
Now, I select "BACK" and hit
"Enter" on my keyboard to get back to the main menu, and then
select "CONTINUE GAME" and hit "Enter" again to get back to the
"play screen". FYI, you can just hit the "Esc (Escape)"
button twice on your keyboard to go quickly from the "Vehicle
controls" menu to the "Play Screen"
Check to see that your
steering works fully on the right mushroom, plus check that the
other commands work properly. If not, go back to the
menu/vehicle controls and try again. Once you are sure the
steering and throttle are working properly on the right mushroom
(the left mushroom will still be dead) exit the game completely.
Now we'll make the left
mushroom work for the steering.
On the Logitech Gamepad
Profiler, left-click the "Left Stick X-Axis", then click
on "Axis Properties" to open the next menu.
Once that menu is open, leave
everything as it is except for making one change in the drop
down box under "Left Stick X-Axis Mapped to"...open the drop
down and click on "Right Stick X-Axis". Now, click "OK" to
accept the change.
Now you can restart the game
through the profiler, the same way you did last time, enter a
game with any normal vehicle, and give it a test run.
By the way, I also set up the
two small buttons (#9 and #10) on the gamepad to be able to
instantly change to my two favorite views. I programmed
the left button (#9) to emulate F5 and the right button (#10) to
emulate F7. To do that, you click the text on the profiler
that says the button # you want to reprogram and then choose
"select keystroke", then "new keystroke", then "record", then
hit the button on your keyboard you want to emulate (like the F5
key), then click "STOP", then "OK". It should
automatically make that button turn into that keystroke and
you'll see the new text where it used to show the button #, if
The way I use the F7 view
(right small button) is to click the button before I start up a
trail. If it's a trail with the cliff to my left, I spin
the view so I can see the left side of the crawler, including
AROUND the corner's I'll be approaching. You can
re-position the camera angle using the home, delete, end, page
up, and page down buttons. Get it at a good angle and zoom
before climbing the hill. I then switch back to my
favorite F5 (left small button) view, start my hill-climb, and
then when I get to a corner or someplace I need to see from the
side, just tap the right small button and have a look!
BTW, F5 has two different angles, Hit the button once and
you get one view, hit the same button again and you get another
angle. You change the angle the same way as you did the
F7. Set it up so you have your normal driving view on the
first push of the small left button, and the second mid-distance
view on the second push of the same button. Then, you're
ready for just about anything.
That's the way I did mine and
it seems to work. It'll be a good starting point for those
who haven't used INSANE very much. Later, experiment with
different button setups for controls and views to find what
works best for you!
I hope this tutorial helps you
figure things out!
Finally, as a thank-you to
the guys hosting this story...if you're into anything off-road
oriented, check out
www.Pirate4x4.com There is more technical knowledge on that
website and forum, than any single location in the world.
We're talking ANYTHING off-road!
Dustin Webster - RedBull
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