For various technical reasons Mac OS X games still don’t have support for game controllers, but CarvWare has developed a utility to help work around the problem. It’s called GamePad Companion, and it allows your game controller to work under Mac OS X.
Apple’s own HID Manager — the technology built into Mac OS X that supports the use of game controllers — was only documented this past summer, and many Mac game developers are still struggling to make the technology work. There are a growing number of commercial and shareware games that have already been — and continue to be — released either natively for Mac OS X or as “Carbonized” apps that work both on older versions of Mac OS, which still don’t support game controllers. So what’s a gamer to do?
GamePad Companion helps bridge that gap by enabling you to map the controls on your HID-compliant gamepad to various keyboard keys. In this way, GamePad Companion can make gamepads work on both native and “Classic” applications running on Mac OS X.
GamePad Companion is offered as US$15 shareware. You can download a demo [84K] of the software now.