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Playing Askutron with Playstation "BUZZ!" controllers (Windows/Mac)
Askutron Quiz Show supports the original buzzer controllers that were used for the "BUZZ!" game series on Playstation 2 and 3. This guide shows you how to use them on Windows and Mac, which both offer compatible drivers out-of-the-box.
The buzzers should work on Linux as well if you get your system to recognize the buzzers as a 20-button joystick/gamepad or USB input device (HID).
Simply connect your cable-based or wireless buzzers to your PC via USB. Your operating system needs to supply drivers for the controllers.
In my tests connecting the buzzers to the Mac just worked™. No custom installation or driver changes were necessary in order for the game to recognize and use them.
Most Buzz! controllers should work with Windows out-of-the box. Once connected they will be listed in your Windows 10 settings under "Bluetooth & other devices" as "Logitech Buzz(tm) Controller V1", "BUZZ" or similar:
Some models are initially recognized by Windows as USB hubs. In that case open the Windows device manager and check for a device an unknown device (with the yellow warning triangle). Open the properties by rightclicking the device and then switch the driver:
1. Go the "Driver" tab 2. Click "Update Driver" 3. Select "Browse my computer for driver software" 4. Select "Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer" 5. Select "USB input device (HID)" and click 'Next' to configure the new driver
After this your Buzz! controller should be listed in the device list as mentioned above.
Getting the buzzers to work on Linux is not as simple, and in fact I haven't figured out how to yet (tested on Ubuntu 16). Hypothetically, if you can get the controllers configured as a USB input device (HID) or a joystick/gamepad with 20 buttons, it should work with the game. However, Linux does not seem to use an appropriate driver for the buzzers by default. This may require some more advanced steps. To all the pro Linux users, please let me know if you get it working!
Within the game's lobby, when properly setup and connected, the buzzers will automatically be recognized by the game. Press any button on a buzzer to join the game using the device. The key mapping will be shown in front of your character during the profile selection:
Blue = Select (Up) Orange = Select (Down) Green = Confirm Yellow = Back Buzzer = Confirm
During the game, the buzzer's buttons are mapped in-order of the answers displayed on screen:
Blue = A (First answer) Orange = B (Second Answer) Green = X (Third Answer) Yellow = Y (Fourth Answer)
And that's it! I have tested two different Buzz! controller models on Windows 10 and Mac OS X. Please let me know if it works for you! Especially if you manage to get it working on Linux!