Posted by Data in Cortex Command - February 19th, 2007

Nightmare setupOver the weekend we had some friends over to really try the four-player game. We learned a lot and the to-do list grew accordingly. Here are some pictures:

4-player playtest

Note the crazy cyberpunk nightmare on the right… the Tablet PC is what CC was running on, but it only has two USB ports, and we had no standalone USB hub, so we had to use the built-in one in that bottom monitor, along with a PS2 PC adapter (which allow two Dual Shocks to connect through a single USB port). This way we managed to get two wired Xbox 360 controllers, and two PS2 Dual Shock controllers going on the same laptop.

Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for WindowsThe great news related to this is that Microsoft has finally released their new wireless PC adapter for its regular wireless controllers that come with the Xbox 360!

With this, you just have to plug it into a single USB port on any windows machine, and suddenly you can connect up to four wireless Xbox 360 controllers, for the perfect Cortex Command multiplayer setup! I wish we had one this weekend; it would have made half of that mess to the right disappear. Alas, our orders from Amazon didn’t arrive in time.

Finally, here are a couple of short videos from the weekend. The first is from our local test at Data Realms HQ, and the other is from our tester Nate Sabanski and his friends’ LAN party up in Canada. Good times!

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37 Responses to “Playtesting Cortex Command”

  1. Striker26 - # February 19th, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    dang your screen is huge!

  2. Striker26 - # February 19th, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    oh wait thats a projector….

  3. Kamigawa - # February 20th, 2007 at 1:00 am

    Hah! That looks so awesome XD
    Any info on what next build will have?

  4. owensworth - # February 20th, 2007 at 2:22 am

    Which one would be you?

  5. I AM DRUNKMAN - # February 20th, 2007 at 3:15 am

    Just wondering, how many cats do you hav and what breed are they and what are their names?
    With the next build, will there be land vehicles?

  6. AquaGeneral - # February 20th, 2007 at 3:51 am

    Data do you have any plans for an Xbox Live Arcade release of CC?

  7. Acidfire - # February 20th, 2007 at 5:54 am

    What stuff did you put on your to-do list? 😀

  8. PromoStarr - # February 20th, 2007 at 6:49 am

    i wasn’t invited??

    *cries in fronts of screen*

    Meh…that looks soo cool…

    Is the level editor coming out in the next build?

  9. robburdon - # February 20th, 2007 at 6:53 am

    aaghh! that setup of pcs and cables looks soo neat! its all soo tidy int the corner of the room. stacking vertically eh? worth a try. probably wouldnt work. i have two pcs melded together.

    I commend you on that AMAZING STACKING ACHEIVEMENT.
    its tidy as well.

  10. anonymous - # February 20th, 2007 at 9:56 am

    what was the to do list?

  11. The Punisher - # February 20th, 2007 at 10:59 am

    Yes, Data give us your to do list. Rawr…

  12. BreenedandScrooned - # February 20th, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Looks like that was alot of fun, I wish I had some Xbox 360 controllers…

  13. Joe Mikkel - # February 20th, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Aw man, I need to get a projector now, cause I that looks like tonsa fun.

  14. Inv3rt - # February 20th, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    Kick their @$#e$!!!

  15. sylverone - # February 20th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Nice! Glad you got to have some fun. I won’t bug you with questions; I think every one else has that covered… 😉

  16. PromoStarr - # February 21st, 2007 at 11:28 am

    Beg god damn you!

  17. brinlarden - # February 22nd, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    so….whats your gamer tag then???

  18. Data - # February 22nd, 2007 at 1:46 pm


    I’m thinking about keeping the to-do list somewhere online for all to see, but haven’t set it up yet. Maybe allow for voting on items etc too, like the wordpress guys:

    Email if you want my gamertag 😉

  19. TSRabbit - # February 22nd, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Playing games through projectors rocks!

    but with my laptop, it wouldn’t be worth it…

  20. p3lb0x - # February 23rd, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    lol at DATA 😛

  21. Juggz - # February 25th, 2007 at 2:54 am

    Data i founds a bug:

    I’m playing brain vs brain against my brother, any way when im in MY buy menu it shows his amount of gold instead of mine. But still spends my gold when i buy something.

  22. robburdon - # February 25th, 2007 at 6:42 am

    juggz i get that too sometimes.

  23. Data - # February 25th, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Yeah that’s a known bug, going to be fixed

  24. Afroded - # February 25th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Couldn’t see a freakin’ thing.

  25. Batesman - # February 25th, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    if you dont mind me asking: what are you talking about afroded???

  26. Dobodo4 - # February 25th, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    i think he means he cant see whats going on in the vidio

  27. HSC - # February 26th, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    o_0 That’s the punk nightmare!

  28. Spriggen - # February 27th, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Maybe I’m missing something,but im not seeing a vid from data

  29. Flying Pigs Are Real!!! - # February 27th, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Wierd…. the site was down. Nice new build data 🙂

  30. Afroded - # March 1st, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    The TV was too bright. I suggest that you record directly from the TV (if possible(I don’t even know how to do it)) Then it would be easier to see.

    MUST GET VEHICLES…………………..DATA!!!!!!!

    sry about my overobsession of the previous subject i wrote.

  31. Afroded - # March 1st, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    (i meant vehichlies)

  32. Batesman - # March 4th, 2007 at 8:39 am

    lol, u were right the first time. vehicles.

  33. iwillcontrolyou - # March 5th, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    hey Data, please fix whatever is messing with the gib particle physics, it’s quite un-fun to fire an rpg only to have the explosion come right back at you 🙁

  34. Snowman007 - # March 5th, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Dude you have a my space for your cats that is so cool :D.

  35. tedebear - # March 27th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Hey the game also works great with PS3 controllers, I just did a quick Google search for the drivers. Keep up the good work!

  36. Killer - # March 30th, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Is there any modifications for land vehicles out there?

  37. iKP - # July 5th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Do normal USB controllers work for 2 (and 4) player? If yes, thats, awesome