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Wednesday, June 08, 2005
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Japanese Games

How do I run Japanese games on my system?

How do I unzip .RAR and .LZH files? Why do I keep getting errors while trying to extract files?

How do I navigate/find the files to download from the Japanese Vector site?


Controllers/Keyboard Mapping

My keyboard is mapped differently; the Z, X and C keys are not next to each other. How do I make the Y key act as a Z key?

How do I configure a game to accept input from my PC game controller?

How do I configure the JoyToKey software?

How do I emulate an autofire function using the JoyToKey software?


Game Maker Programs

How do I enable the full screen mode for a Game Maker program?

How do I make Game Maker programs work under Windows Vista?



Japanese Games

How do I run Japanese games on my system?

Open the control panel located under your start menu, then select regional and language options. Choose the languages tab and check the box for East Asian languages installation. Select the advanced tab next and choose Japanese as the default language for non-Unicode programs.

You will then be prompted for the operating system installation CD. The computer has to be restarted once the entire process is completed.

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How do I unzip .RAR and .LZH files? Why do I keep getting errors while trying to extract files?

Download and install 7-Zip in order to extract .RAR and .LZH files, especially zipped Japanese games. This powerful program is free and the download size is under 1MB. If it still doesn't work, try downloading the game again.

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How do I navigate/find the files to download from the Japanese Vector site?

Here's an article to help you find your way around the Vector site, the largest repository of Japanese freeware games and demos. Fortunately the entire process of downloading a file only involves four clicks.

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Controllers

My keyboard is mapped differently; the Z, X and C keys are not next to each other. How do I make the Y key act as a Z key?

Press the Shift and Alt key simultaneously once to swap the Y and Z keys. Useful for shooters which uses the Z, X, C key configuration. [credits to Syrion]

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How do I configure a game to accept input from my PC game controller?

How do I configure the JoyToKey software?

How do I emulate an autofire function using the JoyToKey software?


There's an excellent article about the JoyToKey software on the One Switch web site, providing instructions on how to configure the program to accept input from PC game controllers. JoyToKey also offers a solution for emulating an autofire function and substituting keyboard button commands with mouse controls as well.

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Game Maker Programs

How do I enable the full screen mode for a Game Maker program?

Simply press F4 to switch between full screen and windowed mode. This is a standard function for Game Maker programs.

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How do I make Game Maker programs work under Windows Vista?

Here's a tool to convert games created with Game Maker versions 6.0 and 6.1 into a file that is compatible with WIndows Vista. [credits to Xander]

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