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I know the information page for Alien Swarm does not list it, but from the screenshots it seems like a perfect game to control with the xbox controller.

Did they just forget to add the icon or is it really not possible to use?

I guess I'm asking this question to somebody who has played the game

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It does require you to go into the console and enable the xbox controller. I've got it working fine on my game, I just need to figure out how to customize it because currently it is not allowing me to swap weapons via controller.

Go here for more info: Using an XBox 360 Controller with Source Games

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Today's update says "Fixed weapon switch key in the 360 controller config". Would you let us know if you can get it to work? –  jmfsg Jul 22 '10 at 0:47
    
You can now change weapons by using the Y key, also, I think it autodetects if you have a controller plugged in and execs that automatically. –  jmfsg Jul 26 '10 at 19:51
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It appears that you can, although you have to map controls yourself. Hit up this forum post:

http://forums.blackcatgames.com/showthread.php?t=11119

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With that said, the Alien Swarm FAQ (forums.steampowered.com/forums/…) says that controllers are not supported (neither are Macs) –  Albort Jul 20 '10 at 7:26
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Basically, it doesn't. Albort's answer involves mapping the controller to your keyboard and mouse, which is basically a hack that will allow you to use an Xbox controller with any game. –  user56 Jul 20 '10 at 7:37
    
It looks like this thread is for the Unreal version, not the Source version. :/ –  MiffTheFox Jul 20 '10 at 17:21
    
Yeah, I didn't notice that either. It's for the UT04 mod. –  user56 Jul 21 '10 at 12:02
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Simply type in console exec 360controller_xbox.cfg or if you're using the PC version of the gamepad, exec 360controller_pc.cfg to bind the joypad's buttons accordingly.

These files are located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\alien swarm\swarm\cfg\.

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