We've started playing Madagascar and Lego Star Wars on our Windows media center PC connected to the TV. Using the wireless keyboard works but isn't ideal. What kind of gaming controller would you recommend for games like these? Gamepad, joystick, or what else?
I recently started playing Lego Batman, which has the same controls as Lego Star Wars. I found that the keyboard made the game practically unplayable. I dug out a generic USB gamepad that someone gave me long ago. It was the first time I've ever found a use for the gamepad, and I was amazed at how easy the setup was. Windows recognized it immediately, and the game recognized and set up nice default controls for the gamepad. I'm not at home, so I can't confirm it's the same model, but this looks very similar to what I have.