oversight on my part; now it seems the Xbox360 "START" works fine (Button 8) - might have been due to controller-conflict, since I had two hooked up at once? either way, it seems to work perfectly fine now
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well, unfortunately it's still says "- ROLL AXIS", everytime that I try to reconfigure the analogue-sticks, but now also the START-button (i.e. "PAUSE") doesn't work on the controller... or rather I am able to select it perfectly fine in the menu and it acknowledges thus; but in-game it has seized to function...
I'm running Windows 7 x64, with an Xbox360 Original controller, wired - btw.
Also trying with PS3 w/ USB and Bluetooth
:edit re-binding "PAUSE" to any other button, except for "START" on the Xbox360 controller made it work
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