I just recently started experimenting with joystick mapping because I was tired of having trouble shooting due north, due south, due east, and due west in run and gun games like Robotron and Smash TV when using my dual shock gamepad. I always tend to slip into the diagonals. Applying a joystick map that de-emphasizes the diagonal directions (Headkaze's Tron preset for example) will help. However, because the right hand joystick on the gamepad is recognized by windows as (Z,Zrot) and MAME is looking for X and Y axes to apply a joystick map, I can't de-emphasize the diagonal directions like I wanted to in the first place. MAME just doesn't recognize that it should apply the map to the right hand thumbstick on my gamepad because it doesn't see that thumbstick as a joystick. If I plug in two gamepads, it successfully applies the map to the left hand thumbsticks of both gamepads.
Would the MAME team please consider adding a dual shock joystick map option? Or if it's possible, is there a way to force MAME to recognize that right hand thumbstick as a joystick? Thank you in advance.