You may also post this in the software/games section as well. To be honest with you, I would Google it. You will be surprised on the information you can get.
I can help you hook it up but on the matter of other games usage, you will have to go into the options menu of each game and set it up.
Example. I use a trackball mouse and love it, if you play Halflife II the trackball comes in handy but sometimes not (during the first boat scene). If I had a joystick and the trackball, it would be a whole lot easier.
You may try a trackball mouse with your joystick. I bet you will be surprised.
Hope that helps,
Your Hardware Guide.