I checked my KDE control panel, got nothing for gamepads. So i went to see what options i could touch in the "mouse" section of peripherals. You can pretty much only fool around with mouse speed and things like that. You cant edit directly the hardware drivers and stuff like that with the control panel. I have to work now, but tommmorrow or friday ill try running around the XF86config file to see if i can setup a gamepad using the same procedure as setting up a mouse. Thanks for the ideas though.
*EDIT* w00t got it to work with QJoyPad
, which basically is a cheap wrapper. It reads gamepad input and you assign a keyboard key to it, then you can basically type with your gamepad or joystick, and every program reads keyboard input, so it's all good... :P Now i just have to get my zsnes sound working :P.