A quick question about gates


#1

I just bought my first sticks, a TE and SE to mod, but I’m concerned about the square gate. I have been playing Street Fighter 4 on my 360 controller using the analog stick (don’t laugh) which is obviously circular. My concern comes in the fact going from O to [] will be very drastic and uncomfortable because I’m used to riding the edges of my analog stick.

So I guess my question is would you guys recommend and I get use to square gate or just swap it out right away and replace it with an octagonal or round gate? Lizard Lick just got some in and if I order today I should get them right when I get back home.

Thanks!


#2

It would be better to learn how to play on the square gate (don’t ride the gate). Besides, the GT-Y octo gate actually increases the throw distance of the stick and isn’t ideal.


#3

You’ll get used to it.

Everything about the stick will feel weird at first, you’ll learn. It just takes a little time.


#4

Use whatever you feel most comfortable with… unless you’ll be going to loads of tournaments on Arcade machines, in which case learn to use a square gate (I bet the answer to this is no). If not there is absolutely no need to stick with a square if you dislike it.


#5

Except for the fact that once you learn to use a square gate, you’ll find it superior 90% of the time. The only time you’d ever want to even consider an octo-gate is if you’ve completely written off using charge characters and you think it’d be easy to find the down-back corner on an octo-gate so you can block low (it’s not easy btw, even after using it a long time you’ll have more trouble than it’s worth).


#6

Fack octo gates. Quitters, I say.


#7

Just learn to use a square gate.

The only time I could see an octo being useful is for playing gief and mashing out 720s.


#8

I always played SF on various game pads, never a stick, I played SF4 for almost a year till I tried to actually make myself a custom stick to play on, with no playing experience when I built my first stick i put a octo gate in my JLF cause I thought that would be the most practical since I thought it would be easier to move your character in 8 directions, after a few months on actually learning how to play on the octo gate and stick itself, I picked up a TE fightstick with the stock square gate and truthfully fell in love with it, it took some time getting used to it but the motions were shorter, everything feels tighter, I dunno there is nothing wrong with an octo gate, of course its all preference. IMO Square Gate FTW!


#9

what people tell you here can only help you with your decision 5-10% at best. only by experimenting will you figure out the truth about which gate will result in better execution. purchasing a gate and the time spent experimenting is a small price to pay to know for sure which is better for you.


#10

i honestly dont think they’re terrible for someone just getting used to a stick, but yes, i loves the square now.


#11

Thanks for the replies. I’ll hold off on ordering an octo gate and let you guys know what I think once I get my hands on my sticks.


#12

I originally used octo gates on my sanwas, but after going back to square (which i never gave a chance) i can honestly say that square is the better. it just feels more natural after u get used to it, plus it enables your stick to be more of an al-round for any other arcade gaming. The only time I would use octo again is if there was some game that absolutely required it; which there aint.

Square is the way to go.


#13

I think they’re terrible ESPECIALLY for someone just getting used to the stick.

You want to learn the “right way.”

This is what initially sold me on square gates: http://www.slagcoin.com/joystick/restrictors.html

The numbers don’t lie!


#14

Thank you for posting that link.
I just started playing SF4 and considering buying a fightstick instead of a fightpad, but I never really found any good theory on why square would be better then octagonal gates.
Now I did. Square it is for me.
Thank you.


#15

While I understand the technical differences, it doesn’t matter for gameplay so long as you don’t ride the gate. Engage distance is constant.