I’m assuming the newer batch should have addressed the issues that plagued the older ones?
Can anyone who got one recently confirm this? Sorry if this doesn’t deserve its own thread but I really don’t know where else to ask.
While I’m here I’m new to the whole ‘Stick’ scene, what is this gate business I am reading online? 4 way/8 way … I couldn’t find a dedicated guide to this anywhere on here, can someone please link me to a good one somewhere. Thanks.
A gate is a small piece of plastic that restricts the movement of the stick, often labeled square or octagonal. The easiest way to think of this is to imagine the number of “corners” your stick has. A square gate gives you four corners, and an octagonal gives you 8 corners. A square only has the corners for diagonals, Up-Forward, Up-Back, Down-Forward, and Down-Back, and an octagonal has “corners” for those and up, down, left, and right.
I prefer the square gate, as it gives you a smoother feeling while rolling motions, but if you’re having problems knowing if you’re holding forward, backwards, up, or down, get an octagonal. Japanese arcade standard is square I believe.
Well I hope you’re right, I’ve finally decided to shell out the 80 bucks for an SE. I’ll have the stick and buttons switched for Sanwa parts … Now I’ll just have to wait for them to be in stock sometime this year. :rolleyes:
for the Sanwa jlf you would be looking at around $30 shipped and then the push buttons are about $3 each which brings it up another $24. so for about $60 in parts (there is not really a reason to replace the start or back buttons) you should be pretty much all set.
if there was an option to get the TE at $150 i would say to go with that (i know you said you are already getting the SE model, but jus’ sayin’) rather than the SE. you would be getting all of the parts installed without voiding the warranty (and as with all mad catz shit i would try and keep that as long as possible), a bigger and seemingly nicer box to play on (i have gargantuan hands so i am a little biased), and a storage compartment for the pretty long cord.
personally i would not spend more than $200 for the TE though. i can wait and they will make plenty.
i forgot to mention good luck getting arcade parts in the current market. that will take some time especially if you are going to try and find a Sanwa stick…
If a 09er (like me) had replied with this answer he would have his head on a stick by now while the rest of the veterans point and laugh, a 02er that is just ignorant will go however go unpunished. Sigh.
A 4-way or 8-way gate has absolutely nothing to do with how many corners it has. Both the square and octagonal gates are considered 8-way, and so is a round gate that has no corners at all. The 8-way designation describes the fact that the shape of these gates allows you to register up to 8 directional inputs (4 cardinal directions and 4 diagonals). A 4 way gate (usually shaped like a plus, sometimes a rhombus) restricts diagonal movement outside the dead zone and thus only allows you to enage a single microswitch at a time so that you are only allowed the 4 cardinal directional inputs and never can go diagonally. One of the most famous example of an arcade game using a 4 way gate was Pacman where diagonal movement was forbidden. A 2-way gate also exists which allows you to only move left-right. This gate is shaped like a rectangle. You would need such a gate for a game like Space Invaders.
In any case, You might be able to get away with replacing just a few parts at a time. Even just the buttons makes for a much better experience. and really, you only need six of those. The stock black buttons are “good enough” if you’re just using them in the menus.