Well I have been officially switched over to use the stick for quite some time now (about 4 1/2 years). 80% of my game is much better with a stick. However, there are certain things, that I simply cannot do as consistently on the actual stick, and a quick thumb swipe is better for.
Solution? I’ve given this old dog plenty of time to learn new tricks, now it’s time to do the unthinkable, and build an otherwise-normal joystick, with 1/2 a gamepad sticking out the side!
So… What is the actual best D-pad?
I’m leaning towards a PS1 Dual-Shock d-pad personally, but that one is only good for people (like me) who use the middle of their thumb (the joint-section). **EDIT Or an NES d-pad! (plus that gets style points. ** hAH, NVM, CLOSE THREAD. (j/k)
I’m also aware that the D-pads with a full-circle surface, like a saturn or SFAC pad are more preferable to most hardcore pad warriors. However, the Saturn one is hard to get for a good price (except I did find a decently priced replica, under a ‘doc’ name of some kind on Ebay…) ; I want it to be guest-friendly, and not just for me. I attend local tournies and travel within reason to get in some good games, and I hate being the only one with a good controller sometimes, so I want this one to be guest-friendly. I think most pad-warriors would use a hybrid like this over a straight-up gamepad, because the button layout is unarguably superior and easier to use (without button mapping).
What would you suggest? The d-pad of choice would effect the overall design of the stick a lot.
Keep in mind, I’m personally quite universal for the few instances where a d-pad is preferred (any gamepad is the same to me almost), but what about the other people? For casuals, I would probably just use my pure stick, and allow others to mash on the hybrid.