I can’t believe anyone who was actually around before the time of 360 sticks would actually say this. Do you even remember what it was like before 360s? Eventually, the microswitches would either break or the connection came loose. Unless your arcade had a tech guy on-hand, that shit STAYED broken for days or even weeks. When the 360s arrived, it was a god-send because they didn’t break as easily, if ever. I have NEVER heard anyone say anything bad about the 360 back in the day. They all loved it.
IT WASN’T UNTIL all this fanboy oogling over Japanese sticks that people started knocking the 360. “Oh my god, Japanese sticks, the Japanese use them so it must be so much better OooooOOOooOoorgasmm. I NEED Sanwa sticks because I can’t find the diagonals on the 360.” I mean seriously, are you kidding me? You CAN’T FIND THE DIAGONALS?! Try standing directly in front of the controls next time. And the buttons, “the Sanwa buttons are better because it presses on the switch directly instead moving a plunger to hit the switch.” Yeah, so your moves will come out in 0.4ns instead of 0.5ns? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that MAYBE this makes a difference in CvS2 roll-cancelling, but it will not make any kind of difference in any other game. I can certainly kara-cancel perfectly fine in 3s without needing “direct microswitch activation”.
I was at this tournament for 3s and ST. I didn’t play in any other tournament so I can’t comment on those cabinets, maybe they were bad, I don’t know. But I’ve played on both sides of both 3s cabinets, and played both sides of the ST machine used for the tournament. They were fine. The buttons were sticky on the first side of the smaller 3s cabinet, but they worked and didn’t break until well after the end of the tournament. I even won a match on that side.
I have never heard so much complaining about joysticks in my life. It is even worse than the old complaint about tight-sticks vs. loose-sticks, but at least that was legitimate. If you’re used to loose sticks, you’ll have to work a lot harder to get your moves out on a tight stick. Your wrist might become fatigued because you aren’t used to the tight sticks. This will affect your performance. Conversely, if you’re used to tight sticks, any slight movement could mean that you’re going to get a move you didn’t want. You might accidentally jump because you pushed too hard in a certain direction, and of course you’ll push hard, you’re used to tight sticks. People used to blow off your complaints by saying “you’ve been playing forever so just adapt to it”. So this is what I’m going to say to everybody that are complaining about the illegitimate 360 vs. Non-360 issue: YOU’VE BEEN PLAYING FOREVER, DEAL WITH IT.