This year we’re going to do things a little different.
It seems that EVERY year, no matter what, some people are unhappy at the controls at 8 on the Break. This weekend at CLASH! was no exception either: some people just outright hated the controls. I had a long discussion with Phi, the former ECC organizer, and he said that he would prefer doing 3s on cabinets but there are definitely issues with that selection. One thing that ALL players seem to have agreed on is that having Capcom vs SNK 2 on the Playstation 2 is a GREAT idea, so that WILL be what we will use at ECC this year. But, we still have the question of 3s up in the air.
SO for this ECC, we are going to give YOU, the players, the option to decide what venue you want to play Third Strike on!
Option 1: We do Street Fighter 3: Third Strike as it usually is: on multiple arcade cabinets with Perfect 360 joystick controls.
Option 2: We have Third Strike on arcade cabinets, but instead of Perfect 360s, we use traditional switch joysticks. This dramatically cuts down on the problems we have with 360s, because switch sticks actually have physical buttons inside of them that are easily replaceable if a problem arises…UNLIKE the laser-eye of an optical Perfect 360 joystick. It’s also a lot easier to “find your corners” so to speak. The issue here is, unless you’ve been playing on switch sticks before, you might not be used to them.
Option 3: We take Third Strike completely off of the arcade cabinets and put it on the Playstation 2 console, just like we’re doing for Capcom vs SNK 2. This totally eliminates the issue of having faulty controls because everyone gets to play on the joystick of their choice, and should be used to the controls already. However, this does create issues with seating (usually there aren’t enough stools for multiple stations and people have to sit on the floor) and also creates issues for gamers who don’t own their own joysticks; they will have to borrow from others who are willing to donate.
Please vote, what you say will determine the fate of 3s at ECC11!