I always like to ask people who play fighting games whether they prefer to play on the fight pad or the fight stick. More importantly, I like to hear why thy lean one way or the other. I guess the main reason for my curiosity is that I’ve gone back and forth on this issue a few times over the past couple of years.
When I was younger, and up to 2009, I was a fight pad guy to the bone. I grew up on the console, playing street fighter on the SNES and the SNES controller was the only way for me to go with classic street fighter. When my buddy first introduced me to the fight stick, I was not having any of it. I was unused to using so much effort and energy to play games. For me, it was a forgone conclusion that I would never be a fight stick guy.
Then, after playing a series of matches with my buddy on super turbo in 2009 on the dreamcast, I got so fed up with the DC controller that I decided to give the stick a serious try. It was a long learning curve, and very frustrating, because I had o retrain my body to do something that I already knew how to do. It was like learning how to walk again, only now with 4 metal legs without joints. I was all kinds of screwed up for about a year.
Now I’m a firm believer in the fight stick, and its buttons pressing power. However, a brief stint with SNES SSF2 had me back to the SNES pad for awhile, and I remembered why I loved it so much. Its all about the reaction speed. On the pad, I can flat out twitch DPs without any problem at any time. The sheer amount of time required to physically make this motion on the pad is much faster that on the stick.
So what I’d like to know is the same as what I always like to hear from people. Which do you prefer, stick of pad, and why?