Thanks for taking the time to answer a question that’s probably been answered about a billion times on this site. Even though I’ve been playing fighting games casually since Street Fighter II came out on the SNES, I’ve never desired to become competitive.
That changed last week, when I decided on a whim to tune into EVO 2013. I was blown away by the drama, the technicality, and most of all, the community of it all. I was so floored by the whole experience that I almost feel compelled to try my hand at fighting games.
Being an XBox 360 owner means that I currently use the Microsoft XBox 360 controller… Which has a terrible D-Pad. On top of that, I want to get competitive at fighting games, so I know that I need to pick up a fight stick.
I have a few questions, and I hope that you can help me choose one that will benefit me most.
First of all, I want to know what the general consensus is on the restrictor gates. I’ve heard that the octagonal gates are the way to go, especially for Street Fighter, (which I absolutely want to master!) but there does not appear to be any sticks that come with an octagonal restrictor. In other words, I would need to mod. I have no problem with this, especially if it’s as easy as I’ve read it to be. But I do want a second opinion (or third…) on the matter. Would you recommend that I get an octagonal gate?
Secondly, how long do these fight sticks usually last? I want to spend about $100 on this, if possible. But if I pay more, would I get a stick that lasts longer? Obviously, this would be dependent on how much I use the stick, but I don’t want to have to buy a new fight stick every year.
Third: How easy is it to change the art on the sticks? Amazon has a nice looking stick for about $80, but it features WWE characters, which is definitely not something I’m interested in. Would this be easy for me to take care? Maybe there are some templates, and I just need to print them? Is there a link that explains how it’s done?
Again, thanks for taking the time to help me out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.