First, let me introduce myself. I edit the video game site The Gameroom Blitz, which you may or may not recognize as the home of such fighting game features as “Fighter’s Misery” (reviews of the world’s crappiest fighting games) and “Saikyo Crusher” (a heartfelt tribute to Dan Hibiki). If you’ve never heard of the Blitz and would like to check it out, here’s the address:
Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you why I’m here. Last week, I purchased a Pelican Real Arcade Stick. Although it may not be 100% arcade quality, I was nevertheless very satisfied with it… it was certainly the most faithful reproduction of an arcade control panel I’VE ever owned. However, last night my stick suddenly decided that it had enough of my Playstation 2 and refused to work with it. It will not respond to any and all input… pressing buttons, spinning the stick, and even unplugging the controller and reinserted it yielding no results.
I thought the joystick was completely hosed, but when I plugged it into my GameCube and my Dreamcast (with the use of a Dream Connection adapter), it had absolutely no problems whatsoever. It worked exactly as it did when I first took it out of the box, but only with those systems. I haven’t tested it on a XBox yet (I don’t own one), but I assume that it would still work perfectly with that console as well. The only system it WON’T work with is the Playstation 2. This is especially odd since I had to use the Playstation port on my controller converter to hook the Real Arcade Stick up to my Dreamcast.
So, does anyone know what’s wrong with my joystick? Do you have any advice for me? Can this problem be resolved cheaply? I’d really hate to have to send the stick back to the manufacturer, since I just lost my job and can’t really afford the shipping on this monster. Does anyone have any schematics for the controller or pictures of its internals? I’d really like to get the stick back on its feet as soon as possible… I can’t settle for the stick being compatible with just my other systems, because I’ve got far too many fighting games on my PS2 that demand true arcade-calibur control.
Thanks in advance for your assistance!