My brother and I have been playing Street Fighter together forever. From SF2 on the SNES, to SFA3 on the PS, to SF III on the Dreamcast. We’ve always played on the pad and have had relatively equal skill.
Anticipating SF IV’s release, i wanted to step up my game so I finally took the plunge and bought an arcade stick around the release of Soul Calibur 4. It took a while, but now I’m pretty proficient with it. I know all the pros use sticks and I realize that a pad limits your potential (can’t press buttons as quickly and stuff like that). As a result of switching to a stick, I am now a couple skill levels above my brother. I beat him nearly every time.
The problem is, whenever he and his group of gamer friends come over to play and I try to get them to use my arcade stick, they groan and refer to it as the “crappy controller”. Which pisses me off to no end.
It usually goes something like this:
*Them- *"Ugh… I have to use that crappy thing?"
Me- "It’s better. Why don’t you guys get it?"
Them- “It’s not better, the analogue stick is so much easier. And the shoulder buttons work much better than hitting 3 buttons for ultras.”
*Me- *"Not if you practice more with the stick. Come on, anyone who wins high level tournaments uses a stick. That just proves it is the best way. Don’t you want to get better so you can beat me?"
Them- “Who cares? You’re a loser. You play this game too much.” (Excuse for them losing.)
It seems hopeless but I know if they used it more, to the point where it started to help them win, then they would come to love it too. Should I let them win when they use it?
But even if they never use it, I hope I can just get them to appreciate it enough to not refer to it as “the crappy controller” because that angers me.
Anyone here have experience weening their friends off of the pad?