It’s almost 7am and I’m about to go to bed. So this might be a bit odd, but this just occurred to me.
It seems like with the release of SFIV, obviously there is a huge influx of new players into the scene. There are a lot of people who are interested in learning SF, and also the technical aspects of joysticks. This is awesome.
However, I have noticed a trend lately with people who don’t really seem to understand that sanwa, seimitsu, happ, fanta, crown, etc buttons and sticks are STURDY PARTS DESIGNED FOR ABUSIVE ARCADE ENVIRONMENTS. Arcade operators can go for MONTHS of 8-12 hour days of CONSTANT play in MUCH WORSE environments than you will EVER be able to recreate at home, guys.
I see threads with posts like “Don’t ride the stick’s gate, that is bad form”. Dude the gate is THERE TO BE RIDDEN, quit handling your arcade stick like she’s an innocent virgin highschool girl and RUSH THAT SHIT DOWN.
I admit I am pretty heavy handed. So when I press buttons, yeah you can hear it and it’s kinda loud. Knowing that I am heavy handed and knowing how ANAL a lot of people are with their sticks, I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS bring my OWN sticks to every gathering so I can use them without hearing someone bitch, “EASY ON MY STICK MAN!” etc. Thanks to the guy who let me borrow your stick at evo, only because some irresponsible ass Seattle player had to borrow mine to play his match. And of COURSE right after 90 minutes of waiting to play my match, as soon as I, RESPONSIBLE guy who brought my own equipment lends my shit out, I get called up to play my match ASAP. I am sorry you might’ve heard me hit your buttons harder than normal dude, but I guarantee you in the 5 rounds that I borrowed your stick it took NO DAMAGE okay? Chillax.
Now, I am not WAILING on the sticks like an idiot, I am pressing them fastly but my hands are not delicate and nimble. But if you think I am damaging your stick just because you can hear my button presses, you are DEAD WRONG. I have only ever replaced ONE set of joystick and buttons in any of my sanwa sticks, and I had it for YEARS of constant play where myself and anyone that needed to borrow a stick got to use. Took it to evo, and dozens and dozens of tourneys and house games, dropped the shit out of it, etc, and when I “wore it out” it was only SLIGHTLY less reliable than new, as in my diagonals were not 100% like new, more like 99.5% reliable. Still PERFECTLY USEABLE, I am just a HUGE joystick snob and could feel a slight difference. After years of my HEAVY ASS HANDS playing hundreds of hours of casuals, tournaments, dropping the stick, putting it in a bag and and packing shit on top of it, tons of abuse… it dropped 0.5% in performance. Why are you guys so damn worried?
I sold that stick and those buttons to someone as used, and never received a single complaint about them.
I know for a lot of players their sticks are big investments, and money definitely is hard to come by these days. So I can definitely sympathize, because I don’t like people to mis-use my stuff and damage it either. But what you guys have to realize is this stuff is INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH, and unless someone is TRYING to break it, there is almost no possible way for them to damage it more than casual playing. And a replacement button is what, three bucks? Chill out and ENJOY THE HOBBY and stop having a fucking hernia, you will live longer and enjoy fighters more.
People who worry so much about their sticks and buttons are like those oldass guys who fix up a classic car and leave it in their garage for years on end to just look at and never drive it. You are completely missing the point and stressing yourself out needlessly.
Thanks for listening. :tup: