I looked at Capcom’s rules in the Street Fighter 30th Anninversary tournamnets and I found no seciton regarding “legal controller equipment”.
I’d like to give some situations which may be “pushing the rules”, and whether I predict Capcom tournaments will allow it, whether I think it should be legal if I were running my own private tournament, and get you to comment whether you think that’s cheating and what you predict/know what Capcom would say. And if someone from Capcom Tournaments is reading this, 1) why no legal equipment regulations printed in your rules? and 2) maybe you can weigh in on the officlal status of these controllers.
first what I predict is an obvious cheat move: Controllers with programmable macros. Like for example, storing a hard-to-execute frame perfect combo on one button, or letting tapping forward equal a dragon punch move to start. I know how to do the second with my Dreamcast Alloy stick, and a PS2 ShadowBlade. At first I used it to invert the joystick for a right handed position, wiht nothing reprogrammed except the stick directios were swapped and the punches and kicks were swapped. But then I thought, if I competed anywhere, if I won with these right handed setup, if they recognized either model as a macro model, I would have to go about proving that the macros are just a movement of buttons and not a macro. Plus it’s kind of a half-ass way to do it because the button contour is not intuitive hen you flip it.
This one hits home personally: Right handed Fight sticks. There’s only one sport where everyone is right handed, and that’s Polo. I don’t know what the reason for that is . I guess it has something to do with 2 people challenging for the ball, the horses would not run into each other if everyone was right handed but as soon as you have a cross-up, the horses do unpredictable things like stop short of the goal, throw riders off, or run into each other.
In theory there could be a “all-leftie league” but considering 1/10 people are left handed, it’d have the popularity of the Negro League or the WNBA.
Long litany about race and gender and sports that can be ignored by people only interested in the main topic of legal video game equipment
Even though the Negro League was born out of ignorance, despite the fact that there was integration pre-1900. Sockalexis (sp?) an Indian (I know the word police prefer Native American, but if the Cleveland MLB team is called the Indians, why not use the term) baseball player, who was drawing racial stereotype cheers and jeers (mostly jeers unless he helped Cleveland win a game). I don’t know if there are any “non-WASPy” players before Jackie Robinson. Hispanics weren’t big pre-Robinson. But certainly no Blacks. (Were there any MLB Baseball teams in Confederate territory other than the Atlanta Braves, and wasn’t THAT move post-Robinson? If the north were truly enlightened, why did they cater to the South by segregating baseball. It’s not the Cuban Situation when playing the Blue Jays.)
The WNBA was born out of trying to sell one particular graduating class of college women players that had talks of Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, and Sheryll Swoopes (and I heard there was one other player the WNBA were trying to recruit, but she went to the rival American Basketball League) causing “gender integration”, albeit at the level of a “12 person freak sideshow” The commissioner asked whether they want to compete agianst men, maybe be good enough to be a 12th person and most likely be the odd woman out, or be stars of an all female league, with more fame (which equals endorsement deals) and more pay than NBA minimum. This despite the fact that the ABL paid better than the WNBA if you were not a WNBA league spokeswoman like the above 3.
But what about integration. Some sports the difference between women and men are closer than others. ike or example, I never see College Women’s American Football, or even High School. The women have to compete against the men, and in a league were strength and weight is valued, and past a certain age or around puberty, men grow in different and extreme ways than women that would be more beneficial in most “contact athletics”, where the more elite and concentrated the talent because the less likely there was a woman. Basktball would be a closer example of men and women being closer to equal where if you had a quota-based league (a fixed number of men and women players on the floor on each side), it would not be too absurd for a woman to make a successful move “off-gender”, especially compared to post 5th grade American Football.
And just because elite child-making aged male athletes are better in contact sports than elite child-making aged women doesn’t mean the older, younger, and more average you go women aren’t good athletes in “contact sports”. if you have a pick up game between mixed parents and kids, there a good chance one woman would be equal to or better than the best man there.
Also women are valued more for grace (beauty in motion), balance, and flexibility, hence why usually women’s Gymnastics is followed more than men’s in general, (At least in High Schools I see women’s gymnastics more often than men’s) plus the events in the men’s side have more elements of grace while simultaneously doing moderately muscular things, like the rings.
One sport that is intentionally unquota-ed unisex at the college level is Cheerleading. The few times you see men in cheerleading in high school, they are usually given the power role of tossing the women in the air, but colleges use that all the time.
I was so unathletic in High School that I had to find some other way to be popular. One was sheer luck when there was a dance where there were like 50 women there and only one guy, me. The other was being a local TV star doing a local mini-golf tournament. I was the only show generating competitive ratings for a hyper local channel. I know people are people, and there’s a difffence between blatant sexism, or the opposite of being so blind to difrences, and accepting certain differences between men and women, and in certain other ways men and women are exactly the same. And the differences that count, meaning baby-making, the male and the female work in tandem. I’d think a masculine women would be as ugly as woman thinks a feminine man is. But then again a lot of women liked me, despite my moobs. Men are less willing to overlook lack of outer beauty than women do, because women have more of an X-ray soul-level eyesight. I’d rather be an ugly man than an ugly woman.
Is the game of Street fighter so canonically engrained to be a left-stick game, that you remove the challenge if it were a right-stick game, and that would be called cheating? Or would left-stickers laugh at a right-sticker, and then not only you, but others beat the cocky one right handed, which I did once. I hope right sticks are legal, however if my stick is broken, how do I continue?
The Price Is Right on Hole in One provides both a leftie and a rightie putter. Lefties have to spin the wheel the same direction on Wheel of Fortune, even though it’s a little backwards.
I don’t know the intentions of the creatirs of Street fighter whether they intended it to be canonically left handed only, or just made the choice, because it has to be one way or the other on an arcade panel, and wrongly assume that everyone WANTS to play that way at home.
I understand arcade owners wanting left stick, it increases quarters by shortening game lengths in the era where most games were single-player vs cpu, other than one-on-one fighting. Then Street Fighter 1 and 2 came and made the arcade a social scene where people were lining to play a game where in 2 minutes one person will be kicked off and need another quarter. But assuming everyone wants it aat home that way is a lilte presumptive. The last mass production Ambidextrous stick for a console was the Beeshu Genesis Gizmo, and that had only 3 buttons. There was no SNES or Geneisis 6-button ambidextrous joystick. That wasn’t that long ago compared to the SF2 success at home. Plus the Mexican leftie vs rightie setups were popular enough where some people want right handed. Why couldn’t they make a home verison ambidextrous.
What about all button controllers - AKA hitboxes? I read there was an issue with SImultaneous Opposite Cardinal Directions, where some games can read left and right toghether as both pressed, same wiht up and down. I know newer fighting games add their own SOCD scrubbing code in the game, but if you’re playing Genesis/Turbo Grafx/SNES Street Fighter II, would those have to have an approved chip with SOCD scrubbing?
Finally, if the arcade cabinet had 6 buttons, are you required to only have QK, MK, HK, QP, MP, and HP, and the last 2 buttons (if any) must be inactive? If 7th and 8th buttons are legal, must they equal 3P and 3K, or can they equal other things? For the purposes of this rule, can you discriminate between a pad and a stick?
Also must only an authorized PS4 Stick be used, or can you use stick connected to a Brook Universal Fighting Board?
Can I use a PS2 controller like my right-modded Street Fighter 15 stick and plug that into a PS2->PS4 adapter?
Also what about “house sticks?” If my stick breaks, there are rules about replacement joysticks. Will there be house sticks provided , or must one provide their own. If there are house sticks, will there be any Right-Stick models I have the RIGHT to use or must I provide my own backup in order to guarantee a right-handed model be at the tournament if it breaks?
P.S. I see another post form 2010 when Street Fighter 4 was big. It’s usually considered impolite to bump for no reason.