This thread is meant to find out how long the different components of an arcade stick last. It also sorts the failures in several basic categories:
3-Internal wiring (including soldering points)
5-controller cord failure (including the connector you plug in the console/PC)
Of course, if you’ve bought a stick and it’s still going strong, post it as well. The data will be flawed if only people who have broken sticks answer. This data has several uses. Less experienced stick makers can use it to make their sticks more reliable. Consumers like me can figure out which components to avoid and what to expect from a stick. Ducks can use the data to plot more accurate migration routes. Don’t ask me how, those ducks are a crafty bunch.
To keep things clean, please use this format :
Brand of stick
Button model. (only list the action buttons, ignore start, select, 1p, etc.)
How long you had it before it broke? What component broke?
If it didn’t break, how long have you had it for.
Note: If more than one component broke. Treat them as separate issues and use several lines to list them like so:
Gozulin custom stick.
3 days before internal wiring broke
4 weeks before PCB broke.
2 months before button broke.
7 months before another button broke.
8 months before seimitsu stick broke.
14 months before controller cord broke.
Oh, and before you start saying how crappy my stick is, keep in mind that it is a FICTICIOUS example. If I had really built a stick, it would never have worked to begin with:rofl:
Here is a more realistic example:
Finkle custom stick
15 months without breaking.
If you have more than one stick, list as many of them as you can.
I tried to make it short and sweet because I know many of you are busy pwning scrubs. So please participate! This kind of data is only reliable if we can collect a big enough sample. I’ll collect the data when there is enough of it and give you interesting stuff like average life of a Happ stick or how often buttons break, etc.
Thank you for your time
PS: If you go to a different forum with high usage of arcade sticks (maybe mame related) and it’s not against the rules, link them to this thread. The more feedback the better.