By the way, me and my joystick maker wish each other well. We noth said it was nothing petrsonal… pure business.
He hopes i can find someone else, and I may find that soneone else sooner than expected on atariage, because now most of the new experimental stuff deals specifically with Jaguar, and systems older than Genesis other thab NES. and even though there’s no game recognized as a fighting game we recognize today on those systems, ( maybe Jaguar has a few) there are still plenty of good reasons to own a joystick.
I think one of the problems was I wasvtrying to solve the left-stick-only bias in the mass market stick once and for all, instead of making it just for me. I know i made unconventional choices from the perspective of a personal fight stick. But I believe the mainstream fight stick market might grow somewhat if my issues are addressed.
From an quasi-outsider’s perspective, some merchants would call you “very specific customers”. Everyone has their favorite layout, button and stick making companies, etc, and will defend them almost to the death…
However most if you are adaptable enough where if push came to shove and you couldn’t fix your stick between matches, you could run on an emergency “standard” stick. It’s a esports eqivalent of playing through a minor injury in (to find a term that doesn’t imply esports are “fake sports”) body sports. (Sort of like “ball golf” to a frisbee golfer or “large scale golf” to a mini-golfer).
But if my ambi stick breaks down, based on the market mood among those willing to pay $10-100 in skill based tournament fees to win both honor and many times more than your wager, i am almost literally “a one legged man in an ass whooping contest” if my joystick breaks. I have to go left stick. I could still plsy for enjoyment, but if i put my money down, against people good enough to wager on themselves, (vthat spearates the cauals and hardcores) I’m as good as eliminated.
Then again, they used that line on WWE to set up a short career of a literal one-legged wrestler.
I’ve research that JAMMA standards are what arcade owners, (not home players) want. Their goal in designing controls is to increase quarters pumped into their machines. The hone user’s goal is to improve gameplay with better controls. In my case, that’s dimetrically opposed . That’s the main reason why literally every system-authorized stick after Beeshu went out of business is stick-left button-right.
I’m sorry that I’m so mono-focused. But If you were willing to buy a custom SF2 stick for Genesis and SNES becausenothong off yhe sand got burnt 2 werks after ordering a custom job , but had the best possible accomplishment one can get in 2 weeks, especially in retrospect, partially because of the person who would be later famous for gaming among our group of friends, you’d be saying the exact same stuff that I’m saying.
And yes, I know i can be overdemanding in this kind of case. But when it’s done a certain way,. You tend not to break that habit, unless you’re given a damn good reason. That’s what makes the SRK hired people difficult to work eith FROM MY PERSPECTIVE. I know I’m the outlier, and probably very few people wiuld work with me. I have spwcific things i know I want but have holes in knowledge i need help filling.
The only other person who undetstood what i wanted bettet actially tried to take advantage og me. Affing a feature i described but i said i didn’t want at that point or think was practical until i got some success or a reason to include it. He was holding me hostagw by saying eithet shut up and accept it, or he’ll do it completely my way. But it’s caveat emptor.
I took option c. I left him.
Stan was knowledgable enough to understand that I was doing something fairly new. I was trying to convey soecifuc things, but left the rest open to him. And his craftsmanship was way better than KY Enterprises. I didn’t micromanage minor details. I insisted in the major ones, but i want him to feel comfortable and fir him to think it’s possible before he actually did it. He’d feel bad if ge could gave saved the project if he had more say so, but knew if he over-imposed he’d defeat the whole point of it. So there’s balance between 2 extremes.
I figured the balance is so delicate than anything can tip it over. I’m just glad that the balance lasted long enough to produce something tangable.