If you were a little kid in the early 90s those big arcades with those buttons were too big for our little hands, meanwhile put an SNES controller in our hands and we can play at least a bit legit.
then as we get older we play arcades because our hands and fingers grow and the arcade becomes pretty awesome, from the nineties what we played ST, Mortal Kombat, KOF, Virtua fighter, Rival Schools, Tekken, Alpha, Darkstalkers, and Soul Edge at the arcades so we can find stuff we couldn’t do. Yet at the same time these games came out for PSX or for those who were rich the Saturn, so we played them most of the time at home where we didn’t have to spend our allowance just to lose a game in 30 seconds.
Then came the late nineties and we have PSX and Dreamcast into the 2000s with PS2. As we became teens the arcades dwindled to nothing so our only competition was our friends and why pay for the arcade when we can play at home?
That attitude still exists today, and it makes way more sense to just play at home with our fancy arcade sticks or our pads.
Some people like the pads because they never really played at the arcades anything except for Time Crisis/house of the dead or puzzle bobble.
Most of the people going into these days have played primarily on Dreamcast, PSX, SNES, or PS2.
It’s not a matter of Controllers being for scrubs, because If I play HDR with my pad and my config I can play great, but when I play with my TE my reflexes are slower. IT’s all a matter of what people are used to.
And by pad I mean the DS3, those fight pads make no sense to my hands. This is because the only sega system I owned was dreamcast and they pretty much took that SNES layout.