I have psoriatic arthritis. Fortunately, it’s only my hands that suffer so far (I am only 21 years old). In short, I looked at getting into fighting games for a long time, but finally did after Evo 2015. I already had the first MadCatz Street Fighter 4 Fightstick and Umvc3 was my first game from about 2-3 years ago. However, I looked towards MvC2 and Third Strike due to local interest at college. I had a Dreamcast, picked up copies of mvc2 and third strike, a Dreamcast Agetec Arcade Stick, and then a second Agetec stick because I liked the first one so much.
My hands do cramp up or ‘lock up’ if I play waaay too much, but that’s ok, I’ve come to expect that. The pain isn’t unbearable, I just start under-performing. Now, trying to go forward in time, I’m trying to pick up USF4, Umvc3, and Mortal Kombat X. After using my Dreamcast stick for so long, I have found that that particular stick is perfect for my hands, no other stick seems to work for me. Besides the Madcatz SF4 Fightstick being of very low quality due to cheap parts, my friend’s Hori Fighting Stick V3 does feel good, stick and buttons, but my hands are in absolute pain after only 30 minutes. The light attacks are too close to the joystick, causing my hands to curl in, rathering than laying open, relaxed, and apart on the dreamcast stick. Every stick I have been looking at or shopping for has the same distance between stick and buttons as the Madcatz stick and Hori’s V3 stick. This distance seems to be standard, and doesn’t change between any stick, no matter which brand makes it. So this story basically amounts to my question: Does any one know of a fightstick with the joystick and buttons spread further apart?
Here is my hands on my dreamcast stick. I have played this for 5 hours at the longest at college.
And this is my hands on every other stick. At most, I can only play for about an hour or 2 when 1v1-ing a friend, I’m trying to get serious, but the pain is just too much.