Describe the perfect arcade stick in as much detail as you want pics or drawing a plus!!!
I’m just wondering what you guys think makes the perfect stick. I’ve made a few sticks now and it seems like everyone has their own take on what makes it feel just right.
I’ll start with mine first. My stick was custom made by me with what I thought would be the perfect stick and for the most part I love it but if I could go back I would like to change a few things.
The stick - Sanwa JLF modified octagonal gate with a bat top ( I really wanted to try out the jap setup here but I didnt like the ball top or the square gate just felt funny . The stick feels like it had too much play so I modified it but it still feels too loose. I guess I’ll never get over using the Happ sticks they just feel so much better IMO) If I rebuild it will be with a Happ stick. The perfect stick would be able to fit both Happ and Jap sticks
Buttons - Seimitsu white w\ clear tops (I love these buttons they have just the right amount of sensitivity for me. I had Sanwa but they where way too soft and I would get accidental button presses all the time) My next stick will have these for sure plus it’s cool to be able to add artwork inside the buttons. The perfect stick would be able to mount Happ and Jap style buttons
Button layout - I prefer 6 straight. The curved buttons threw me off too much and the extra buttons just added to that. I might consider a layout like on the MadKatz TE stick but with the 6 straight and not curved and just drop down the 2 far left buttons a half step. (See this is where I would like to add a custom slider for my buttons so I could rock both if I wanted to. I’d put the first 2 buttons on a slide track that you could lock in the 2 positions straight or curved) The perfect stick would have the sliding button feature
Material - I chose wood cause that’s what I know and I had lots of it. I’m not a fan of plastic sticks cause their usually too light unless weighted down. (I think a metal case has a lot of potential with so many different shapes and styles possible, plus it’s so durable it could last forever)
PCB - I went with Toodles Cthulhu board and I love it but it would be nice to be able to play in the 360 as well. I’m currently working on setting that up but I’m kinda stuck trying to install the switch to go between them. I’m in no rush cause I don’t ever use the 360 anyway The perfect stick would be wired for dual systems
Wiring - I’m working on a semi universal wiring harness for my current stick that will clean up the way it looks and I’ll be able to use it on future sticks if needed. I also would use braided 22 gauge wire next time cause the solid seems to break and pull of the pcb to easily. The perfect stick would use these wires and harnesses
Rubber Feet - I currently have rubber feet on my stick but I think the next stick will have a fully covered non slip pad on the bottom cause that’s my one gripe is that it still slides off my lap\chair able I need that thing to stay put The perfect stick would never move!
So now I’m curious to see what you guys think.\
I like the use of the format so I’ll make something you can cut and paste. Feel free to add to it if you feel so inclined.
The Perfect Stick
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