Here’s Why Some Gamers Swear by Arcade Sticks

MakeUseOf | 5/24/2019 | Kris Wouk
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If you’re like most people, you play games on your console of choice using the controller that came with it. Maybe you’re using a third-party controller, but it probably looks a lot like the controller that shipped with the console.

But if you’re a fan of certain types of games, specifically fighting games, you might have looked into another type of controller: the arcade stick. Also known as a fight stick, these are well-suited to certain games and ill-suited for others. Whether or not you even might want one depends on a few different factors.

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Just What Is an Arcade Stick Exactly?

As the name implies, an arcade stick functions much like the built-in controls on the arcade machines of yore. You typically have the joystick on the left side and the buttons on the right. You’ll occasionally find left-handed or ambidextrous sticks as well, though these are rare.

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Unless you’re specifically looking for a smaller arcade stick, the enclosure is usually fairly big. Expect it to take up your entire lap. Some are even bigger, especially if they’re meant to be easily modded, but we’ll get to that later.

Arcade sticks are hardly new. The first example that many readers might be familiar with is the NES Advantage for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Since those days, arcade sticks have been available for nearly every home console. You might even have used one to play Tekken 2, which sits high up on our list of PS1 games still worth playing.

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There’s a reason that arcade sticks are also known as fight sticks. Fighting games of both the 2D variety (like the Street Fighter...
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