The death of the joystick?

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The death of the joystick?

Post by JackBurton-Me » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:40 am

I may be being daft here so apologies if I am, bot other than retrogaming does anyone use them anymore?

When I was growin up with the Speccy, Atari XE and Amiga, I used to very particular about my joysticks but it occured to me in Gamestation the other day that they aren't even really used much on the PC now. People seem to use the mouse and keyboard for every "post apocalyptic FPS" is they aren't using pads on the consoles.

I know there is the odd specialist sticks for the fighters but that's about it isn't it?

Can joysticks ever make a comback in a big way?

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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by joefish » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:55 am

I don't think we'll ever go back to joysticks for the likes of platform and puzzle games - they just weren't as responsive as pads. I actually wanted a thumbstick or pad for my Speccy and ST, but there weren't any decent ones.

I presume the pads were introduced originally because they were cheaper to mass-produce and more reliable, having fewer parts. Nowadays you get a pad because the games need so many buttons to play. You still get little thumb analogue sticks, but the idea of moving your whole hand to just indicate 'right' has had its day. Oh wait, now it's your whole arm... :lol:

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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by JackBurton-Me » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:05 am

Lol! Good point!

I hope that Kinect nonsense bombs. Very cynical stuff indeed.

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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by killbot » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:12 am

I've always preferred pads to sticks - indeed, I went out and bought a MD pad for my Amiga because I preferred it so much. Obviously the bottom has dropped out of the mainstream stick market but there are still a couple of joystick-shaped niches - fighting and flight sim fans seem to like them - so they're not going anywhere.
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:13 pm

I'm in the opposite camp, I much prefer sticks to pads. Pads are convenient but they can't match the control of a good stick.
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by DPrinny » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:19 pm

50/50 on both

Trying to get used to sticks for fighters (its the only way I will play a Virtua Fighter)

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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by speedlolita » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:40 pm

I do 80% of my gaming on a "joystick". Another 10% on my beatmania IIDX controller and then 10% on all other regular pads.

Stick of choice currently is the Seimitsu LS-32-01 in my modded, by me, SF4 tournament edition which works on all consoles.. :D

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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:01 pm

Nice self portrait on the stick ;)
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by speedlolita » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:01 pm

Why thanks. :P

Can be changed with ease at any time so that's good at least..
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by Sel Feena » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:11 pm

Can't say I've got much love for sticks, I've certainly never bought any for home consoles. It just feels far more natural for me just to tap my thumb and get a response. Maybe I'll eventually get one for MAME to play shooters though, as I know a few people on here swear by them!
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by Rayne » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:15 pm

I was raised on the joypad. I bought that Tekken 6 arcade stick bundle and found the whole thing really awkward and annoying.
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by speedlolita » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:18 pm

Sel Feena wrote:Can't say I've got much love for sticks, I've certainly never bought any for home consoles. It just feels far more natural for me just to tap my thumb and get a response. Maybe I'll eventually get one for MAME to play shooters though, as I know a few people on here swear by them!
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by JackBurton-Me » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:35 pm

Kempston were the joystick makers of yore, do they make pads?

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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by station » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:39 pm

This was my favourite joystick - Cheetah Mach 1:

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It had microswitches and my mate sold it to me after owning it for about five years. Top buttons were useless, but base buttons did the job. I do miss them!
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Re: The death of the joystick?

Post by joefish » Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:47 pm

Good points - I'd forgotten about arcade-style fighting sticks with multiple buttons. I was thinking of the Quickshot 1, 2 and things like that Cheetah one there where it's very difficult to keep a good grip on the stick yet still be able to operate more than one or two buttons.

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