The Impact of Controllers: When do Specialized Controllers Matter?

Frostilyte Writes

Earlier this year I purchased an arcade stick with which to play fighting games. I’d wanted to do this for a while, but it was only recently that I was able to convince myself of the value in the purchase. Buying my first arcade stick felt like a right of passage and I’ve really enjoyed using it over the past few months. There is a certain kinetic joy that comes from the rhythmic clicking of the stick as you swivel it for motion inputs while tapping buttons for combos.

While the arcade stick hasn’t improved my ability to play, it has increased my enjoyment of fighting games. That’s not to say that I wasn’t enjoying them before, but I’m having more fun playing with an arcade stick than I was on a keyboard. It’s like having a little slice of the arcade experience in the comfort of your home.


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