Yeah, the PCB is the only good thing about Mayflashes. Seriously, there's not even any real reason to buy the rest of it. The case isn't nearly as friendly to modding as the Madcatz SE, and the stock parts are horrid.
They've got a nice PCB though.
in which case, get an hrap-se or mod the te you already have? non-issue, imo.
though i guess it should be noted that markman did design the te so he is obviously going to say that it's the best retail stick. in any case, the te is still a great stick and will fit the needs of most anyone (albeit you may have to change a thing or two about it).
personally, i prefer the hrap for the true astro city curve, though i wouldn't turn down a te if i was handed one at a tournament.
As a pad player whose been playing GG for like... what, 4-5 years now or more? I gotta say that pretty much every stick player has been trying to convert me.
The issue is that I play Zappa, and controlling the dog with my trigger finger is 100 times easier than working him with my pinky on a stick. If I played zappa on a stick, I'd have to relearn everything, especially my combos and working the dog effectively. Needless to say, this is why I don't use a stick! Zappa is just more effective for me on a pad. I can do every crazy 'technique' stick players can on a pad just fine, including the FRC negative edge command input trick (it's really not as hard as people think. I agree with MisterBadguy).
That said, yeah, pads break easily. A lot of them are shitty quality, not gonna lie. I had a pad that died within 2 weeks of playing GG on it once. Saturn pad seems to be the only one worth really working for.
I honestly think that playing on stick is worth the slight learning curve. I've played fighting games on pad all my life until last year. I can now do everything that I learned on pad and more. My inputs are much more precise and accurate. It's very well worth the time dedicated to learning it.
I have to admit, I'm learning on a Fight Stick and It's quite difficult. Going to arcades every once in awhile helped my progress but I've still gotta long way to go. Trying to adjust to the stick and I feel like I'm getting a little used to it.
Sadly, I use the Tekken 6 Hori Fight Stick, I hear it's pretty bad but I'm used to it. I probably wanna invest in a wired one right?
Pads aren't hard to use at all, you just need to get double-jointed thumbs, like me :D
lol seriously though, I have seen no advantage from a stick that makes it worth spending hundreds of dollars on. I can do the tk hcl airdash in combos, and I don't even main i-no, I just practiced it a little bit. Only reason I would personally ever want one is to be ready to use an arcade machine, but I don't see me going to any arcades that have one anytime soon.
Double tapping to me seems impossible on pad unless you shift your entire hand to do it. Plinking too. In addition to that, I think using your entire hand to manipulate a joystick instead of a thumb to manipulate a dpad would give you much finer control over your directional inputs.
Also, TEs are around 100$ nowadays, so "hundreds" is a bit misleading unless you go buy a custom stick where the sky's the limit.
Edit: i suppose I should say that none of these things are truly impossible, but they are much much harder than they'd be on stick. Why make things harder on yourself if you can help it?
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