It's a question often asked by beginners when considering taking fighting games more seriously: should they buy an arcade stick, or rely on the stock standard gamepad?
The reality is, you're often best off playing with the controller you're more comfortable with. But that's a little too easy. So to play along a little, let's look at what controllers were used by the best fighting game players of all time: EVO champions.
That's the proposition that Core-A Gaming started their latest video with. What controllers have past EVO players used and why? The last part of the question is more fascinating than you might expect though, as a proper answer requires turning back the clock to look at the construction of arcade sticks in different territories, what parts were made available where, and how that changed over time.
It's also interesting to see the different attitudes across regions to different controllers.
Props to Core-A here: it's an excellent window into a part of fighting games that's interesting whether you like fighting games or not. And it's also an opportunity to show off a fighting game stick made out of wood that also has a great drinks holder. It's at 34 seconds and looks sensational. I wonder how much it would cost to get one of those in my life?