Fightsticks are iconic controllers for fighting games. With a little effort, players can customize their sticks as much as they want.
Customizing your fighting stick is an ancestral practice within the fighting game community. For those who use them, custom fighsticks are the ultimate display of appreciation for the genre, and for good reason. The process of fully customizing your battle stick can be tricky, but there are still plenty of resources out there for people to make it as easy as possible.
While creating a custom stick always takes some effort, online resources have made it easier than ever. Before the popularization of prefabricated combat rods, aficionados spent a lot of time and money researching quality parts. Now people can order all of the needed parts individually for a relatively low price online. With today’s resources, even the most demanding designs are relatively easy. It all depends on the time and money that an interested player would like to spend.
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For those who want to spend very little on either, pre-made combat wands can be purchased at just about any popular market, such as Amazon. Those who prefer a more personal touch to their gear can find a detailed parts list and build guide at the dedicated battle site, Focusattack. Whether prefabricated or not, every fighstick comes with the same basic parts: a case, joystick, printed circuit board (or PCB), buttons, and internal wires.
What parts are needed to make a combat staff?
Aside from the wires, the housings can be the easiest fighting part to consider. Anything that can house the internal components of combat will work. People have made battle wands out of everything from cardboard boxes to hollowed out game consoles. However, they become more and more complex as a person wishes to stand out aesthetically. Many players are content to change the art of their existing fighting stick with a custom design, but the savvy builder can make their fighting stick as stylish as they want using any artistic method they want. However, those who want a simple art exchange can easily order personalized prints online.
The other parts of the fight usually require a little more thought. The joystick itself is incredibly important, and different players often prefer different brands, shapes of sticks, and even the tightness of springs. However, the go-to standard joystick among stick uses is the Sanwa JLF. It’s a quality joystick, and can be found in most of the quality pre-made sticks on the market. Conversely, the buttons are much less confusing despite the number of options much more. They come in many different shapes and colors, but are almost always inexpensive to acquire and easy to install. Most of the time, they can just be pushed in or screwed and wired in a matter of moments. Players who build their own cases will need to drill the correct size holes according to their buttons.
Finally, PCBs (the part of the fightstick that sends and receives information from the console) can be the most intensive part to acquire and install in a Fightstick. PCBs that work on one (or even more) of the latest consoles can be easily acquired and are often incredibly easy to install. Players can also extract the PCB from any standard controller if they wish, but integrating these PCBs requires delicate soldering work. Once the PCB is installed, players are free to connect their buttons and stick to them using the wire, connect it to their Xbox, PlayStation or PC of their choice and start playing.
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