Texas Showdown was this weekend. My aim was to document interesting/unique custom or modded arcade sticks in the tournament. Sadly, almost 97% of the sticks that I saw out there were either stock MadCatz/Qanba/HORI sticks. Nothing bad about that, just not very interesting.
Here’s the only ones that looked different or seemed unique enough to me. i’m serious. haha.
First is a Foehammer build arcade stick. I liked the nice wood grain finish. Quick-Release shaft, nice wiring inside too.
Second, is, I don’t even know what the hell it was. HAPP Parts, on a brick of wood. really funky.
And Lastly, my favorite, a stick made out of a USPS Shipping Box. It’s really battered, so poverty-like. It uses a mixture of Sanwa and Seimitsu buttons, with a Sanwa JLF running on a paewang dual-console PCB. It has a cracked plexi on top, that’s the only real hard construction piece in there, the rest are made out of cardboard.
Hopefully other tournaments I go to will have a bit more diverse arcade sticks and designs out there.