9 June 2008

Happy Birthday Me

My X-Arcade finally arrived just a few moments ago. It was a long enough wait. I was originally hoping for it to arrive for my birthday, since it was really a birthday present (in part at least). But I'm so happy to finally have it before my eyes that all delays and anxiety is forgotten.

For anyone wondering, it's an arcade style game controller, one of the most famous. With an arcade style game controller, I mean it has been built from parts (i.e. buttons and joysticks) identical to those used in actual machines in video game arcades. In theory this should mean two things. First, it should be ideal for games that were originally created for arcades, such as fighting games. Second, the parts should be very durable, and replaceable if they should wear out.

I've had time to unpack it, and it looks, well, incredibly cool is an understatement. It's a two player version (a whopping 60 cm wide), which has been modified with Sanwa joysticks, supposed to be among the best. I don't have much experience with arcade joysticks, but at the very least I think the slightly retro red ball top look is a lot cooler than the basic black bat top version.

No, I haven't had a chance to test it yet. I'm almost afraid to. I've been waiting to try a controller like this for so long, now that I have it in front of me, I'm kind of awestruck. It looks so cool, maybe I could just admire it for the rest of my life.

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