You see a Ms Pac Man machine with a free credit on it

… which a hand do you grab the joystick with?

You see a Galaga Machine with a mirroerd button on both sides, do you instincts have you use the same joystick hand as you do Ms Pac Man, and use the other for a button, or do you go opposite your Ms Pac Man instincts?

How about R-Type with mirrored buttons, where you have to rapidly press a button to fire and it could get tiring, as only certain home versions have auto-fire? (There’s no auto-fire because there’s a charge fire.)

Finally a “Mexican” Street Fighter 2 “Righty vs Lefty” setup. No one is at the machine. Which side do you take?

If you’re a machine operator, and your job is to maximize credits played by shortening credits, do you go stick right or stick left? Or do you think long term by having a mirrored layout and having a busier machine for a longer time? At what point does mirrored buttons (or mirrored joysticks if the cost of one joystick in money and space is less than the cost of 6 extra buttons.) not become an option due to limited cabinet space?

As a consumer, wouldn’t you like the option to have a right- or left-handed stick? Do you maybe want both.

If you’re a producer of sticks, if there is demand for both a left stick and a right stick, what’s the better way to fulfill it Sell separate right- and left-hand models, knowing if you’re not predicting the market right, you may have a surplus of one, and a shortage of the other, but saving money, or ambidextrous sticks, costing a little more, you don’t have to predict how people will use it, plus it’s like getting 2 sticks in 1 (one right handed, one left handed) for significantly less than the cost of 2 separate sticks.

Finally, did you formerly play right handed before the NES came out, but had growing pains getting used to the left handed layouts, because the arcade operators kind of forced that option? If you did, are you used to it, or would you like to revert?

This is a think piece. I’m trying to be as even handed as possible. I’m tying to cover situaitions where sometmes you’ll go left and others you’ll go right.

Please stop.

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I prefer the stick and buttons lay-out as it has always been, and thats what i would choose.

Honestly, as a lefty, i feel like i dodged a bullet that things turned out the way it did. In a world dominated by right-handers, i don’t see how right-handed people would ever be 100.00% comfortable using stick with their left. Some say it’s this way because of the buttons: That button combinations somehow require the most coordination and your dominant hand.

However, despite being left-handed, i rock button combinations just fine with my right. Also let’s be real here: Doing all the very complex character movements and directional combinations requires much more coordination than typing out button combos.

And yet in the world we live in: Stick is on the left and buttons on the right. Suck it, right-handers! haha.

Yeah I’d fuck Ms Pacman.


Its how people become ambidextrous despite not being born with the talent, you learn how and you get better with practice.


Look, tripletopper, Stop. You have how many threads all arguing the same point that went nowhere?
Stop making new threads with the exact same topic as the old ones.

This is nothing short of amazing.

Probably should’ve been made in GD though.

Oh well, :pray:

Oh lawd, oh gawd.

Maybe we should move this thread over. As there nothing here Tech talk related.

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