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Super Pro Stick - October 30,1999 by JoseQ
It seems that arcade style Joysticks are really proliferating these days, which is a great for themost complete emulation experience. The latest I'vebeen informed about comes from Mas Systems, and it'snamed: "Super Pro Stick". This single player looksquite sturdy and seems to offer the functionality ofthe usual 'arcade sticks' available for consoles, withthe twist that this one uses real arcade components (from Happ). And check this out, they offer N64, Dreamcast (bothDigital and Analog), Playstation, Neo Geo and as a PCkeyboard for emulation functionality. The Stick actuallydoubles as a mouse on a PC, although I don't fully understand how they did that (possibly a driver). Theprice is also sweet. Fluctuating around $80 with anadded $30 shipping charge, it definitely looks to bea cool alternative to your traditional sticks. A ReViewversion was not available for an official look at theproduct.

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Name: MealMan401 Posted: Sunday, April 1, 2001 - (15:17)
Subject: subtle advertisement
From: 24.108.215.200
Well perhaps Kuros feels that JoseQ is being biased in his articles, which would be a little under handed no matter if it was his own site or not.
I personaly think that this site is really good. I wouldnt have found the super pro stick without it. So i am not sure why he would post the message he did. but....

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Name: Toma Posted: Monday, November 1, 1999 - (11:56)
Subject: Super Pro Stick
From: 24.108.215.200
I bought a Super Pro Stick from MAS Systems
about a year and a half ago and was
very pleased. (got one with PSX and N64 support)
Given that I hate the standard Dreamcast arcade stick
(want the BAT stick, not that damn ball stick!) this
looks about the only option until the Alloy DC stick
shows up.

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Name: Kuros Posted: Sunday, October 31, 1999 - (9:16)
Subject: Cool, I should be throwns to hell along with comunism.
From: 24.108.215.200
Well, MrDo is the one who gave
me a good argument so I will
admit I did wrong.
*Sorry JoseQ* (really).

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Name: MrDo Posted: Sunday, October 31, 1999 - (0:44)
Subject: More sticks more choice
From: 24.108.215.200
Thanks for bringing this to our attention Jose. More sticks means more choice which is good for anyone with a brain (Kuros???) and a passion for retrogaming.

Those of you who may be interested in a cheaper alternative might like to know that you can attatch a PSX Arcade stick such as the Namco 6 button Stick (or another PSX stick or pad) to your PC with a simple to build parallel port interface. Mame and Raine support this set up. I've made one and I'm pretty pleased with it (although games requiring 4-way control as opposed to 8-way controls will work better with Sick-It i'm sure). The PSX stick/pad can also be used in all Windows games with the driver from http://www.ziplabel.com/dpadpro/index.html

Instructions on how to build the adapter can be found at
http://www.emulatronia.com/reportajes/directpad/psxeng/index.htm

This site also has lots of info for those interested in making something to play classic games with)
http://www.arcadecontrols.speedhost.com/arcade.htm

Hope this is of some interest to some of you who know the right end of a soldering iron:)

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Name: JoseQ Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (12:57)
Subject: Thanks to all! (Except Kuros)
From: 24.108.215.200
Hi:

I would just like to post my thanks to all the supportive notes that were posted here following the not so positive comments from Kuros. I feel inmensely glad to have such a good fan base that would come out and say nice things like these and that appreciate my site.

Thanks again for all those nice messages. They made my day. :)

JoseQ

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Name: raindog Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (11:26)
Subject: Thanks JoseQ
From: 24.108.215.200
I'm probably still going to go with the Hotrod SE or something like it, but I'm glad you're letting us know about new stick releases. What's most interesting about this one (to me) is the pricetag, though I can't resist a 2-stick model for Robotron ;)

The joystick feel is a pretty major part of emulation, IMO.... I've been playing with a keyboard and various PC sticks for years and it just isn't right.... bravo the folks recognizing the demand for real arcade controls.

Now all I need is a cheap 2600 joystick for the PC and I'll be all set ;)

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Name: Johnski Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (23:27)
Subject: Re: Thanks JoseQ
From: 24.108.215.200
>I'm probably still going to go with the Hotrod SE or something like it, but I'm glad you're letting us know about new stick releases. What's most interesting about this one (to me) is the pricetag, though I can't resist a 2-stick model for Robotron ;)
>
>The joystick feel is a pretty major part of emulation, IMO.... I've been playing with a keyboard and various PC sticks for years and it just isn't right.... bravo the folks recognizing the demand for real arcade controls.
>
>Now all I need is a cheap 2600 joystick for the PC and I'll be all set ;)
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Heh! Why not do what I'd do. Get DPadPro and plug a REAL 2600 joystick in. They are still around, and these days they are reasonably priced. I'd even suggest "Hacking" them to make them more durable by converting them to switches.

The 2600 joystick was one of the best designs for precise gaming I ever used. Pity it's switches used to give up the ghost if you looked at them funny. I blame "elite" on my C64 for the most damage.

http://www.ziplabel.com/dpadpro/index.html

is the URL. (I'm currently trying to get the n64 adapter working :-)

Johnski

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Name: Hawklin Lane Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (10:39)
Subject: this new stick...
From: 24.108.215.200
it could very well be a good product...
i like the look as well...
the dreamcast version looks to be a bit tough
as the l1/r1 buttons could cause handling
problems but if it works as a joystick for pc then
i could definately use some arcade quality joystick movements
and it seems (from what i could gather about the hot rod as well)
that it would be programmable to some extent nd that would make it
so that you could "program out" the buttons
you wouldnt use...we'll just have to see...

btw...i must aggree with jeff...
shut up kuros, if you dont like it dont read it...
this site rox...been following for somethime now and always the newest
news, before most people even realize the something is afoot, awesome job...

hawklin Lane
Captain
Pirate's Guild Game Clans

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Name: DaHitmann Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (3:58)
Subject: The arcade stick.
From: 24.108.215.200
whether its an advertisement or not..it is always good to have the information out there on whats available. If you have a problem with a better control stick for your pc then play the games with keyboard. I personally think it is a sweet stick..and will look into buying one; not because someone told me to but because I could use some arcade control on my pc ;)

-Hit

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Name: Jeff Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (1:11)
Subject: Shut up Kuros
From: 24.108.215.200
Jose,
You do a fantastic job with this web site, and I, for one, think it is great you bring us information about all emu info, including the products that enhance the emulation experience. Keep up the great work -- I check your site out all the time because EMUVIEWS ROCKS. I don't think I would have ever found out about arcade emulation if I hadn't come across your site. Keep up the great work.

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Name: Kuros Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (0:15)
Subject: Did they pay you for publicity?????
From: 24.108.215.200
I like what I like
and I dont need to be
told what to buy. Dont
make publicity about
lame products, please.

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Name: Cod Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (5:00)
Subject: Re: Did they pay you for publicity?????
From: 24.108.215.200
>I like what I like
>and I dont need to be
>told what to buy. Dont
>make publicity about
>lame products, please.
>
I think that the fact that Jose puts as much info about emulation as he could is great, no matter what the subject/product is. Isn't that the idea of his site? Just because you may not be interested in a particular product doesn't mean that others are not. Although I already have an PC arcade joystick (that I'm completely satisfied with), I'm still interested in reading about new ones. Furthermore, and most importantly, it is Jose's site, and is (and always has been) doing an incredible job.

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Name: JoseQ Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (0:21)
Subject: Re: Did they pay you for publicity?????
From: 24.108.215.200
No, they did not pay me for publicity, but I believe I can let other people know of product availability. I haven't built in the module that forces you to read about stuff here, much less buy stuff, so don't worry, you won't have to buy it.

JoseQ

>I like what I like
>and I dont need to be
>told what to buy. Dont
>make publicity about
>lame products, please.
>

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Name: Stein Posted: Saturday, October 30, 1999 - (3:00)
Subject: Re: Re: Did they pay you for publicity?????
From: 24.108.215.200
um... *zen* I'll just ignore what ol whats-his-name said and say Great job on your site and all the info you provide JoseQ! I have TONS of emulation bookmarks and yours is the only one I go to everyday ;) Great work, keep it up please!


>No, they did not pay me for publicity, but I believe I can let other people know of product availability. I haven't built in the module that forces you to read about stuff here, much less buy stuff, so don't worry, you won't have to buy it.
>
>JoseQ
>
>>I like what I like
>>and I dont need to be
>>told what to buy. Dont
>>make publicity about
>>lame products, please.
>>
>

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