Daigo: The course of the history of fighting games has changed; The Beast is becoming a big time believer in the Hitbox controller

'We should all switch to Hitbox immediately'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 11, 2019 at 8:01 p.m. PDT

Arcade sticks have been such an integral part of the fighting game experience that players found a way to bring that experience home with them once titles like Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom started showing up on home consoles.

Over the last 10 years, the competitive scene has seen plenty of alternative controllers used in lieu of sticks, but it was seldom that you'd hear a long-time professional player like CYG|Daigo Umehara say one of those alternatives is actually a better choice... as he did on a recent stream.

For those who would like a quick refresher, Hitbox controllers actually do away with the joystick and replace it with button inputs. Traditional Hitboxes have the standard eight attack buttons, but then three additional buttons for left, right, and jump inputs sit place of a joystick.

The advantage here is that players can actually be more precise and slightly faster with their inputs. These controllers have seen a fair share of controversy in the past, (they allowed Marvel vs. Capcom players to simultaneously block in both directions at one point) but after a bit of tweaking and regulation, have become a fairly common sight at most FGC major events.

Daigo's relatively new affinity for Hitbox controllers was well-documented back at Combo Breaker in May when his GafroBox (which is essentially a Hibox with a few extra directional input buttons) wound up being banned from the tournament.

The Beast is still using Hitbox controllers and seems only to be growing more impressed with them. FGC Translated nabbed and translated a three-minute clip from a stream Daigo held back on June 23rd (Shoryuken Day) wherein he sang some pretty lofty praises.

"We should all switch to Hitbox immediately," he noted while practicing whiff punishing medium normal attacks with Ken's Shoryuken. Such whiff punishes are very rarely seen in actual play, but Daigo seems to feel like it's a very real possibility when using a Hitbox.

The Beast is so impressed with the potential here that he flat out states, "The course of the history of fighting games has changed."

The majority of top Street Fighter players still use traditional arcade sticks, (though pad and Hitbox usage has certainly been on the rise in the professional ranks) and so it will surely take some time for this kind of change to come to fruition if it does indeed ever end up happening. The fact that a figure that has been around for as long and who has seen as much as Daigo has is this willing to jump on the Hitbox train does carry a good bit of weight.

You can see the clip from FGC Translated below, and please feel free to chime in with your thoughts and opinions on the matter. Is Hitbox the way of the FGC future? Hit up the comments and let us know.

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