The hilarious thing is that prior to 0.85u1 720 basically required original arcade controls to be playable in MAME, and *everyone* bitched about it. I don't recall you defending the choice before it was switched to how it is now.
- As Ive stated from the START, Mame should allow multiple methods to be able to control a game. Its like that in many other games in mame... but 720 is Not one of them.
It did not play well with a mouse, because the game gets de-calibrated without the additional calibration wheel.
There is no other control that could do well to control direction besides a spinner. So, an analog joystick IS a good idea for those who dont have a spinner.
In fact, even at that time, as far as I recall, the Calibration input wasnt even an Option available in the menu system. Meaning, a person with a custom built spinner couldnt even made use of the real control input.
But heres the deal... the game shouldnt be Hacked to be crippled because of Popular controller opinion. It should have the option for both methods. For even IF someone does not have the money for a new 720 controller today, when
he does... he will still have no mame input options. That is just plain pathetic. Its certainly not a preservationist spirit. And its not in line with an Accuracy spirit either.
What is so difficult with having a single switch to enable
or disable "Shifter toggle /on", "Specialty Controller Mode /on" ? By default you can keep the hack modes on, and a switch would allow purists to turn on real controls. It would appease all the people, allow for future changes, and keep in line with greater archival accuracy.