> What "controller" would have been "better"?
> It already has 2x 8-Way Happ competition joysticks. All the buttons are Happ Arcade
> buttons as well. The encoder handles and maps both joysticks and all present buttons
> and supports additional buttons as well.
> You can also program and remap the default Mode 1 setting inputs to whatever
> keystrokes you desire and save the settings in one of the three other available
> Modes. All accessible by a simple switch and button while connecting a keyboard to
> the HotRod SE input.
> How would a different "controller" be "better"?
You could easily have removed the controller side ends and put them in an IPAC. I understand, though admittedly didn't know about, the 'modes' feature (just like X-arcade), but shortly after having my X-arcade and learning more about MAME, I didn't see any novelty in it.
I'm just saying: since you spent the money, and opened up the box to do anything, I would've spent less and gone with a modern encoder.
Consider it high comedy....sincere tragedy....whatever...don't take it personally.