I got tired of looking at the blog post for my book, so I wanted to add a new one.
Am I the only one who wears out the rubber in PS2 controllers? I buy both Sony and Pelican brand, and they both wear out so fast. Whenever you press a button or the D-Pad on a controller, it bounces back up, satisfyingly. But for me, this only happens for a few months before the button just stays down all the time. You can still press it and get the proper button register in the game, but being OCD as I am, I can’t stand that lack of satisfying return, or the almost-inaudible *bunk* when you press it.
When I open the controller, it’s obviously torn around the area where the rubber acts as a spring. No amount of gluing or taping is ever enough to rectify it, and I’ve never found replacement rubber online for a price cheaper than the controller itself.
I never had this problem with PS1 controllers, or any Nintendo controller, so I don’t know what has gone wrong. Gamecube and N64 controllers were notorious (to me anyway) for becoming way too loose in the joystick, but were otherwise fine. Any owner of an NES or SNES controller can attest that they still work perfectly to this day. So why PS2?
The answer is, I don’t know, but I have a box of PS2 controllers with broken flexible bits, and it’s such a waste.