It's just a symptom of the current games market as they say in the article.
What's the last main-stream flight/space sim you've seen?!
It's only really the indeps that make games like that these days, but sadly most of them don't come even close to the SCP+MVP in terms of quality.
Can't take the article seriously 'tho - That guy didn't even review a Cougar damnit!
And yeah, Saitek sticks >>>> Logitech in all areas, including the weird-looking department
CH 'sticks are nice - Virtually indestructable, but they have the same problem as the TM Cougar in that moving between the up/down vs left/right axis is not smooth.
's one thing I love about Saiteks and esp. the old MS Sidewinders - They use a single spring, so you get perfectly uniform tension ALL the way round. Don't understand why other companies don't do that (It BETTER not be patents FFS!)
Thrustmaster are one of the biggest disappointments - Aside from the Cougar, they haven't made a decent stick in decades, and considering they were one of the best major 'stick makers in the past, it's sad to see them making bad quality consumer-grade sticks and competing at the level of cheap ****ty generic 'stick makers
I think I'll be keeping my SW3D Pro for a looong time....