via Eurogamer: How Mad Catz used up its last life
Anyone who has dabbled in fighting games for the past decade or so, has definitely heard about Mad Catz. They make joysticks for fighting games that are of top quality, used by tournament-level players all over the world.
And then they went bankrupt. All because of several bad decisions by top-level management.
There are some very important lessons to learn here: Diversifying as a company is important, yes, but if you expand too quickly and take risks that make no sense (Mad Catz’s upper management believed that console gaming was going to die back in 2012-13 — a laughable idea now with PS4 and the Nintendo Switch gaining strength), you will plummet back to earth as quickly as your rise.
I’ve never owned a Mad Catz stick, because I was very satisfied with Hori’s products, one of Mad Catz’s main competitors. Still, it’s sad to see another hardware company bite the dust. Only when competition in the market exists, will you see better innovation in technology and development.
I am not saying that Logitech makes the best gaming mice. I’ve never used a Corsair or Razer mouse, for example, so there’s no real way for me to test that claim. But the G5 does feel like the best gaming mouse I’ve used, because it has lasted me for over 11 years. The only other device in my house that has lasted close to that long is my old, tiny Sony CRT television. I think it’s over 24 years old. It’s older than Justin Bieber.
Apart from a few worn edges, faded paint job, and gobs of accumulated dust stuck between the mouse’s nooks and crannies, the G5 still works perfectly. The buttons have never failed me, the scrollwheel has never failed me, and the laser sensitivity is still as precise as I remember. The only reason why I am putting the G5 away, is because I have finally found a reason to get another mouse: the Logitech G500s. It comes with three thumb buttons. THREE!
It sounds like a really stupid reason, to replace my perfectly working aged mouse with a new one, all for the sake of getting an extra thumb button. And it probably is. But on the bright side, I now have two gaming mice in the house. One for use, one as a backup in case something goes wrong. And both are Logitech mice, so I am pretty confident that the G500s will last just as long as the first.
Goodbye, Logitech G5 (2003-2014). You helped me frag many enemies, clicked on millions of hyperlinks, and rested below my right palm for almost every single day.