whoops, didn't mean to start a joystick vs gamepad war. Anyway, when it comes to retro gaming there's not contest, it would just feel all wrong to play them with a pad.
I think I grew up with a zipstick which was amazing and got the competition pro because it looked like a very similar piece of kit, and it does feel much the same, I just can't get the same times as I could in the old days with it in emulation.
P.S. does anyone know what the little switch on the back corner does? I never could figure it out.