For a while now the thumbstick on my left Joycon has been acting up, drifting up mainly but it can do other directions if it feels like it. I blasted it with some compressed air which fixed it for a couple of weeks but now it’s worse than ever. A few weeks back, thumbstick drift caused me to lose the final Smash Bros Ultimate Challenge, and even when I play Tetris 99 the drift can cause me to target other players are random. So I ordered a replacement thumbstick off ebay and found a guide on iFixit and thought I’d share my repair journey as I go. This would be a liveblog but we don’t have that WordPress plugin, also traffic to this site probably doesn’t warrant it, so instead you can follow my progress by looking at the timestamps I provide.
Ok, let’s see here. First I gotta get all my tools together. Where are my tools?
I got a bit distracted and put on a small load of washing when I went to search the laundry for my precision screwdrivers. They weren’t there, they were in my bookshelf. Anyway, bad news, the guide asks for a a Y00 Tripoint screwdriver and I only own Y0 and Y1 sizes. I might have to visit a nearby hardware store.
It seems I can just get the Y0 inside the screws but I’m worried that I’ll strip the head in the process making it impossible to put them back. Looking for my car keys now to drive to Jaycar.
Jaycar didn’t have any screwdrivers small enough so I have to search eBay or Amazon for the parts now. Bunnings was just as useless. This is just example of the persecution we gamers face everyday. I can’t think of a more oppressed identity group than gamers. It’s time to rise up from our couch and kick out the Pope. Also fuck it was hot outside.