The square gate is preferred for people who don't ride the gate. In other words tighter throws of the shaft that actuate the switches before running into the gate. Again its all personal preference. The Korean sticks don't even have a gate. The actuator makes contact with levers that are attached to the switch buttons, rather than Japanese style where the actuator makes contact with the actual button on the switch. Can you guys tell that I've been nerding out on arcade sticks for the last two years?