I agree, this all of a sudden became an issue somehow. I just got in our 1999 5 speed project Civic with fully stock shifter and it wiggles a ton, much more than any new Civic with a short throw.manual gear selector is not a solid piece like an automatic gear selector, it's why we have bushing you can upgrade.
buddy club alone sold over 500 sets over the course of 2 years, not to mention other brands....
today, we actually have 7 local members check, 8th gen, 9th gen, miata, subie, it all wiggles....
who really put in 1st gear and wiggle while driving ? i never heard of this is an "issue" until today, and i've been driven manual since 1986