Why the Autumn Wi-Fi Friendly is a load of balls.
by, 20th October 2011 at 04:27 PM (955 Views)
Pokémon has had Wi-Fi for five years now, and we are finally getting our first official Wi-Fi tournament. That should be a cause for celebration shouldn't it? I mean, this is the first time that players outside of Japan or America can enter an official tournament without having to travel somewhere. Well, this isn't a time to be celebrating because of one simple reason - the majority of people cannot accept a loss.
Today marked the first day of the 2011 Autumn Friendly, a Wi-Fi tournament that will run for four days. Like many people, I waited eagerly for the sign ups to open on the 12th. Today I was excited to be able to do some more battling. However now, I am nothing but frustrated.
My official rating says that I have played 7 matches (5 wins and 2 losses) and my rating is 1536. However, I have been playing almost all day (with only a 2-3 hour break to allow my DS to charge). So you may be thinking "How can this guy have only played 7 matches when he's playing for numerous hours today?" well, the answer is simple - people disconnecting.
I'll be battling someone and be close to winning. In fact, a lot of the time this happens just when I knock out their final Pokémon - the screen will go blue and the message "The connection with the other person has been lost" appears. In other words, they don't want a loss on their 'precious' record (because they most likely have nothing else in their life to be happy about, I guess). So, in order to make up for that and make them feel good about a game, they decide to rob the deserving winner of all record that the battle even took place. This obviously isn't fair is it? So you'd think it would be reasonable for GameFreak to have programmed the game so that anyone who disconnects gets a loss on their record while the other person in the match gets a win like other games? Well, GameFreak haven't. I emailed The Pokémon Company International earlier today with my complaint and here was their response:
"While you may not see it, there are actions in place to penalise users that disconnect during matches"? Like what? Go on TPCI, if you want people to not do this, why not tell us what these actions are.Hello, Joshua!
Thank you for contacting Pokémon Support. We see that you have some concerns about the Autumn Friendly Competition.
We are sorry to hear about some of the outcomes of your matches. While you may not see it, there are actions in place to penalize users that disconnect during matches. We hope you continue to play during this exciting time and enjoy the rest of the Autumn Friendly Competition.
Thank you again for contacting us and feel free to reply if you have any further questions.
Pokémon Support Team
The only other mention of penalizations I've heard are from pages I can no longer find that were posted up when the GBU season opened a while ago, saying that players with a large amount of disconnects would be disqualified. Wait, as TPCI obviously don't know who disconnected (After all, if they did, would it be so hard to give the DCer the loss and the other player the win?) doesn't that mean perfectly legit players could be banned for the actions of other players?
One thing I have noticed, is that I am currently being paired up with the same players over and over again. At the time I stopped playing, it was 9:15pm British Standard Time (around middle of the day in North America). Considering the tournament had to increase entry from 10,000 to 35,000 I should have little chance of facing the same player more than once right? What if due to the constant disconnects against me, I've been sorted into a group of "Disconnecting Players"? You know, there is a picture that sums up how I'm feeling about this:
For those of you who need context, the young woman being stabbed is Momo Hinamori, who for years dreamed of nothing but serving under Captain Aizen, a man who some time before the main story, saved her life. After years of hard training, she not only got to work under the kind man she always idolised, but she became his second in command. The man stabbing her? Yeah, you've probably guessed it - Captain Aizen. I could turn this into a love letter about how much I like Pokémon etc, but anyone who knows me would know the passion I have for this franchise, so the comparison isn't baseless (Although I'm nowhere near as pretty as Momo [/fanboy]).
To be honest, I kind of knew that this would happen. I stopped using Black and [/i]White[/i]'s "Random Battle" feature because I was fed up of the disconnects. However, I would have expected fellow players to have some kind of courtesy during an official competition, and know how to take a loss. When I lose, sure it's a bummer, but I often look back at a match to try and pinpoint what I did wrong (if anything; someone may just be better than me xD) and think of how to avoid that in the future, so I take a loss honourably - after all, I'd rather be a modest looser than a cocky winner. Please, if you have to give up a match, use the "Run" option - don't turn your game off and punish your opponent for being better than you.
So in conclusion: Players - Stop being children; if you lose, take the loss. GameFreak - please make it so players are no longer punished for being disconnected against.
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