Thursday 28/06/2012, 17:38
With the new points rules coming in to play I think it's time to address the reason people timeout. The current rules penalize a person for timing out or abandoning a match, but this fails to address their motivation. When a person times out they are past the point of caring about penalties. They are mad, frustrated, embarrassed that they lost and they want to take it out on the person who beat them. It's a "if I'm going down, your going down with me" mentality, and is a glaring example of poor sportsmanship, but there is obviously some satisfaction to it regardless of how pathetic it is. With this in mind I think it is important we focus not what a person in this state of mind is accomplishing, and why it is so satisfying.
As I have already mentioned, the penalty to the "abandoner" is moot, as they are more focused on punishing the player who is about to beat them. Why are they satisfied? They are satisfied because they are able to sabotage their opponent's points. Now the amount of points stolen from the winner varies depending on the situation but lets consider a situation where:
- It's the third round
- It is obvious that the one player will win by KO in round 4
- Once the winning player wins round 4 they will have won all four rounds
(continued in next post)