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In this game we play, there are many issues that we face from the moment we decide that we're taking off to an event, until the moment we arrive home. The relevancy of these issues vary between themselves, but the question that is posed to you today is this: Are these issues beyond repair? Granted, this isn't a question that can be answered currently, but after we dive a bit deeper into the problems that Yu-Gi-Oh as a game faces, as well as the community faces.
Let's face it, if you play in an event that's more than a couple of rounds, you're absolutely bound to face someone who will "rule shark" you out of your mentality, a game, or even a match on the bubble. But how do we deal with these nuisances to the community? And even more importantly, is there a way to identify whether you, yourself, are a rule shark?
Before that, let's make sure everyone is privy to the definition of "rule shark". What a rule shark is, is a player that attempts to use the rules of the game not to create a fair playing experience for both players, but instead tip the results of a game in their favor. Examples of rule sharking include being very specific about how you touch your graveyard and attempting to call judge in order to get you penalized if you move a card out of place. Another example is people who play very slowly, but call a judge and attempt to get you penalized when they believe you're playing too slowly. These could go on and on, but the fact of the matter is, we've seen them before.
So what's the issue with them? The issue is that they make the game difficult by taking the rules that are set in place to create a fair experience away from the game. They put you on tilt and they sometimes push you over the edge and upset you beyond belief. And sometimes they get the judge to rule in their favor and cause you unnecessary losses. They're a legitimate detriment to the game and not only the integrity of it but the fun of it as well. Is this an issue that's beyond repair, though?
It absolutely is beyond repair, but it definitely should not be. How could it be repaired, you ask? Well it would be a result of the player base looking into the way they behave when they play and, let's face it, that's not happening. But to humor it, what would you be looking for about yourself and your behavior? When you call a judge, do you have malicious intent? Do you want the judge to believe your opponent is doing something that's destroying the gamestate when they actually aren't? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you're most likely a rule shark. And in its simplest form, it's a shabby way to try and will yourself to a win when you should be blaming yourself for you awful brand of play, lack of proper playtesting, and poor deckbuilding choices. What will the sharks say?
"But he had everything, and I bricked!"
This is exactly the type of toxic method of thinking that turns potentially great players into awful players dependent on rule sharking and soft cheating instead of excellent play. This is exactly what sets the standard between players like Billy Brake and Dalton Bousman. We've seen both make noise at events, but for different reasons. One is known for his play, and one is known for his treatment of opponents.
All in all, it's an incurable disease in the community for a couple of reasons. The first reason being that it's a behavior that's not easily relinquished and will continue until that player eventually takes it to the next level and gets banned for cheating or quits. The second reason is that a vast majority of this community lacks morals, and therefore will attempt to justify their actions as if they're acceptable.
Perhaps, The Biggest Issue?
It's 4pm. We're about halfway through a large event and the temperatures have began to rise from the entropic body movement. All of a sudden, a disastrous fume creeps its way into your nasal cavity and begins to infest at least two of your senses. Multiple players have neglected their basic adult hygienic duties. Lack of deodorant, soap, toothpaste, or anything close has plagued the venue with a rancid odor that can be very distracting while playing. As a player base, we are almost at complete opposite polls when it comes to hygiene. You have those that are VERY clean down to the very last detail, and then you have those that completely ignore all obligations of cleanliness.
Why is this such an issue? Because the fact of the matter is that we're all(mostly) adults, and should know better than to disrupt the senses of others with such a blatant disregard for personal care. It's a travesty and hinders the gameplay of those who fall victim to its clutch. The good news? You don't often see the "smelly" group of players sitting at the higher tables. So much so that at the locals I play at, I've dubbed the lower groups of tables as the "sweaty tables". So if you want to stay away from the sweaty tables, I suggest you come prepared to win more than you lose, or drop and get far away if you aren't as fortunate.
Is this beyond repair? Absolutely. This mentality and way of life has been instilled into the minds of these individuals to the point where they just don't understand what they're doing to themselves and to the people around them. It's very sad, but at the stage that most of them are in within their respective lives, it's far too late to attempt to change the way someone values hygiene. Simply put: Don't be one of those people.
That is it for The Scoop for the week ladies and gents! I hope there's something that everyone can take from this weeks insert, because both of these problems have been prominent for way too long. Thanks so much for reading and I hope to see your feedback! As always, if you have news you'd like to see investigated or people you'd like to see interviewed, drop it in the comments and I'll make my absolute best efforts to bring it all right here to you! Until next time, Play Hard or Go Home!
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