It's 5 am and i can't sleep..
I was composing a reply to this thread last night when my ipad died on me, after the reboot I had lost it all.. But anyhoo, I'll toss out a few things if I may
Just opinions mind you, and as Abel said, I'm NOT out to offend either.. I love the open dialouge!!
I can say that I both understand Abels concerns, and think the answers given are clear and amazing..
The lag thing getting brought up I hope helps many out there, with more than just surfing events to!! Avatar scripts and client functionality awareness is slim to none in some other communites I hang out in.. I've met people running over 200 scripts, that have never heard of caches, and blame all their lag on SL.. A cleaning caches reboot goes a loooooong way, as well as routine PC maintenance to make anything people do in SL a better expirience.
As for the rule change.. I was actually talking with some people about this rule last season, but not as it applied to us in the SLSA.. This method is nothing new to sports as a whole.. It's actually used in MANY other sports around the world.. The XGames run most/many of their skateboard, BMX and motocross events this way, and most other organizations that deal in those sports either have or are converting to the method as well.. The Olympics and most school systems run many of their track & field events this way.. Its tried and true, nothing new. I realize none of what I listed is surfing, but the way we compete isn't really like RL surfing comps either.. The comparison is apples and... samsung..
We have the exact same wave cranking away, down the exact same path, over and over.. Conditions such as what the waves are doing (if anything), wind and weather in general arent an issue.. If it was in SL, it'd be even MORE time consuming.. RL surf comps can take days with delays, and have to keep an open schedule as conditions change. The hydrodynamics of SL are... well nonexistent.. We have consistent identical conditions to both practice and compete on, so it is more like a 1/2 pipe or stationary track or street setup when you think of the physics. The only thing 'fluid' about any of it is the human reaction to the scenario, and therfore a fair comparison to those other sports I think.. This general change in all applied sports events ensures a more fair lineup for semi's and finals for all the reasons mentioned here already.. I mean when the heat list is generated, if 5 of the BEST Skaters in the world lets say get in one heat, and 5 noobs end up in one heat, more of the top performers will move on based on SCORE, making for a far more interesting final battle, as opposed to watching the same couple winners slaughter the noobs.. In the other method if a couple legends ended up in the semi with 4 no names that placed second in their heats, u know whos gonna win right off the bat, head for the concession stand.. if its same situation for the final.. head for the parking lot to beat traffic.. comps over.. lame.. Yes in the newer way some people end up not knowing their fate until the end 'they're on the bubble', and that person could worse case scenario be in heat 1.. BUT, as someone that watches those sports, on TV AND the stands, thats part of the fun!! Its more exciting and interesting for the MANY, even if its nerve racking for the individual.. But we all know stress is part of the deal in a competition!!! Try being in that spot for a couple hours, not knowing, and see how GOOD you'd feel if you make it through! Could be a hell of a rush!!
Granted on the other side of that coin.. waiting and not knowing, then losing out in the last minutes WOULD suck.. But, cant win them all
As for the timing thing.. Yes people can go spend time with friends any day in SL, and people DO.. And agreed, NO signing up needed to be around friends.. But I go to the comps I'm not even surfing in too.. I enjoy the comps for watching the community come together and COMPETE.. yeah I can see my friends any day, but 50 of them in one place, at the same time with 30 surfing against each other is pretty damn cool! That doesnt happen every day.. It's EASILY worth a few hours a month to me.. I LOVE watching all the different styles you guys have, watching Mick paddle onto a wave backwards (lol), that butt pucker when someone comes SO close to shooting out, then cuts back in at the last possible second..
Watching people improve over time or do something new for them.. THATS great to me, and thats what the comps in SL are for me.. Its not like anyones making a LIVING off of it like rl pros do, so the trophies and prizes are just the gravy anyways.. I can understand a competitive spirit too mind you, and thats cool!!
But I dont see where anything or anyone in RL would change based on if I place or not riding in a digital surfing comp.. I have friends and family that think the whole thing is a waste of time, and that's regardless of if I advance or not, lol.. But they know things and the PEOPLE in SL are important to me, so they don't give me TOO much grief
Even if they do, their opinion wouldn't change one way or the other if I told them I made finals, was working as head judge, WON the comp.. anything.. would probably just confuse them, earn me an eye-roll or an "and?"
Everyones situation is different, and I understand that.. I just don't see how time in RL could become more or less important based ONLY on the outcome of a heat? I mean it's all SL.. Now, I'm NOT SAYING I'm judging anyone for how much time they do or do not spend in SL!! Just saying that as I see it, at its core, it's either a waste of time, or its not.. Prim trophies, a couple bucks and heat or final rankings wouldnt change it from one to the other either way..
I certainly hope the change won't be the reason for anyone not competing though! ! ! I think its gonna be a great season
Regardless of how we all feel about the change, the last comp was fun right!? I THINK everyone thats added to the thread either has already said or would agree to that, and so if thats something we CAN all agree on, lets hang on to THAT spirit and make the next one just as awesome, or even more so!!
Thanks for readin
See you all around!!