Sunday, March 8, 2009
Arcade etiquette: I got next
I've been hearing murmurs for quite some time now about players are not getting a chance to play SF4 in the arcade because some people 'hog' the machines by not getting up and just inserting a token after they lose. An example of such can be found on Tetra's blog (yes, WCG Tetra. Check the comments section).
Now, first thing I thought to myself was "Hey, I do that!". This is great cause for concern because I usually refrain from playing if it means newer players get a chance on the cabinet.
So why, when I play, do I not stand up after I lose? Well folks, its because this has be the status quo for years. Pre-SF4, we knew everyone who played a certain game: it was a very elite club; and if we wanted to challenge someone, we were all 'hardcore' and 'in the club' enough to be able to tell the guy that lost to get up because we 'wanted next'. So, I'm sure the reason why me and some people don't get up after losing is that we just expect someone to tap our shoulder indicating they wanted to play the winner before we get up.
Now, things can't stay this way can they? So, I'm suggesting we implement the "I got next: Token" system that's been the modus-operandi in arcades in the USA and Korea.
Basically, if you want to play next, just toss a token on the cabinet dashboard above the controls of the person already challenging the person you want challenge IN BETWEEN ROUNDS (so as not to distract the player). Simple. This tells the person playing that if he loses, he has to get up. It's not impolite: its just arcade etiquette that's commonplace in other countries, so don't be shy. You're not telling the person on the cabinet "I think you're gonna lose", you're just telling him you want to face the guy he's fighting against SHOULD he lose. I'm saying this lest people think this practice is akin to 'betting on who's going to lose', it's not. Its a mechanism to save everyone's time.
And so I encourage everyone to adopt and spread the word on this practice as much as you can. Let's respect the time and effort new players put in to coming down to the arcades.