Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:14 AM
Ooh...some tasty discussion going on in here. I know exactly what staticz is talking about with the people who will do ANYTHING to win. On top of that, I feel like you get people who don't seem to think about the message they're sending when they run a particular play in a given situation. As BV said though, it's hard to police.
This is why I've tried to make painstaking efforts this year to come up with as many black and white situations as possible. Some of it goes overboard and probably appears too specific...but when you consider the alternative...which is a giant gray area, I feel like it helps. One example is "If you have a 3 score lead in the 4th quarter, you don't pass the ball." Period. Yes, your opponent will know the run is coming. Big deal. Chew clock, punt the ball away if he stops you, and play defense. And if your opponent cuts into your lead, then start running your offense again. There were way too many instances of "I just wanted the 1st down" that got out of hand when the defense figured his opponent would just be trying to chew the clock...and then "oops" 20 yard gain. I'm not trying to say that my specific rules are the best way to play Madden...but I feel like people need something black and white to follow. Otherwise, you get chaos and inconsistency. And I know you guys have very well-written rules. But if you can't say there are "blatant and obvious" violations...then maybe they need to be even more specific.
Also, I wanted a strike system that was permanent, and didn't allow for "oopsies" once or twice a season, before getting reset. And I wanted to make sure the strikes had clear and apparent consequences. Once you establish that...if somebody does something that the "authorities" thing is out of line...just give the strike and be done with it. Punishment isn't supposed to be something personal. Once it's handed out, accept it and move on. Ultimately, it's just about showing that questionable play won't be tolerated. But when you're just giving out warnings and scoldings about "don't let it happen again", people aren't going to take your seriously. People may not always agree with it...but people don't agree with a lot of society's laws either. But not having any would be far worse.