I have been playing this game fairly often. I think I can say I know the ABC of Powersoccer by heart and that I am one of the few who knows the ins and outs of that fabulous multiplayer adventure (involving soccer/football, for those unaware of the content of the game). One particular thing in the interaction between users has always struck me: the use of the word “s”.
Picture this setting: the game starts, you open a chat with the user and press “hello, good luck and have fun” or as Powersoccer diehards do “hi, gl, hf”. The answer you get is “s”. Nothing more, nothing less. Ok, you think: a user who is unwilling to talk to me. It happens, they don’t all have to be social animals like myself. Then, a missed change. You have the option to see the reply but you don’t want to and press s (or any other button for that matter) to let the game continue. Your opponent types in the game chat “s”, waits, types “s” again, gets angry, types “ssssssssssssssssssssss” (or “s”, “s”, “s”, “s” as can be seen on the screenshot attached: anyone actually thought how much effort that costs: button enter, button s, button enter, button s, button enter, button s… crazy!) and happily sees the game continues.
Two observations of which one open for discussion.
First, how come this user does not press s (not in chat, but in the game first) before he types “s” in the chat? That would be a more logical approach. You press s, you wait for the “s” of your opponent, when it doesn’t come: you type “s” in chat. Like in: hurry up (in most cases there will follow a swear said out loud but as these are respectable pages I will refrain from doing so). But not pressing “s” yourself and then blaming your opponent (who pressed s) for that absence of a reaction, can it get more illogical?
Second, what does this behaviour learn us about some of the users of Powersoccer. Isn’t it rather odd one user wants to dominate the other user by forcing him to skip the replays? Is a user not allowed to watch replays, have a sip of water in the meantime (or a delicious piece of Swedish pie, I am all hooked now since Linda gave me the recipe to her grandma’s pie) and put her/his fingers on the button again? Although we are dealing with a multiplayer game, how far does that element of “multiplayer” stretch? Aren’t some of us deep inside only trying to feed their 100 % waterproof individualistic needs?
Powersoccer is a full blown multiplayer game, as it requires interaction. The fact that player A does not want to see replays and player B does, is only advantageous for user B. If you want to skip replays, you are forced to interact, you are forced to communicate with your opponent. You are forced to type “s” (or “skip” for that matter) and you will get a reply by your opponent. It is human versus human and in the end communication – albeit limited in some cases – always wins. And that, dear readers, is one of the beauties of this game.