Alright so I’ve been doing some thinking lately about the game. Obviously, as a Master Assistant, I have something of an upper tier view of the community and I see the good, the bad and the ugly of Power Soccer on any given day. From the random forum rants to the guest book taunts to the playing styles in official and cups, the ugly seems to get highlighted frequently. Must it always be that way? I say it shouldn’t and here’s 4 reasons why you should agree:
1) Longtime users still play. Now, before you go off on some tangent about how they perhaps don’t play officials as regularly anymore or don’t participate in some cups because of who else is in attendance, the fact that they still support the game by purchasing Club Membership even if only to play friendlies still says something positive. Now, I am aware that many of the longtime users are currently Admins or Assistants, but even the ones who aren’t still contribute to the community with forum posts and clan activity. This should be commended more often…perhaps someone could start a “Legends Spotlight” to help newer users learn more about these longtime players in the PS Community.
2) There are still a LOT of 5 star sportsmanship caliber players and posters. It seems to have become second nature to everyone to assume that the game is overridden by players with less than 3 stars sportsmanship. I, however, still run into 3-5 star users quite frequently in the queues and in cups. I think we should appreciate these users more than we seem to, maybe even leaving posts on their guest book more often to highlight how admired they are for their fair play and their attitude. Make complimentary replies to great forum posts and help motivate these great posters to continue their efforts. A kind word goes a long way.
3) The Crew does still listen to you even if you don’t buy items. Now, I’m likely to get hate mail on this point, but read me out…I know for a fact that Crew takes very seriously the suggestions offered by many of you in the forums. Yes, the Crew does want to generate a profit from Power Soccer users. Yes, the Crew does release items at an astounding pace sometimes and yes, I know there’s a large portion of you who feel those items often offer arcade-like boosts that threaten the realism of the game itself. However, consider that Crew has regularly listened to your feedback and implemented changes such as limiting M’bo and Sahlin (by far the 2 most discussed market players) and reinstating the 99er Cup that many of you clamored about losing. Does this mean Crew is doing a perfect job? No, but at least they are taking the time to read your suggestions. The real question for you is this — are you proposing suggestions in a courteous professional manner with research to back up your claims, or are you simply foaming at the mouth demanding that you speak for all of PS in your concerns? The way Crew responds to you depends almost entirely on this question. Notice how Powdersnow has replied to several threads with suggestions that were rational and with evidence to support the claim. Notice, also, how no one from Crew has replied to the threads that are unfounded and simply tirades against all things in the PS Store.
4) Ignorance is bliss. Allow me to explain this point, if you will. See, when you or I are playing against a player whose methods would be considered unfair or worthy of a 1-1-1 rating, what’s our most common mistake? Letting them know our displeasure. It only serves to get you in trouble, doesn’t it? After all, those players simply take a screen of what you say and report it to an admin and YOU get punished, not them. Posting on their guest book seems to result in the same result of you getting punished, not them. Therefore, it’s really in your best interests to try your best to ignore them during matches if you can. I’m not suggesting you compliment them as that’s counter-intuitive, but recognize that if they’re a 1 or 2 star player, they don’t really care what you think about their playing style anyway, so why waste your thoughts on them? One of my clan mates even said he turns on a particular brand of music when he meets these players in the queue in order to keep his calm and prevent himself from typing something derogatory. Good advice, if you ask me.
So there you have it, my 4 reasons why the ugly shouldn’t be the only thing we pay attention to in the PS community. I hope you’ll make an extra effort to find the good in this game and community and spotlight it from time to time. I think the good can prevail over the rest in time if we work together.
KeepItLoose ~MA / former RA