I am very curious of people’s current opinions on whether or not we should replay infinite recharge in 2021. Obviously there’s still a lot of time between now and then, and things will change. I know my own opinion on the matter has changed several times as we learn more about the state of the world. As someone who will be a 2021 senior, here are my thoughts.
Right now, barring some miracle that allows us all to go back to work tomorrow and finish infinite recharge in the fall, here’s my thoughts.
Infinite recharge is too good of a game not to be played. Personally this is my favorite game in a long time (I witnessed 2015-2017 and have competed in 2018-2020). The stickiness of the balls made for a good design challenge, and I love a good shooting game. Fun to watch, fun to play, and a great design challenge. The amount of teams who did not get to compete is in my opinion substantial enough to warrant a replay of the game.
As a 2021 senior, I would love to have Infinite Recharge be my last game. I understand the concern about it effecting two seasons instead of one, but I think this is the best way to ensure that DOESN’T happen. In large part due to…
Financial reasons. A lot of people have lost their jobs, and many companies a lot of profit. It looks like this year is going to be especially hard for teams trying to get funding after paying for a robot they never got to use. Replaying the game would mean teams already have paid the registration fee and for the robots and can focus funding on improvements and championship level events. Given the widespread nature of the economic downturn, I would hate to see people who don’t get to compete and lose their teams because of this.
Build season more likely to be effected than comp season: The longer we wait for the large gatherings that are competitions, the more likely that a vaccine is found and the states and countries reopen. There could be some areas still effected (especially if we reopen too early and there is a second deadlier wave) during build season making teams unable to meet, but as we approach early spring for competitions it becomes more likely that we can get as many people to play as possible.
These are my current thoughts, but it is definitely subject to change based on the situation. I am really curious to hear what your opinions are, so I will put a poll here.
- I would like to replay infinite recharge in 2021
- I am unsure if we should play infinite recharge in 2021
- I do not want to replay infinite recharge in 2021
- I am okay with playing infinite recharge in 2021
- other (Comment down below)
(If this is a repeat feel free to merge with other post. I have no been able to find a thread on this topic specifically, but it’s definitely possible I missed it in my search)