My dad was watching x games over the weekend with me. He loves skiing, he loves park skiing, he loves going to the dew tour stops in the east coast back in the day. He said this particular x games was unwatchable. And I agree, but not for the reasons you might think.
He said every run looks the same. He said “it’s hard to be impressed when every run looks identical”. Everybody spinning the same axis, with the same grabs, doing so many rotations you can’t count. Is it impressive? Obviously. Is it fucking insane how good these guys are? Of course. However for neutrals, it’s a snooze fest.
How can we improve it? I was thinking about potential parameters X games should place on riders in order to challenge them to add variety to their runs. This also keeps the competitive integrity because it applies to all riders. Here’s a few theoretical ones for slopestyle:
-Required single flip.
-Missing a grab results in 0 points for the trick.
-Requiring 3 unique grabs on each of the jumps.
-No repeat axis, so if you do a switch cork on one jump, you’re left with either rodeo, bio, misty, flat spin on your next two.
For Big Air:
-Required under 900 rotation on your first hit. Just warm up the night with something steezy, something savory
-Mandatory Left rotation
-mandatory right rotation
-0 points for no grab, bonus points for unique grabs
Can’t stop spin to win in big air, that event is based on spin to win and it always has been. I think a good judging criteria tho would be how different your tricks and grabs are and that can be factored in as well.
-Every hit must be unique, they already kind of abide to this so I won’t really say much about that. I watched a few pipe runs and generally the variety is pretty good but pipe is always a blast to watch. I guess just emphasize variety and award points to that.
Kinda sounds like it is taking away from the riders, but I think by doing something like this, it will actually force competitors to be more creative, and as a result they will be forced to have incredibly unique runs. I actually agreed with my dad, if I didn’t love skiing I could actually see watching some of these events and being like “well which trick is hard since they are all doing the same ones”. Let me know why this would be a potentially bad idea or criticize my lists, I’m working with some people to write a more formal appeal because now that Disney is no longer sucking money out of x games the new investors might actually be inclined to listen. Again this is supposed to be a discussion I could totally be overseeing things, this is just what I got so far.
**This thread was edited on Jan 28th 2022 at 11:33:12am