Yes, I agree, Mani - the raw numbers from a week of Bio and a week of Classic would probably even out before
this recent change. I don't think that's the case now.
It occurred to me, too, that while Bio was generating more raw, it was also taking away
more raw. Each game, someone wins and someone loses. More games means more gain AND more loss.
Most people I've talked to play Bio because they find it more exciting than classic - not because it generates more raw. Compared to 40% bio on a 22 second clock, 0%, 30s classic seems to crawl. Most people playing in bio play it for the pace. If you don't take my word for it, pop into the rooms and ask: the players will tell you themselves.
It is true that on the occasional Sunday some hosts have thrown up twitch Bio games specifically to play more games and generate higher scores. This is morally a little sketchy. But it is categorically not true any other time than maybe two Sundays that I've been around. And, as far as I've noticed, the winners have always been essentially the same people - Cheech, Mani, Djdee, Para, Kitty, etc. - so I don't know that the twitch rooms have really had any kind of effect.
Here is the effect I've seen so far this week:
1. the amount of people playing Bio vs. Classic has not changed. It is still hard to find a full house classic game.
2. The raw scores of the people playing bio have been markedly chopped down. It used to be rare to see anyone playing with a score below 500: this week, in Bio, I've seen TONS of people below 500. Here's a typical example.
3. This creates a kind of raw sinkhole. The amount of raw lost in bio games is now far greater than the amount you can gain. More players have lower scores; thus, the whole group is brought down. You have to play - and WIN - 4 games to recover from one big loss. If your raw is 4 digits, this can be impossible, because winning sometimes does not net you any kind of decent gain. I've lost 26 for coming in third; Big Will lost 100 for coming in third; etc.
I'm not grousing, really; but the bottom line is that I would like to contend for a medal this week and I've been avoiding the game because I don't want my score to plummet EVEN IF I play well. Under the old rules, I would jump in frequently and take my lumps because I knew that I could get it back; now, I'm not so sure.
Again, I'm all for finding a way to level the playing field between the classic and bio camps. Please consider this some constructive criticism about the current changes in raw calculation. It seems to be having an adverse effect on bio games, and it is NOT driving classic traffic. I encourage Dustin to also reduce the amount of raw lost in games where the amount of raw gained is discounted; I think that will straighten it out.