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Do you lose on purpose in either competitions or games? Why?
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Posted 8/1/14
People have explained to me that they lose the last round on purpose as a consolation victory to their opponent. For example, surefooted people pretended to be knocked off in a fight atop pillars.

Do you lose on purpose in either competitions or games? Why?
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26 / F / Pico Rivera, CA
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Posted 8/1/14
Mainly to keep things fun. Allowing someone else to win if you REALLY are too good allows for jokes and laughs, not allowing it to turn into an aggressive competition it was never supposed to be. It comes down to knowing your competitors personality.

If the goal is to have fun, and you know winning every match will decrease everyone else's fun, it's more honorable to decrease your intensity.
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Never been in a situation where it's called for, but I think I might see some logic in doing such a thing. I see it in movies a lot, but not in real life.
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25 / M / Fenix, AZ
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Why not? it's a game. How much does it mean to you to win against your 5 year old nephew? But to him it could mean a lot.
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I suppose if there was a good reason IE: I'm competing against someone terminally ill at the request of the make-a-wish foundation or my opponent is a very young child I would throw a match or whatever.

But if I'm in a tournament where there is something on the line, whether it be reputation, money, prizes etc. They can all play for second place if I had my choice. Anything less would be an insult (or wake-up call) to any preparation they had made beforehand.
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Posted 8/1/14 , edited 8/1/14
I feel guilty when I win, especially one-sidedly or against someone I know, so I tend to do it when it comes to things I'm good at. Somewhat hypocritically, I have an easy time picking up when others do it to me, and don't appreciate it in the least. I'm a very non-competitive person in general, since I'm not really happy unless the result is a tie: I hate to lose, and I don't like to win. For that reason, I generally bow out of competition of my own accord, but when I do involve myself in it, it rattles me when other people have to worry about beating me too soundly, and hold back on my account.

My favorite moments stem from this sort of thing happening though. It makes for a great story when someone intentionally holds back because they're winning one-sidedly, and their opponent is able to seize the opportunity and turn it into a victory. I've done it or had it happen to me a couple times, and had a blast each time it occurred.
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Posted 8/1/14
It depends.... Sometimes its all fun and kept as fun then no. If it is for a REAL competition then no. I might feel like I don't want to do it anymore but I know that is said from a loss. I know I would come back to it again.
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21 / M / The Void
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I will never lose on purpose. I will never let the opposing team or player acquire more points on purpose. I play to win, and I play to totally crush the opposing force whoever they may be.
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no cuz i always lose no matter how hard i try especially checkers i don't think i've ever won a single checkers game in my entire life.

i pretty much fail at everything except MAYBE tic-tac-toe lol
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33 / M / New Jersey
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I had this one friend back in college who seriously couldn't stand losing at anything, so people eventually started just letting him win. We still question why.
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Posted 8/1/14 , edited 8/1/14
If you're familiar with tiers in different variations of competitive games: I myself, purposely like to use low-tier characters that typically aren't tournament viable or are structured to take a significant amount of skill to perfect; you could say i'm a bit of a masochist. Dependent upon the situation throwing games may or may not be an option.
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26 / M / Socal
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Posted 8/1/14 , edited 8/1/14
I lose on purpose in games sometimes, like if its a little kid, they are temperamental when they lose so I give them the win and they're happy.


In other games like in dark souls I tend to not lose on purpose but once in a while if I "let up" and ease back my intensity I can be easily defeated because I underestimate. Sometimes I go as far as to use cheap measures, I try to refrain but when so many other player are exploiting, fair and square no longer is an option.

In completions like a contest, No. I will pull all the stops. Even if it means cheating aka exploiting the crap out of the rules

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Posted 8/2/14
I was a VERY sore loser when I was a kid and remember my parents always letting me win because I would throw tantrums whenever I lost.

Luckily I handle losing a bit better now that I'm older.
Posted 8/2/14
I'm very competitive... so I don't lose on purpose.
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22 / F / North Carolina
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Posted 8/2/14
No I don't lose on purpose and I never will regardless of the person I'm playing against. I find it to be very insulting to my opponent and myself as well. I mean how else are children suppose to learn that nothing is just given to them.
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