How many times have you paid attention to score in a fighting game?
Once? Twice? Most likely never, am I right?
Aren’t points a perfectly good reward in some games? In fighting games, however, points are next to meaningless. Yet, for some reason, many fighting games have a points tally stored away somewhere on the screen. Of course, points are a legacy artifact. A relic of a time where fighting games only existed in public venues like an arcade. A Mortal Kombat machine only had so many slots in a screen to rank its best players.
*the crowd cheers*
You did good. You should feel proud of yourself. You are up to the challenge. Here’s the metaphorical cookie of approval. And a pat on the head. That’ll do pig.
*a red flash blurs the screen*
“What’s the big idea, Fox?!”
You did bad. You should feel shame. You are not up to scratch.