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[Micro-debate]The presence of Blue Shells in Mario Kart games is justified


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Blue shells are Mario Kart items. They are blue in color and they will fly to the first place driver and flip them over, causing them to often lose first place if so. Blue shells can spin out second places and/or other drivers if they are really close to 1st place.
There are entire forums about why Blue shells should not be allowed. Many Mario Kart races are ruined because of one single shell on the last lap.
I, User, will argue that Blue Shells have the right to exist and should remain existent.
You, whoever you are, will argue that Blue shells should be removed from the game.
We can use Mario Kart games as Canon, especially MK8/NX since they are the most recent Mario Kart games and it is my most experienced Mario Kart game(3 stars every 150cc cup, 1 star every 200cc cups). We could, however, use other games, and they are allowed.
Just to catch on the trend, I will use the Micro-debate format. 2500 characters as the limit and 4 sources at most.
Round 1
It would be a great opportunity for me to learn the new strategies of debating consider I am faced with one of the most powerful debaters on the site. Hello RM.

Let's start the points.

1. Opponent concession
Everything is justified, literally. The question is if the justification is fair or not.
My opponent stated that everything is justified. Since the Blue shell is a thing, and he thinks it is justified, thus my opponent conceded. 

2. The reason it is included in the 1st place(no pun intended)
Source below. 
Hideki Konno, the Japanese guy who participated in the development of Mario Kart games, states:
“With Mario Kart 64, we wanted to have the same thing where everyone was in it until the end, but some of the processing problems occurred that didn’t allow us to do that. And what I mean by that is once you’re in a middle of a race you’ll get that natural separation.[1]
It is here to restore balance. If the player is extremely skilled, then there is no competition. Blue shells brought people back to the competition as it nerfs the best of the best and gives slightly less good players a chance for victory. Back in the N64 ages, the system couldn't handle 8 people on one screen racing, so instead, Blue Shells are the remedy to make competition still hot. 

3. You can dodge it
In Mario Kart 8, the Super Horn and the Mushroom can help you to escape a Blue Shell, The probability is existent that you can get both of these items in 1st place(0 units from 1st, which is the top row).[2] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an upgraded version of Mario Kart 8 on the Switch, uses the same item distribution.

In Mario Kart 7, a Mushroom can be acquired in 1st place, and you can dodge with it.[3]

In Mario Kart Wii, which is the earliest one you could dodge a blue shell with, is with a mushroom. Mushrooms can only be acquired in 2nd place or lower, but you can dodge with it.[4] It is common for you to receive a Blue shell while still having your 2nd place item on you. More than that, you could pull up a 3 pack of mushrooms in 3rd or 4th places.

Also,It is common for you to receive a Blue shell while still having your 2nd place item on you.


I pass the talking feather to RationalMadman.

Powercreep (PC), Faulty Patching (FP) and a Conflict of 'Type' of Game (CTG).

3 things sum up Pro's case. 2 of them are linked (PC and FP).

PC is a concept that, if you want another person to back me up and explain it, feel free to check out these links:

In summary, many game designers are keen to not lose their fan-base but are too lazy to sufficiently patch the game as it goes along in order to 'even things out' and reduce the impact or luck or 'unfair strategies' on the game. So, for instance let's say that speed-focused character choices (such as Luigi and Princess Daisy) were unfairly enabling fast leads that the more 'bruiser types' struggled to stop (such as Donkey Kong and Bowser), what the game designers first do is to ask 'what powers will even things out a little so that each character choice can win if you're skilled enough'?

So far so good, right? Well, here's the issue. Powercreep happens when the default solution that the designer, in this case Nintendo, is to keep adding more things, increasing stats of other things and consistently refusing to cut down on stats and overpowered strategies. A culmination of all of this, in Mario Kart, is that the game designers tried to add something so that someone with a supposedly unfair burst-lead could lose due to and they concluded that it was a good enough solution to please others.

Why then, is it only in 2014 that finally the powercreep has superficially 'balanced itself out' as they added enough things such as the Horn and Mushroom to 'cancel out' the very thing that in the first place was there to cancel out good luck by the leader in the first place? The reason is that the game is inherently unfair and that it must be fixed at its core.

Each map favours different character types and even then, why can't you all start as the same type of character? To be clear the characters don't have equal starting stats, let alone position, the game tries to 'even this out' by letting those further back go first (like a real life race) but they then get more time to mentally prepare for the powers ahead and noticing nuances in speed and turning in the others, while the one who spawns in the leading position usually is already hit by a shell (not a blue one, just a red one) from the get-go.

You cannot justify the existence of a game element that will completely punish someone for having a lead by adding more and more overpowered things. Luck or skill, which is it?
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--> @User_2006
Then you and I agree but 'ok' doesn't mean 'good'.
--> @RationalMadman
What I mean is that it is OK to exist but it is mot to be made fair.
--> @User_2006
Everything is justified, literally. The question is if the justification is fair or not.
--> @RationalMadman
No, It is not fair. Changing the word to "fair" would not be fair for me. Blue shell is useful in places different than being fair.
--> @User_2006
Change the word 'justified' to 'fair'.
--> @RationalMadman
yes . . . I am finally holding a controversial position !
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