I’ve been enjoying the new ‘Remote Games’ feature of the new Arachnid Galaxy 3 (G3) Live boards. With this new remote play feature, I can play people in different cities and/or different countries. One of the great benefits of remote play is you get to experience competitive game situations against a variety of unknown opponents and different playing styles. Remote play is also quite fun and I find myself putting more money into the machines because of it….and I’m guessing that some of you may be doing the same.
Recently, I played for about 2 hours of Cricket on remote play. I played a lot of different people of all skill levels. It was a great practice session overall but there were a couple of opponents who stood out for different reasons.
I Can’t Lose If I Quit First
This started out as a great game. My opponent was throwing a steady 5.0+ MPR game. I like it when I find a good player. The game was close in the beginning, but I pull ahead and win the first game. We decide to play a second game. I jump out to the early lead but then we got into a points battle. He again was playing a 5.0+ MPR game, but I was shooting better and I continued to stay in the lead. The game had finally progressed to a point where I would likely win the game in my next turn. My opponent finishes his turn and he walks to the board to pull his darts. Then I see him press something on the machine and suddenly our game is disconnected. Game over. Really? He can now say that he didn’t lose that match. I don’t care what he thinks or says, but I thought it was funny that he aborted the game that way. 😀
I Can’t Win So **** You
This was another decent player who was hitting a low 5 MPR game. I played well and I win the first leg. We play a second leg and I’m crushing the triples like I did in the first game. It’s near the end of the game and I have a very big lead on closed numbers and total points. My opponent throws his first two darts…then there’s a slight pause…then I see him on the camera, standing near the board…and I could see him reach up to the board and suddenly I hear the board register a number and I see…TRIPLE16. Really? He just cheated and I watched him do it on camera. I laugh to myself and I throw my 3 darts, I score heavily and retake the points lead again, and I put myself in a position to win the match in the next turn. My opponent throws his first dart and misses. Then I see him on the camera, approach the board and I saw his hand rise up and….TRIPLE16 TRIPLE16. He seemed angry that he was about to lose and what he did was an act of defiance. I could have done the same thing to finish the game, but I don’t play that way. So I stand at the regulation distance, I hit 2 triples for score and to regain the points lead, and then I finish the game with my last dart. 😛
These two matches are my only odd experiences while playing others remotely on the Arachnid G3. Overall, my remote play experience has been very positive with the G3. I think the G3 is a great upgrade over the previous board. I wish I had the G3 board hooked up at home. 😉
In case any of your G3 players are wondering, I used to play online as “Hades” (name of my dart), but I now play as ‘Donny Joe’. Sometimes I play good. Sometimes I play bad. Whenever you see me online, come find out which player I happen to be at the moment. LOL.
Do any of you play remotely on G3? What is your name and country?