History Headscratchers / TheHungerGames

5th Dec '16 8:04:31 PM AnotherWanderingGhost
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*** "Intermittent variable rewards" have been found to be more addicting than predictable rewards. If you have dramatic battles happening and happening and happening... eventually people are going to get bored and tune out. With lulls (as long as they don't get too long, and the Gamemakers can control that with the forest fire, etc.), people will keep watching because they don't want to miss something exciting.
21st Nov '16 5:55:38 PM Evighet
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*** For what it's worth, ''Katniss'' most certainly doesn't feel like she chose Peeta in the end because he was the only eligible guy around. In fact she says that the two of them ending up together "would have happened anyway". The only guy trying to pressure her in any way or guilt her into anything was Gale. Peeta told her (and everyone else) that he had a crush on her, then he thought she reciprocated her feelings, then he was heartbroken when he learned she didn't, then he withdrew, then he only carried on with the fake romance because he had no other choice. Then he was hijacked and forced to get to know her all over again, eventually falling in love with who she truly was. Katniss ends the series in love with Peeta and convinced she would have fallen in love with him no matter what. And let's not forget that after the hijacking (and months thereafter) Peeta no longer cared for her. There was nothing there to build a relationship on, yet Katniss remained devoted to him (to the point that she would rather die than be with Gale or live alone without Peeta). Both of them had their feelings for one another put to the test and their choice, in the end, was one another.
15th Nov '16 7:56:19 AM LiamXDin
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*** And because we don't know it hasn't happened. Katniss is District 12's first, but not the first. To volunteer for a sibling you need
a) to be the same gender as the Reaped sibling b) to also be within the Reaping age bracket. That's true of Katniss but probably not all that many people. Older siblings like Katniss are likely to be taking tessara, making them more likely to be Reaped. Young kids like Prim, with their one name among the thousands of others, have a relatively small chance of being Reaped. Now, that doesn't mean it can't happen (that's the point of the Hunger Games, after all, the odds weren't in Prim's favour even though statistically she had a tiny shot) but it means that it would be even less likely for all the factors to be in play a) sibling of same gender b) older sibling being within the age bracket c) 12 year old with no tessara even being picked in the first place.
15th Nov '16 7:44:26 AM LiamXDin
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* You can have one name in your 1st year. Another is added each year, but they're cumulative so by 18 you have seven names in the pot before you even start tessarae. This means that, statistically, older kids are more likely to be reaped. If you have tessarae you can add one name for yourself and one for each member of your family. So a 12 year old with their one name, one for themselves and one for each parent and three siblings has the same odds as an eighteen year old who never took tessarae. A 12 year old with one name, one for themselves, two parents and FOUR ssiblings has higher odds than that 18 year old. But these are still cumulative. If you want tessarae next year, all the names from last year are aadded THEN your new one for another birthday, another for your tessarae, another five for your siblings. An eighteen year old with five family members who always took tessarae therefore has incredibly high odds. Because there is always a different pool of people to reap (new 12 year olds in, 19 year olds out) and they have unequal families you can't say that everyone has the same odds if they all take their tessarae.
15th Nov '16 7:34:30 AM LiamXDin
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*The Tessarae system allows you to add your name an additional time for yourself and for each member of your family. Katniss puts her name in an extra three times for herself, Prim and their motherís extra rations. Gale is stated to have his name in many times more because he has lots of siblings. You can put in multiple children and claim for each other (Katniss says that she didnít let Prim take tesserae, meaning she could have done if she wanted to) so using the tesserae to feed up a child to Career standards is only viable if you have lots of children who can claim for each other or every other member of the family is happy to go without the extra rations to feed this one child. The Career districts have the lowest amount of Tessarae claims because they usually win and because they have the most valuable resources. Not to mention, if every District had two well trained tributes every year, it would stop the entertainment value and the equal education means that they would have the same advantageÖ meaning no advantage.
15th Nov '16 7:18:45 AM LiamXDin
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** re 3: You don't know what the arena is like until you see it, and even then it does not mean it will be exactly the same as before. Of course, eventually certain types of arenas will be repeated, but there are just so many additional factors that have to be considered. Also, not everybody is a career who has probably studied all games in detail. You might vaguely remember that about a hundred years ago there was a similar arena, but that's not really a big help.[[/folder]]

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** re 3: You don't know what the arena is like until you see it, and even then it does not mean it will be exactly the same as before. Of course, eventually certain types of arenas will be repeated, but there are just so many additional factors that have to be considered. Also, not everybody is a career who has probably studied all games in detail. You might vaguely remember that about a hundred years ago there was a similar arena, but that's not really a big help.help.
1) Firstly, thatís assuming that youíd even be allowed a Ďnecklace with objectsí. Probably not, because of their myriad potential weapon uses (throwing, poison, stick them in food and choke someone else) and survival uses (sparking and starting fire). You get one item of sentimental value for your tribute token, theyíre probably not going to pass a charm bracelet. Secondly, youíre assuming that you can accurately throw at least four small objects onto small podiums. The closest ones are going to be about fourteen feet away from you. Presumably the objects are small, like bells or charms. Itís going to take some skill to throw one, under pressure and get a hit. If the tributes you most want to kill arenít either side of you, youíve got to throw clean across the ring. Katniss states in Catching Fire that the Cornucopia is 40 yards away from her, so the Tribute on the other side is 80 yards away from her. Youíve got wind to account for, there is the Cornucopia blocking some of them. A tribute to have the skill to activate the mines from such a distance, in such a short amount of time doesnít need to do it. They wait the 60 seconds, grab a couple of knives and throw them.
2) Being in trees, however much you like them, doesnít stop a Career splattering your brains with a quickly grabbed weapon.
3) A) They can make infinite environments, and even if they have to repeat a few major features, the average lifespan of a Capitol resident doesnít appear to be much longer than people can expect to live now. Even if we assume each Capitol resident will live to be 110, they probably didnít really pay attention to their first five games, wonít remember many details before 10 and then that gives them 100 games before they die of old age and excessive eyeliner. Repeats of terrain after 100 years probably wonít get many complaints because few will remember.
B) The arenas themselves arenít going to factor in the deaths of most tributes, itís the other tributes. Fair enough, you might have watched a couple of games set in certain environments and learned general survival tips but you cannot be sure that one of the other tributes isnít going to be a crack crossbow sniper who takes you out as soon as you approach a tree you think you can hide in.
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30th Oct '16 3:02:42 AM rufusluciusivan
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** Let's not forget that Cato ''is'' a strong fighter too. After all, he's able to fight off a group of muttations by himself and after being exhausted by a long tun for quite some time before being overwhelmed. While Thresh has the advantage in terms of strength, Cato has his training and his sword (Thresh hasn't been shown with a weapon, he killed Clove with a rock). So I guess Cato has a legitimate chance to win against Thresh without receiving any help. We don't see the actual fight. Because of the rain, Cato may have been able to surprise him.
30th Oct '16 2:11:19 AM rufusluciusivan
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** Note also that Haymitch ''didn't'' avoid all the tributes. At the very least, he fought three of them (the three Carriers before allying himself with Maysilee). After their alliance, it's implied that they have to fight several times, since they get their food by taking it from the backpacks of the Tributes they killed.
29th Sep '16 10:52:15 AM SeagullMacaroni
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* Why did the rebels feel the need to storm the Capital? (I mean the rebel army as a whole, not just Katniss' unit.) Why deal with all the traps and defenses when you can just besiege the place and starve it into submission? Or shell it into submission?

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* Why did the rebels feel the need to storm the Capital? (I mean the rebel army as a whole, not just Katniss' unit.) Why deal with all the traps and defenses when you can just besiege the place and starve it into submission? Or shell it into submission?submission?

* Why do the Career Tributes volunteer? I mean, there's only a low chance that any given Career Tribute will win, so volunteering is practically suicide.
1st Sep '16 10:02:27 AM HumanTorch2
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