History Main / PanderingToTheBase

18th Sep '17 12:30:20 AM bwburke94
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* At the time of the strike, the NHL had trouble getting new fans to appreciate the game because offense had declined in the league thanks to offside traps. The NHL tried to eliminate this but couldn't because hardcore fans vocally complained that defense was being taken out of the game. Post-strike, the NHL passed new rules to thwart the offside trap, mainly because they were forced to be more fan friendly.

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* At the time of the strike, 2004 lockout, the NHL UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague had trouble getting new fans to appreciate the game because offense had declined in the league thanks to offside traps. The NHL tried to eliminate this but couldn't because hardcore fans vocally complained that defense was being taken out of the game. Post-strike, After the lockout, the NHL passed new rules to thwart the offside trap, mainly because they were forced to be more fan friendly.



** By contrast, MLB has begun pandering to the more casual fans in the last 30 years or so, particularly with the designated hitter in 1972 and inter-league play in 1997. (the DH is still despised by many purists all these years later, though a lot of that grief could be fixed by making it consistent between leagues).

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** * By contrast, MLB UsefulNotes/ has begun pandering to the more casual fans in the last 30 years few decades or so, particularly with the designated hitter in 1972 1973 and inter-league interleague play in 1997. (the DH is There are still despised by many purists all these years later, though a lot of that grief could be fixed by making it consistent between leagues).traditionalists out there who despise both.



* The NFL's change to its overtime rules in 2011 to encourage teams try go for touchdowns simply because the majority of the fans hate field goals. To explain the new rules: What had previously been flat sudden death overtime (game ends on the next score) was changed so the the overtime won't immediately end if the first score is a FG; the other team will get the chance to score and then the game will end when either squad takes the lead. If the first OT score is a TD (or safety), however, the game does end immediately. This has had some unintended consequences as far as team gameplay is concerned. Before the change, teams would play safe football if they won the coin toss, making high percentage plays for short yardage meant to drive into field goal range rather than actively going for the touchdown, a different game plan than a team would use in regulation. Now, the first drive after the coin toss is played more "normally", but should they score a field goal, the opposing team will play "reckless" four down football regardless of their situation, again changing their gameplan from what it would be in a similar regulation situation. An option that has yet to be explored is to treat overtime as a fifth quarter with both teams playing and scoring until time expires.

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* The NFL's change to UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague changed its overtime rules in 2011 2010 to encourage teams to try go for touchdowns simply touchdowns, because the majority of the many fans hate field goals. didn't like the old rules. To explain the new rules: What had previously been flat sudden death overtime (game ends on the next score) was changed so the the overtime won't immediately end if the team possessing the ball first score is scores a FG; field goal; the other team will get the chance to score and then the game will end when either squad takes the lead. If the first OT score is a TD (or safety), however, the game does end immediately. This has had some unintended consequences as far as team gameplay is concerned. Before the change, teams would play safe football if they won the coin toss, making high percentage plays for short yardage meant to drive into field goal range rather than actively going for the touchdown, a different game plan than a team would use in regulation. Now, the first drive after the coin toss is played more "normally", but should they score a field goal, the opposing team will play "reckless" four down football regardless of their situation, again changing their gameplan from what it would be in a similar regulation situation. An option that has yet to be explored is to treat overtime as a fifth quarter with both teams playing and scoring until time expires.lead.



* Look at changes in NFL rules over the last couple of decades. Was there ever a rule change that favored running the ball or defense? The NFL gets ratings with spectacular passes and star Quarterbacks (or so they think) and as such fouls like "Roughing the Passer" and "Pass Interference" are now often mocked as being defined as "looking at one of the stars the wrong way".
9th Sep '17 7:01:09 PM Business21
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** Third-party candidates completely avert the trope. They usually run on platforms that state that [[NotSoDifferent the two major parties both suck]], and that they are actually [[TakeAThirdOption the sensible alternative to both mainstream candidates]]. The structure of the American electoral system makes it almost impossible for third-party candidates to win, but they can certainly [[SpoilerEffect impact election results]].

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** Third-party candidates completely avert the trope. They usually run on platforms that state that [[NotSoDifferent the two major parties both suck]], and that they are actually [[TakeAThirdOption the sensible alternative to both mainstream candidates]]. The structure of the American electoral system makes it almost impossible for third-party candidates to win, but they can certainly [[SpoilerEffect impact election results]].results.
9th Sep '17 6:58:56 PM Business21
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** While primary elections play this trope straight, general elections more or less invert the trope. Since 75-80% of American voters vote the same way in every election no matter what, the general election becomes about courting the remaining 20-25%, known as "swing voters." While swing voters make up a much smaller subset than the parties' respective bases, they are an unquestionably more important one. As the expression goes, "40% of voters always vote Republican, 40% always vote Democrat, and the other 20% always decide the election."
** Third-party candidates completely avert the trope. They usually run on platforms that state that [[NotSoDifferent the two major parties both suck]], and that they are actually [[TakeAThirdOption the sensible alternative to both mainstream candidates]]. The structure of the American electoral system makes it almost impossible for third-party candidates to win, but they can certainly [[SpoilerEffect impact election results]].
8th Sep '17 10:03:37 AM Silverblade2
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* RevisitingTheRoots
6th Sep '17 8:11:27 AM Midna
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* With ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', certain players have noticed that the game's Hero Mode is dedicated almost entirely to pandering to Marie[[note]]who won the Callie vs. Marie Splatfest in the last game[[/note]] fans--she's your MissionControl, she gets a ton of character development, and it's honestly hard not to feel sorry for her when she starts worrying about where her cousin is. Of course, this [[OutOfFocus came at the expense of Callie]] (at least as popular as Marie), who is kidnapped right off the bat and is almost completely absent from the game, even after being rescued. Callie fans, and fans of both Squid Sisters, were not happy.

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* With ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', certain players have noticed that the game's Hero Mode is dedicated almost entirely to pandering to Marie[[note]]who won the Callie vs. Marie Splatfest in the last game[[/note]] fans--she's your MissionControl, she gets a ton of character development, and [[TheWoobie it's honestly hard not to feel sorry for her her]] when she starts worrying about where her cousin is. Of course, this [[OutOfFocus came at the expense of Callie]] (at least as popular as Marie), who is kidnapped right off the bat and is almost completely absent from the game, even after being rescued. Callie fans, and fans of both Squid Sisters, were not happy.
6th Sep '17 8:06:23 AM Midna
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** Nintendo later leaned back towards this trope with the UsefulNotes/WiiU, specifically stating that while the console would still have features and games geared towards casuals, it would also have games and features catered towards the more dedicated fan, pointing out that the "U" in Wii U means the console was made for "you (the consumer)". The gamble wasn't very succesful, as the console sold far less than all previous home console systems made by the company.

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** Nintendo later leaned back towards this trope with the UsefulNotes/WiiU, specifically stating that while the console would still have features and games geared towards casuals, it would also have games and features catered towards the more dedicated fan, pointing out that the "U" in Wii U means the console was made for "you (the consumer)". The gamble wasn't very succesful, as the console sold far less than all previous home console systems made by the company.company, prompting them to swing back towards casual marketing (though not all the way) with the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch.


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* With ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'', certain players have noticed that the game's Hero Mode is dedicated almost entirely to pandering to Marie[[note]]who won the Callie vs. Marie Splatfest in the last game[[/note]] fans--she's your MissionControl, she gets a ton of character development, and it's honestly hard not to feel sorry for her when she starts worrying about where her cousin is. Of course, this [[OutOfFocus came at the expense of Callie]] (at least as popular as Marie), who is kidnapped right off the bat and is almost completely absent from the game, even after being rescued. Callie fans, and fans of both Squid Sisters, were not happy.
4th Sep '17 10:45:42 AM HalcyonDayz
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** Zigzagged with the [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn remakes]]. The EnsembleDarkHorse GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Latias and Latios got Mega Evolutions - and you can fly on them. In exchange, more underpowered Pokemon like Beedrill, Glalie and Pidgeot also got Mega Evolutions. The post-game Battle Resort also contains even more pandering to competitive battlers than even X and Y did, offering not only a secondary Day Care on an easy egg hatching route, but having NPCs that [[BreakingTheFourthWall Break the Fourth Wall]] to talk about the Pokemon World Championships and telling the player that sometimes, in order to win, they'll have to abandon their favourites and only use strong Pokemon. (An IronicEcho of Karen's infamous line from Gold and Silver)

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** Zigzagged with the [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn remakes]]. The EnsembleDarkHorse GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Latias and Latios got Mega Evolutions - and you can fly on them. In exchange, more underpowered Pokemon like Beedrill, Glalie and Pidgeot also got Mega Evolutions. The post-game Battle Resort also contains even more pandering to competitive battlers than even X and Y did, offering not only a secondary Day Care on an easy egg hatching route, but having NPCs {{Non Player Character}}s that [[BreakingTheFourthWall Break the Fourth Wall]] to talk about the Pokemon World Championships and telling the player that sometimes, in order to win, they'll have to abandon their favourites and only use strong Pokemon. (An IronicEcho of Karen's infamous line from Gold and Silver)
3rd Sep '17 1:40:06 AM SeptimusHeap
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** The announcement of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' was the result of fans and competitive players constantly bugging {{Capcom}} for it every chance they got.

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** The announcement of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' was the result of fans and competitive players constantly bugging {{Capcom}} Creator/{{Capcom}} for it every chance they got.
22nd Aug '17 10:29:11 AM Komatsuzaki
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Not to confuse with PandaingToTheAudience, this trope has nothing to do with pandas.

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Not to confuse be confused with PandaingToTheAudience, PandaingToTheAudience; this trope has nothing to do with pandas.
22nd Aug '17 7:25:15 AM VoxAquila
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' [[SeasonalRot Season 7]] is often criticized for pandering to hardcore Buffy/Spike shippers at the expense of story logic, in particular the episodes "Beneath You", "First Date", and "Lies My Parents Told Me."

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' [[SeasonalRot Season 7]] is often criticized for pandering to hardcore Buffy/Spike shippers at the expense of story logic, in particular the episodes "Beneath You", "First Date", and "Lies My Parents Told Me." The latter episode all but stated that Spike was the ''only person'' Buffy still cared about.
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