Opinion: The Only Way to Stop a Bad Guy With Infinites is a Good Guy With Infinites

Infinite combos are a highly controversial topic in modern fighting games. Sometimes these devastating combos fall into the wrong hands. Because of this, many are arguing that infinites should be banned from tournaments or even patched out of games entirely. I’m here to say that trying to get rid of these combos just doesn’t work. The only way to stop a bad guy with infinites is a good guy with infinites.

We’ve seen infinites banned from games or patched out before. The thing is, bad guys just figure out new infinites or get them from the black market. We’ve already seen shady individuals talk about hiding tech in secret underground discord servers. If anything, they’ve probably got several unreleased infinites ready for when the current ones are removed. Banning the infinites we know about just leaves us all defenseless so the bad guys can steal another tournament.

Even if we are able to take infinite combos out of the hands of some nefarious players, they’ll still be dangerous. We’ve seen bad guys win tournaments with other powerful techniques like touch of death combos and unblockable setups. Do we patch those out too? Next we’ll be getting rid of meterless reversals.

Some people only want to ban infinites that are long enough to run out the clock. While these “timer scam” infinites look scary, they only make up 2% of the infinites used in tournaments. Statistically speaking, you’re three times more likely to lose from your Razer stick malfunctioning. Where’s the outrage over that?

It’s clear that we would all be better off if everyone just used infinites. Fight fire with fire and we’re all on even ground. That’s why we need a good guy with infinites at every tournament. I know a lot of Marvel veterans are out of work and would surely be up to the task.

Getting rid of infinite combos only hurts us all in the long run. Bad guys will just find new infinites or find something else to abuse. Infinites need to stay accessible so we can open up malicious opponents and juggle them indefinitely before they can do it to us. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be the one doing the infinites. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to practicing Hokuto no Ken.