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Monday, October 19, 2020

Splatfest Repeat: Trick or Treat? Now During Halloween!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Candy, man. Plus, a rant on the trickery of Daylight Saving Time.

I am fairly well-known for despising Halloween. Do a search on KoopaTV about that and take your pick of anti-Halloween article. But you know what I do like? Candy. So between tricking and treating on Halloween, I prefer the treats. Why go around collecting candy from other people when you can just buy your own (of your own choice) and enjoy it, without the hassle of having to handle awful candy others give? That's the subject of the Splatfest rerun that will occur during Halloween this year:

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The dialogue (and free gear via Switch News in Inkopolis Square, which does nothing if you already have it) is a replica of 2018's.

I already wrote extensively about Trick vs. Treat back when this Splatfest happened in 2018. My views have not changed—I still support Team Treat. Team Treat won back then, by the way. While Trick had greater popularity (56.85% of Splatoon 2 players were on Team Trick), Team Treat won the two wins-based categories, though Splatfest Battle Normal was very close (Team Treat scraped by with a 50.11%–49.89% victory in that category). Call it a sugar high or whatever you want, those who treat themselves do better than those who trick.

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Maybe it's not a coincidence the friends-based Splatfest mode won when you get together with friends and gorge on sweet treats.
(But you could get together with friends and trick people too.)

I'm actually sort of okay with this Splatfest being rerun, by the way. For two reasons:
  1. This actually will take place during Halloween, unlike the first time when this was during October 19–21. There are two things to note here:
    1. The Chinese Communist Party Virus has ruined Halloween as a physical event, so it's acceptable to hold the Splatfest during Halloween, because it's not competing with Halloween itself. I enjoy Halloween being ruined, so this is one of the benefits of being amidst a pandemic
    2. If you're in Regions 3, 4, 5, or 6 (think non-coastal United States—besides the very Southeast—or Mexico), the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open October 2020 also takes place during October 31, but that shouldn't impact much
  2. Halloween takes place every year, and logically it makes sense to have the matter of Trick vs. Treat continually contested

You know what else is every year, at least in the majority of the United States of America? Daylight Saving Time. If you look closely at the screenshots from Splatoon 2, you'll see the Splatfest begins on Friday at 6 PM Eastern Daylight Time, but ends on Sunday at 5 PM Eastern Standard Time. That still comes out to 48 total hours, but it's definitely a mind-screw.

I must also note that almost ONLY the United States, out of every other country on Earth (joined by some of Canada and some very small countries), is changing their times on November 1, 2020. Every other country either changes it at a different time (Europe likes to do it on the last Sunday of October), or doesn't change their clocks, period. Why is America so out-of-step and so stupid? It's because of stupid politicians. Notably not included in that is then-Senator Joe Biden, whom voted against the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that changed the United States's end-time from the end of October to the beginning of November (and changing the beginning of DST from the first Sunday of April to the second Sunday of March).

Well, it's slightly more complicated than that. While Joe Biden ultimately voted against the Energy Policy Act of 2005's final form, he did vote in favour of an intermediate version in the Senate that still had the Daylight Saving Time provisions. Compare the intermediate Senate version that he voted for versus what he voted against later:

(a) Repeal.--Section 3(a) of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S.C. 260a(a)) is amended--
(1) by striking ``April'' and inserting ``March''; and
(2) by striking ``October'' and inserting ``November''.
(b) Report to Congress.--Not later than 9 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy shall report to Congress on the impact this section on energy consumption in the United States.


(a) Amendment.--Section 3(a) of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S.C. 260a(a)) is amended--
(1) by striking ``first Sunday of April'' and inserting ``second Sunday of March''; and
(2) by striking ``last Sunday of October'' and inserting ``first Sunday of November''.
(b) Effective Date.--Subsection (a) shall take effect 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act or March 1, 2007, whichever is later.
(c) Report to Congress.--Not later than 9 months after the effective date stated in subsection (b), the Secretary shall report to Congress on the impact of this section on energy consumption in the United States.
(d) Right to Revert.--Congress retains the right to revert the Daylight Saving Time back to the 2005 time schedules once the Department study is complete.

Apparently, Joe Biden wanted Daylight Saving Time to go from the first Sunday of March to the last Sunday of November, as opposed to the final version of the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November. In other words, Joe Biden voted for an even vastly LONGER Daylight Saving Time (by around a whole four to five weeks, on top of the four to five weeks that it ultimately did get changed by), and when that got amended through the legislative process, voted against it. Now, there were hundreds of other changes to the bill made as well, but as far as I'm concerned, Daylight Saving Time is the most consequential. That means Joe Biden is not exempt from being deemed a stupid politician.

So screw Joe Biden. Screw Daylight Saving Time. Screw Halloween. And screw tricks. I'm on Team Treat... and I'm on Team Trump.

Ludwig Von Koopa Plushwig Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Tucker Carlson Tonight MAGA Hat Fox News Joe Hunter Biden
To complete the mind screw that's this article, here is a photograph that is bizarre on so many levels.
Wendy O. Koopa took it, if you must know. That's why I'm sort of in an unflattering pose.
I'm watching Fox News (don't ask why my back is to the TV), eating my Reese's Peanut Butter Cup treat,
watching Tucker Carlson Tonight, while wearing a Make America Great Again hat,
on a segment about Joe and Hunter Biden.
Which part of that is the biggest product placement here? Let me know in the comments section.

What the hell happened to this article? What happened to KoopaTV? Will tomorrow's article be something resembling normal? And will you be on Team Trick or Team Treat? Will your vote be the same or different than two years ago, if you got to participate in it? Should Ludwig be on Team Trick since he tricked you with an article that's supposed to be about Splatoon 2 and then it ends with Joe Biden? Or do you consider this article's ride to have been a treat?

The previous Splatfest rerun was Chicken vs. Egg in August.
The 2019 Halloween article goes into greater depth about which candy Ludwig likes, such as Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
The next Splatfest article is on a BRAND NEW topic: Super Mushrooms vs. Super Stars!
Then-Representative and now-Senator Edward Markey is proud to have been a co-author of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 changing how Daylight Saving Time works.


  1. As the results from 2016 and 2018 show, the team that wins the popular vote is not always the team that wins in the end. I'm predicting another sweet victory for Team Treat and Team Trump.

    1. We'll see if your prediction means anything. >.>

      (I predict you're not gonna get your KoopaTV Family Group membership renewed....!)

    2. Nevermind, you're right on Team Treat, AND you got the membership renewed.

      Team Trump still up in the air.


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