Take the 2-minute tour ×
Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Why did the gamemakers shoot fireballs at Katniss and was it cheating? I thought that the fight was between the players not the organizers.

share|improve this question
    
It's effectively impossible for the Gamemakers to "cheat", since they make up the rules as they go along anyway. –  Michael Edenfield Feb 21 '13 at 23:20

3 Answers 3

up vote 19 down vote accepted

The books explain it. It's not cheating, it's a way to ensure the games are interesting for the viewers. When a tribute is too far away from the "action" the game controllers force them back towards the others.

From http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/Weapons

The Gamemakers use fireballs to force the tributes closer together in the arena. During the 74th Hunger Games, the Gamemakers injured Katniss's leg with a fireball. The Gamemakers planned to use the fireballs to decrease the distance between Katniss and the Career Pack, or kill her if necessary.

share|improve this answer
2  
Additionally, in both the book and the movie, the instructors make it clear that environment hazards kill many tributes. At least some of these were folks who tried to escape their fate by fleeing the battlefield and had to be contained to make sure that only one victor survived. –  sarge_smith Sep 25 '12 at 6:22

Katniss had gone too far away from the rest of the tributes and isolated herself, and so the gamemakers wanted to bring her closer to the others.

It was not cheating, in my opinion, because their intent was not to kill her but to bring her within the proximity of the other tributes. Katniss herself was cheating, in a way, by isolating herself and possibly attempting to win the games without having to kill anyone or be in a situation where she may be killed.

share|improve this answer

The game makers saw katniss heading to the end of the area, so they set up a forest fire to drive her away, and toward the career pack so that they could see so 'action.' When katniss started to run away from the fire the game maker put fireball to make it more fun to the audience, which burns katniss leg and into the career pack.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.