My eyebrows were raised when I saw you mention Mario Kart. But then I read on. You make a good point. The worst is not when somebody knocks you off the track but when you ram into a random penguin or something. Then go from 1st place to like 5th or some shit. On that same token, the Mario Kart games are some of the best multiplayer games ever. Especially Mario Kart 64. A game of unsurpassed genius.
I agree, when you do get knocked out it's the last straight and it costs you just enough to finish 2nd instead of 1st. Been trying the last 2 months to get 1st in the last two cups to complete the game, same pattern repeated EVERY time grrrr.
But still....love the game nonetheless