So, I haven't played, really, since Synchros first showed up on the scene, and would buy a pack here or there since then to keep an eye on the direction the game has taken. I was already upset that the meta game turned into who could copy the current top-ranked net deck out there and then pull the combo off first (normally on turns 1-3) against their opponent, also playing the same deck (Lightsworns and Six Spamurai were the worst at the time, with a smattering of Dark Armed Dragon decks), but with the advent of Synchros - and later XYZs and Pendulums - the stupidity of massive special summoning on the first turn or two skyrocketed to the point that the speed of the "game" (term used lightly here) went through the roof. At the time, there was a fairly decent outcry about this swing of the game, wanting it to slow down a bit, and at the time there was no end in sight.
Now comes along Link summons. Again, with the correct setup (not much planning or setting up really needed) you can special summon a new way, with a whole new monster zone to use. And, for a good thing (to some extent) it slows down the game a bit, making it harder to spam the field with monsters from the extra deck on at least turn 1 (without a godly opening hand). The problem is, with the new rulings, you basically have NO CHOICE but to play Link Monsters if you want to play multiple monsters from the extra deck. Extra deck monsters can only be played in the Extra Monster Zone, or one of the Main Monster zones that a Link Monster is pointing to. This means that, unless you play Link Monsters, You can ONLY play 1 Fusion/ XYZ/ Synchro monster at any one time (unless you can take both Extra Monster zones, I'm not too clear about that).
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for slowing the game down some, but to HAVE to play a particular type of card just to use your Extra Deck isn't the direction I think the game should go. What're the thoughts of the current players out there on this subject?