I don't care anymore, thought Ender. You can keep your game. If you won't even give me a chance, why should I play?
Like his last game at Battle School, when they put two armies against him.
And just as he remembered that game, apparently Bean remembered it too, for his voice came over the headset, saying, "Remember, the enemy's gate is down."
Molo, Soup, Vlad, Dumper and Crazy Tom all laughed. They remembered, too.
And Ender also laughed. It was funny. The adults taking all this so seriously, and the children playing along, believing it too until the adults went too far, tried too hard, and the children could see through their game. Forget it, Mazer. I don't care if I pass your test, I don't care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won't let you beat me unfairly--I'll beat you unfairly first.
In that final battle in Battle School, he had won by ignoring the enemy, ignoring his own losses; he had moved against the enemy's gate.
And the enemy's gate was down.
If I break this rule, they'll never let me be a commander. It would be too dangerous. I'll never have to play a game again. And that is victory.
-- Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card