Is your times and scores earned through them, don't get carried over to Explore. So you may pull off an amazing run that you may never top again, yet as soon the event ends, that score/time disappears forever with it. That's just insane, and seems like a huge oversight.
Now I don't know where I want to be spending my time. On one hand, Global Events are more exciting, since credits are up for grabs and can be risked, and earning a Diamond or Platinum can be incredibly rewarding when you're competing against tens or hundreds of others, and it's the closest thing the game has to real multiplayer (not that it needs real multiplayer), there's the excitement knowing all these players are competing for this one prize with you at the same time. But other than the thrills and credit earning, there's nothing else to be gained with Global Events since the game doesn't track and display any of your stats from GE's, other than overall credits earned. As soon as a GE ends, all that data is gone forever, at least from our eyes. Aside from the brilliant Ridernet, it feels very basic, very bare bones.
So the longevity of the game comes from those leaderboards in Explore, the only real constant in the whole multiplayer side of the game, beating your friends times over and over again. But then I sort of feel I've yet to see any of that proper back and forth between players, because the huge amount of content actually, so far, has been its downfall. There are too many tracks to compete in, too many scores to keep track of and feel strongly enough for to spend hours perfecting, when who knows the next time a friend will reply with a challenge when they're busy competing in one of the other 150 drops. Quite a few of which don't even have any or many scores attached to them (something that would be helped if GE scores were carried over), though that's understandable since the game has only been out a number of days. And this is happening despite having added 30-40 people specifically for this game. Maybe over time it'll prove itself, I hope.
So yeah, to me it's a big deal. I don't know if it can be patched or updated or something, if they even wanted to, but I'm not really feeling compelled to play either Explore or Global Events at the moment without that crossover with highscores/race times. But of course I'll still be playing, as the game is incredibly fun. I'm just not sure of the legs on SSX as it is.