Soapbox: If the Smash community wants #SaveSmash, you have to start from the inside

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Soapbox’s capabilities allow individual writers to express their opinions on hot topics that may not necessarily be the voice of the site. This work explains why Alan Lopez is addressing a recent online campaign to “save” Super Smash Bros. and a much more insidious issue at the heart of the community …

#SaveSmash.. This is a hashtag that you might have seen on social media during last week’s US vacation (along with less specific) #FreeMelee).what did you do Super Smash Bros. The series will do this time to make a headline, may you be asking yourself?

In the month before the longest-running major tournament, almost 20 years old Super Smash Bros. DX In the game, the operator of The Big House received a cease and desist letter from the Nintendo of America (sponsors as well) after the team publicly announced plans to cancel traditional live events for public safety. (The world is currently closed, don’t forget) and instead host their proximity tournaments online.

Of course, melee attacks Absent online game. Therefore, running the tournament required a fan-made mod called “Slippi”. This is a fairly new netplay-based service that relies on emulation to play melee attacks remotely and relatively uncompromisingly. If you’re familiar with the history of game competition, this is an unprecedented luxury that has never been given to a professional melee scene and benefits during the biggest pandemic of the century. Of course, Nintendo didn’t have it.

But the problem with #SaveSmash is that it happens during the year of picking up one of the biggest scandals in the history of highly competitive smash.

As expected, the smash community sees the news of the Big House cancellation, if not the entire Nintendo or video game community, as an opportunity to repel what they consider to be a corporate overkill. Numerous celebrities in the smash scene use #SaveSmash from the top 10 players to hashtag most of their daily social media posts, not just some. Hungrybox, Zain, axe, And many other people, community leaders, and even people like former Nintendo employees and other prominent outside observers.

#FreeMelee. You have to admit, it’s a catchy slogan. In the words of the oppressed people’s handbook, #FreeMelee and #SaveSmash have the story of David vs. Goliath in their heads. Impossible Please do not support me. As the hashtag mantra progresses, build a coalition of online support and get a real chance of fighting enemies that you can’t otherwise overcome.

But the problem with #SaveSmash is that it happens during the year of picking up one of the biggest scandals in the history of highly competitive smash. The professional smash community is just months away from the unimaginable avalanche of over 60 sexual assault and harassment accusations and admissions. Many are said to have been done by brand ambassadors and prominent enthusiasts. Since then, some streamers have fled the scene and sponsors have dropped out, but in general, the community seems to be doing little valuable to consider those truths, at least from what I can see. is.All they really did was a kind of Start and stop talking about it.

What does it mean to say you’re not doing anything?

From where I was sitting, there were few concrete and valuable means of compensation for more than 60 victims (and perhaps counting). Despite the many criticisms at the outset, the reaction to whistleblowers was mixed and many chose to discuss them publicly in detail. The half-hearted apology is still floating in the air. It is quite speculated that not enough time has passed for the proceedings to end behind the scenes. Not enough time has passed to heal. There are no ubiquitous events admitting these crimes (mainly due to COVID-19 and should be noted), and online tournaments rarely spend a lot of air time discussing them.

But now, a collective that has been largely lost since suddenly witnessing all four smash players literally ranked in the top three for tolerating statutory rape and sexual assault leaving the scene voluntarily. With passion, by allowing Nintendo, we believe Super Smash Bros.’s online tournament, Smash, played through emulation, is somehow Better place.

By addressing the issues and addressing them, the Smash community can take a very important step in overcoming this dark period in history.

Where was all of this unsuppressed energy before? Where were all the hashtags called to diversify the community? Several tournament organizers, online or not, have vacated or resigned to allow women to be in a decision-making position. This is an urgently needed change. Which expert circuit promised bystander intervention training, stricter safety measures for future events, no drinking, or publicly expressed expectations for future participants’ new homes? Who created a new space for a new face without grooming?

These may look like extravagant demands, all One of these is involved in the abuse that has occurred and appears to have not been addressed in the months following the scandal.Instead, the community is gathering around the fact that Nintendo intervened to prevent its use. Unofficial code In tournaments, it’s supposed to be sponsored.

#SaveSmash in this context is an unfortunate phrase that reflects the community prioritizing validation searches over their own members. If these same fans and community leaders are looking for a realistic way to “save” the game, it’s a unique game to watch, but no one denies it. They can start by changing things from the inside out.

We need a visible public campaign to achieve the justice of those who have been mistreated, with widespread support for the most prominent names on the professional smash circuit. By taking responsibility for the problem and addressing it, the wider smash community can take a very important step in its history to overcome this dark period and prevent it from happening again. .. In fact, the Smash community has the opportunity to show others how it’s done. I can’t imagine that other games don’t have similar issues that need to be fixed and addressed. Smash could lead in the following examples: Many In a well-meaning way, rather than the current social media anger over Nintendo’s cease and desist.

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This is not so severe given that more than six people who waved the hand of series creator Masahiro Sakurai on the stage of Nintendo’s global Super Smash Bros. E3 event were blamed (and acknowledged). It’s not that. Everything from continuous harassment to rape. This was after Nintendo expanded the olive branch in a featureless way to the most enthusiastic fans, giving them a global stage and grand approval when not needed.And this move was hardly symbiotic, but at least was.. As an avid follower of Super Smash Bros. and the competition events that surround it, it’s clear to me that the professional relationship between Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. is deteriorating-and it’s clearly the fault of the vast majority of fans. Not, but still, because of the surprisingly large minority that exists within their ranks.

Don’t get me wrong here. Cease and desist tools used to keep the community safe during a pandemic, even if they benefit third parties, still look bad for Nintendo. It’s a kind of movement that is completely meaningful only to copyright attorneys and literally completely meaningless to other humans on the planet, and even those people have to sleep a bit strange at night.Simple and straightforward to shut down your Slippi project suckAnd that’s why #SaveSmash seems so attractive and unpleasant. It is noble to unite the community during such a terrible year.

As an avid follower of Super Smash Bros. and the competition events that surround it, it’s clear to me that the relationship between Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. experts is deteriorating.

But hey.

Even if we all choose to ignore the bad timing of hashtags altogether, as with many of us, the cause isn’t even logical. Nintendo will probably only track Disney in the copyright proceedings that make that headline. Using fan mods, I personally benefited third-party organizations playing games 20 years ago. bound Shut down, like when Nintendo takes cease and desist Pokemon Uranium, Or Super Mario 64 HD, Or Metroid 2 Remake or Zelda Maker – All fan projects with noble intentions using Nintendo’s copyrighted IP. Nintendo once said,Metroid“In her profile as a cease and desist favorite game, this isn’t a company that downplays this sort of thing, and makes extreme efforts to protect IP. It’s clearly assumed that it isn’t. No one is paying attention.

Indeed, the Big House organizers must have calculated this result before it happened.Allowing melee attacks to be played online by informal means, whether pandemic or not Totally unprecedented For Nintendo. Combining the two, if your members have done nothing about being endangered by their leaders, then a suddenly booming community is rallying for a lost cause, it’s you It’s a pretty good way to get your favorites, in my opinion a company that keeps you away.

Can you fight for both causes at the same time? Yeah, sure.Which self-respecting Nintendo fan Do not Want to see such a great game find the success of other eSports? But to me, the energy behind “#SaveSmash” is terribly misguided. And it’s an endemic problem that helps professional Smash Bros. players stay in the little sandboxes where they always seem to find themselves.

Yes, Smash certainly needs to be saved. Unfortunately, it is itself that needs to be saved.

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