I'm a little bit self aware of just how much I criticize and insult the competitive Smash Bros Melee community. It's partially honesty, partially out of satire. After being part of the community for 7 years, certain things have ingrained into my personality that I'll never get rid of, like saying the word "hype" frequently and getting overly excited about something. What will stick with me most are my memories of my friends. My Melee tournament career was the most eventful time of my life. I went to many far away places on the east coast, like Pittsburgh, Manhattan, Raleigh, and even 1 tournament all the way in California at 1 of the most influential tournaments in Melee's history. I was there, live, at the tournament seeing history being made. At other tournaments, I've made a little bit of history

The game and its tournament scene have given me opportunities to experience unforgettable memories, like my best tournament win among 32 contestants, where I lost only 1 game because I was goofing off against some player I didn't take seriously. If my memory's accurate, I returned home that day with $85 in profit, minus the food I paid for at the venue. Being cheered for in front of a large crowd watching you play your best to win is an amazing, rare experience. Maybe I like it so much because it feeds my own narcissism, but it's 1 of the highest feelings of approval that some can achieve. It's not like parents and your friends parents cheering you on when you played sports as a kid. Everyone has their own freewill to root for their heroes. Anyone can root against you. They chose to support me through positive emotion to stay moralized and win

And sometimes, I've been cheered against. It's a shitty feeling, but it's the crowd's freewill. Losing during these moments sucks, but winning during them sucks for them. Proving others disapproval wrong is another weird exciting feeling. Just not as exciting. My 2nd best tournament moment happened in that similar situation and my opponent and I were neck and neck in game 3/3. No 1 watching nor playing could predict who would win, and guess what. I won. Both my opponent and I jumped up and all of a sudden gave each other the most epic, manly hug. Ever since then, we've had a little ritual of epic hugging whenever we see each other. The last time I recall doing that was at Smash Con 2015 and maybe I should go there this year

What else has given me friends who not only like me, but embrace me the way I am. Friendship is a matter of comparability. You can't make any 2 people in the world pair up and become friends. It's awkward if they're together with no common activity, interest, nor goal that both want to achieve. Friendships through competitive gaming are the most authentic friendships I've ever experienced. My friends and I went to the same tournaments together because we had the same strong authentic interest in playing the same game in the same setting. Our common goals of trying to win and improve created common ground to interact with each other on

We were strongly interested in facing each other because we wanted to improve through playing the game with as many players for as much time as we could. We were the strongest of allies even when we're fighting each other in the game. We help each other improve faster to helps each other win or place higher at tournaments. Taking each other seriously and trying our hardest to win in tournament sets is the highest respect we can give to each other because we recognize their skill and how good it is

The great thing about competitive Smash Bros was that I never had to talk to anyone. Some of my friends have jokingly pointed it out before. I'm just ultra introverted. But my friends love me for the way I am. Conversation isn't needed when I'm good at the unique things I do, like trying to show off with goofy strategies or go for humiliating KOs to confuse them or ruin their egos. It's all in good fun. I left my career as a mediocre player and I was reaching a point where it might be best for me to quit

Unfortunately, life started taking over. Going to tournaments is a colossal money drain. There's the cost of transportation, food, venue fees, and tournament entry fees that ate up the vast majority of my money. Then there's the cost of stress wearing me down because competitive gaming drains a lot of energy from people. The human brain uses 25% of the body's energy. Imagine that running on high gear for hours. Many professional gamers of the big esports tend to retire by their mid to late 20s and that happened to be my age at the time I left. I left because I've been permanently burned out from competitive gaming for 7 years. I'm not 1 of the very rare players who can compete for 10+ years. It's just not who I am

Then there's also the cost of living and staying alive is expensive. I don't happen to have a well paying job with low stress demands. It's just my life's situation. I'd rather spend my free time doing lower stress entertainment where I don't have to make huge commitments. I'd rather workout every night for 1.5 hours because I enjoy the endorphin rush that goes through my brain during and after I do a lot more sit ups than most people can do every night. Staying in good health feels amazing throughout my 24 hours every day

I don't like the game nor community anymore, but I still greatly value my friends and I'll never forget my experiences there. It's the best thing that's ever happened to a specific, ultra introverted person. Nothing is better for an introvert than gaming with friends. Conversation is optional and silence is enjoyable. Moments are unforgettable


(No proof reading because everything was typed from Heart ♥

Admittedly, the daily blog challenge I'm putting myself through has reached the point of feeling monotonous, but I need practice typing. No proof reading is just a more efficient way of getting the most reward for my work. Some of my blogs will be refined into commentary scripts for a new youtube channel I'm preparing and I'm getting some practice also testing ideas to feel if I can make them into commentaries. I plan on starting when Bronysquare ends because the idea was started in response to the announcement of the end of the site. If you have any critique about anything in any of my blogs, I can give you credit in the final resulting video if it happens)
Topics: Friendship, friends
Slurpee Hooves
Is "hype" a Melee thing? And here I thought it was a you thing.
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naked
It's 1 of the most spoken words among Melee players
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Firefly Lightstorm
and?
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Mellow ♥
and he answered the question
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Firefly Lightstorm
hype. the word hype. is restricted to one fandom.

why?
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naked
Other communities could spam the word "hype" too. It's not copyrighted ^.^
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