Grant Talks About Super Smash Bros. Melee Being at EVO 2013Author: Grant | Filed under: Gaming
Whatever, I know the rest of the guys on this site don’t care about this at all, so I’ll make a quick post about it.
Over the last month, EVO (one of the world’s biggest fighting game tournament series) has offered up the last spot on its main stage to whatever game donated the most to breast cancer research via WePay. It became pretty heated between Skull Girls and Melee towards the end, as both communities managed to raise buttloads (read: around 50k a piece) of money within the last 48 hours of the donation drive. In the end, Melee came out on top with $94,683.81 while Skull Girls came in second with $78,760.97.
As someone who recognizes that Melee and its community have major problems (lack of defensive options, Fox, etc.), I’m thrilled this is how things turned out. The Smash community has been pushing for years to be recognized by the fighting game community at large, and they finally got their chance to prove they meant it. Everyone knows and classifies Skull Girls as a fighting game – nobody has or ever will argue that. On top of that, they had major support from their developers and cast, offering tons of rewards and perks to those who donated to the cause.
Smash games, on the other hand, are party games first, with a weird, accidental tournament scene surrounding them, and had absolutely zero support in this donation drive from Nintendo, its development team, or anyone particularly famous outside of its players and community. As someone who would like to see future installments of Smash Bros. be more competitively geared and better balanced, this outpouring of the community gives me hope that Nintendo might finally receive that message from its multitude of fans.
So yeah, if we were basing this off of “Which fighting game is the best and should get this last slot,” I would say Melee getting it is a huge mistake. But as someone who thinks “I want competitive video games to be more widespread and diverse,” I believe Melee going to EVO is a wonderful Cinderella story that paves the way for other less traditional games to be globally recognized as competitively viable.
And as for Skull Girls fans – people still respect and know your game, which gets continually changed and improved. This was likely Melee’s last shot at anything like this, while you have plenty of years ahead of you. You fought a great fight for the last slot, and I hope the Melee community does something with it to make you see why it matters so much for them to finally get their moment.
In closing, look forward to Fox only, no items, Final Destination.