Shifting gears from last week which ended up causing way more discussion than I ever expected, I feel like discussing something which I can’t imagine causing any controversy, but I feel is very important nonetheless. The issue is injury prevention through proper technique, as well as maintaining the health of your hands/wrists both directly and indirectly.
A while ago, this would have been an entry explaining why Melee players haven’t been happy with the new games, but I think that’s been explained about a thousand times now. It may not have always been in the best of ways, but the general sentiment is probably clear enough to most members of the community. Instead, I’ve decided to focus on a different issue, a notion among gaming communities which, to me, is a large part of why I have very little respect for their opinions in general. It took a supreme level of antagonism towards the competitive Melee community to really shake them out of it, but in general, the way gaming corporations conduct business (which isn’t really a slight against them, since it’s what they need to do) has created this absurd idea that whenever there’s a new entry into a franchise, everybody needs to move on.
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Before I start, I should probably answer the question of why I didn’t set up shop on a site like Smashboards where there are lots of people who actually might care to read. Thing is, I could, and I’ve at least been around long enough and done enough there that I could have it sorted it relatively quickly, but here’s the reason in a nutshell: I won’t be able to say what I want.
All these bigger Smash sites are now more concerned with an image more palatable to a wider, general audience, tiptoeing around any sort of potential controversy caused by certain opinions and content. This is fine, but the beauty of the Smash scene now is that it has outgrown the Smashboards hub and left the nest. This means we can be out and about doing our own thing, while still going home and minding our table manners. Point is, I can talk all the shit I want, and it’s my platform to do so.
Now onto the subject of Leffen…