Forum:A quick rant about the smash community
Alright, in the past two weeks, I have been verbally assaulted, patronized, and accosted by members of the 'Smash Bros' community. The antagonists have been professional smashers, casual smashers, and those familiar with professional smash. I will not detail their offenses in detail, merely that I have been subjected to unwarranted criticism about my skill level through no fault or error of my own, but merely because I have played games that were publicly viewed. I have been insulted for reasons as trivial as what was written in my template, resulting in ad hominem correspondence for fully four emails. This is not all, but it is sufficient for my point.
My point is that this is one of the reasons Smash will never become a successful e-sport. The professional community is terrible. The people familiar with the professional scene patronize and degrade newcomers, and even some (I would hesitate to say many, but it is possible) professionals join in. Truly, this is something that happens in every activity, but it appears particularly vicious and mean-spirited in this community. Even many of the casual smashers are rude to each other, often belligerent in manner and hasty to criticize without even a hint of constructive intention. These are the people that play the game. In every other e-sport, the community may be caustic, but the professionals act with propriety. In smash, I have not seen that as the case. Ever.
It is a shame, really, that this is what it is/has become. Smash is a great game that ought to be enjoyed, and new players who may not be as good should not be subjected to such thorough condemnation. If the community wants the game to succeed, it needs to change. Semicolon (talk) 14:08, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
- It's too bad that you only see the worst side of it, but understand that the community's most prominent organizational chapters are actually very constructive and supportive environments with long histories. Unfortunately, a lot of the loudset community members can often be immature and self-serving in how they present themselves to new players and it works against what noteworthy tournament directors try to do to support and advertise their events. I sympathize with your point of view, but before launching an aggressive rant spelling doom for the community based on your experience, bear in mind that the game has already "succeeded" and for a very long time whether it "needs to change" or not. --RJM Talk 16:06, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
- Nah, he's got a point. Some of the people are pretty vicious. I thought it was just because I was a sysop that people were targeting me, but this crap happens a lot. Don't worry though, semi, I fight for my friends. Clarinet Hawk (talk · contributions) 14:25, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
- Part of the point was, Zmario, that the Smash boards would rip me a new one if I took this there, but thanks for the irony. Semicolon (talk) 14:56, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
- Lol. Sorry, what exactly did they do besides exploting their Superiority? Just report them. Zmario (talk) 16:12, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
- What superiority? None of these incidents that I mentioned took place on the Smashboards (though this stuff often takes place on the smashboards). These incidents took place on youtube and here and on my email. Semicolon (talk) 17:25, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
- Yall have a youtube account? COOL! Can I see it? Oh, and can't you just block users and e-mail? Zmario (talk) 17:55, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
People can be cruel sometimes, but not all people, and besides, those people who act in such a poor manner are only trying to put you down to make them feel better. If you let them get to you, then multible things can happen: 1. you will feel down, 2. you might not play as well, because your so down, and when that happenes, it may make you THINK that what they say is true. In my opinion, people who say stuff or do stuff like that are only trying to cover up on how poor their skills are by making others feel down. Remember, Practice makes Perfect-Unknown (to my knowledge XD). Learner4 (talk) 18:17, 3 July 2008 (UTC)