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Opinion

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

Smash and the FGC have always had a contentious relationship. There has always been a divide from differing websites, forums and tournaments. They both have their own circuit and don’t meet except at CEO and EVO. Even where the communities originate is different. The FGC’s origins are in the arcades and are very international. Smash’s origin is from gathering around CRTs and is mainly in America with a smaller scene in Europe and Japan.

The latest collision is over VIP areas, with top Smash players asking for certain privileges like seeding, floating over pools, VIP areas, private training stations and bathrooms. This naturally angered the FGC, as it is antithetical to the FGC spirit of fair competition and that everyone is an equal. Both sides have good arguments, but the essential conflict between these two communities always end up in conflict.

First is an underlying belief that the communities should be as one. They want to be united or both sides wouldn’t be so constantly triggered by each other. Second — and I think more importantly — is the approach that players have toward Smash tournaments and FGC tournaments. There is more hero/celebrity worship in the Smash scene compared to the FGC. From what I can understand, it seems that Smash players go to see their favorite players and then play for fun. In the FGC the main reason you go is to play and then meet whatever players you like for fun. The Smash scene seems to have a more obsessive fanbase the FGC equivalents. The demands reflect this as it’s too much for top Smash players to deal with the hero worship and why the FGC champions the average everyday player.

In all likelihood, this will never be resolved as both parties are using their own experiences to enforce a set of principles that don’t work for the other. I will say this, it is creepy when you want to go take a piss and 20-50 fans follow you there.

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