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Twitter was the worst thing to ever happen to the Smash community.

Rango the Mercenary

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Coming from GameFAQs and All is Brawl, the latter was an ideal social media platform. It was a place where Smash players could be Smash players. Once it died and social media became a thing, we got:

  • Non-Smash players watching us and making unwanted comments and inviting themselves in for clout (see: clout culture)
  • Unmoderated harassment, bullying, and insults
The unmoderated part meant it was a vain attempt by top players and heads to chill the harassment, transphobia, and bigotry in the scene while non-players continued gatekeeping and ridiculing other players. On AiB, it was easier to moderate players since they were part of the Smash scene and could thus be identified. As such, this card could also be used to suspend and ban players, from tournaments or the site alike, who would cause a ruckus online or in their local scene.

In a contained site, we also didn't have to deal with other communities bickering such as FGC and Smash at each-other's throats. We were all Smash and we all loved the game. It wasn't a clout-fest where people cashed-in by ridiculing other people for the game they enjoyed.

6 months off Twitter and I can safely say I'm much happier staying away from that site. Kinda wish we had AiB/Nintendodojo back but I suppose I'll settle for Smashboards for now. It's a hell of a lot better than Twitter and something I wouldn't recommend to any future players either. I would rather see where Smash goes should players turn to a centralized network for Smash players.
 

RetrogamerMax

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Coming from GameFAQs and All is Brawl, the latter was an ideal social media platform. It was a place where Smash players could be Smash players. Once it died and social media became a thing, we got:

  • Non-Smash players watching us and making unwanted comments and inviting themselves in for clout (see: clout culture)
  • Unmoderated harassment, bullying, and insults
The unmoderated part meant it was a vain attempt by top players and heads to chill the harassment, transphobia, and bigotry in the scene while non-players continued gatekeeping and ridiculing other players. On AiB, it was easier to moderate players since they were part of the Smash scene and could thus be identified. As such, this card could also be used to suspend and ban players, from tournaments or the site alike, who would cause a ruckus online or in their local scene.

In a contained site, we also didn't have to deal with other communities bickering such as FGC and Smash at each-other's throats. We were all Smash and we all loved the game. It wasn't a clout-fest where people cashed-in by ridiculing other people for the game they enjoyed.

6 months off Twitter and I can safely say I'm much happier staying away from that site. Kinda wish we had AiB/Nintendodojo back but I suppose I'll settle for Smashboards for now. It's a hell of a lot better than Twitter and something I wouldn't recommend to any future players either. I would rather see where Smash goes should players turn to a centralized network for Smash players.
It's a shame All Is Brawl shut down sometime after Twitter came into existence because I would probably set up camp there too if it still existed. It sucks that happened. Sometimes I miss the more simpler times of my childhood in the 2000s.
 

Rango the Mercenary

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I think I might stick to Discord and Smashboards as my base of operations. In the case of the former, we may as well go back to square one. At least it's moderated by people within the community.
 

Yashichi

Smash Journeyman
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Twitter is good. I like to go viral and make tweets. When the content scrolls down my phone, I smile and drop a "like" or even a "retweet" if I really enjoy it. You can't quite get that experience with Discord or Smashboards.
 

Vlade

Social Outcast
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Perth, Western Australia
As much as I love Discord, I feel like it also played a role in killing that old forum culture we miss

Twitter is just awful, you can't post anything slightly controversial without sjws coming for your neck. At least on the boards there's enough characters to have somewhat of a (usually) civil discussion
 

Bowser D.X

Brawl Player
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The huge boom in popularity Smash had around 5-6 years ago, between that Melee documentary, the invitational, Sm4sh hype and Melee at Evo caused Smash to sort of became the "cool game" within the wider Nintendo fandom causing a huge flood into the community. That mixed with YouTuber's bringing even more attention to it and the man-childesc culture of Reddit primarily becoming the new hub for Smash stuff, the community became a bloated mess of creeps, manchildren and obnoxious internet hall monitor types, instead of the tight-knit community that had been slowly growing and evolving over the previous decade.

TL;DR the Smash community went to **** after the Redditors who play with items on any stage were convinced "Fox only" was cool after all.


All that said I hope that eventually competitive Smash will stop being "trendy" and the community will sort of mellow itself out and return to something resembling it's old state. Get "in touch with it's roots" if you will.
 
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Al-kīmiyā'

Smash the State
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If your mental health is affected by twitter, you were probably part of the problem.
 

Yashichi

Smash Journeyman
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Nov 19, 2013
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Twitter is good. The viral content hits the spot more than ever these days #Viral #TheSpot
 
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