GENESIS 6: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Alexander Hilliard, Writer

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GENESIS 6 was a huge gaming event that happened in January of 2019, which is a part of the GENESIS yearly Super Smash Bros. Melee Tournament. With 1,100 players fighting their way to the top, GENESIS 6 was one of the biggest participant pools in the gaming world. That’s incredible.

With all the viewers at the locale that means there will be an even larger audience both on Twitch, a live streaming service that the gathering was streamed on, and in person. 155,000 viewers is when the live stream peaked on Twitch and that doesn’t include the live crowd, that cheered their favorite player as they dueled for glory and the $2,000 pot for the winner.

However, this isn’t all good. The winner of the pot, Team Liquid’s Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, got a lot of hate at the event. Hbox, as the community calls him, is the number one Super Smash Bros. Melee player and has been for a while. Some attendees  began a chant after his win in the top 8 matches against Team Counter Gaming Logic’s Kevin “PewPewU” Toy, that was less than friendly. People  that were watching the event, could hear the crowd chanting “F*** Hbox” repeatedly after the 3 – 0 win.

GENESIS 6 is the most recent major Smash event, meaning outsiders looking in will see a toxic player base, and once the non-gaming media gets to it, it will be another “example” of gamers are bad people. Gamers are already given a bad reputation as it is, so things like that will just add on to it.

With Super Smash Bros. Melee being the second most popular Smash game currently, it has a huge following. Those followers have sometimes been called “Purists” as they only like Melee and dislike all other Smash games, because the games “don’t play like Melee,” or don’t feel the same when played. This creates friction between Melee fans and most other fans of the series, toxicity runs rampant, across the games.

These games and gaming events has had a lasting community and created many friendships, events, and positivity for the player base. Toxic players are in all gaming communities and if avoided these games can be a great source of fun, and can construct friendships of like minded people at events like GENESIS 6. GENESIS 6 is a perfect example of the saying of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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