Really sad: Fellow NYC Smasher Passes Away in a Tragic Incident

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A group of NYC smashers at a tournament on March 19th have a moment of silence for fellow smasher who passed away on March 16th 2016

It always hurts in some way to hear of any sad news. Unfortunately for us among the NYC Smash Bros (particularly Wii U) community, it was no different. A young man, real name Amani Miller, who went by the tag name ‘Lucario Money’ had passed away last week (March 16th 2015) due to a shooting where he lived. There’s currently no say in how the event occurred or who was apart of it, but there’s a chance that it could’ve been a “wrong place at the wrong time” situation. More information on this incident can be found here.

Above is a picture of a group of NYC smashers at a tournament on March 19th who have a moment of silence for Lucario Money as a way of not only paying respect, but acknowledging another smasher who is just like us. Other smashers have went out of their way to pay him respect w/tweets and videos of that particular moment. Here’s one of the tweets:

Moment of silence for Money. May you rest in piece. pic.twitter.com/3caJYBL65F

— Muñoz Muñoz (@MunozScyther) March 20, 2016

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I’m doleful for his loved ones, family and friends alike, and I give my condolences to them. It’s rough out here in NYC, but that’s what keeps us so strong and bonded in a more unique way compared to other states. It’s unfortunate but hopefully this will shed some light on those who are oblivious to these type of situations. I pray that we, the entire smash community, never have to bare witness to another tragic incident in any way, shape or form.

 

Sm4sh Competitive Progress [Video]

Here goes one of the matches at the latest tournament I’ve attended. As you will be able to tell, there’s a lot of work to be done. But I’m glad I got to get it streamed, Sonic has been one of my more ‘frustrating’ matchups as of lately. But I’ve realized why. I was given some feedback by others on some tips that will keep my meta-game under control when I’m going through a lot of pressure. Even though I lost this match, I was sent to loser’s bracket and started to perform better. Beating a great player like Vivi (he has an amazing Lucario). So it’s all a matter of learning from the mistakes and making it up on the next fight. And that’s the moral for today! Keep pushing!

Inspiration of the Week: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time: Fan Re-Creates Parts of the Game with Unreal Engine

Can you be any more impressed? When you get a real fan the right amount of “supplies” needed to show off his talent, you get this. Creator, CryZENx went ahead and made/remastered (from scratch) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, amongst other (mostly Nintendo) games using an Unreal Engine. In case you aren’t aware of what the Unreal Engine is or what it’s capable of doing, keep in mind that it has been used a lot recently by well-known companies who probably never used it before. One great example of this is by SquareEnix who are working on the latest of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, “Kingdom Hearts 3”.

Is this gentleman hired yet? I mean, this really goes to show you that you with the right resources and knowledge anything is possible. Definitely check out more of this guys stuff, you won’t be disappointed! Simply Amazing.

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Xbox One: Microsoft Wants Cross-Platform Play Enabled for Consoles

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Have you heard? Looks like something finally clicked for Microsoft because they’re looking to cross platforms with Sony (PS4 to XBone) via online gaming as well as with PC (specifically Windows 10) gamers.

Here’s a little more info according to sources:

Microsoft has announced it will natively support cross-platform play between Xbox One, Windows 10, and other “online multiplayer networks.” The move effectively opens the Xbox Live platform so that it can accommodate players on Sony’s PlayStation Network, among others.

They also mentioned that Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox, said “it’s up to game developers to support this feature” and noted that players will “always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players.”

This is an absolutely splendid, prolonged idea that was waiting to happen but egotists (ahem, Xbox staff) kept blocking the idea. As far as I’m concerned, PS4 has been open to the idea way before this. Maybe the Xbox team was waiting for the “right time”, whatever that might be. Your thoughts?

Oh Really? Nintendo updates Super Smash Bros. 4 (Patch notes are available)

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A new update, Version 1.1.5, has been released for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U & 3DS. The update serves to “change game balance” in an effort to  “make for a more pleasant gaming experience”, according to the patch notes. And yet they won’t tell us what this “pleasant gaming experiences” is.

It is a surprising update, considering that development for the game had supposedly ceased to exist as of the recent Corrin & Bayonetta DLC release. I will continue to update this with patch updates as I discover them. But as a side note, I’m looking forward to getting some good news regarding Bayonetta and Corrin…

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Update: A lot of Buffs/Nerfs have occurred. Mostly ‘higher tier’ and ‘low tier’ characters. Here is the official smashboards source for all updates on latest 1.1.5 patch. What does everyone think of the surprisingly new updates?

Adventures of Sm4sh

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It’s been a long while since my last post. I’ve decided to make refinements to my blog, starting with making this my official Super Smash bros. Wii U blog and/or journal for my way of recording my progress. To piggyback off that, I also intend on filming frequently for documentary purposes. “Why”, you might be asking. Simple: this is my dream.

Since I was in high school (I’m 27 now, by the way), I’ve been hooked on Smash Bros (it was Melee at the time), I joined tournaments around NY and things lifted off from there. I spent much of my time practicing and getting better, but never committed as much as I would’ve liked. Long story short, I suffered anxiety. I was afraid of failing and feeling as though I won’t meet my expectations. I took a break from the tournament scene when Brawl came around. I missed the game and the tournament scene a lot, but I deliberately held myself back and just focused on college.

Years later, we have the current Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and there was no way I was letting this slide anymore. Taking a break helped me to make a lot of progress within myself and overcome a lot of those things I suffered from, although I’m not yet completely ‘healed’. So I’m just taking it a day at a time. Since November of 2015, I’ve been back in the tournament scene again. Many new and old faces. It’s good to be back. I realize that in order for me to completely heal, I have to be able to face the things that feared me most. Otherwise, I’ll be stuck in this phase probably forever. Where’s the fun in that?

My goal is to travel outside of NY later this year to enter National Tournaments and make the big leagues. Some of those tournaments would be:
Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo  – April 29th to May 1st

APEX 2016  – June 17th to 19th

CEO 2016  – June 24th to 26th

EVO 2016  – July 15th to 17th

Super Smash Con 2016  – August 11th to 14th

The Big House 6  – October 7th to 9th

Walk this journey with me. Be amazed with me. See all the things that I will see. It would be a pleasure to have you. I made some tough decisions and sacrifices to be here. But one thing is for sure, I only go forward. Turning back isn’t an option.

P.S. I play Roy (forever).

 

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I’ve gathered clips of some of my current tournament matches since I’ve started, where I had the opportunity to get on stream, I’ve played against really good players, so it’s not the best showcase, but it’s what I have so far!

 

Mortal Kombat X confirms Jason from Friday the 13th as new character

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As you may (or may not) know of the latest to the Mortal Kombat franchise, Mortal Kombat X, has been released for almost a month now (April 14th to be exact). Now, first of all, I’m not a huge fan. But I’ve grown up with this franchise and it comes to a huge shock to me that a game that has embraced the term fatality has finally decided to include Jason from Friday the 13th after over 20 or so years of existence.. What took them so long?

Anyway, for those who don’t know, Jason Voorhees is a very famous (or to some, infamous) masked murderer from the on-going movie thriller “Friday the 13th”. Turns out he’s no longer just chasing camp counselors anymore. He’s been confirmed by Warner Bros’ recent trailer to be apart of the Mortal Kombat roster starting tomorrow, May 5th.

Voorhees will be available in Mortal Kombat X by way of the Jason Voorhees Bundle. It launches tomorrow, May 5, for people who own the $30 Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack. Everyone else can buy the bundle a week later on May 12 for $8. In addition to a new playable character in Voorhees, the Jason Voorhees Bundle comes with the Horror Pack, which introduces three horror-themed skins to Mortal Kombat X. The characters are Vampiress Mileena, Kraken Reptile and Pharaoh Ermac.

Jason Voorhees will also be sold separately starting May 12 for $5, while the Horror Pack will go for $4.

I welcome everyone especially those who love: Smash Bros, Video Games and Tech!

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