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Las Vegas Smash player allegedly in custody following bomb threats

Published: 16/Nov/2018 15:31 Updated: 16/Nov/2018 16:29

by Matt Porter

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One of the top Super Smash Bros prospects from the Las Vegas community has been issued a lifetime ban from local tournaments after sending threatening messages to fellow players, and has allegedly been taken into custody by the authorities.

Tournament organizer Ivan ‘Navi’ Castillo, manager of the Las Vegas Esports Arena, posted on Facebook on November 7 to confirm that Jacob ‘JK’ Johnson had been banned from attending any Super Smash Bros. events in the Las Vegas area.

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Castillo states that Johnson was quietly banned in September 2018 as it emerged that JK was suffering from mental health issues, and all parties agreed that it would be best for him to step away from the scene in order to address them.

Johnson then attempted to enter an event at the Games Nest arcade in Las Vegas in early November, and was asked to leave by members of staff as his attendance broke the terms of his ban.

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Ivan ‘Navi’ Castillo’s full statement announcing JK’s most recent ban.

In the aftermath of his ejection, Johnson allegedly proceeded to send threatening messages to fellow player Jordan ‘Lycan’ Aguda on November 13, writing via Twitter DM: “Next time I see you, I’m going to shoot you in the fucking goddamn mouth,” and stated that he was growing to blow up Aguda’s grandfather’s house.

It’s also alleged that Johnson also sent messages to various other players who compete in the Las Vegas scene, leading to the affected parties contacting Nevada law enforcement, who have taken him into custody.

At the time of writing the situation remains unclear, with only Twitter reports confirming the detention of the player. 

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Following the deadly shooting at the Florida Madden event in August, esports events across the globe have tightened security with management no longer willing to take the risk of something similar happening on their watch.

We have reached out to Johnson for comment.

H/T: GameTyrant

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Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.

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Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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Link on Hyrule Temple
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Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.

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As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

Triforce in Tony Hawk Pro Skater
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Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.

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If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.