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Smash pro Hungrybox apologizes after sexual misconduct allegations

Published: 10/Jul/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee legend Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma has issued an apology after anonymous allegations surfaced accusing the pro of sexual misconduct at tournaments.

On July 9, Twitter user Devon Price posted a photo from an anonymous source that detailed information about her encounters with Hungrybox. According to Price, she “spoke with multiple corroborating [sic] witnesses to this account” before she posted it.

In the post, the Smasher alleged that the Team Liquid player would approach her, unless he was already with another woman, and openly stare at her chest and “look down her shirt.”

“His eyes would slowly and methodically work their way up from every inch of my body until finally he would look me in the eyes and say ‘hi,’” the Smasher claimed.

A list of allegations against Smash pro Hungrybox
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Allegations made against Hungrybox.

The accuser also addressed a recent video Hungrybox made on his YouTube channel prior to allegations surfacing. In it, he confessed to using his status as a top player to “make it easier to meet people,” being unfaithful in past relationships and would pursue females already in relationships.

“I want to make it clear that his video was especially upsetting to me because he seems to imply he has changed. He hasn’t,” Hungrybox’s accuser wrote. “He is just scared people will actually believe us now with everything going on.”

Hungrybox responds

On Twitter, Debiedma responded and apologized to the accusations. “I want to say that I’m very sorry this happened,” he said. “I can totally see why you would feel objectified and uncomfortable. That’s not something I want you or any member of the community to feel.”

He further added that he was aware he needed to do better. “If I want the community to be a better place for women, that change has to start with myself,” he explained.

However, his statement did not go without criticism with some further accusing him of “removing himself” from the situation with how he worded the apology. For his part, the Jigglypuff main agreed with the critiques.

Hungrybox is just the latest in a long list of pros to have come under fire for past actions.

In the past few weeks, multiple big names in the Smash scene such as Nairoby ‘Nairo’ Quezada and Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios have admitted to their wrongdoings and are reportedly getting help.

Only time will tell what the future holds for competitive Smash as the community reels from the recent developments and changes are made internally.

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Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
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Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
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Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
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Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.