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Smash pro ZeRo explains why being the best player is “actually terrible”

Published: 1/Sep/2019 18:17 Updated: 1/Sep/2019 19:11

by Eli Becht


Super Smash Bros. pro Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios says being the best player is terrible and explained how it’s better to just be in the top five instead.

Being the best at something always means someone is coming for your crown, which can end up being more trouble than it’s worth.

Smash legend ZeRo, who was considered to be the best Smash 4 player, explained it’s much easier and less stressful if you’re just among the best players, but not at the very top.

“You actually don’t wanna be the best player at something,” he tweeted. “The throne is actually terrible. Everyone will just bring you down and not support you. You wanna be top 5, or the second best player. You get the benefits of still winning often, and still be a fan favorite, esp vs #1.”

That’s not to say ZeRo doesn’t enjoy being looked at as the best Smash player, but it’s just better overall to be considered among the upper echelon of players instead of the absolute best one.

“I feel a lot of people won’t get what I really mean with this tweet,” he said. “I’m saying its more “optimal” to be in this position. You get the most benefits with the least amount of disadvantages. I just think it’s too glamorized. I dunno, it wasn’t good to me.”

Devin Nash, ex-CLG CEO, compared it to being the CEO vs. the COO of a company and what comes with that.

“This works exactly the same CEO vs COO etc in companies, if you’re #1 you get all the problems and blame – but #2-3 you have all the benefits but no one really bothers you, the crown is heavy my friend,” he said to ZeRo.

Fans are always on the look for the next best thing so when somebody hits that number one spot, they quickly turn their eyes to who can take them down.

ZeRo is the only player to cross over $100,000 in winnings on Smash 4, but he agreed with a fan who said Smash 4 traumatized him.

“It really did,” he said. “It absolutely killed my passion for Smash in general, completely.”

After all the hours of grinding, we see how easy it is to have fans turn on you in a blink of an eye.

ZeRo’s eye-popping statements are a cautionary tale of what comes with being the best at your craft. 


Smash YouTubers claim Nintendo is copyright striking all videos with mods

Published: 29/Nov/2020 4:42

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Nintendo hasn’t backed down in its war against the Super Smash Bros. community. Now they’ve started issuing takedown notices to some of the game’s most popular modders on YouTube. 

Nintendo has always cracked down hard on its intellectual property. However, they’ve found themselves at odds against the Super Smash Bros. community more so than ever since they shut down The Big House’s online event

It started a movement that has seen professional players and community members rally their fans to fight, protest with charity tournaments, and host exhibition bouts to raise awareness.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped Nintendo from slowing down. If anything, they’ve cracked the whip even harder and turned their sights on Super Smash Bros. modders creating projects for fans on YouTube.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Takedown Mods
Super Ultimate is already incredibly fun, but modders have found ways to make it even better.

The first modder to report he’d been issued a takedown notice was a prominent one named Mastalko.

He created a Goku skin mod, which replaces Terry on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. “Guess my Goku video got ninjaed by Nintendo,” he said.

The screenshot clarifies that his video has been “locked and cannot be monetized” due to a claim from Nintendo.

However, that was only the beginning. Nintendo issued a takedown notice to another popular modder named 64iOS. It revolved around a video he posted on YouTube called ‘12 Super Mario Odyssey Skins in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! (Mods).’

“First time happening to my channel with Smash, I believe,” he said, above a screenshot of the actual takedown notice. Fortunately, it hasn’t impacted his account, but it’s still a move that has angered many fans.

The Super Smash Bros. community understands Nintendo’s takedown requests to an extent.

However, they believe Nintendo’s antics are tone-deaf, especially considering how passionate and widespread the community is.

In the end, they’ve had to find ways to keep the community thriving after all these years with little to no support from Nintendo. So, they believe the company should work with them rather than against them.