A bit old now (two weeks in fact, which in Internet Time makes it practically archaeological), but you should seriously consider taking an extended lunch break to watch this four-hour documentary on competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee, recently released by East Point Pictures on YouTube for gratis. Don’t worry, they broke it up into nine more manageable chunks.
“This is about a game,” the narrator intones in the first episode, “that was never designed to be played at a competitive level”. And while the documentary is sometimes a little scrappy around the edges, the passion of the player base comes through. The documentary features tournaments, top players, trials and other trivia about this small but dedicated community.
Super Smash Bros Melee got some great exposure earlier this year when it earned a spot in the EVO 2013 tournament game lineup by raising the most in the EVO breast cancer charity drive. And with the new Super Smash Bros. prepping for release sometime in 2014 for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, competitive Smash Bros is only going to get bigger. You can see the first episode, “Show Me Your Moves”, below. A remastered edition will supposedly be released on 26 November, 2013.
What do you mean, you don’t take four-hour lunch breaks? You’re not a video game journalist?