Going to the Doctor: The Risks of High-Level Melee

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What started off as an innocuous pastime has progressed into something far more intricate.


Since its inception, Super Smash Brothers Melee has steadily grown and become one of the most technically demanding fighting games out there — but it wasn't always this way. In the earlier days, it was possible to thrive competitively without tech skill, so long as a player's game sense kept him moves ahead of his opponent. But now, with a more nuanced understanding of shield mechanics and movement options, the technical bar of entry is at an all-time high — and so is the competition.

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