Melee’s famed duo of space animals may be in for a major nerf in the coming months. Newly proposed regulations in the Smash community are questioning whether it’s ethical to allow Fox and Falco to use their blasters in Melee.
Gun violence in America has been on a steady increase, causing over 33,000 deaths in 2013 alone. From 2004 to 2012, gun violence deaths rose by an additional 1,000 deaths per year in the U.S. The inner circle of Melee It On Me have discussed taking a stand to combat this national issue within Smash’s own community in the coming months.
Melee It On Me has proposed some limitations to the use of blasters specifically in competitive matches. This could be in the form of a blaster limit, where players would only be allowed to fire a certain number of lasers per match; alternatively, the complete banning of blasters has been proposed and would be fulfilled by modifying character files on Melee discs used at nationals held in the United States.
However, many Spacie mains object to the possible proposal by Melee It On Me, particularly Falco mains, who base much of their game around the crimson red lasers. A recent poll found that 88% of Falco mains opposed the complete banning of firearms in Melee, and 75% opposed any type of blaster regulation.
“I feel like our side of the community is being totally blindsided. In fact, this pretty much confirms that Melee It On Me is purposefully trying to create a floatie-dominated meta,” said Falco main and Melee enthusiast Christopher “WispHunter” Rossander.
With the absence of Kevin “PPMD” Nanney and the recent slump of Weston “Westballz” Dennis, the duty of being a high-level Falco contender has fallen on the shoulders of Joseph “Mang0” Marquez. Falco has seen an overall decline in tournament results, and with Yoshi’s Story now threatened with expulsion from the official stage list, blaster regulations could be a further smack in the face to knock Falco down the tier list.
“I don’t even really use lasers, so who cares,” Westballz said, “No, don’t quote me in your article.”
While no official proposals have been made yet, it seems likely that the potential dark times will hit Fox and Falco mains the hardest, with Samus being the only other Melee character affected by the potential restrictions.
The next meeting of Melee It On Me will not discuss the gun regulation issue, as the committee is opting to first focus on the legitimacy of Dr. Mario’s PhD. and whether he should still be allowed to distribute pills in-game with his Neutral B.
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