went to apex
last week I went to Apex. I got absolutely wrecked at everything I got my hands on, but it was a fuckton of fun. I got to meet people who were getting paid to play videogames, and they were surprisingly super down to earth. Some of them admittedly didn’t have the strongest handshakes. I expected Axe to be a little more of a baller, but he’s just a nice dude. Everyone was just about as depicted in the documentary. Speaking of, if you haven’t seen The Smash Brothers on youtube, you should check it out.
The last day of Apex, the people I knew from North Carolina (only two were friends I had known prior, there were 5 total), all got up early to see the Melee finals, even though it got rescheduled to 5 in the afternoon. We sat through 5 hours of watching other videogames’ finals before melee started. Marvel vs Capcom 3 was fun to watch, but it was kind of obnoxious how easy it was to infinite combo with the super moves. Brawl top 8 was the most boring part of the tournament. Like 8/10 of the matches had a meta knight or two. so much slashing and tornadoing and I swear it looks like you actually can’t combo in that game.
But we got these amazing seats. We were RIGHT there. We were close enough to rush the stage when it was over, and close enough for our hometown boy PP to hear us cheer for him. Him and Isai are seriously some of the nicest people I’ve ever actually met. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be getting ready to play in a national tournament, meeting probably dozens of new people a day, and still taking the time out to get to know everyone you talk to.
Anyway, Someone took a photo of the crowd for a text interview of PP after he won the finals, and I happened to be in it. Thanks for finding this, Hunter.