A call for civility
Ever since Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl was revealed, fans have labeled the game as a Smash Bros. killer. At first, there were some who really believed this to be the case, but since the game launched, almost everyone uses the ‘Smash Killer’ phrase ironically. The team behind the game is well aware of the phrase, and one developer is asking that fans cool it a bit.
Programmer Thaddeus Crews has taken to Twitter in a plea to ask fans to stop with the Smash Killer meme, as it has some negative real-world implications. You can see his entire message below.
Some videos/comments/etc are doing the “Smash killer” shtick again. I’d really rather you not. I’d really, REALLY prefer any other joke or punching bag or whatever that doesn’t have the kind of proven track-record of instigating conflict as a result of this branding.
I can’t stop anyone from making those jokes & I’m not personally bothered by them. It’s clearly all in good fun by the overwhelming majority of people & is “clickbaity” to a absurd degree; I get that, and in a vacuum it’s absolutely hilarious. But ramifications aren’t in a vacuum.
There’s no real way to not come off as a buzzkill in addressing this, but the image this kind of message creates has been so thoroughly harmful to a degree that I can’t just sit back and watch it happen again. I strongly encourage finding hyperbolic absurdist statements elsewhere.
As we all know, anytime you ask the internet to stop doing something, some people just do it more. Let’s hope that’s not the case here, but I certainly don’t have high hopes.