Welcome to the first episode of Melee Co. In this episode I explain what got me into Melee 1 year ago and why I love it so much
Hi guys, my name is Ryan McLean and I am from Australia and I am a Peach player. I have been playing Melee for about twelve months now and I just wanted to talk about what got me into Melee. I am definitely not the best Melee player in the world and I have a lot of learning to do, a lot of practice to do but it is something that I’m very passionate about and so I thought I would create a channel because I can.
Welcome you into the Melee world. I used to play a lot of 64 as a kid and by kid I mean a high schooler. One of my friends had a Nintendo 64 and there was something about the competitive nature of Smash on Nintendo 64 that we absolutely love. We would play for hours. We would spend entire nights literally playing 64. I was Kirby and I mean Pikachu. He would play as Captain Falcon Mario and Marth on 64 and we would just play. I absolutely loved it. And I’m 28 now so it’s been a while since I’ve been in high school and played 64 with my friend.
But my birthday came around last year when I was turning 27 and I thought I might get a Nintendo 64 for my birthday, so I could play Smash Bubbles because I love playing it. I even like playing it by myself, playing against the computer. I used to play against a couple of foxes at the same time. I think the best I ever got was I would have three foxes all on level nine and I could beat them on 64 but that was back in the day. Anyway, so for my birthday I decided, “You know what, I’m going to get a 64 because I love it.”
I’m going to get smash brothers on 64 because that’s the only one I knew about. And so that’s what I did. So on my birthday, I used birthday money, I think I spent about 300 bucks or something like that buying a 64, getting a bunch of controllers and getting Smash Brothers which is about 100 Australian Dollars – pretty expensive.
Actually, what happened was I had my third child (I’m 28 and I’ve got three kids). I had my third kid and he ended up being about two to three weeks premature. He was in the hospital for about three weeks because he couldn’t feed himself and had to have a tube down his throat. During this time, I was taking care of my other two kids but my wife was at the hospital with my son taking care of him. So, what I would do at nights was I would watch a lot of YouTube because l love YouTube and at the time I had my 64.
I decided I was going to watch some Nintendo 64 tournament or championships. I watched one of them and YouTube suggested a lot of Melee stuff and I thought, Melee, that’s the GameCube. I always thought that the GameCube was worse than the 64. When GameCube came out it couldn’t play DVDs. No one owned the GameCube that I knew of and so GameCube just seemed like this horrible Nintendo thing gone wrong. And so I always thought that Super Smash Brothers on GameCube was just not going to be very good and was just going to be a worse version of 64 which I absolutely love.
I saw these suggestions from Melee. I think I watched one of them. I then saw a suggestion for the documentary and a lot of people that I have spoken to have gotten into Smash because of the documentary. I had 17 nights or 16 nights or something like that where I would put the kids to bed and then I would have a few hours before I would need to go to sleep. So I found the documentary and saw that it was four hours long. I was like, “A four-hour documentary about a video game.” That sounds absolutely awesome. So I watched that documentary.
I think I got through it in two nights and I was absolutely superstar twin. I thought this was the best thing ever. I think before my son was even home from the hospital I purchased a Game Cube. I remember telling my wife about it at the hospital that, “Hey, there’s actually like a better game called Melee and I’m going to get it.”
I bought the Game Cube, I bought Melee and then I started playing it as soon as I got it. The reason that I chose Peach who is my main was when I got my 64 this time around I decided I was going to main Fox because I thought Fox was quite a good player. I main fox and then as soon as I came across to Melee I was like, okay, well I am going to play Fox as well in here.
I have heard after watching the documentary that Fox is one of the best and so I’m like, “Yeah I’ll play the best.” And then as I was playing I just kept dying because I didn’t understand the way gravity works and the way fast forwards work. So I was playing with Fox but I couldn’t even play a game because as soon as I went off the edge I just didn’t have the reaction time or know what was happening enough to be able to play as Fox. I was just dying so much so I thought I would pick a player who doesn’t die all the time, someone that I can get back easy with.
So I play with a few players at the time and down Peach and I was like, “Oh my gosh look at this floating, she’s just so easy to get back.” I picked up Peach and I started playing as Peach. And then I started watching some more competitive sort of stuff. I started getting on Twitch and watching some more tournaments. I found out about Armanda and how good he was with Peach. And it was like I had chosen the right character. Peach is awesome.
I also like the idea that Peach is just so emasculating so when you beat someone with Peach it’s like you got beaten by a girl and you got beaten by a girl in a wedding dress. I kind of like that and I’m always a bit different. I like that I just wasn’t the standard masculine character. I’m a bit metrosexual anyway. I’ve got a bit of a friend and I like wearing nice clothes. So I guess I fit into Ken’s idea of what a Peach player is. So I fit into that in terms of my metro-sexuality.
I started playing as Peach and I really liked. I then tried to find some tournaments locally here in Australia. I live in the Gold Coast which is in Queensland in Australia. I think I was going through smashed boards or something like that and I ended up finding out about a Facebook group for Queensland. I then met a guy, Commie who’s a Fox player in Queensland and who’s probably top 3 to 5 in Queensland and started chatting to him and he encouraged me to come to a tournament.
I went to my first tournament and I lost every single game. I’ve been playing for maybe four months at the time and I did not win one game. Not that I lost every single set but I lost absolutely every single game but I was one of the first people to get there and one of the last people to leave from the tournament.
I absolutely loved it and thought it was great and then I found out that there was a Gold Coast crew as well a bunch of people who played on the Gold Coast and they had a Facebook group. I got into that and met those guys and went to a couple of meet-ups ups with them as well and then just started going to tournaments every couple of months and then we lucked out in terms of one of the guys in our crew knew a guy from Street Fighter crew and they had a house where they would host events. They said we could come along and so we went to that.
They ended up moving from the house to a shop. Every Tuesday night the event would be on. I love playing as Young Link just for fun not because he’s good and not because I’m not good with him but I don’t know I just really enjoy Young Link. So anyway, we lucked out because then they had this shop that you would pay $5 entry but we could go every Tuesday.
It was absolutely awesome to be able to go every week to Melee and to know that it was on. As soon as that happened then I could go every single week. I just got really excited and really hooked on it and started attending even more tournaments. We would go to a tournament once a month. A year ago when I first started playing I went to my first tournament after four months and I have now probably been to six or more tournaments or something like that. My best finish was I just went to New Zealand for a wedding and I was so lucky because they were holding a tournament that weekend, one of their monthlies and I came fifth in New Zealand. Otherwise my best result was ninth in Queensland but a lot of the good players were away when I came ninth.
There were probably three or four of the really good players there and a whole bunch was missing probably five or more were missing. I did get ninth and I know you don’t know Jones but that’s kind of the John over why I got ninth in Queensland. I don’t necessarily think I am placed 9th in Queensland. I’ve got a long way to go. As you can see from my Young Link play I have a long way to go.
I love talking about Smash Brothers to people. I run my own online business where I create videos on a bunch of other topics like property investing in Australia; I’ve got one on public speaking; I’ve got a whole bunch of other websites and a whole bunch of other podcasts. I thought that I like talking about this so much so why don’t I just do it and start a website.
I don’t really plan to make any money from this but it is an excuse for me to play Melee for 15 minutes or so a day without getting in trouble. And by trouble I mean not making any money because I still need to make money. Actually, I don’t plan on making money from this so really it’s just an excuse to have fun and to build it up and hopefully provide something interesting for new players to watch or listen to or whatever.
This will go on YouTube as well as on iTunes. Eventually I’ll probably get some interviews with some Australian guys who play with some local guys from the Gold Coast who meet up or hang out together. Do I plan on streaming? I’m not 100% sure whether or not I plan on streaming. I need to work out the technicalities of that and how to do it because I have no idea how to do it. However, that’s something I could do but it is just so time-consuming. For me, I’ve got three kids so I can’t show off just so, you know. I got three kids so I love watching YouTube because I can watch it anytime I want. I can watch it in two time speed and twitch for me apart from tournaments just doesn’t work out. I might stream but don’t have any plans to do it in the future.
So that’s kind of the story of how I started Melee. I have no idea why I started playing as young link. At one point I was going to change from Peach to Sheik because obviously Sheik is a higher T player, a lot faster player and I was like you know what Peach is probably not the best player so maybe I should choose someone better.
I didn’t think I have the fingers to play the spacing and so I wanted someone that wasn’t as hard technically as Fox or Falcon but someone that was still pretty good. And for some reason I don’t enjoy playing as Marth. I do it sometimes, but my Marth is really bad. I started playing Sheik at one stage but for some reason I went back to Peach and just found Peach is better and I just enjoyed it more I guess. I’m not staying as Peach and with a secondary Young Link who is not very good.
That’s my story of how I got into Melee. It is really 64 – getting into it, then watching the documentary and realizing that Melee is awesome and that I’m going to get into it. I worked my way through. I’m not all the characters, did all of that sort of stuff, had heaps of fun doing it and then as soon as I went to tournament I was hooked.
I will play this last game and then I’ll close it off. One of the biggest problem that I do have as Peach is I just spend dash attacks. And I don’t mean to. I just want to play against good players. We got two good Captain Falcons on the Gold Coast. As soon as I do it, always there is a shield punish. It is therefore something I definitely need to get better at. Even though I like float cancel fairs they are too slow and I get punish for them as well. I’ve got a lot of work to do.
I’ll talk more about my technical skills and things that I’m working on as the podcast progresses. I’m not obviously very good at Smash. I’m not the best player in the world. I can dash dance, I can wave dash a bit but can’t really use it in tournaments. And I’ve got all these bad habits like spamming. I can’t do a lot of things like near out of a shield, wave dash out of shield and a lot more technical things, my neutral game as well. I am just too aggressive.
I should hang back especially with the range of Peach and I should be pulling more turnips and hanging back and things like that but I’m quite an aggressive player. So I got a lot of things to work on. I know I’m not a good player and so I will probably talk about some basic technical things to help new players.
I think really the goal of this is for anyone who is interested in seeing someone who is not a good player hopefully become a good player. That is my goal. Yeah, that’s my goal of this – to see the progression. I’ll put up some videos of me. I’ll do some analysis on my own videos. I’ll see what I can do better and try and improve and then you guys can follow along. Hopefully it’ll be interesting for some people.
I just tried to wave land and I killed myself. I’ve got a capture card now so I’m going to try and set it up for our weekly meet up so that I can capture some videos and maybe once a week or something we can look at my friendly videos and all the brackets. We run like an informal bracket as well so we do it without any money. And then once a month I’m just going to start playing bracket at the Gold Coast with a friend of mine. So I’m going to get my capture card. I am going to try and capture some of those videos and we can go through them and try and improve.
I hope that this is interesting to you. I hope that this is going to be value to the community that we can continue to grow this mass community. That’s it for me guys. Have a great day. Keep playing smash. I’ll talk to you soon.