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John 'Action_John' Macone



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Without balance patches and new content, will interest in Smash 4 fade away? Smash Symposium explores the uncertain future of Smash 4
Last time on the Smash Symposium, we explored the world of hand injuries in relation to competitive Melee, and offereda ton of preventative care tips...


Melee players can develop different physical ailments depending on their main character? Understanding the hand health epidemic in competitive Smash
Last time on the Smash Symposium, we humored the idea of Smash Brothers actually being recognized as an official sport, and how that would shake...


Will Smash ever become an official sport?
Last time on the Symposium, we explored the conflict between grassroots gatherings and the eSports movement, which has been a concern in many...


Is the eSports movement a threat to grassroots Smash? The Symposium explores the unlikely correlation between the two
While the issue of the rising eSports movement and the fate of grassroots tournaments is nothing new for the fighting game community, the Smash...


Can character hatred in the Smash Brothers series be a good thing? Smash Symposium explores the origins of character stigma and its surprising benefit
In last week's Smash Symposium, we talked about Bayonetta and her current status in the community. This time, we'll be delving into the world of...


Is Bayonetta truly breaking Smash 4? Action John's Smash Symposium explains why you shouldn't be so afraid of the big, bad witch
Welcome to the Smash Symposium, a weekly series that aims at discussing events in the world of competitive Super Smash Brothers. In today's entry we...


DreamHack London 2015 results featuring Valmaster, Luffy, Ryan Hart, Armada
Update: Final results have been added to this story.Kicking off this weekend is DreamHack London, with the Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Smash...


'She's all about [...] taking advantage of those mixups' - Matt Dahlgren demonstrates Karin's moves, combos, reversal options, and more
While we've had our fair share of Karin breakdowns and exploration, Meristation has taken the liberty of sitting down with Matt Dahlgren, Capcom's...


Big combos, tense moments, and stuns abound - Dashio and Latif go head to head in a post-TGS first to five set
YBK|Dashio put on a huge show at the Mad Catz TGS tournament yesterday, even qualifying for Capcom Cup 2015 in the process. It appears the show isn't...


'Literally, I've never seen master rank' - Gootecks and Mike Ross take on Derrick Legend in the latest episode of Excellent Adventures
The latest episode of Excellent Adventures, episode 82, has finally found it's way onto YouTube. In this episode, Gootecks and Mike Ross begin to...