TL;DR; I didn't play smash Melee with people and I'm really sad and salty about it.
I didn't find out about the competitive smash community until years later.
Yet there it was, in this all those times I watched it and I never found it out.
I would have traveled anyware in the world to play Melee with anyone. I thought I was the only one who would take the game so seriously. It just seemed again that I was taking something too far. That no one would play a game as intensely as they would a sport or other physical activities.
I traveled across Canada to play soccer and I never had as much passion for it as I did for Smash.
I played 99 stock battles, over and over again against the CPU. Never knowing that there where others who were L-cancelling, wave dashing, JC up smash, wobbling, CC, DI, SDI, pivoting and everything else. Just having a feeling, somewhere, that there was more to this game.
My life would have been changed forever had I know this back when Melee first came out. I feel awful to have missed something so big when it was already something big to me.
It's my fault too. I wasn't the kind of guy who would talk to people at all. That's just what I learned, people just thought I was weird, no matter what I did. So I never talked about my favourite game I played every day for years.
Had I just looked into some of these jokes I would have learned and found my calling. Now all I can do is see what is happening now.
I'm happy I still get to see Melee stuff, it's not completely dead. There are still lots to it and I'm still learning stuff while playing.
I almost forgot where I had heard some of these bits. It's a good feeling to find out once and for all where I heard them, and that brings a smile to my face.
Thank you for making this, and if you have read this far, thank you too.