As many members of the Smash fanbase are aware, there have been numerous reports of rumors in the past few weeks. Source Gaming has not publicly taken a stance on these rumors, nor written reports on these rumors for a couple of reasons. Today, I would like to explain why we have avoided discussing these rumors, and some potential issues I see within the community. We are not calling anyone out in particular; instead, this should be taken as general advice for the whole community. Before we begin, this article reflects the opinion of PushDustIn, and may not accurately reflect the opinions of the other staff members of Source Gaming.
The reason that Source Gaming has not reported on these rumors is two-fold. The first, is because we could not verify the identity of the original source. While the people who are making these claims are incredibly trustworthy, not having a deep understanding of the source is critical to our decision to report. The second, is because I was told not to pass on information that was told to me. While a lot of people have come out of the woodwork to state that they “know,” the promise to not pass on information was another key component of my decision to not get publicly involved with the rumors. Simply put, if I couldn’t pass the information onto our audience then there was no need to alert that audience that I was in “know”. The promise to safe-guard information is incredibly important to Source Gaming, and it should be important for the whole community. Let me explain.
We, as a community need to protect the informants and their identities. In some cases this means not to pass on information that compromises that source. This is because leaking that information will have a negative impact on future news and leads. If informants do not feel safe, then they will not pass on information. If information about the potential informant (whether the rumor was true or not) leaks to the general public, then that person may lose their job, get sued, or face general negative consequences at work. This will impact other people’s decision to become informants in the future. This leads me to the next point.
If you are in a position where you are aware of information, then you should do one of two things. If the information does NOT jeopardize your source, then you may share it, or at least some details. If it does jeopardize your source, then keep your trap shut. In either of these cases, teasing the general fan base is unacceptable. It’s great that you are in the “know”. Please “know” when to shut up and let the rumors come to fruition. Teasing the fan base will just make people angry at you: the rumor suddenly becomes about the ‘jerk who doesn’t share information’ instead of the ‘cool new content’.
I’ve said this before but, the Smash fanbase was born from hype. The hype levels cannot always be contained. The Smash Bros. games have probably seen the most amount of fake rumors / leaks of any games. The amount of fake rumors/ leaks has severely burned the trust of everyone in the community. The knee-jerk reaction is to call it fake…because 99.99% of the time, the rumor or leak IS fake. This is part of the reason Source Gaming has found a lot of success within the community. We are attempting to wade through the bull to the best of our ability. Source Gaming won’t be 100% correct all the time, but we always aim to be.
I know the characters in Smash are the most important part of the game. This is something that Sakurai himself has said when deciding to make DLC. Smash characters are also unique compared to other games because they come from other properties. Basically, your favorite character or game could be represented in Smash. Since people are very passionate about their favorite game or character, it makes sense that so many people are so invested with the characters.
Lastly, I think the fanbase in general needs to take a step back and cool their jets. Yes, the teasing wasn’t kosher. At the same time, harassment by the fanbase is ALSO not kosher. We need to calm down. This ties a bit back into the points Kokonoe made in his guest article on Source Gaming. We should be a lot more grateful for what we have, and quite frankly, expect a lot less. The amount of DLC that Smash Bros. has is incredible— and unprecedented — especially for Nintendo. I know we’ve been burned a lot in the past by fake rumors and leaks, but we can’t continue to harass people. It’s making the community look bad, and it’s not productive.
In summary, the reason that Source Gaming did not get publicly involved with the recent rumors is because they were a mess and the promise not to share information. Since we couldn’t contribute positively to the rumors, we decided to not discuss them. I know some fans may be unsatisfied with this response, but that’s the truth. We will continue to try to improve the community through hard work and our dedication.
How do you guys feel about the recent rumors? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.