So, SaltyBet had a major, once in a long while update. Watching the utter mess of a New Tier matchmaking is crazy. By the time the last few characters are manually tiered and the autotiering played out, it gets somewhat annoying. But it’s an unforgettable experience.
I was there for it. I loved it.
The term “hardest boss fight” is used far too commonly. However, I have found one that takes the cake.
It started when I was watching Saltybet, and noticed (repeatedly), a character called “General”. Looking up the origins of the general, I found that he was from a game called Kaiser Knuckle (known as Global Champion in a small US release), an unsuccessful and otherwise unspectacular Street Fighter knockoff.
Stylistically, the General is nothing but a cheap imitation of the legendary M. Bison, but in gameplay terms is so hard that it took twenty years for proof of a legitimate victory to be posted.
This is the proof of the victory over the General.
The boss got so hard that the developers nerfed him in a subsequent (and never actually released) update to the game.
The General is a relic of an era of less-strict game design-only stronger to his cheap-boss compatriots in relative terms, but overwhelmingly stronger nonetheless. Whether due to rushing the game or just horrible quality control, what should have been dialed back in testing ended up as this footnote in history.
Sometimes a limit can be reached, and the General was apparently that limit.
One final note: It’s a sign of MUGEN munchkin arms races that the General is not on the absolute highest tier in Saltybet.
One effect of my slow, ultra-cautious betting style on Saltybet has been that I’ve accumulated a pile of Saltybucks, the fictional currency used for the fight betting. Aside from bragging rights, Saltybucks can be used to promote “P” (for “Potato”, bottom-tier characters) or change the stats of higher-tier ones.
Whether or not I’d want to spend the money on a few daring bets that could easily go wrong or promote a P tier character who will in all likelihood suffer a small losing streak and then be unceremoniously dumped straight back where they came from is an interesting question.
The answer is-whatever I think would be more fun.
Watching a considerable variety of matches on the infamous Saltybet, the natural fanfic concept is to imagine a resort where the hundreds and hundreds of men, women, monsters, memes, cars, contraptions, and whatever else the MUGEN designers have made rest between their matches. Saltybet is too varied to provide any coherent concept, but the thought is still amusing.
The Smash Bros. fandom has set a precedent with the so-called “Smash Mansion”, where instead of turning back into trophies, the characters stay there between matches and interact in fics that tend to be bad even by the standards of Sturgeon’s Law.
Of course, since the long, official name is “Salty’s Dream Cast Casino”, my headcanon imagines another resort, where the interdimensional elite view and bet on such matches for their entertainment.
So maybe I’m just too bored when I see a Saltybet match and think “Hmm, what about ____ relaxing after the battle”.
Or maybe it’s just my sense of craziness that leads me to make fanfic ideas merging a cutesy RPG and a technothriller.
Not only is there Video Game Championship Wrestling, there is also Saltybet. Saltybet is a long-running psuedo-betting service where members watch and bet (fake) currency on AI vs. AI matches in the classic MUGEN fighting game engine.
There is no attempt at a plot, just watching as a character that has no business being in a fighting game launches projectile after projectile over their tiny opponent.
So, the clock is ticking down, only a short time to place your virtual bet. The opponents are there-one fairly conventional fighting game character (or at least looking that way), against a tiny pixelated figure.
You take your chance on the small-hitbox. After all, the AI could just punch over their head.
So, then the fight starts. The small competitor jumps right into their opponent’s attacks. Looks like it can go both ways. The winner of that round’s betting was not you.
That is a typical Saltybet experience. I’m a ridiculously cautious bettor, unlike many users. In many cases it’s fun to just watch the silliness without even the tiny stress the betting provides.