Victoria "WikiCity" Perez competed Super Smash Bros. 4 five months when the organizers of the tournament pulled it out of the pool of the candidate and threw it to the stage to comment.
During the 2015 Pa's tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, everyone heard the words: "Victoria, log into the stream." It was not a question, and not that Perez would give an opportunity to say no.
"I'm already talking about the game," said Perez in a telephone conversation last week. "Just point the camera on me."
Three years later, Perez is one of the biggest names in the world Smash it comment. If you have ever been set to pro Smash it tournament, you have heard countless players from players who attacked who, whether the attacks have escaped, who came to the top, and how the results are measured to the expectations. The odds are, you heard the voice of Perez in the mix.
On her Twitter, she jokes: "I'm the one who sounds like a little boy when I comment on your games."
Perez (22) is now at the top of this world, commenting on national tournaments, including Overwatch and Weapons, seen by hundreds of thousands of people. Most importantly, Smash it publisher Nintendo invited Perez to comment in 2018 Smash Ultimate invitation to E3, the first tournament of the very penultimate match.
For hours, Perez was on the stage, splitting up a whole new game and smoothly switching between descriptions of his most basic elements ("When a fighter is demolished from the stage, that's CM") and deep analysis of spatial control and "technology." 200,000 spectators at their peak.
Perez also has to graduate from college in Miami, Florida. While studying the degree of communication and living of student life, part-time work by Perez is her travel to the world of sports Super Smash Bros.. of live streams. When her face appears on the camera, it is usually framed with long, blond hair, colored neon color at the ends and a huge pair of headphones.
"Her style of comments is very informative, based on her experience and the advantage of other players," said Josh Kendal, Smash it commentator with whom Perez formed the duo "Biggie Smalls" in 2015. (The name is a joke about their height difference, Perez is 5'1 ", and Kendal is 6'6".) "She has always been a heavy book with textbooks coming to know the specific character traits like moves that make a certain percentage She also takes the usual toy habits. "
The bullying of a huge amount of knowledge and background commentator should be authoritative is intensely time-consuming. Perez estimates that it lasts nine to 14 hours each week, studying the game either on a stream or offline.
"I'm a practical student," she said. "Every character I play – that's how I learn their handbook. I have to play against other characters to understand, too."
Commentators are telling the facts, but they are also exciting machines, setting the catches of the games and encouraging the flames of fan enthusiasm. In addition, says Perez, commenting plays an important role in the stage as a whole, and serves as a "bridge". We are essentially selling a player. The first thing the audience will hear is the commentator. It must be the bridge for the community of the audience ".
Perez sees his role from the point of view of the bird industry. "Even with sponsors, when they get up Smash it player, the first thing they will hear is the commentators. The way a commentator speaks about a player can be influenced by whether they are uploaded by the sponsor. "
True mood for the day
– VikkiKitty (@VikkiKitty_) September 1, 2018
Commenting was not something that Peres planned to do. As an older sister, Perez had a simple life Smash it sparring colleague during his childhood, but also enjoyed longer roles with roles Kingdom of Hearts. She did not consider competition games until a few years ago, when she unearthed her copy of 2008 Super Smash Bros Brawl from her living room, along with some high school friends. She became obsessed.
Once Smash 4 went out, Perez and her friends began to take the game more seriously. "We thought we were the best," Perez laughed, explaining her incentive to begin touring with her well-lonely Kirby. Soon, she learned: "We literally have nothing." However, Peres was constantly grinding until he saw the results he wanted.
In one tournament, "I sat down to set up and beat eight people successively," Perez said. "I was like," You know what? I'm for it. "She will drive an hour an hour from her home to play competitively, cutting teeth against other skills skills until she realizes her own. At the same time, Perez herself entangled himself with the profound mechanics of the game and speaks to them with mentors and competitors.
On driving home, she and her friends would be trembling for what little mistake she was tracking in the bracket of a loser or who had little success preventing their opponent. This ability to descise the details of the game drew the attention of others on her local scene and ended up entering the stage in October 2015 to comment on her first local tournament at the Versus Gaming Center in South Florida.
Also, why, in her words, she was "fed on sharks" three weeks later when she was asked to comment on a regional tournament called Frame Perfect.
"I went from completely cold – literally I just looked at the game and I talked about it – to become more nervous as the weather progressed," Perez said. The nerves appeared while Perez realized how much more he had to learn. Perez has not yet memorized the game's games – hundreds of combinations of how the fighter's tool fits to another – or more specialized mechanics of the game.
She was disappointed with her performance but she welcomed feedback from her fellow commentators who gave their advice on how to allow the co-commentator to finish talking before injecting her analyzes.
More and more invitations brought Perez more and more work, including from Nintendo, while pursuing her full-time degree in Florida. For a few short years, Perez became the first significant woman Smash it commentator. As it climbed to prominence, it received much more feedback, but not all was useful.
Over time, Perez says, she learned to understand which comments are productive and which are not. "People say," She has a higher voice than people I'm used to "or" Her voice is too low for a woman, "she said, also citing her old tendency to break the sentences in a higher, question-and-answer tone.
"Such comments are simply not constructive. There is nothing I can do about my voice." Her attitude is this: "I will hire whether they will like me or not, and I will do my best … I personally do not pay attention to any of them. They are not my peers. They probably do not comment or are not good commentators ".
Perez chose to listen to critics of her peers and to push everything else to the side. "Some people legally wanted to get better, I'll listen to them and do my best. Finally, the critics did not become constructive at all." In her first comment, her peer, who believed her, said she would never consider a conversation while she works. To this day, she says, she does not describe it as a "catastrophe that awaits to happen".
2016 brought more control over Perez, but not the type of work she worked on. That year, Perez went to EVO to witness the immense Smash it tournament. During the event, her then boyfriend called for a high profile Smash it the player Christian "Hugo" Medina to crash into their hotel room, because he was buried. Perez says she was asleep right next to her boyfriend and woke up to Medina and threatened her.
At that time, Perez explained the situation on Twitter and wrote that it is progressing "just to prevent future incidents similar to this" and to warn other participants in the tournament to be careful. Medina, who said she did not remember anything from that night, subsequently renounced his sponsorship.
When I asked Perez about how he felt known, partly because of Medina's alleged ill-treatment, he explained with calm confidence: "It was definitely a failure, it was the focus of the people." People ignored everything I had achieved before it happened. mentally; it made me want to go no further. "
She also retaliated against people who said the incident had somehow used her career: "I had people telling me that I was nobody and that's exactly where I was attracted to where I was. Little did they know that I had worked with Nintendo before, that I made many tournaments and local residents. "
Perez did not give up, and over time, more opportunities for commentary presented themselves, including one of the most discussed Smash 4 history matches: number one Smash 4 about Gonzalo "Zero" Barrios loss for undervalued Salem "Salem" Akiel Young at EVO 2017.
It was a gig for Disney HD, which, as he said, was a special challenge. "They wanted to take care of a more general audience, not a competitive one," Perez said. "Your grandmother sees Smash it will not understand what is "back air", or roll – even if they see a character roll. "
I'm the one who sounds like a little boy when I comment on your games.
– VikkiKitty (@VikkiKitty_) March 17, 2016
Perez took it out, contextualizing the game for both the newcomers and the good, describing the recent toy patch, which gave Barrios an edge over Yang, who played Bayern's fighter. With gravity, she then uttered: "But he does not go down without a fight".
During the match, Perez broke the point point as Yang continued to predict the positioning of Barrios and use the most subtle openings. In their last match, each with one share, Yang had a brutal 101% damage to Barrios "25% .Yang shocked the audience by turning Barrios straight into the sky with an inevitable combination.
Perez's comment strengthened the moment when he cried: "And this is the first time we see the sealing merger, and Salem takes it here on the EVO 2017!"
The audience goes wild.
Perez is not the only woman Smash it commentator in the game already. One commentator, who runs Sinfi, told Kotaku that Perez is "nothing but encouraging to any upcoming commentary she meets." Chelmi Tom, another woman Smash it commentator also gets a notification.
When I asked Perez whether her career had been noticed that paves the way for the other woman Smash it commentators, she said, and it only increased her commitment to her craft. She wants to get to know that "growth is very possible." She continued: "My job is not just to educate the audience, but to entertain them, to add some personality, and to encourage people to comment and play at home, too. That is the goal of displaying these tournaments."
The next generation of Smash it fans will grow up watching Perez. Last year, at the Frame Perfect 2 tournament, Peres walked on the floor when he saw a little girl, not older than 7. "She literally pointed me out and said:gattoWhat does "kitty" mean, Perez recalls. "It was incredible."