I’m planning on hosting a charity event for a friend of mine, but before we talk about the event, I want to highlight a few details about my friend’s recent struggle.
Recently, a close friend of mine had tragedy strike. Brendan Triano, or Gunblade as he’s come to be called in the competitive Smash Bros community, was asleep in his house in Clifton, NJ, when an electrical fire sparked in his attic. His grandfather, who had just come back from vising the local market, came home to see smoke and flames. He raced upstairs to wake his grandson up, but then found himself too weak to make it down the stairs. Brendan carried his grandfather out of the house safely, leaving two people saved by each other.
The fire engulfed his house almost entirely, and destroyed all of Brendan’s earthly possessions, minus his wallet, keys, and his trombone. Brendan loves jazz, and said that he’s going to be looking towards music to get him though these next couple months.
Brendan is a long standing member of competitive Smash, and supporter of competitive gaming, attending tournaments for games like Marvel vs Capcom 3, Smash Bros, Street Fighter 4, and much more! You can even see him commentating at the biggest Brawl event in history. His knowledge and love for the gaming community is boundless, and it’s time that he cashed in some of the loyalty he’s shown to us.
While I intend to donate, I’ve been racking my brain to think of how I can better help the kindest, more lovable person I’ve met since I started gaming competitively. It’s amazing how obvious it was, really. It’s ironic, that I’m going to try to fight fire with fire. Read the rest of this entry »