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By Robby McKittrick
Hometown Weekly Reporter
On Saturday, October 20, Medfield High Schoolers showed up to the Medfield Library to compete in a Super Smash Brothers tournament.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said 15-year-old player Peter Travis. Travis is a sophomore at Medfield High School and has participated in the tournament since he was a freshman.
“[Ben] murders me on a regular basis,” he said. “He’s very, very good.”
16-year-old Ben Puntonio organizes the tournament for the library every month.
“[The games] are competitive,” Puntonio said. “[There are tight games] for everyone who comes.”
Puntionio has played Super Smash Brothers for around eight years, and he enjoys the community built around the game.
“There is a large community for it,” he explained. “They have tournaments that get thousands of people to come from across the world. It’s a really nice community that I am a part of.”
Although only four kids showed up to the tournament, there are instances when around 16 kids will show up to play. The tournament is a double-elimination bracket style, and it typically occurs once a month at the library.
“It depends on how often the teens want to do it,” explained Teen Librarian Erica Cote. “[The tournament] started with another kid … who came to me and asked me if he could [host a Super Smash Brothers tournament] here, and I said ‘sure,’ because when the teens do their own programming, its great … He and Ben started organizing it … [and] Ben was interested in continuing it.”
Puntonio creates a Google Docs sheet for people to sign up before every session. The winner receives a $15 to $20 gift card.
Cote explained that the age of the kids who participate ranges from younger kids to high school teenagers.
“We have had younger kids in elementary school [enjoy it],” she said. “We have had middle school and high school [kids, as well], so it seems like it covers a wide range [of age groups] … I am more than happy to reserve the room, and [Ben] does most of the work.”
Cote explained how the Medfield Library has evolved over the last few years.
“We have become more of a community space than just [a place] for research and books,” she said. “I just do whatever [the kids] are interested in. [This] is community building. They are hanging out together. They are doing something that is not delinquent, and it [involves] a lot of problem-solving skills. It just promotes a lot of different things.”