Salty (sawl-tee) – adj. To be upset, angry, or agitated as a result of being embarrassed or beaten in competition.
“Yeah, I beat him like 10 times in a row. Dude was so salty he stormed out of the room.”
If there’s one game that could define the gaming aspect of The Cave, though it’s probably as hated as it is loved, it’s Super Smash Bros. Project M. Project M is a community-developed modification to Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii, and it adds in gameplay mechanics and additional characters from the revered Smash Bros. Melee.
Salt has become a much-used adage between Seth, Brandon, Robert, and me. It has been driven into our culture through match after match of Project M and other Smash variants, where there must be a winner and a loser. After a few matches of friendly competition, saltiness starts to become quite apparent through complaints of the game glitches, the opponent using unfair tactics, choosing not to give a friendly taunt before a round begins, and many other ways.
There was a time when The Cave had a presence at weekly Project M tournaments held in Houma, and though those days seem to be over, competition lives on between Seth and me. The game has almost become second nature to play while waiting for the 7:00PM lifting time, even though the matches may end before then as a result of one of us succumbing to saltiness. I think that as long as the cave exists, Project M will be on one of the TV screens.