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    • vVv Bagzli

      We have moved to Discord   08/04/2016

      There has been a strong desire among the community to migrate to Discord for quite some time. As of today, our community will be using Discord and as a result, we will no longer be actively using our TeamSpeak Server.  The TeamSpeak server will temporarily stay active to help inform all of our move to Discord. Within the next couple of months, it will be shut down completely.  For a quick invite to our new Discord server, you can click here.  
      For a full detailed guide visit http://www.vVv-Gaming.com/Discord
    • vVv Bagzli

      vVv Gaming Presents: ADL Season 10!   08/12/2016

      TL;DR: Season 10 of the vVv Gaming LoL ADL begins Friday, August 19th @9pm EST/6pm PST! Discord Info              Just be on Discord at the check in time and have a level 30 with at least 16 champions to participate! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ vVv Gaming has had a long history in competitive e-sports; and, while the LCS may be a long way off for the organization, we can still participate in semi-competitive LoL activities as a community. The ADL has, and will continue to be, our main way to achieve this. However, let’s be honest, the ADL has had a rough time over the past few seasons. This comes from both participant enjoyment, as well as coordination and structuring of the event as a whole. While I do not plan on completely fixing the system from the start, I do believe that there are some short (and long) term changes that can make the experience better for everyone: ·         We are keeping participation points for this season, as well as the Elo ranking system used for previous seasons. ·         We will have people recruiting more in the game from the community, and attempt to bring more LoL community members to the discord that we feel would be good for the vVv community. ·         We will be implementing new rules for the drafting phase. Some of these rules will be introduced as the season progresses and are covered below. ·         Unfortunately, at this point in time, there is no information regarding a prize. If a viable prize method/opportunity comes about in the future, current season winners will be rewarded retroactively. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Rules and Details (Read if new):          Nights will consist of two matches per night. You must be able to attend both games (Don’t be that guy, play it out).          Be on Discord NO LATER than 8:55pm EST/5:55pm PST for Check In. This will be slowly changed to 8:45pm EST as the season progresses. We want the drafting phase this season to be as smooth as possible.  We want to give people time to announce their roles before hand.           Check in will happen in the ADL Check In Discord Channel BEFORE players move to the regular ADL channel, and at 9:00pm EST people will move to channels matching their Dynamic Queue rank. Missing the check-in deadline means that you will not be able to participate that night and will not receive a participation point.          During the Check In, participants will announce their top 3 preferred roles for a staff member to place in a spreadsheet (Discord does not allow for your descriptions to be changed, that I am aware of).          Have a level 30 account, at least 16 champions, and be ready to have some fun!          Additional Questions? Contact vVv Eternal or vVv Yui        The ADL will last for 10 weeks this season, there will then be a three-week break before the next season starts (Currently scheduled for Nov. 11, 2016).        Cheating or Smurfing in the ADL is not permitted. Anyone caught doing either of these this will be suspended from the ADL, no exceptions. Cheating will result in a permanent suspension, smurfing will result in a 5-week suspension.  New Drafting Process: So, in previous seasons of the ADL, the highest ranked players were given the priority in being team captains for any given night. While this was not a bad system, it did leave some players feeling left out over the course of the season. That being said: ·         Highest ranked players will no longer be automatically chosen as the team captain. ·         Team captains will be chosen by the number of participation points that a player has (you earn 1 point for each night you attend, REGARDLESS of whether or not you are picked). ·         No player can be captain more than once every 4 weeks (depending on overall participation). ·         The first weekend will have captains from an arbitrary division and lower. So here is my logic (bear with me). With some outlying cases, most of the team captains would pick from highest available skill in a role down, until all of the top players (and a few peoples friends) were picked. I don’t expect this to change at all; however, this allows for both new and lower skill level players and community members, as well as frequent participants, to always have a shot at playing. They also get the benefit of knowing (eventually) in advance that they will be captains. Additional Information: I would like to try and address the speed of the drafting process. For now, the primary way of doing this will be the check-in time; however, if another feasible method is suggested, any changes will be updated in this section. After the Games: ·         Players will join the winning team's discord channel, and all players will be given feedback if they desire it. ·         Players may also provide criticism and suggestions for the ADL. (We are still seeking to improve the event if the community desires it) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More Darn Rules ·         Teams will still be matched by alphabetical order of Discord channel for the time being. ·         The winner of the first match will play the winner of the second (both matches are played out simultaneously), and the same goes for the losing teams. ·         The higher team alphabetically will be chosen to be on the blue side for the first game, and the lower team will get blue side when the second game is played. Leaving/AFK: If someone leaves a game for any reason and does not reconnect, they will be given a 2-night suspension from the ADL. The player may appeal the suspension with an ADL Staff member if there was a legitimate reason for the disconnect. However, all appeals must happen at least 24 hours before the next ADL event. You also may only appeal a disconnect once per season. Pausing: Players may pause the game for UP TO 10 minutes if a player on their team is having connection issues. PLAYERS MUST INFORM AN ADL STAFF MEMBER IF A GAME IS PAUSED. If the reason cannot be resolved in 10 minutes, the team whose player disconnected will concede the match. If the enemy team agrees, they may also use their 10-minute pause to give the other team more time. Teams only get two pauses per game. Replacement Players: Player replacement will be handled the same as in previous seasons. A player may be replaced by another player of the same rank or lower, provided both teams agree to the replacement. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So that’s it folks.  Thank you for sticking through the whole announcement, we understand it is somewhat lengthy, however the information had to be provided.  You are now ready for the 10th season of the ADL! If you have any questions feel free to contact vVv Eternal     See you on Friday, August 19th at 8:55pm EST/6:00pm PST!     ADL Staff: vVv Eternal   To join the discussion click here!  
    • vVv Bagzli

      Changes to Community Game Nights   09/13/2016

      Thank you to everyone who participated in week’s survey.  After reviewing responses from the survey sent out to tournament participants the previous week, staff availability, and looking at conflicts with other tournaments, we have decided to make changes to our Wednesday Night Tournaments.  Moving forward, as of Thursday, September 22nd, team tournaments will be hosted on Thursdays as opposed to Wednesdays. We hope with the new schedule, the overall participation will improve, as there will be fewer conflicts between tournaments being hosted.   If you have any further feedback, please leave us a comment in the following thread:  http://www.vvv-gaming.com/forum/topic/72439-supersonic-series-feedback-thread/
    • vVv Bagzli

      Supersonic Series Season 4!   09/25/2016

      Supersonic Series Season 4 starts on Monday, October 10th, 2016   vVv Gaming is proud to present the return of the Supersonic Series!  Unique game nights each week will allow teams and individual Rocketeers to bring their A game and level up their gaming skills!  Whether the goal is to improve teamwork, find suitable opponents, or just acquire valuable feedback on how to improve one’s gameplay, these events will accomplish just that!   Quick Facts: Supersonic Draft is every Monday at 8:30 PM EST. Supersonic Showdown is every Thursday at 8:30 PM EST. Supersonic Showdown will be factored into the RLC Power Rankings! Supersonic Showdown will be streamed, Supersonic Draft will not (unless we find more casters - interested? click here) Supersonic Series Rules & Regulations can be found by clicking here. To register for the tournaments visit www.vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament If you are late to check-ins via our Discord Server, you will not get to play.  Don't be late. To stay up to date with Supersonic Series, follow us on Twitter @vVv_Gaming Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn more about becoming a vVv Gaming Community member or how you can join our staff Season 4 will last 8 Weeks, which will be followed by a Season Finale which will be the 9th Week of the Series Supersonic Draft Season Finale will feature top 24 players based on the Solo Leaderboard from Season 4 Supersonic Showdown Season Finale will feature top 8 teams based on the Team Leaderboard from Season 4   Supersonic Draft When: Mondays at 9PM EST (6PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30PM EST and close at 8:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Gaming Discord Server: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite  (Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/guide)
      Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Style: Captain's Draft - Captains are chosen at random (see Registration section for more details) and each captain picks their team-mates. Captains will take turns picking their teammates in a “snake-style” (A, B, C, C, B, A) draft until all teams have 3 players each. Participating with friends is encouraged, however, there is no guarantee that you will be on the same team. The captain’s name will be entered into the Challonge bracket and will be used to represent their team.  Voice channels will be created for each of the teams on our Discord server. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament to register.  While signing up you will be able to volunteer to be a captain.  If there are more volunteer captains than the total number of teams, the captains will be picked at random from the pool of volunteers.  If there are not enough volunteer captains, then the remaining number of captains needed will be chosen at random from the remainder of players.  


      Supersonic Showdown When: Thursdays at 9PM EST (6PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30PM EST and close at 8:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Gaming Discord Server: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite  (Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/guide)
      Format: 3vs3 - Double Elimination Tournament. Best of three in the winner's bracket and best of one in the loser's bracket until the last two matches which return to best of three. Teams are pre-made by the players. Style: Pre-made Teams Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register on the day of the tournament to register.
       
      Participating as an individual: After filling out the signup form you will be in a free-agent pool. To ensure your participation in the event, you should be seeking out other free agents to form a team.  Another alternative is to seek a team that only has two players and join their team for the evening. If you do not have a team by the end of check-in period, you may not be able to participate.  If this is the case, contact an admin and seek help with finding a team, please only seek help after attempting to form a team on your own.
       
      Participating as a team: After filling out the signup form above, your team is all set. All you need to do is show up in the discord server during the check-in time.  If you are seeking a third player for the evening, you can view the list of free agent players signed up at http://vvv-gaming.com/rocket-league/register and contact them to be part of your team for the evening. If you are unable to acquire a third team member on you own, then please show up on the Discord server at least 30 minutes prior to the event starting and seek help from a Supersonic Staff Member. Reminder:  Solo participants do not earn points towards the season finale tournament.  We strongly suggest putting a team together to sign up with!  Feel free to use our discord chat to find teammates.    Point System
      You will receive points for your participation in each tournament.  These points will determine the top 8 teams from Showdown  and the top 24 players from the Draft. The first tournament finale will be hosted for the top 24 players based on the individual scores from Supersonic Draft event.  The second tournament finale will be hosted for the top 8 teams based on points earned during Supersonic Showdown nights. Keep in mind that participating in Supersonic Showdown event will earn Team Points, participating alone earns you no points.
       
      Breakdown: 2 points for participating 2 points for every match won in the Winner's Bracket 1 point for every match won in the Loser's Bracket 2 additional points for placing 4th 4 additional points for placing 3rd 6 additional points for placing 2nd 10 additional points for placing 1st   Join vVv Gaming
      Become a Community Member If you are looking for an open and supportive community filled with e-sport fanatics that you can game and socialize with, then you should fill out an application and join vVv Gaming Community.  Being part of vVv Gaming Community is about being part of something more than yourself; It is about playing games with friends that are supportive and honest; It is about meeting up in person at LAN events; It is about making a difference in each other's lives and making a difference in e-sports. If this is the type of community you seek, then click here and fill out your application.   Become a Staff Member Working for an online gaming community has many rewards.  It is a good place to kick start your career in gaming, whether you are looking to become a business major or a community manager.  You will learn new things and acquire transferable skill sets that you can use to build your resume.  If you would like to get involved and help with running of Supersonic Series or other events, please visit our jobs page for more details: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/jobs   Supersonic Staff If you have a question, just reach out to one of our event administrators via Discord or private message via our forum. 
       
      Event Administrators:
      Mohulis, Bliss, Cherp
        For more information on vVv Gaming and to stay up to date with events that we host across various games, visit our website at http://vvv-gaming.com,  follow us on twitter @vVv_Gaming, join our Discord server at http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord/invite or join our Rocket League Steam Group at http://steamcommunity.com/groups/vVvGamingRL   To join the discussion, click here!
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Sage

Wealth in the word

What is true wealth? Is it something you can hold, is it a number in a bank account, or a car in your driveway? Is wealth something something solely based upon what you can hold, or what you can attain. Why do we place so much value on things that can lose value in an instant? Why do we place so much value on things that can be taken from us as if it was never there?

Lets look at some facts before I continue.

The price of one ounce of gold since the 1800s

2000 $272

1995 $386

1990 $424

1985 $354

1980 $641

1975 $151

1970 $38

1965 $36

1960 $37

1955 $35

1950 $40

1945 $37

1940 $35

1935 $35

1930 $21

1925 $21

1920 $21

1915 $21

1910 $21

1905 $21

1900 $21

1895 $21

1890 $21

1885 $21

1880 $21

1875 $23

1870 $23

1865 $30

1860 $21

1855 $21

1850 $21

1845 $21

1840 $21

1835 $19

1830 $19

1825 $19

1820 $22

1815 $22

1810 $19

1805 $19

1800 $19

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This is one ounce of gold.

As you can see something most people hold is such high value, loses and gains value over time. I think believe the written word is our greatest treasure, it can never be taken away from you, and always retains all of the value that it started with. I think now in this depression we are in as a nation, need to realize that something is wrong with our old way of thinking. I think this stands to be true, we got ourselves into this depression with the thoughts of greed and lust over oil and power, I think now is the time that we need to realize that oil and gold are not our greatest treasures, our literature is, what we learn from our past works of literature is our greatest treasure.

Sage

The Female Gamer

The Female Gamer

"Is that a little boy, or a just a girl?" Chances are that it is a young boy with a squeaky voice, but it could also be a female. If it so happens to be a female gamer she is more than likely now offended and in defensive mode, "I'm a girl she retorts, and I'm going to own you." Now with your gaming, prowess insulted you reply back "Don't you have some dishes to do?" And so begins the all to familiar interactions of male and female gamers.

During my time spent gaming I have encountered plenty of game lobbies in which there is a female gamer. And once its known that a girl is in the lobby, the outburst that ensues is outrageous, the amount of demeaning and derogatory phrases that are aimed at her is enough to make anyone female or not, want to leave the lobby and sell their xbox, but yet she stays and either defends herself and or ignores the entire uproar. Most of the female gamers I know ignore the entire scene, it would seem that if a female gamer can ignore and rise above the harassment, that the whole situation solves itself. The mute button is a good way to deal with the situation, this solves the entire thing, if you cant hear the harassment it cant bother you. But If she chooses to give into the harassment she is only digging herself deeper into the situation.

I have ran into many a female gamers that have more than there fair share of harassment and insults to dish out without any provocation. Also something I've noticed, most female gamers have a general motto "Yes I'm a girl, Yes I just beat you." female gamers need to get over the whole "oh I'm a girl I play games look at me" thing. They are asking to be treated as equals yet when they get trash talked all they do is victimize themselves, if you think about male gamers hate on each other too, racial slurs get thrown around and little kids get harassed as well.

I believe that if female gamers want to be taken seriously they need to show the guys that they are tough and can handle playing with the boys; trash talk or not. Girls who flaunt the famous "shoot like a girl" are ignorant in my eyes and are only further digging themselves in a deeper hole,its like politics,

People say there will never be a female president, and they say there will never be a true pro female gamer, but yet plenty of all female gaming communities can boast professional females whom are the best at the game they play.

I interviewed a few of my friends, male and female about the issue of females and online gaming, and the results are as follows:

Interview Between The Last Sage and xGeTxFaDeDx

The Last Sage: Do you verbally harass other gamers while playing online? be honest.

xGetxFadedx: Not really I try not to talk to other players I don't know, overall I don't really talk that much in game.

The Last Sage: Do you harass Female gamers more than Male gamers? if so why?

xGetxFadedx: No I think it is childish to harass female gamers, most female gamers I know don't even talk in game because if they do the other players will harass them, so no I would not ever do that.

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The Last Sage: Do you feel that Females have a place in online gaming? Why or Why not?

xGetxFadedx: Yes they add a whole new angle to the online community, they are rare but are growing to be some of the best gamers out there. I personally know female gamers that are the best at what they play. So yes they definitely have a place in the online gaming community.

The Last Sage: You hear your other Male friends harassing a Female gamer, do you tell you friend to stop? Or do you allow this to go on?

xGetxFadedx: No one should allow this to happen It is demeaning and it is part of the reason female gamers do not appear as often as they would like to, they should not be harassed in any way shape or form.

The Last Sage: Do you see anything wrong with harassing Female gamers? If so what do you do to correct this?

xGetxFadedx: I see alot of things wrong with the harassing of female gamers, it's just not right to harass them because they are females. If you are harassing them you're just straight up stupid.

The Last Sage: Do you think that all Female Gaming Teams are a good way to combat Female gamer Harassment?

xGetxFadedx: Yes, they show how strong the female community is.

The Last Sage: Do you think that Female gamers often bring the harassment upon themselves? If so what do they do to provoke the harassment?

xGetxFadedx: Sometimes they do if they start the fighting or provoke male or other female gamers into starting a fight, in that case its there own fault for any harassment they receive.

The Last Sage: How do you feel about the all to common Female Gamer motto " Yes I am a Girl, Yes I just beat you".

xGetxFadedx: I feel as tho it brings up the fact that just because they win a few games and think they are good they think they're the best. that's what this motto says to me, it's just to cocky.

The Last Sage: Look I know that its fun to get a female gamer wound up by saying "Hey are you a little boy? Or a girl?" Or "Is that a girl on the other team?" And I am guilty of doing it, but I think that we (Males) need to mature up, and accept the fact that Females game too, and instead of criticize and harass, we should embrace and enjoy the presence of Females that choose to Game along with us. Don't you?

xGetxFadedx: I agree, personally I think that having a girl on my team is fun, it mixes it up a bit.

Interview between The Last Sage and xHeR HiGHnessx

The Last Sage: Have you been harassed verbally while playing online by other players?

xHeR HiGHnessx: Yes, usually without even saying anything at all. They just go by my gamertag.

The Last Sage: Who do you get harassed by more often by, Male of Female gamers?

xHeR HiGHnessx: Male gamers mostly, but sometimes I do get female haters, Its seems they have just about the same things to say as the guys do.

The Last Sage: In what way have you been harassed by other gamers?

xHeR HiGHnessx: Pictures of them naked, their genitals and other lewd things. They yell insults to me, send me hate mail, spam me etc.

The Last Sage: What are some of the common insults or forms of harassment?

xHeR HiGHnessx: Usually guys say I'm fat, ugly, or some pretty horrible things involving prostitution. They send nasty pictures and messages filled with as many hateful and profane words as possible.

The Last Sage: Does the Harassment affect your enjoyment of playing online games?

xHeR HiGHnessx: No, I actually use it to relieve stress by yelling back/insulting. I tend not to let ignorant people get to me. Thats why there's a mute option.

The Last Sage: Why do you think, Honestly, that you are harassed by other Male / Female gamers?

xHeR HiGHnessx: Usually its after I score well that they begin insulting me; saying my brother has the controller, or I spend all my time on the box. I believe some of these people are insecure and haven't adjusted to the fact that girls play and some are good. Female gamers, however, have harassed me, and everyone knows as much as I do they are feeling intimidated. Most of the time they are not on the top of the leaderboard and I think thats their fuel.

The Last Sage: Do you do things to provoke other Male / Female gamers to harass you? If so why?

xHeR HiGHnessx: Sometimes, but only to male gamers who annoy me (singing, yelling etc). I never trash talk a lady unless she bashes me first. I respect female gamers enough to give them peace and quiet, because I know what they're going through.

The Last Sage: How do you deal with the Harassment? Do you give into it, or do you ignore it?

xHeR HiGHnessx: At times I just feel like arguing, but other times I go straight to the mute button.

The Last Sage: Do you have any advice for other Female gamers that are harassed online while gaming?

xHeR HiGHnessx: Just toughen up, because its a cruel world out there and begging and pleading wont change anything. Complaining wont help either. Its online, PlayStation, PC or Xbox live and it comes with the territory.

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