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      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
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      Supersonic Series Season 4!   09/24/2016

      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 7:30 PM EST. Supersonic Showdown is every Thursday at 7:30 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 8PM EST (5PM PST)  Check-in starts at 7:30PM EST and close at 7:45PM 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 8PM EST (5PM PST)  Check-in starts at 7:30PM EST and close at 7:45PM 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. 
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        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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      Supersonic Series Stacks Up to Support the Troops   11/07/2016

      vVv Gaming Joins Forces With Stack-Up To Support The Troops     We believe that all gamers, regardless of skill, have a place in competitive gaming. We also believe that great things can come from competitive gaming and the communities that support it. As such, starting today, we are joining forces with Stack-Up in their missions and dedicating the Supersonic Series to the troops. Our goal is to help Stack-Up raise money to fund their missions. Each dollar that is donated goes directly to Stack-Up to support their cause. We invite you to join us in our mission by watching our stream, playing in our tournaments, and donating towards a greater cause: supporting the troops through gaming.  
      Stack-Up's Mission   "Founded in 2015, Stack-Up (TAX ID: 47-5424265) brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. With the motto: 'Veterans are our Mission. Gaming is our Passion', Stack-Up serves US, NATO and ANZAC veterans through three primary programs: The Stacks, Stack-Up Supply Crates, and Air Assaults." With one of their programs, Stack-Up assembles "Supply Crates" filled with video games and nerdy goodies which are sent out to veterans in combat zones, on humanitarian missions, in recovery hospitals, and sometimes even bases located stateside.  They strive to help improve experiences of service members while they are deployed; instead of focusing on how many days of deployment they have left, Stack-Up encourages them to be participating in video game activities with their battle buddies.  It isn't just about having fun either!  Scientific studies have shown that video gaming can help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, stress, and even pain relief!  
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The Month's FAIL Brought To You By: Activision



Okay, so this month's FAIL is a little late, but it was a really tough one to put together mainly because it's a hefty one this time around. No other company can top this one's failures no matter how hard they try. They've been around since the dawn of the gaming industry and have witnessed countless other publishers and developers come and go. Some people would consider them the most evil company ever created while others say they're flat out the most intellectually challenged of them all. They've bought up independent studios and multiple hit games then subsequently destroyed them all while whoring out one franchise after another. This month in FAIL belongs to Activision.


I've waited a long time for this...

Like I mentioned earlier trying to make a list of their worst decisions is ridiculously tough since they've been around for so long and have an enormous laundry list of things to go through. Trying to nitpick through their whole history could take months and I don't think anyone wants me to spend that long on one particular subject. So we're going to break it down as simply as we can one era at a time and pick out the biggest, dumbest, most horrible things they've done to the industry and us.


This is where it all began for Activision and their first home was the Atari 2600 with a game called Fishing Derby. It wasn't anything special even for the time and was followed up by another game called Skiing. Again, it wasn't anything unique, but it started the pattern they have of putting out one bland game after another; a pattern that continues even to this day. They didn't have a runaway title until 1982 when they released Pitfall and nothing else they ever released in the 80's mattered. Strangely enough the sequel (Pitfall 2: The Lost Caverns) is remembered by most gamers unlike the original despite being called one of the best games of its time. It was ported over to multiple systems, including the SG-1000 (SEGA FAIL*) and even had an arcade version, but despite all of that people still remember the first one more. Obviously, Activision failed somewhere with that sequel.


My uncle has a slew of Atari games and not once did he hear of this one...


This is the decade when Activision went from an upstart to becoming the series spewing sellouts we know them as today. Most notably, that began in the late 90's with Quake and the Tony Hawk series. They didn't get their hands on Quake until after the original was released, but it goes without saying that they snatched that series up and rushed out as many sequels and expansion packs as they could. Quake III was when things went sour because it was strictly a multiplayer affair with no single player campaign to even mention. The series hasn't been officially killed off, but there hasn't been a main addition to it since 2005's Quake 4.


Quake, Activision, whoring, tramp stamp...was this image created for me by God or something?!

Tony Hawk, on the other hand, is the very definition of the words "whore" and "sellout". To date there have been 16 Tony Hawk games since the original release in 1999 including spin-off titles and remakes! The first few games had a great start and are responsible for making skateboarding games popular, but for some insane reason when other companies started competing with Activision the quality of Tony Hawk games quickly began to decline. Then, there was that f*cking idiotic skateboard controller for the Wii's Tony Hawk's Ride and the sequel, Shred. I think the testers were too busy sitting around with their thumbs up their asses when the time came to test out the board because the thing was just non-responsive no matter how many times you jumped on it or threw it across the room in a fit of blind rage. You'd honestly have better lucking trying to teach a horse how to ride an elephant while using science and voodoo magic to bring back genetically altered dinosaurs designed to eat only pro skaters!


I'll most likely touch on this one again when I FAIL useless peripherals.

This is also the era when they began their habit of buying out various studios and then shutting them down after a few of years like Luxoflux, Sierra Entertainment, and most notably RedOctane. And speaking of RedOctane...


And we've arrived at the focal point of Activision's transformation into the hideously grotesque overweight single mother who spends most of her time pushing out babies to collect larger checks from the government. Unfortunately, it all started with one of my most beloved science fiction TV series of all time, Star Trek. Activision, realizing that there was money to be made in Star Trek games, got their greedy hands on the rights and started whoring out Trek games that were so far removed from the source material that you probably couldn't tell they were Star Trek until someone told you or you saw the USS Enterprise for yourself! The only Star Trek game they crapped out that I'll defend up and down is Star Trek Bridge Commander. I won't go into detail about it here (mainly because the Star Trek video games could be a future FAIL I might write), but it's definitely the closest you'll ever get to sitting in the captain's chair and saying "Red alert! Shields up!"


Space, the whored to death frontier.

It's also the decade when Call of Duty got its humble start in World War II...and stayed there for far too damn long! It was thanks to Activision that other publishers began putting out their own WWII games and the biggest problem is that nobody ever tried anything other than that war! This is America, for crying out loud! We've got lot of bloody violent history to rummage through, so why the hell did everyone decide WWII was the only one worth making a game of? I think it might be because that's the one time where America can honestly say that, even though the death toll was astronomical, it was a war worth fighting and there was honor to be had because we saved countless lives. Really, though, you can only shine in the limelight of one event for so long and they managed to whore out WWII shooters for over a decade before people started getting tired of them. Now, it's all about the War on Terror, because nothing says "pointless" quite like waging war on an emotional state of mind. Next thing you know we'll go to war against depression and blow up Ethiopia.


I know "Big Red One" is a name for the infantry, but only people that know history would get it. They might as well have called this "Nazi Shooty One".

Even though Call of Duty was Activision's favorite spoiled brat, there was one series that debuted in 2005 that brought a special niche genre to home consoles in a way never thought possible. Even though music games had existed primarily in arcades it wasn't really until Guitar Hero's release when it finally made rhythm gaming a force to be reckoned with. The original game was a runaway success seemingly out of nowhere and made people appreciate music once more and was the lovechild of RedOctane and Harmonix. Activision acquired RedOctane for nearly $100 million and proceeded to run the series into the ground thanks to Neversoft, the team behind Tony Hawk, while Harmonix went on to create the series competitor, Rock Band. The moment Activision owned Guitar Hero they put out annual sequels and tons of expansion games/band themed games to stuff between sequels. The market was flooded with rhythm games thanks to them and, naturally, sales began to sink. Guitar Hero is dead now and took with it newcomer DJ Hero, but both will be fondly remembered and may stand of chance of coming back when someone else revolutionizes and revitalizes rhythm gaming.


You may or may not be missed. It mostly depends on who you ask. P.S. Please take Tony Hawk with you.

Present Day:

Currently, Activision is coddling their big cash cow of the moment, Call of Duty Modern Warfare, until gamers finally realize that they're paying money to play the original Modern Warfare but with a different number at the end of the title. They also merged with Blizzard (World of Warcraft and Starcraft), but have yet to destroy any of their games yet. I've always found it amazing that they can get away with putting little to no effort in their games and never offer anything truly innovative. I suppose they're a lot like Sony in that regard. Well, I guess I'll go kill some Nazi zombies now because we all know those damn Germans used zombies in WWII.




Thank you for doing this. If there is on video game developer/publisher I can stand it's Activision. Out of all these years all they do is milk Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. It really sickens me they can't get anything ORIGINAL out of that company. Great article, you made me very happy. Heres to hoping people realizing MW3 will be a pile of steaming dog shit and will be the same as MW2 and Black Ops.

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I really ****** hate Activision. They ruined the games that I have really loved, for example Guitar Hero. They release Guitar Hero III, and it was a major success. I see how they rused to make World Tour, and although it wasnt nearly as great as GH3, it wasnt an absolue fail. But they should have taken a little break there. Maybe adding DLC and other stuff to the game without creating a new one would be smart, but no. They go ahead and make several remakes with new songs, but the exact same game. Thanks to that, Guitar Hero is pretty much ruined. I am seriously hoping that MW3 is actually good. If it is not, I am definately never buying a Call of Duty game again, but who knows, most people will probably do the same, and then the whole Call of Duty franchise will be over. Just like they did to every other good game.

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great read! the 3 screenshots of 3 supposedly different games sums it all up for me and am happy i have a pic to describe this in a flash

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I'm glad you guys liked it. I'm definitely not happy about the way Activision murdered Guitar Hero and then didn't even give DJ Hero a chance before cutting it loose. But we know how it'll play out. Some time soon somebody else will creat a rhythm game that draws back the massive crowds it once had and you can bet Activision will be there to dig up Guitar Hero's decomposed corpse and poke it with a stick to make it do a few last tricks.

As for Call of Duty...people will realize soon enough that they're using the WWII approach again which is to stay there long after it is no longer relevant. Shooting Nazis got boring and shooting suicide bombers isn't much different....but it IS more explodey.

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I just realized that despite my attaempts to comb through this one as much as possible there are STILL grammar errors! BLARGH!

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The 3 pics are great. However, I would totally marry the chick with the Q3. Which BTW, I loved all of the Quakes, which the exception of 4 ovbiously lol.

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