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    • vVv Bagzli

      Changes to the Application Process   08/03/2016

      Hello Everyone!   I'm creating this announcement to inform every vVv applicant that I have introduced a few short-term goals that we all will be working toward accomplishing over the next few weeks. One of these goals directly affects your application process.  If you would like to read the full post in detail, and maybe learn a little about me, follow this link. The TL;DR of why I'm addressing this announcement to you is to inform you that our application process will be undergoing a few dramatic changes that will affect your application. vVv Gaming wants to be as transparent as possible when it comes to what changes our Staff team makes and why. We will be changing the applications themselves as well as how they work. Our community wants and needs a larger say in who is accepted and who isn't. We also want to encourage community interaction as much as possible. With these changes, we are wanting to allow members the ability to give constructive criticism to applicants, provide the opportunity for applicants to interact with members and other applicants that they normally may not, and open a platform for discussion and the sharing of ideas. With the reimplementation of the Endorsement System, vVv Gaming is looking to give the power back to our Members and put the fate of the Applicant (and their application!) in their own hands. Applicants will need to receive 5 endorsements from current vVv Members (Staff endorsements work as well!) to earn their pre-interview. If an Applicant fails to receive a new endorsement every 3 weeks the application will be closed. Full details on how the Endorsement System works can be found through this link. Because we are introducing new application forms and a different way of how the application process works, we will be closing all currently open applications. Once the new application forms are posted, all applicants that had an application open during this time will be able to immediately reopen their applications. This means that those applicants do not need to wait 30 days as the new rule states, this will be a one-time exception due to circumstances under which these applications were closed. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a private message. I apologize for the inconvenience that this will cause. Thank you for your patience and your enthusiasm for joining vVv Gaming!
    • 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

      vVv Gaming Returns: Community Game Nights! (CGNs)   08/15/2016

      Rocket League Community Game Nights (CGN) with vVv Gaming are back starting on Monday, August 22nd!  These CGNs will allow teams and individual Rocketeers to continue to bring their A game and level up their gaming skills in two unique events each week! Whether the goal is to improve teamwork, find suitable opponents, or just acquire valuable feedback on how to improve one’s game-play, these events will help accomplish just that! Mondays will continue to be our draft night and due to your feedback, we will be returning to a format of random captains with the ability to opt out of being a captain. Wednesdays will continue to be a night for pre-made 3v3 teams. Supersonic Series Season 4 is happening and we will be announcing information on that and the start date at a later time.   Monday Night Draft
      When: 9PM  EST (6PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30PM EST and closes at 8:45PM EST
      Where: vVv Discord Server  (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf)  Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord 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. Captains are chosen at random and each captain picks their team-mates. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister 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 tea`ms, 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.  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.
          Wednesday Night Teams (Games are counted towards Power Rankings!)
      When: 9:00 PM  EST (6:00 PM PST)  Check-in starts at 8:30 PM EST and closes at 8:45 PM EST
      Where: vVv Discord Server  (https://discord.gg/p44AjNf)  Discord Guide: http://www.vvv-gaming.com/discord 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. Registration: Visit http://vvv-gaming.com/RLRegister 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 available to fill up spot a team might need or you will be placed on a team with others who have signed up individually. Check-ins will be 15-30 minutes before the start time so we can get everyone organized. A team may contact you to play with them before the event starts.  We also encourage you to talk with any other free agents signed up to form a team!
        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/RLRegister 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 we will assign you a third team member if one is available for the duration of the night.   Click here to join the discussion!
    • vVv Bagzli

      August Chopping List   08/20/2016

      As I have stated when I became the president, I will be removing all inactive members from vVv Gaming.  I have given everyone 3 weeks to reach out to me and get in touch with me.  Some have reached out and decided not to vVv members anymore, due to time constraints and other reason.s  Some reached out and promised they would take certain action to show they want to be members but it did not happen, and lastly, some have never reached out to me at all.  I really wish that things could be different, but as it stands the following people are being removed from vVv Gaming.  We wish them the best of luck with their future endeavours and hope to see them come back to us one day.   The following is a list of donor members who will be returned to Donor rank on the forum, but will no longer be vVv Members. vVv Brocco vVv Koala vVv Krewel vVv Rising Dawn   The following is a list of vVv Members being returned to normal forum rank. vVv Acai28 vVv AmpeD vVv Arkaine vVv Blazek vVv Buzz vVv Cherp vVv Cr0nus vVv Deadaim vVv Falcodile vVv Matchu vVv Oriklad vVv ShySluShy vVv SilverSpoon vVv Spike vVv TyTy vVv UkogMonkey vVv Zeeb
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The Month's FAIL Brought To You By: Activision

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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.

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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.

1980's:

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.

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

1990's:

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.

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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!

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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...

2000's:

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!"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I LOVE ALL OF THIS CLEARLY EPIC VARIETY!!!




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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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