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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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      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/
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Re-Designed Wii U Controller Leaked

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What you're looking at above is a leaked image of a re-designed controller for Nintendo's next home console, the Wii U. Set to come out later this year, we got a taste of the console at last year's E3, being introduced to one of the most unique controllers the console gaming world has ever seen.

Nintendo talked a lot about how the Wii U would be in its final form at this year's E3, and they weren't kidding - apparently listening to some vocal gamers, Nintendo has tweaked their new console's tablet/controller, but only slightly.

If you forgot what the original design we saw at E3 2011 looked like, here it is:

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Has a lot changed? Well, no. The biggest change really is the replacement of the original analog sliders (akin to what the 3DS has) with actual analog sticks instead, making this controller the first Nintendo console ever to have true dual analog control (that's really ridiculous to say, if you think about it). The + and - buttons, which were first brought to us by the Wii's controller, have been positioned closer to the four buttons on the right side of the controller. Also, the bottom of the controller has been switched up a bit - an unmarked button has been placed next to the power button, and the microphone has been moved over just a bit.

So yeah, not much has changed.

However, the changes made a good - the Wii U controller absolutely needed to get rid of its analog sliders in favor of analog sticks. The sliders were very inaccurate and had a lot of friction, they just weren't suitable for a console. They actually made playing Ghost Recon at E3 last year not fun at all. The dual analog sticks are a very good option, and I'm glad Nintendo decided to change the controller for them.

Also, having the + and - buttons actually in a position where they can be used without moving your hands too much is a plus, but they are still a bit of a travel for your thumb. Though, considering they aren't the most used buttons, that should be fine.

Everything else seems pretty much the same, which still worries me. The controller is still pretty big and that's because of the touch screen. I can understand this, but this will make gaming just...odd for many people. Gamers will now have to take a lot of extra care toward these contraptions, wherein a lot of controllers for many consoles are thrown about because they can take the heat. I don't think this one can.

Also, the four button (A B X Y) position is still wonky compared to the analog sticks. Because thumbs will be primarily on at least one analog stick, and because the sticks are the most northern parts of the controller, you'll have to constantly move your thumb down to hit one of these buttons, and even further if you want to utilize the + and - buttons. Honestly, the sticks should be closer to the middle of the controller and become a focal point, that way nothing is completely too distanced from any position the thumbs may primarily be in.

Now, I won't be able to get my hands on the controller this year unfortunately, but unless Nintendo has changed more things up from the last design in ways that we haven't seen, then they absolutely need to make this controller a bit more ergonomically built. It's comfortable to hold, but it still feels awkward. It doesn't have a huge case of being obtrusive, but it will take a bit of getting used to for most gamers.

Still, the controller is looking good. Hopefully Nintendo releases a standard dual-analog controller without a tablet design and touch screen for the console so that way we can enjoy our favorite Nintendo games in high definition without an otherwise pretty clunky iPad-counterpart that seems more at home at a Starbucks than in your living room.

Seriously Nintendo, just make a Wii U controller that's essentially a Gamecube controller with dual analog control and I'll give you all my money. Please.




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"Seriously Nintendo, just make a Wii U controller that's essentially a Gamecube controller with dual analog control and I'll give you all my money. Please."

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I gotta admit, im not really into the whole "Wiimote and Tablet had a bastard child" look. But i guess time will tell if this thing can do anything to keep gamers interested. Right now, im really not sold on the idea.

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Honestly, the controller isn't a terrible hold. It just doesn't feel like a controller, it feels like a tablet. And I'm more of a traditionalist - I don't necessarily dislike change, but change does not always mean innovation. Yeah, this controller is going to be seen as innovative, but I'd rather buy a console for the games it has and its solid means of playing those games, not because of its gimmicky controller.

Problem is, Nintendo saw that the gimmicky controller thing worked with the Wii and now will probably continue the trend because there's no reason not to. One of the reasons why I wish the Wii didn't do as well as it did was so that Nintendo wouldn't go down this path, but now it seems like it will. Without a "traditional" means of playing Wii U games, the console is already a turn-off for me. I want to play Metroid or Smash Bros with a regular controller, not an iPad with buttons.

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