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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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  1. Played for about 6 hours last night and besides a few D/C issues the launch actually went smooth. (far better than the mess that Diablo 3 launch provided )
  2. Sadly didn't get to play the beta, but i know far too many people that already plan to get the game so i don't i have much of a choice but to buy it at launch
  3. Sadly the game is quite a mess (more so on PC version than the others). Not just on a cheating/exploit/hacking level but on a content level as well. It really feels like the early days of Diablo 3 and unfortunately the game has basically run its course for everyone i know that was playing it. Perhaps they will fix up the bugs and crack down on the cheating on a serious level; but unless they make the game more about having fun rather than a ridiculous grind, in which they punish players more who didn't take advantage of exploits, i don't see The Division lasting very long. Ubisoft really needs to take a good look at what blizzard did to turn D3 around and find ways to creatively do the same thing.
  4. holy crap i actually forgot about this anime, and i even own the manga and anime of it It would be pretty hard for me to pick just one as i have seen many amazing anime shows and movies... But if i am going to have to pick a favorite, it would have to be one that i am willing to watch over and over; thus it would come down to either Appleseed (the movie from 2004) or Redline.
  5. The game certainly looks great and im in total support of what the developers are trying to accomplish; however I am in the same boat as Pherz. I want to play it, however i am going to wait to see how it develops and when the game actually can show closer to launch game play then i will start to get interested.
  6. You may be surprised, but quite a few people around here will read and try to help you with advice as this community tends to care As far as any advice i can give, i can understand the struggle of choosing between something you enjoy and trying to be financially stable, specifically when going through a rough time. Most people here don't actually know this as i have kept it fairly quiet, but about a month ago my stepfather passed away and i have been doing my best to provide for my mother who has been under a lot of stress and unable to pay her bills. It has been pretty rough for me as well, as just before this, I was financially in a good spot and was starting to work on writing again as it is something i enjoy and would eventually like to do to at least make some income on the side. Unfortunately this all has taken a back seat as i try to get both my mother and I stable again and moving forward with our lives. I am grateful that i have a job with a solid income, but unfortunately a lot of my free time has been removed for the time being. As far as what you should do? that's a choice only you can make, but perhaps i can give some advice. I have always said that people need to do something they enjoy to make a living as then you aren't hating your job even when it gets stressful. At the end of the day you feel more accomplished with the work you do and you enjoy going to work (at least most days ). However, for starting a career as a content creator on youtube/twitch/etc. there is no guarantee on success and you need to have something to fall back on to pay the bills until you reach a point where making videos and streaming can become a viable option for income. What i can tell you, as someone who generated articles here for about 2 years, the most important thing for content creation is to have consistency in your schedule. Even if it is just a single video a week or one stream a week, having that consistent schedule will keep people more interested and know when to expect something new. This is how you begin to build an audience and keep them interested. If you are able to throw in an extra video/stream every now and then, great! But maintaining the consistency is the most important thing. The best option in my opinion would be to start off slow while maintaining your current life with work and school. Due to having a hectic life style, videos would likely be easier to start for consistency as you can work on them over time and post them more consistently rather than trying to keep a consistent stream schedule. Finally, don't go and spend a bunch of money on higher end equipment. You need to make sure it is something you truly enjoy doing and are able to try and maintain. While quality is always great, quite a few now popular youtubers and streamers didn't start with high end equipment, or even extensive knowledge of graphics, video editing, etc. (These are things you learn over time by reading up on them and applying the knowledge to become more proficient). It is almost always their personality, consistency, and interactivity that keeps people coming back. Hopefully my advice gives you at least some idea of what to do, and I wish you the best of luck!
  7. Just a funny video Wargaming put out for the holidays as, every year, they give the players a free tank... unfortunately they generally kinda suck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLmsrSM0qic
  8. I believe a lot of it comes down to: Do you like/enjoy open world games (such as GTA, Elder Scrolls, Just Cause, etc.) If yes, then Fallout 4 is likely something you will enjoy. If you dislike them (as i do... in most cases), than probably avoid it. Fallout 4 does have its issues and i believe is hyped beyond what it actually delivers, but i think even with the flaws it does what it sets out to do (and 2 of my friends have already put about 100+ hours into it, so i kinda take that as a sign that it does appease those that like the genre). If you are brand new to the genre entirely then it is hard to say; Its fun, at times silly, and can give you many many hours of things to do, although there generally isn't much direction on what to do (aside from the main storyline) in open world games and the fun comes more from either the lore (IE: the people, quests, and events that make up the world), the tools the game gives you, or the modding community (which fallout has a fairly large modding scene).
  9. Have a great trip!
  10. While i wasn't really bothered if new characters or maps would cost anything (not a big fan of it but it is pretty standard in the market today), i believe this is probably best overall; second only to doing large scale "expansions" every 1-2 years. The main reason i say this is that when you start charging for additional content (specifically in an online only game) and put it out at a more rapid pace (ie: every 3-6 months) you start to segment the community. While i think Overwatch will do just fine for some time, other games such as Evolve and Titanfall dwindled quite rapidly, and their DLC model made it so that the pool of players people could game with grew even smaller.
  11. I am glad to see this project go forward however i am going to avoid this. As much fun as i had back in the old days of lineage 2 (played mostly during C3 and again in C5 and had a blast with PvP and castle sieges on my necro and warcryer) I can't say i would want to do it again. The endless hours of grinding for 10% of a level, Soulshots, Grinding for gear, having to borrow gear and adena from guild mates, Dropping said gear >.<!! Yeah, i have rose tinted goggles for the good times, but the investment was a real pain to get to things you really wanted to do. Although i kinda hope this server does well as i feel there is a void in the MMO industry for these kind of games.
  12. I'm actually kind of in the same boat as you pherz. Pretty often i get home, relax for a bit and end up either just watching netflix or youtube, and even if i feel like playing a game i some times won't or i will just research a game but not play it. I tried picking up a few games recently and yet none of them really dragged me in past a few days. In some ways i think it's myself, but in others i think it's gaming in general. I mostly say this as the last game that really dragged me in wasn't too long ago (Metal Gear Solid 5) and i played maybe 80 hours before i was done (basically i played until the game felt repetitive and i was only playing for completion rather than fun). But everything else i have played recently hasn't been able to hook me and make me want to pick it up as soon as i get home (my list over the past month or so: SWTOR, FFXIV, Tales of Zestiria, Hearthstone, Archeage, Diablo 3). Currently just looking forward to Blade and Soul as well as Overwatch, and kinda hoping they will reinvigorate my passion to game.
  13. http://us.battle.net/overwatch/en/buy/ contains the origins edition (base game + 5 skins: as well as: Tracer Hero for HotS, Baby Winston pet for WoW, Card Back for Hearthstone, Mercy Wings for Diablo, portraits for SC2)Overwatch SoundtrackOverwatch Sourcebook (Illustrations book)Statue of Soldier 76 My guess is its gonna be around $100-$120
  14. thanks for making my decision easy Blizzard. Looks like i'm just getting the standard edition, $20 is a bit ridiculous for 5 skins and a bunch of fluff for other games i don't even play >.>
  15. I get a lot of the same feelings about Overwatch as i did when Team Fortress 2 first released (and that's a good thing). The combination of MOBA and TF2 feel is a nice deviation and the larger roster compared to tf2 is a welcome sight as well. I'll have to wait until i can actually play the game, but i do look forward to it. I haven't played TF2 pretty much since it went F2P (before that i probably had 400 hours on my steam account on the game @_@) So it will be nice to get back into a team fps based around strategy and not just personal K/D/A. Thanks for the review/opinions jerry, i look forward to trying this game out even more now.