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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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Diablo 3 Review!

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Diablo 3 is a fun, fast-paced, Action RPG, that takes the player into a world of angels, demons, the undead, and ponies. That world is known as Sanctuary. Published by the well known, respected and hated Blizzard Entertainment, Diablo 3 will have you traveling through many cities, dungeons and towns. Just like in any traditional RPG, you can expect to spend a lot of time grinding your way through in order to save Sanctuary. There will be twists and turns along the way, and you’ll meet lots of new NPCs that will either have sugar and spice, and everything nice, or you will have to unleash a reign of terror upon in order to survive the apocalypse/ponies. Yes, there are ponies.

Story:

Now, if you know anything about the story of Diablo, you know that the world isn’t a kind place. You begin the game learning something about a falling star that crashed into the town of Tristram, the town from Diablo, yeah, THAT town. This star comes with the magical ability to reanimate dead things. Yes, like zombies, but not quite the same. These dead things will eat you alive, just like zombies, but can also, burn you to death, bash you to death, and cut you to pieces plus a whole plethora of other nightmarish things that Blizzard was able to dream up. The Diablo 3 story does a good job of trying, and reflecting on the past Diablo games. Set 20 years after the previous game, very few people are still alive from the original story. One of these people, Deckard Cain, remembers everything that happened in previous Diablo games, and you use him as the game progresses to well… progress. Let's not forget here that Tyrael destroyed the Worldstone in Diablo 2. That's a pretty key thing here, since the Worldstone is basically the stone that protects Sanctuary from the forces of hell. Now, you’re probably sitting there putting two and two together, realizing, that yes. With the Worldstone gone, no wonder demons and such are roaming around, preparing to invade the mortal realm. Now, to get specific about the Diablo 3 story, it is broken up into several “Acts”. In Act 1 you find yourself below the Cathedral that was bombed by the falling star fighting monster after monster and eventually the Skeleton King. Act 2 follows suit so far, as you are moved to the city of Caldeum, where once again you must fight wave of monsters in order to succeed in what you want to do. Now, the rest, you’ll just have to play and find out on your own. All in all, the Diablo 3 story is exhilarating and exciting, and leaves no question as to “how” or “what”.

Gameplay:

Slice. Dash. Cut. Dash. Mash. Dash. BOOM. EXPLODE. POW POW, and guess what? More POW. That’s about the general gist of how the gameplay in Diablo 3 works. As is tradition in RPGs, you begin the game by picking one of five classes: Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, and Demon Hunter. Each class begins the game with simple offensive skills. And as this is an Action RPG, you also have the ability to attack with your weapon of flavor by clicking the “Mouse 1” button. As you play the game, you’ll feel as if you are progressing rather fast. You gain skills almost by the level, sometimes even two skills. In Diablo 3 your class progression depends on "builds”. You can get every skill in the game for your respective class. The only thing you are responsible for is picking a good combination of those skills that helps you survive, as you can only use so many at one time. One of the best things about Diablo 3 is the gearing aspect of the game. After you progress, quite quickly I might add, through the beginning and intermediate stages of the game, you come to a point where you’ll need to gear your character. This can be done through several ways. You can find drops from monsters you have killed, these drops can range anywhere from normal items, to rare items, and sometimes even legendary and set items. The next way, thanks to the amazing Diablo 3 design team, is the auction house. Yes, the game has an auction house. Yes, that does mean that this game is online, in case I didn’t mention that, or you didn’t know that. Now, the game is played through several Acts. In these Acts you can either solo play through them, or you can link up with up to three friends, or just join a random party. The awesome thing about linking up with friends is, thanks to Blizzard once again, you don’t have to fight over loot. You have loot that only you can see, isn’t that fantabulous? No. I never said fantabulous, what’re you talking about? Now, a fault to the developers of Diablo 3 is the way the game starts out. But that’ll be saved for the “Beginnability” category. Now, lets move on to the quite beautiful section, the Graphics section (see what I did there).

Graphics:

Diablo 3’s graphics. Hmm… what’s the best way to communicate to you about Diablo 3’s graphics? Ahh, of course, with a question. That question is, have you ever wanted to play a game where you can actually see blood, guts, body parts, and bones flying all over the place, as you tear through monster after monster in lands that were quite dark, spooky and scary? Well, in all cases except a few, like the cute and cuddly lands you will come across with fighting teddy bears and such, though the blood, guts, and body parts rule still counts. Luckily for us, the system requirements for Diablo 3 aren’t that bad though. To conclude our short graphics section, this game is quite beautiful for an over-the-head Action RPG game.

Sound:

I just want to start off by talking about (in my opinion) the awful background music of Diablo 3. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s nice music, but when I’m running around lopping the heads off of demons, or blasting through a crowd of undead wolves, I want to be pumped up and ready to go, not lulled to sleep by some soothing, and cutesy music. My suggestion, if you play Diablo 3, is to have some music prepared for the long hours of battling you’ll have to go through that gets you excited to kill demons. Though, there are times when you’ll need to pause that music. These times are mostly when meeting other NPCs where Blizzard has done us the favor of having some pretty nice voice-acting. You’ll get to hear the super sexy voice of Claudia Black, and even James Hong, as you traverse the realm of Sanctuary. Back to that background music, isn’t it just annoying? Though, I do say you need your own music when fighting, some of the sound effects of the game are quite nice, and you might miss them if you have your own music pumped up too loud.

"Beginnability:"

First off, blah. Second off, blah. And third off, blah. Battle.net servers suck. This is a widespread problem with the game so far. New players may be deterred from the game when the first thing that happens when they login is they are forced to log back out. Now, if you can get past that, you’ll just be faced with more “beginnability” issues. The game starts you out without much teaching. Though, it is quite easy to learn, you’ll still have to pretty much learn them on your own. That being said, that actually makes the beginning a bit more challenging considering how EXTREMELY EASY your first play through of the game will be. And when I say, EXTREMELY EASY, I really mean that making games difficult and complicating is a thing of the pass it seems. Literally, your first play through will be so easy, that you might as well not even play the game. No, wait, play the game. The game is amazing, if you can force yourself to play through one time. Though, I guess the learning the game is quite nice on the first play through…….. Blah.

"Continuability:"

Unlike the previous section, this section actually has a lot of plusses about it. Blizzard has blessed us, the players, with different levels of difficulty in which you can play the game on! Normal, Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno. Once you unlock the harder settings, that game becomes much more fun, and exciting. The game changes, at every corner, in every play through. Sometimes you can fight this monster, and others you fight that horde of monsters. That’s what makes you want to continue playing the game. Because, though every play through is technically the same, what, when and how you fight through the play throughs are completely different, every time! And with the higher difficult settings, not only are mobs stronger, tougher, but they also get smarter. They even get new abilities as you go from normal to inferno.

Conclusion:

  • EXCELLENT Story – Due to a wonderful background that ties in the previous Diablo games, the game receives an excellent in it’s story rating.

  • GOOD Gameplay – The game is exciting, and changing at every turn, but due to some issues with the beginning of the game, and battle.net servers, and the fact that this type of continuous clicking RPG may not be for everyone, Diablo 3 receives a good for it’s gameplay.

  • GOOD Graphics – The game is, like has been stated, an over-the-head Action RPG, which has very many limitations on just how attractive the game can be. That being said, Blizzard does a great job showing us enough gore to overcome that so that the game can receive a good in the graphics department.

  • DECENT Sound – The game has wonderful voice acting from some awesome people, and even some awesome sound effects, but all this is dampened because of poor background music that I just can’t get over, and thus the game receives a decent in the sound category.

  • DECENT Beginnability – The game starts off with a lack of a solid tutorial, and with the many problems that battle.net has, accompanied by how easy the game is at first, some new players can be deterred from the game therefore the game receives a decent in the beginnability category.

  • EXCELLENT Continuability – With the ability to continually obtain better gear, and constantly changing waves and abilities of monsters the game receives an excellent in the ability to continue to play the game.

  • EXCELLENT as it’s rating due to how fun, and exciting the game can be if you can make it through the beginning stages of the game.

Matthew "Killzmane" Spaulding is new to the vVv Writing Staff, his first work being this review.

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