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About CharcoalCoyote

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    I can finally use the Shoutbox
  • Birthday 06/17/1993

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    Austin Thornton
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    Raleigh, NC
  • Favorite Games
    Dota 2, Halo 1-3, Final Fantasy 1-6, every Legend of Zelda
  • Favorite Foods
    Anything Italian or Mexican
  • Favorite Movies
    Not really a big "movie" person
  • Favorite Music
    Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, Pre-Black Album Metallica, The Sword, Slayer, Iron Maiden
  • Interests
    DotA and the other MOBA games, playing guitar, tabletop RPGS & Warhammer 40k, racquetball, snowboarding

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  1. The enigma continues. I ended up recieving one extra invite a little later that night, but I've recently recieved the "you now have an extra invite" message again. Still no second invite... I'm not sure whether it's a glitch or a hell of a delay.
  2. I just got my invite to the CS:GO beta (presumably from my mad survey-filling-out skills). However, I was notified in the middle of a fairly hectic Dota 2 match. I remember seeing something that said something along the lines of "since it's more fun to play with friends...", but wasn't able to read further. I figured this insinuated that I may have an extra giftable copy or two of the beta. Has anyone else gotten a similar invite, and did it come with extras?
  3. I can attest to this guy. Amped, Krow, and Vagrance have put in a LOT of work, dedicating the most part of their Saturdays for the past few weeks into putting together the In-House league. This gets vVv's name to the front page of the Dota 2 Subreddit at least once weekly, and ends up in a lot of community involvement and views. I found vVv through their first In-House post, and I know of at least two others that did as well. Barring that, even if we did have some minor rage issues last go-round, the vVv Dota 2 In-Houses are by far one of the most effective and unintimidating ways for newer players to interact with those of other experience levels, play games in a slightly more serious and competitive context, and learn more about their own gameplay via having the games casted. I dare call vVv the "Good Guy Greg" of the various groups attempting to involve new players in Dota 2 via outreaches on websites like Reddit. That's gotta count for SOME social media, right?
  4. Alright, Neutral Evil/Devil's Advocate coming in here. This may be a long winded "argument", but I think there are those of us who may appreciate my viewpoint. Yes, there are many who have been given a hard lot in life based on some personal quality. Some have been looked down upon because of race, used as a scapegoat due to their sexuality, discredited for their sex, or even tortured on the grounds of religion. I agree that some of this abuse could have been prevented. However, I do not know if zero tolerance policies are the correct route of action. Putting any policy in place will instantly draw a negative reaction from the opposing side, which could wreak havoc on the already fragile world of eSports. Zero tolerance policies also have the unfortunate side effect of being incredibly labeling. One slip of the N-word and you're a racist. Call something "gay" and you're a homophobe. There is a huge problem in the world with what I'll call "personal squishiness". Standards of living have generally improved exponentially in the world over the last century. Many things people once had to deal with are no longer an issue. However, humans are still just as emotional as they always have been. This has caused people to become noticeably more easily offended by simple things over the last few years. Does nobody remember the phrase, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me."? It seems as though there are more and more anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, anti-whatever laws coming in to play every day. Is a person no longer entitled to believe certain things? Now, before people begin to get on my case, I am in NO way sticking up for hate-criminals and blatant injustices. I'm simply presenting the other, often unspoken side of the story. Many homosexuals can present a clear example of a time in which they were bullied or acted against because of their sexual preference. Many women have their own tales of times when they were passed up in a professional scenario for an equally or less qualified man. However, it's also worth noting that lots of white, straight, non-religious or majority-religious males (much like myself) have also had to deal with plenty of discrimination the other way around. Attempting to advance the causes or enrich the lives of this specific group of people almost guarantees cries of outrage from every other combination of every other group. A whites-only scholarship? That's racist. Male-only social group? That's sexist. I understand that many of these other social categories of people have collectively gone through some hard times in the past, but does that really entitle them to a handicap bonus in life? By no means am I suggesting that I believe gaming is a culture which should be dominated by white straight males. I'm simply arguing that a less strict policy may be more beneficial to the professional gaming world than going after players who break the rules like the Spanish Inquisition. I'm all for diversity, but if there's one thing I can't tolerate, it's a whine. Gaming can be brutal. I've played most of the games that vVv sponsors or is considering sponsoring teams and players for. I've been yelled at, berated, and called more horrible things than I care to recount. If anything, gamers should be more capable than the rest of handling petty insults or offensive slang. I understand the argument that professionalism is required in anything we want to call "pro". I'm a huge advocate for diversity in all regards. I believe people have the right to live their lives as they choose, and ought to have a fair chance from the get-go. However, I don't believe it should be a massive social scandal when a pro gaming celebrity expresses their own views on sexism, or lets slip a word that some people may find offensive. I grew up in a school system that was more than 70% African American. The "N Word" rapidly became a part of my typical social vocabulary (not in the offensive connotation, simply as a substitute noun/pronoun), and after 7 or 8 years of usage, it's very difficult not to let it slip out at times. I slowly witnessed my best friend come to terms with his own sexuality through the course of more than 5 years, and we cracked "gay jokes" with each other all the while. Long story short (or tl;dr for all you netizens), I'm not saying that the pro gaming community shouldn't be held to standards of professionalism. I'm just suggesting that it may be a tad counter productive to police all professional organizations and nab evildoers who touched exhibits in the Museum of Glass Feelings. I don't think people should be punished for expressing their beliefs, even if those beliefs offend others.
  5. Okay, Zero. I hate you. And I am going to tell you why. I knew that the Sonic the Hedgehog comic existed. I had Sonic Mega Collection on the Gamecube when I was 9, and there were a few issues and far more covers of issues in the bonus features of the disk. I was curious, and I definitely wanted to read more, but I had no way of doing so (I was as of yet unaware of the amazing powers of the Internet). After a while, they kind of subsided in memory, but had anyone ever brought it up, it would've been certain to kick off an internet searching spree. Then I read this article and found out that they're still making them. There are 234 issues, and thanks to your article, I'm probably going to read them all. I'm a college freshman in engineering, and this semester's grades are going to be very crucial to my future. You've provided me with hours, no, DAYS worth of procrastination material that is all binge-worthy. My social life and grades will likely suffer due to the information you've divulged in this article. Have a nice life. I hate you. BRB READING SONIC (PS- I'm not actually raging, moreso pissing myself with overjoy. Nevertheless I probably will screw something up because I was too busy reading Sonic.)
  6. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this question is truly unanswerable. It's like comparing Link to the Past to Ocarina of Time. Both were unbelievably epic in their own ways, similar to and different from each other enough to class them completely differently. You might be able to have a "best Sonic game per console" or "best sonic game per generation", but lumping them all together gives you too many things you have to "just consider". For the Genesis era, I'd go with Sonic 2. For the 3D Sega era, I'd say Sonic Adventure 2. For the "Sega no longer makes consoles" era, I'm probably going with Sonic Generations (it IS a huge nostalgia trip), perhaps shortly followed by Sonic Heroes. Also, that "sexy in a weird way that makes you feel uncomfortable" is not to be trifled with. Overexpose yourself, and we can't be held responsible for what will happen to you.
  7. I'm still trying to figure out why Veigar opted for Rylai's.
  8. Name: Austin Thornton Age (minimum 16): 18 Gamertags (for all systems you own): Charcoal Coyote (Xbox Live), CharcoalCoyote (Most PC games) Do you have access to a computer and e-mail on a daily basis? Yes What are your screen names (all that apply)? charcoalcoyote for both Steam and Skype Link to your Twitter page (twitter required): http://twitter.com/#.../CharcoalCoyote Link to your Google+ or Facebook page (at least one required): this is a link How frequently do you use Facebook, Twitter, Digg and/or Google+? I use Facebook on a daily basis, and intend to use Twitter more frequently as time goes on. How did you hear about vVv Gaming? Were you referred to the site? If so, by whom? I found vVv via an open invitation from vVv Vagrance to your Dota 2 In-House league on the Dota 2 reddit. Who do you know currently in vVv Gaming? How do you know them? I'm fairly familiar with Vagrance, iKrow, and Amped. They play Dota 2 with me, cast my inhouse games and say nice things about my Shackleshots. I've also played with a number of other vVv members in Dota 2, but I'd be lying if I claimed to "know" them. Why are you interested in joining vVv Gaming?: Ever since I got my Dota 2 Beta invitation, I've been on the hunt for a solid community to play it with. vVv has the variety of players and attitudes that I like in a community, as well as the willingness to strive to compete and win. Adding value is an important aspect of being in vVv Gaming. How will you, personally, add value? My primary goal in joining vVv is to advance my Dota 2 ability and eventually represent on a team. I'm passionate about the game, and I'll be more than willing to fly the flag of any community that supports my rise to a competitive level. I'm also looking into streaming and commentating (I have voice acted in the past and enjoy yelling at things), and to top it all off, I write. I've done quite a bit of writing in the past for a website called TheGamersBlog, reviewing games, relaying news, and even interviewing indie developers. I've stopped writing for the moment due to an increased college workload, but I'll happily start back up once I'm back in rhythm again. Are you familiar with vVv's Geek to Me articles and Losers Bracket Podcast? If so, what are some of your favorites and why? I've not yet checked these out. I'm slowly but surely branching out into the community, and the podcasts and articles have yet to be traversed by my leafy appendages. How long have you been playing video games? I've been playing video games since I was old enough to understand what I was doing with them. Of the 18 years I've been alive, I've gamed at least 16. How many hours per week do you devote to gaming? Around 45, give or take a few hours depending on how busy I am. What’s the hardest game you’ve ever beaten? It's a toss up between Castlevania and Contra, both on the NES. Newer games, no matter how hard they claim to be, always fall short of the classics due to good ol' clunky controls, as well as the rage-colored glasses of nostalgia. What games coming out are you looking forward to play and why? Dota 2 and CS: GO are probably the biggest. I'm already deeply into the Dota 2 beta, and I look forward to more CS even though I'm a horrible CS player. I always look forward to any Zelda title announced, as well. Halo 4, I'm moreso... anticipating. 343 impressed me with Halo: Anniversary, but I'm afraid they'll horribly maim one of my favorite series of all time, a la Star Wars Prequels. What are your hobbies and interests outside of gaming? I'm a musician, primarily playing guitar and singing. I'm also capable on a number of other instruments (namely trumpet and string bass). I'm a huge fan of tabletop gaming as well: I'm in to all sorts of RPGs, and I play Tyranids in Warhammer 40k. I enjoy snowboarding whenever I can, but North Carolina rarely allows me to do so. Where do you see yourself next year at this time? Most likely either sitting at a computer or lying in bed. It's past midnight. In all seriousness, though, I'd like to be representing vVv on whatever amazing Dota 2 team we'll have put forward by then. I'd also like to be an entertaining caster for the In-House league (it'll probably be fairly large by this point), and perhaps be the go-to guy whenever something Dota 2 related needs to be written. What kind of competitive tournament experience do you have? None whatsoever. As I grew up, my parents became less and less supportive of my gaming habit, and wouldn't go out of their way to help me game in a competitive fashion. Scheduling any sort of play was a non-thing. Now that I'm in college, I'm free to "do the competitive thing", but I'm still incredibly new in terms of the way competitive gaming "works". Have you attended any national events (MLG, WCG, CPL)? See above comment. How long have you been playing competitively? See above comment telling you to see the above comment. What was your best competitive moment? What was your worst? My best competitive moment was probably moving into my college dorm last fall. It was the moment that enabled me to begin practicing for a competitive schedule and playstyle. What do you hope to achieve, competitively? Dota's more of a team game, so I kind of have to refer to "us". And I want what every team player wants; to be a crucial part of the best team. I want to see my team at the top of whatever leagues and tournaments we play in. To expect victory each time would be naive, but to expect excellence every time is far from out of the question. Whether or not "going pro" is in the cards for me is all down to luck. I'll put the career that keeps me alive and comfortable first, and gaming at an incredibly close second. What was your toughest competition? This application seems like it's really trying to rub in the fact that I've never been able to game competitively . However, my toughest gaming moment was probably in the dying days of Halo 3, attempting to scoop up the Vidmaster achievements and a somewhat tragically anticlimactic Recon armor set. Even though it's not even in the same category as playing versus other human beings, it's still incredibly hard to drag somewhat less competent teammates through one-death restarts, deadly and frequent explosions, and connection problems during the last necessary set of Firefight. Not quite a competition, but it was definitely tough. How do you see vVv Gaming adding value to you? vVv is already an excellent community, and I see a lot of areas in which I would personally be able to shine. Being challenged or called upon always brings out the best in me, and this community is definitely able to do that. Those more experienced than me can make me a better player. Those less experienced than me can make me a better teacher. I'm always striving to improve myself, and vVv Gaming has nothing but opportunities to help me do so. (PS)- I know the Dota 2 aspect of vVv has yet to fully form, so this can be considered a sort of pre-emptive application. I'm throwing my hat into the vVv ring now, and sorting out the whole playing-of-Dota-2 thing when it comes around.
  9. Welcome to the forums CharcoalCoyote :)

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