vVv Tahvvy reacted to Magicmooch in itwitch(Ez__Button) Application
What Coach said, you need to go out and get your endorsements, get involved in game nights with COD, play 8s with some members. Doing GFX work is amazing and you do a great job, but outside of that people need to play with you to get to know who you are and what you're all about as a person.
vVv Tahvvy reacted to Rapture in Tahvvy CoD Application
I, ya boi vVv Rapture you know what it is, endorse Tahhvy.
How much time have you spent with the applicant, in-game or out? I've conversed with him a multitude of times on the shoutbox and forums, seen him as a stream monster in my SC2 stream so I chatted with him there, and played a ton of CTF with him in the new Halo 4 Turbo update.
What was your favorite moment with them (in-game or out)? We recently played a lot of Capture the Flag in Halo 4, and at the end of our massive session, we had one more game to play. I was personally exhausted, but I played it out anyway. We ended up winning a close game 5-4 in a game I thought we were gonna get stomped in. Tahvvy rolled with the punches just as I did.
What makes this applicant a good fit for vVv Gaming? He's clearly adding value by being a consistent graphics designer around here, and his activity is rather evident. Furthermore, he's a blast to play vidya gaemz with, regardless of his skill. And, in fact, he is indeed a skilled player.
How could they improve to be a better potential community member? To be honest, I think he conducts himself fine. He doesn't mind joking around but knows how to seriously contribute. Although I can tell that sometimes people can put his maturity into question, I don't see it as a problem.
Anything else we should know about this applicant? Any skills or talents that no one else knows yet? I mean, I think it's great that he's put what he has to offer right out on the table, so while I may not know of anything secretive, I do know that there's definitely more to him and I'm sure he'll continue to add value and improve as a vVv member as time goes on. He's already a step in the right direction. He's one of the few apps I am genuinely glad to have around.
Do you feel that they know and understand the five pillars of vVv Gaming? I do believe so.
vVv Tahvvy reacted to vVv Milkyy in Becoming a Pro Gamer: What to do when you suck
Becoming a Pro Gamer: What to do when you suck
by Steven "DarkChaos" Beach
When I first read this article from the folks at vVv Gaming, I had to laugh. Let's face it, we've all been there. We've all had days when nothing is going right for us and we just can't seem to get it together. We screw up. We do really poorly. I'll just come out and say it, there are days when we just suck. So what do you do on those days when your gaming skills just aren't up to par, you're just not as good as you thought you were and you're driving your fellow players to apoplexy? You do what Steven "DarkChaos" Beach suggests, and 'embrace the suck':
There comes a time in every gamer's life when you're going to have to do a little something that I like to call (ok, ok, ok. . . I got this from Jerry "LordJerith" Prochazka), "Embrace the Suck". It's sad to say, but we can't be absolutely amazing at everything. If we were, this world would get really boring pretty damn quick. At some point in your life, you will have to admit you suck at something. Some things are easier to admit than others. If it's something that you're passionate about, but don't have what it takes to make it something of quality, it's hard; sometimes not all of the pieces are there.
So what do I mean by "Embrace the Suck?" Well, simply put, it means admitting you're bad at something. Until you can admit you're bad, you can't improve. If you think you're already skilled, you can't start to learn how to get better.
Read more after the jump!
I hate the first week to the first month of a new job. Why? Because I'm new, I don't know anything, and I suck at it! However, if at this point you embrace the idea that you are new and that you do in fact suck, it grants you the ability to learn and become more efficient and eventually not suck in whatever you're doing. Well, at least not suck as much. Let's face it; you might just be really lousy at your chosen activity.
Steven "DarkChaos" Beach
Now, how does this relate to you, Mr./Ms./Mrs. Gamer? Are you serious? How does it not? Hmm, how do I put this? Ok, here's how: I will start with me. When it comes to the campaign of a video game, whether it's an RPG, FPS, etc., I am a fleshy human Gamer God, complete with gold plated teeth, and diamond rimmed glasses, twirling a platinum Xbox 360 controller in my hand; I am just that good. Naturally, you would think that some skills would transfer over to the competitive, player versus player portion of a game. And it does...sort of. Some skills do apply, but don't make up for the missing those skills that are crucial when pitted against an actual human player. I can be good at times or at least decent in competitive play, but in the end I had to "Embrace the Suck".
When the internet was created, it opened up the floodgates for cyber gamers scattered across the globe. With such a vast pool of players there are a vast amount of skill levels. Chances are, you're going to play really good players quite often. Some will be naturally talented at the game; others will practice and become skilled players. I, as a competitive player in the grand scope of the internet, suck. Very few people are actually good. Many of the self-proclaimed "Pro Gamers" out there actually suck. The difference between me and them is that I'm not living a lie. Most people, and if you haven't experienced this then you're not really a competitive gamer, will cover up the fact that they suck through copious amount of trash talking, though it can be a skill carefully honed and designed to get underneath a person's skin. This will mostly happen in two ways. If you don't know you suck, and you're trash talking, and you continue to suck, well that's just sad. Really, who are you fooling? Now, if you're like me, this is how it works. Let's say I trash talk a lot before and during the game, and by the end of the match I played a horrible game. Invariably, one of the players will shriek,
Outraged Gamer: "You suck! You ain't nothing. You talk so much crap.--"
You get the point; you've probably heard this before.
To which I would aptly reply,
"Why yes, I do suck. So what?"
Isn't sarcasm great? It's fun to toy with people. Period. It's a sick game to play within a game.
Why does it matter if you suck or not? If you play a bad game, you play a bad game. Or if you're no good at a game, you're just not good. Just embrace the idea that you suck, take life a little less serious, and have fun at it. A lot of Pro Gamer frustrations come from players not being able to cope with the possible idea that they do in fact suck at this certain game and should probably give up trying to play it and move on to something else.
Of course, as an intelligent reader, you will have rebuttal for multiple points that I have brought up in this piece of writing. And that's ok! This is nothing fool proof, this isn't an end all be all on whether you suck at video games, that article would just be too damn long. It is simply one way of looking at this area of gaming. Also, it should be noted that this isn't the same for everybody. Just like with most arguments it's a combination of many things. There are just too many wannabe "Pro" Gamers out there that haven't come to terms with the concept that they suck and should just move on.
What it boils down to is this: If you "Embrace the Suck" then you will spend a lot less time worrying about whether you suck or not, because hey, you already do, you can only get better right? It will allow those mean spirited comments that some ignorant/moronic idiots throw around to have no effect on you, which they really shouldn't anyways. More importantly though, just have fun with the game. If you're not having fun then what's the point? If you don't want to suck, then put the time into the game to get better, open your eyes more, study what other players do. Personally, that's not my gig. I don't care to spend my time improving my strafing, my gunplay and my teamwork. It's just not that important to me. So, I embrace the suck. I will lose some, I will win some. One way or another I will die trying, but I will do so happily, because it's ok to suck. So why not embrace it?
And that, dear friends, is MY philosophy when it comes to gaming! I suck and I know it! LOL.
Thanks again to the folks at vVv Gaming for yet another great article from their supremely talented and generous stable of pro gamers. If you enjoyed reading this as much as I did, be sure to share it with others. You can use Twitter, Digg, Facebook or any social networking tool you prefer (the buttons are right there on the bottom of the post).
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vVv Tahvvy reacted to vVv LordJerith in Something Special
I've been watching. I probably should tell you that I'm not writing this as the owner of vVv Gaming, or even as someone who works in the video game industry. I'm writing to you as someone who has had the pleasure of experiencing vVv Gaming as a community member. I want to share with you some of the things I've noticed, and I want to point to an observation about something. Let's call it, "something special."
I was struggling with where to begin this. I was going to talk about the move to LA and starting at Riot. Those are just facts, though. The right place to start this is at the League of Legends' World Finals. I was sitting between Rob, Kevin and Jordan. Rob leaned over to me, and he showed me a Forbes article that had come out while we were at the world finals. I think it was right there that the journey that has been vVv Gaming culminated in a very special moment for me.
Indulge me. I want to take you back in time. I want you to know something very important. Everything about the World Finals moment... I did not know that any of it was possible six months before. In six months, what was possible changed. In that moment, a 14-year-old, annoying, emo kid, who was at best a B+ Gears of War player had grown into a 19-year-old that accomplished a win for himself and vVv Gaming solely because of his passion for eSports and commitment to vVv.
After that moment, I've been looking and watching what the people in vVv Gaming have been doing. There is something very special going on here. I'm not sure I can list everyone who has caught my attention. I certainly can't list every act of awesomeness I have observed over the past couple of months. What I can do is share with all of you some of my observations.
Friends. I'm just amazed at how many of you are actually friends.Think about it. How many people in vVv Gaming make up a part of your daily life? Just for myself, Kevin, Nick, Rob, Greg, have all visited already. Nick is visiting again in December, Nathan is visiting in January; it's actually pretty amazing. In 2013, I'm going to make it a point to attend many more eSports events. I look forward to meeting more of you in person.
Great gamers. Has anyone noticed that even some of the worst vVv Gamers are probably better than a vast majority of players out there? I've played with people in the gaming industry. I've played with people in the eSports industry. You should all know that you're better. If you think for a moment that the people in vVv Gaming are not skilled then I encourage you to actually get a group of your real life friends together and compare them to the people you play with daily in vVv. Personally, I choose vVv every time.
eSports. I'm amazed at how much eSports continues to grow and change. 2013 will be a huge year. New games like Hawken arrive. Season 3 for League of Legends. SC2 Heart of the Swarm. And the eSports leagues will finally be coordinating and working together. Each of you are witnessing an industry emerge, driven on passion and a consistent commitment to excellence.
Social. The way we socialize has changed. When we were primarily a console organization, everything relied on the vVv Gaming forum shoutbox. XBL limited us to 100 friends. Chat parties were limited. Now that we have a focus on PC gaming, we use Mumble to connect. I want you to think about this the next time you feel the shoutbox is empty. We don't need to type to communicate anymore. We can just hop on Mumble, have a short conversation and build stronger relationships.
Finally I want to give a few shoutouts.
Sontran. You have that "something special." You make people laugh. Your positive nature and energy are infectious. vVv Gaming is a better place because of people like you.
Voided. Your consistent financial contributions to vVv Gaming are deeply appreciated. You demonstrate that vVv Gaming has real value to you, and you're willing to support our humble efforts. What you contribute is critical. From our servers to our Mumble server, your contributions help keep vVv Gaming running. I appreciate your consistent commitment
Paradise. I can see you growing up. You're starting to leverage your experience in vVv Gaming to drive positive results and set yourself up for success. Your work is part of the DNA of vVv Gaming. There is not a day that goes by that I am not deeply thankful for your loyalty, commitment and efforts in making vVv Gaming better. Your potential as a leader in vVv Gaming is unlimited. What happens here in vVv Gaming matters. People are watching. Never forget, everything you do counts.
Medusa. I miss you. I miss talking to you. I see your work everywhere. Your signs idea, although it may have seemed simple, has changed the way we interact at events. You have made vVv Gaming better. I can't believe that no one had the idea to make signs. Even if someone had the idea, you took the step that counts. You made them. You brought them to events, you raised them high for the world to see. I'm very proud of your work. Every time I get a chance to hop into a staff meeting, I hear the voice of someone who deeply cares about the quality of people in vVv Gaming. Thank you.
Sugarbear. You remind me that vVv Gaming can have a positive influence on a wide variety of people. After the opportunity to come interview at Riot, your laser focus on vVv University is awesome. Much as I mentioned to Paradise, what you do with this really matters. There is a larger opportunity here than I think you know. You have quietly guided Starcraft 2, attended and contributed at events, and been a thoughtful, consistent, practical contributor to what we do. Every team needs a Sugarbear. vVv Gaming is so very fortunate to have one.
SC2 Aspire. What Babytoss has started here with the help of Sugarbear and others, is very important. What you are trying to do is very hard. This is about the journey. Please remember that. The habits and skills you learn will carry throughout life. It matters what happens here. I don't need to tell you that. What you put into it, you will take out of it and more. I'm watching. Sometimes, when you only have two or three people on stream, one of them could very well be me.
This is already too long. There never seems enough space or confidence in peoples' patience to write down everything. There are so many new faces in vVv Gaming. Website traffic is the highest it's been in the history of the organization. Under Jordan and Rob's leadership, vVv Gaming has continued to grow. I have tasked Jordan with grooming Rob to take over vVv Gaming at some point next year. I'm so excited at what Jordan has done with the organization, and realize that I should have been giving others a greater opportunity to lead. With Rob moving to LA, Jordan will personally be able to groom him. This also means there are many more staff opportunities for the greater community. I expect our current staff to grow in their responsibilities. We are grooming future leaders.
Think about that. A tiny group of gamers in 2007 has grown into a global eSports brand that develops players, contributors and leaders. Your efforts as both individuals and a collective community make the lives of others better. Who gets to say that?
There is something very special about vVv Gaming. I don't know what it is exactly. I know it has to do with the people. The people of vVv Gaming have created a very special culture. Being able to experience that culture instead of always having to shape and lead it has been so valuable. I look forward to growing old with all of you. I see myself gaming for the rest of my life. I imagine many of you do, as well. I hope that what we are building with vVv Gaming will not only serve all of us as we grow old and game together, but also serve as a special place for future generations of gamers. Some of your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, may very well one day wear the three V's.
For many of us, we have gotten more out of vVv Gaming than we have contributed. This place is a force multiplier for success. Onward! Continue to do great things. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Never forget that the world is watching. You are all better collectively than you are individually. Take nothing here for granted. More importantly, this is yours. Own it. Most importantly, become stewards of it. Be stewards for future generations. There is "something special" here.
vVv Tahvvy reacted to Minotaur in Tahvvy CoD Application
I, endorse Octavia l
How much time have you spent with the applicant, in-game or out?
Iv'e played with him a few times in CGN's and been talking a lot on the forums.
What was your first impression of the community member? Did it change at all over time? If so, how?
A nice person, get's along well with other people. Very good knowledge about Call of Duty.
What was your favorite moment with them (in-game or out)?
Well he dedicates his time to make GFX for the community, so that's my favourite moment.
What makes this applicant a good fit for vVv Gaming?
Contributes to the Graphic side of vVv. Has some very good artistic skills, which I can see him being part of the Graphics team.
How could they improve to be a better potential community member?
As of now, nothing.
Anything else we should know about this applicant? Any skills or talents that no one else knows yet?
Very good Graphic skills, positive feedback from the clients which is good.
Do you feel that they know and understand the five pillars of vVv Gaming?