The memory remains...

Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 09:59:40 PM EST

I was listening to the radio the other day, and AC/DC's song, "For those about to Rock" came on. There's a verse in it that goes like this:

We're just a battery for hire with a guitar fire
Ready and aimed at you!
Pick up your balls and load up your cannon
For a twenty-one gun salute!

Now this is how my mind works. The line about the twenty-one gun salute made me think back to my Counter-Strike days.

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Back in the day, the original Counter-Strike was the hottest thing since the sun. I don't remember which map it was, but one of the map makers at the time committed suicide. I remember playing games of Counter-Strike and seeing both sides (Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist) line up opposite each other, and do these "salutes" of sorts where they'd fire their guns in the air. At the time, I thought it was one of the most stupid things I'd ever seen. And considering most of the guys doing it didn't actually know the map maker who killed himself, maybe it was. But they were part of the community. Naturally, it made me think of Poland. The Friday night after he passed, we had some games where it was nothing but chainsaw duels. To an outsider, such a thing may seem as ridiculous as the gun salutes seemed to me back in the day.

There's been talk of this before, but the whole point of this write-up is to remember what we're here for. To have fun and appreciate one another. I myself have been frustrated and cussing up a storm in a bunch of games. But when we have such moments, let it go. Either drop out of the game or change that attitude. It's been said many a time that we're like a family. And it's also been said that we argue like one. LoL. But appreciate one another. Don't take things so seriously. We're here to play with the guys and have a good time. Our skill set has a wide range. Try to remain positive, because those who aren't doing as well don't want to be brought down by negative comments, even if it's directed towards a game and not a person.

So that's the spiel. Off the soap box (for now).

Welcome to eternal poker night.

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  •  Not sure where (none / 0)

    That is coming from...  Has there been a lot of griping lately?

    What I have noticed is not that so much...  But that No one seems to be playing the same game anymore.

    I got on for FFF and didn't play with anyone.  Everyone was doing something different.  

    Waited around till almost 1am for Papi to play some COD4 (per the sign up).   He was a no show at that point, so I went to bed.

    In my opinion, a community ceases to be a community when it loses its focus.  So what is our focus?   Are we losing it?   If so, how can we re-gain it?   Should we?

    To me, our FFF sign should not be so much about "I signed up..." but to reach a consensus about WHAT we are going to play.

    Possibly 2 choices each week.  Last week should have been Gears 2 (due to new content) and for the fringe (COD4).   Everyone (myself included) should stick to that formula, not out of some RULE, but for the sake of community.  Hosts should even be assigned.

    Any suggestions?   The reality is that if we don't fight to keep this community more cohesive, it will cease to be relevant over time.

    Case in point, participation on the blog (check the sitemeter) and FFF participation is way down from the early years.  Lack of many recap's of FFF's as well (Even assign or volunteer to write it BEFORE the FFF, during sign up).

    Maybe this is just the "way it is..."   We are changing to different priorities.  But we are STILL all here gaming to some degree.  Let's make the most of the time that we DO make for gaming and for each other.

    "I do not tell lies, but I am a savage" ~ William Wallace

    by Kenai 91 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 08:49:54 AM EST

    •  Yup. (none / 0)

      I posted this as a response to some rumblings I heard.

      I think we need to maybe do a poll on what we play and people need to try to get on. If you sign up, get on.

      The interest here peaks and wanes. Considering we're in a lull of sorts, I partially understand that. But Gears 2 did just release some DLC, like you said.

      I don't know. You have a lot of good questions. I don't think it's that hard, just setting aside the time. My college buddies and I used to game all the time and that went the way of the dodo. Every Thursday was our day. When a new game comes out, I play with a lot of 'em, but after that, only a few.

      My biggest problem is that I work every other Friday, so I'm not always there for FFF. But if enough people get on and decide to play, we can do it.

      by tyrus on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 11:11:04 AM EST

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  •  As (none / 0)

    a few other Gearheads I was talking to numerous times said, I think it's just that there's no big release out yet that everyone's all about and with everyone busy doing there own thing, and with a few 'Heads getting all ready for college we haven't really had a time to get together. I'm sure when MW2/L4D2 comes out that'll all change.

    "Vuht? Ze Panzerz? WHO LET ZE PANZERZ OUWT?!?!?!?!"

    by Grymm on Tue Aug 04, 2009 at 02:04:27 PM EST

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