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    Topaz got a reaction from Dannypicacho in Hello?   
    I decided to stew on this post for a bit before responding, and am glad that I did. I was not exactly sure how I would articulate my point that smaller, more tight knit communities (of which xG is not the only one) should not be compared to the larger ones that essentially run a(n) business/advanced daycare. As someone who was around in 2011/2012, to be honest I like the direction things have gone community wise. There is less drama, everyone, including the higherups, are more chill. Yeah, the servers are not popping 24/7 (at least for CS) like they were back in the day, but a large part of that is the diverse interest in games our community plays together. 

    That being said, if we are speaking in terms of pure server population, then yeah a good chunk of what you said is true. There is definitely a lot of truth in the statement that higherups should try to run more pop events and communicate a bit better. But just to go over something important:
    The vast majority of higherups now-a-days are 21+, have full time/part time jobs/are in college (or a combination), and just in general have to juggle adult life with online responsibilities. I will be the first to admit that I have not gotten on the servers as much as I should. But to paint with such a broad brush, that 'if you have an active adult life you should not be in a position of power' is a bit nonsensical. Maybe that was not your point and you did not word your argument very well, but that is essentially how it read to me.
     
    This point is kind of muddied just solely on the point that discord is where most discussion takes place now. Back when we used teamspeak, and any really meaningful discussion pretty much had to occur on the forums, than this would be a good point. But now there are so many avenues for communication, that I would hardly call the forums the place communities get together.
     
    My understanding is that there is no reason to post promo demos unless there is actually something happening in that regard. So instead of just forcing it out, it is better to wait for some actual substance before posting it. 
     
    So yeah. Despite what I wrote above, there is definitely some truth and rather reasonable criticism to your post. There is definitely more that we could be doing to help the servers.

    That was where I was going to leave it, till I realized I never addressed your last paragraph, which is a bit... much.
     
    I honestly have no idea what this is even referencing. If you have examples of us willingly and intentionally ignoring stuff, than that would have been nice to reference.
     
    No response to the meaningless excuse-making in the first half of this, but just to reiterate something. xG, as a community, is not dying. If you want to make the statement the servers are dead/dying, that is perfectly reasonable, but as the community currently stands the servers are more an extension of the community, not the core of it.
     
    This is where it gets weirder. Under what pretext would you assume that you would be banned for making this? To me, this seems like a desperate attempt to seem like your 'sticking it to the man regardless of the consequences' which is pretty weird considering none of the higherups would ban you for posting criticism. Whatever your intention was with this remark, it was severely out of place.
     
    I don't really care about the 'harsh' language, as if you feel that is how you want to get your point across, then go for it. But at any rate, your entire post, which absolutely did have some helpful and meaningful criticism got completely derailed by this final paragraph, which reads like a shitpost. I don't even see a point in its inclusion, but I digress.

    I have no personal issue with you, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. If you ever do decide to return, you will be welcome.
     
    tl;dr xG is a community that has evolved with its playerbase. It is not dying, though we could be doing more to help server pop.
  2. Agree
    Topaz got a reaction from Tatost in Hello?   
    I decided to stew on this post for a bit before responding, and am glad that I did. I was not exactly sure how I would articulate my point that smaller, more tight knit communities (of which xG is not the only one) should not be compared to the larger ones that essentially run a(n) business/advanced daycare. As someone who was around in 2011/2012, to be honest I like the direction things have gone community wise. There is less drama, everyone, including the higherups, are more chill. Yeah, the servers are not popping 24/7 (at least for CS) like they were back in the day, but a large part of that is the diverse interest in games our community plays together. 

    That being said, if we are speaking in terms of pure server population, then yeah a good chunk of what you said is true. There is definitely a lot of truth in the statement that higherups should try to run more pop events and communicate a bit better. But just to go over something important:
    The vast majority of higherups now-a-days are 21+, have full time/part time jobs/are in college (or a combination), and just in general have to juggle adult life with online responsibilities. I will be the first to admit that I have not gotten on the servers as much as I should. But to paint with such a broad brush, that 'if you have an active adult life you should not be in a position of power' is a bit nonsensical. Maybe that was not your point and you did not word your argument very well, but that is essentially how it read to me.
     
    This point is kind of muddied just solely on the point that discord is where most discussion takes place now. Back when we used teamspeak, and any really meaningful discussion pretty much had to occur on the forums, than this would be a good point. But now there are so many avenues for communication, that I would hardly call the forums the place communities get together.
     
    My understanding is that there is no reason to post promo demos unless there is actually something happening in that regard. So instead of just forcing it out, it is better to wait for some actual substance before posting it. 
     
    So yeah. Despite what I wrote above, there is definitely some truth and rather reasonable criticism to your post. There is definitely more that we could be doing to help the servers.

    That was where I was going to leave it, till I realized I never addressed your last paragraph, which is a bit... much.
     
    I honestly have no idea what this is even referencing. If you have examples of us willingly and intentionally ignoring stuff, than that would have been nice to reference.
     
    No response to the meaningless excuse-making in the first half of this, but just to reiterate something. xG, as a community, is not dying. If you want to make the statement the servers are dead/dying, that is perfectly reasonable, but as the community currently stands the servers are more an extension of the community, not the core of it.
     
    This is where it gets weirder. Under what pretext would you assume that you would be banned for making this? To me, this seems like a desperate attempt to seem like your 'sticking it to the man regardless of the consequences' which is pretty weird considering none of the higherups would ban you for posting criticism. Whatever your intention was with this remark, it was severely out of place.
     
    I don't really care about the 'harsh' language, as if you feel that is how you want to get your point across, then go for it. But at any rate, your entire post, which absolutely did have some helpful and meaningful criticism got completely derailed by this final paragraph, which reads like a shitpost. I don't even see a point in its inclusion, but I digress.

    I have no personal issue with you, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. If you ever do decide to return, you will be welcome.
     
    tl;dr xG is a community that has evolved with its playerbase. It is not dying, though we could be doing more to help server pop.
  3. Agree
    Topaz got a reaction from hongkongatron in Hello?   
    I decided to stew on this post for a bit before responding, and am glad that I did. I was not exactly sure how I would articulate my point that smaller, more tight knit communities (of which xG is not the only one) should not be compared to the larger ones that essentially run a(n) business/advanced daycare. As someone who was around in 2011/2012, to be honest I like the direction things have gone community wise. There is less drama, everyone, including the higherups, are more chill. Yeah, the servers are not popping 24/7 (at least for CS) like they were back in the day, but a large part of that is the diverse interest in games our community plays together. 

    That being said, if we are speaking in terms of pure server population, then yeah a good chunk of what you said is true. There is definitely a lot of truth in the statement that higherups should try to run more pop events and communicate a bit better. But just to go over something important:
    The vast majority of higherups now-a-days are 21+, have full time/part time jobs/are in college (or a combination), and just in general have to juggle adult life with online responsibilities. I will be the first to admit that I have not gotten on the servers as much as I should. But to paint with such a broad brush, that 'if you have an active adult life you should not be in a position of power' is a bit nonsensical. Maybe that was not your point and you did not word your argument very well, but that is essentially how it read to me.
     
    This point is kind of muddied just solely on the point that discord is where most discussion takes place now. Back when we used teamspeak, and any really meaningful discussion pretty much had to occur on the forums, than this would be a good point. But now there are so many avenues for communication, that I would hardly call the forums the place communities get together.
     
    My understanding is that there is no reason to post promo demos unless there is actually something happening in that regard. So instead of just forcing it out, it is better to wait for some actual substance before posting it. 
     
    So yeah. Despite what I wrote above, there is definitely some truth and rather reasonable criticism to your post. There is definitely more that we could be doing to help the servers.

    That was where I was going to leave it, till I realized I never addressed your last paragraph, which is a bit... much.
     
    I honestly have no idea what this is even referencing. If you have examples of us willingly and intentionally ignoring stuff, than that would have been nice to reference.
     
    No response to the meaningless excuse-making in the first half of this, but just to reiterate something. xG, as a community, is not dying. If you want to make the statement the servers are dead/dying, that is perfectly reasonable, but as the community currently stands the servers are more an extension of the community, not the core of it.
     
    This is where it gets weirder. Under what pretext would you assume that you would be banned for making this? To me, this seems like a desperate attempt to seem like your 'sticking it to the man regardless of the consequences' which is pretty weird considering none of the higherups would ban you for posting criticism. Whatever your intention was with this remark, it was severely out of place.
     
    I don't really care about the 'harsh' language, as if you feel that is how you want to get your point across, then go for it. But at any rate, your entire post, which absolutely did have some helpful and meaningful criticism got completely derailed by this final paragraph, which reads like a shitpost. I don't even see a point in its inclusion, but I digress.

    I have no personal issue with you, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. If you ever do decide to return, you will be welcome.
     
    tl;dr xG is a community that has evolved with its playerbase. It is not dying, though we could be doing more to help server pop.
  4. Friendly
    Topaz got a reaction from Dannypicacho in Genocide   
  5. Like
    Topaz got a reaction from SoulCircle in SoulCircle   
    The man, the meme, the legend.

    I have seen his behavior on the servers for a good while now, and some of it on discord. He is pretty mature, gets along with everyone pretty well, and personally I would love to give him a chance to see what he could do as staff. Given time I think he would make an excellent staff member.

    +1
  6. Make xG Great Again
    Topaz got a reaction from SoulCircle in Genocide   
  7. Funny
    Topaz got a reaction from Thorax_ in Genocide   
  8. F!$k Off
    Topaz got a reaction from Genocide in Genocide   
  9. Ding!
    Topaz reacted to Chrono in Jail break   
    hop on during a weekend to populate. with holidays and all the staff being older nowadays instead of young children, especially for higher ups we all have family and work for holidays.
  10. Friendly
    Topaz got a reaction from SegFault in SegFault   
    Unbanned!
    (welcome back nerd.)
    ~closed
  11. Like
    Topaz got a reaction from Dannypicacho in Hoes mad   
    Good bye and good luck wherever you end up. Might want to consider working on how you interact with other people.
  12. Funny
    Topaz reacted to jaygoki in Hoes mad   
  13. Like
    Topaz reacted to realBelloWaldi in Hoes mad   
    there's no way this guy is over the age of 13.
    kids do dumb shit like that all the time, i won't hold it against you in the future. goodbye mr 1488
    if you actually are above the age of 13, please go outside. you're taking yourself way too seriously. nobody cares.
  14. Agree
    Topaz got a reaction from TBOHB in Hoes mad   
    Good bye and good luck wherever you end up. Might want to consider working on how you interact with other people.
  15. Blaze It
    Topaz reacted to Bumpy in hey   
    bumpy bumpy
  16. Drunk
    Topaz reacted to PolarCoded in PolarCoded   
    Division
    Nuclear Dawn In-Game Name
    James Bones Identity Steam Community :: xgm ole' polar boy
    STEAMCOMMUNITY.COM ːGrineerː https://discord.gg/YyEEaW9 ːsteamsaltyː https://steamcommunity.com/tradeoffer/new/?partner=56815138&token=oeSzGGZv Position
    Moderator Time Active on Servers
    30 min Information I feel like i deserve mod as ive been in and out of xG since 2012(not official member) i feel like id be a great addition to the staff roster and keep the server nice and cleen. thank you admins 4 reeding.
    I have read the staff submission rules and meet the requirements for the division I'm applying for.
    Yes
  17. Like
    Topaz got a reaction from Thrillhouse in favorite foods   
    Seafood in nearly any style/form is my favorite. The only seafood I have ever tried and not enjoyed was Tuna, and even then I would be willing to give it another shot if cooked a certain way.

    If we are talking specifics, King Crab (or snow crab) with mashed potatoes and grilled broccoli was one of (and still continues to be) the best meal I have ever had.
    a man of culture. +1
  18. Blaze It
    Topaz reacted to Jadow in Lvl21DrugDealer - Counter-Strike   
    ~closed
  19. Ding!
    Topaz reacted to Tatost in Lvl21DrugDealer - Counter-Strike   
    No, because you technically can't prove that they're messing with you. If you think that they're messing with you, by all means, force them to play a game while your CTs (not you) rebel hunt. You just can't shoot them simply because they're maybe messing with you.
  20. Ding!
    Topaz reacted to Chrono in Lvl21DrugDealer - Counter-Strike   
    -1 Had a few negative interactions with you recently while on JB server. for "toning down toxicity" you were harassing newer players on the server telling them to fuck off and leave if they don't like the way you warden. for knowing the rules you were constantly playing the same games back to back, (frlr in cells every round) giving contradictory orders and then what seemed to be picking one at random and killing the other half who followed the other half of the contradiction. when you repeat your orders you say it just as fast/with just as bad annunciation so that it cannot be understood and you "already repeated so i don't have to again".
     
    Take some time to actually not be toxic instead of "toning it down" and maybe as a better person people and staff will like you.
     
    A: 9
    M: 2
  21. Informative
    Topaz got a reaction from DepressedNeonNepp in PC or Laptop   
    Unless you have a real need to be constantly moving your setup around, a desktop is the more viable and cost-effective option for gaming. Besides the fact they are much easier to build and upgrade, there are an insane amount of builds you can find on sites like pcpartpicker, with a variety of price points and build qualities. Take it from someone who's first gaming pc was a garbo laptop that had trouble running css and gmod, moving to desktop was amazing.

    If you are constantly on the move, than a laptop may be more your speed and would make more sense, but I have no idea if that is the case for you.
  22. Winner
    Topaz got a reaction from -Diphikult in PC or Laptop   
    Unless you have a real need to be constantly moving your setup around, a desktop is the more viable and cost-effective option for gaming. Besides the fact they are much easier to build and upgrade, there are an insane amount of builds you can find on sites like pcpartpicker, with a variety of price points and build qualities. Take it from someone who's first gaming pc was a garbo laptop that had trouble running css and gmod, moving to desktop was amazing.

    If you are constantly on the move, than a laptop may be more your speed and would make more sense, but I have no idea if that is the case for you.
  23. Optimistic
    Topaz reacted to SegFault in o/   
    You can just call him Flamboyant Dot now
  24. Drunk
    Topaz reacted to Arthman in PolarCoded   
    +1 for Polar. I've played often with him and he is knowledgable of rules and whatnot.
    I've also not had single bad incident with him.
    And @Topaz, please don't use me as an example.
  25. Informative
    Topaz reacted to Chrono in PolarCoded   
    +1
     
    I only drink and moderate so you should be good.
     
    He's fine, he knows what he is doing and isn't afraid to ask questions to clarify on what he isn't sure about. The dude is on pretty consistently and keeps a very level head.