Open letter to my competitive gamer friends

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Dear DeltaDude, Shiva, Khal D. Iceman and my other (hazily) known or unknown friends,

It was only recently that, thanks to a long-term mental process, I came to appreciate the apparent meaning of what is called “competitive gaming”.

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Many if not all games are subject to the phenomenon of competitive gaming. It’s how, as Muhammad Ali said, boxing matches are cheaper than wars.

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Of old, clashing factions, instead of fighting a war to resolve their contention, sent their champions to fight to decide the fate of the contention, and that‘s where the phenomenon of competitive gaming derives from.

 

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It finds takers due to its valid proposition of preventing mob clashes using leaders (players) who "clash" instead.
 

Due to high inter-mob pressure, not all may accept the verdict – thus are explained the riots after football matches in Egypt, or in Europe.

 

At play here is the complex phenomenon of competitive meta-gaming.

 

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The world of Tennis, for instance... etymologically, tennis carries the politically significant ‘Nis’ root [1]; Dennis the Menace playing tennis? No wonder Maria Sharapova and Djokovic danced to Gangnam style, some kind of elites.



[1]Tennis literally means “God Nis”. See Roots

 

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Players are, thus, influential. At least in offline sports. Even online, a few realize their clout, and many don't. I never did previously, but have realized it of late.

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In the e-gaming world, the phenomenon becomes even more complex, and involves ranks, artefacts (sort of birthrights?) etc.

Then there’s the mystery of Steam artifacts, aka “Drops”, fictional items which seem to signify something unknown. While there are many artifacts, most of them of low worth, some appear to signify mighty powers or could I say "runes".

Steam artifacts are traded by people; some mine the money in it apparently, a few who know sell "special" artefacts on the black market, and some know how to mine the power, so to speak. A few might be able to mine the deepest powers of these artifacts.

The power of the artifacts seems linked to the “Gold”, “silver”, “platinum” ranking system (or a much more complex system used by servers like the Seamstresses Union’s server described later) spoken of by some as "generations".

About how these artifacts work, I have little idea, unfortunately. If some of you can tell me, it'd be great.

 

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There may be many types of ranks in parallel, internal rankings in servers and games, and then the other ones.

Steam rank seems to mean a lot...

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The world of competitive gaming is too difficult to think of, and is discussed to some extent commonly mostly only in South Korea.

Though the rules of competitive mean to streamline human interaction and are meant for a good cause i.e. maintaining order, its powerful mechanisms are worth understanding in order to perfectly use and avoid abuse of this system.

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Abuse? Yeah...

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Unfortunately, I have been ignorant of some of the mechanisms of competitive gaming in the past.

Why? I, being a free-ranging or "stray" elite unlike most others, knew nothing about competitive to begin with, and only learnt as time went on through my own mental process, unlike how it is for most others who are usually told esoteric content by others, thus have it handed down.

 

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One of my biggest mistakes -- I did a bad turn to Deltadude.

DeltaDude,

I remember that time I, joining in with one more guy whose name I don’t now recall (was it GIN?... yes, yes...), stupidly "defeated" you in a 2 v 1 "Plateau" game in Men of War Assault Squad 2.

Sorry for that...

(Luckily for you, I (along with some unknown Japanese elites of the Monolith type) am a master of plateau (by some other match, later described), and I assure you, I will not allow this power to be competitively misused against you....)

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Sorry, man...

Shouldn't have ever played 2 v 1.

 

You were playing on German and your Tiger 1 unfortunately was too late to save the day against our cowardly Calliopes, which massacred your overly troubled (2 v 1) infantry guarding the plateau and its parapets (which looks like the Tower of Nimrod itself, I call this scenario "Babylon").

 

Though that 2 v 1 error was a mistake as I only later realized, later I could interpret even more, the hidden contours of competitive gaming... tthanks to my studies (especially etymology) and increasing understanding of the world order.

 

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Nevertheless, my enlightenments came too late. Mistakes were made. Mistakes... such mistakes were the biggest if not the only form of learning I ever had, forgive me....



[1]I What happened through this match?

The unified 1-world power of the world, represented by DeltaDude, balkanized into two (probably, or at least seemingly, the one representing the Americas and the other Afroeurasia)..

I am in a funny and unique position you see...

no power but seemingly invincibly massive "weight" in some forms of competitive ranking and certain other situations.

A bit more insight into such precarious arrangements as what DeltaDude seems to have been presiding over, and I stupidly kocked over (but it was only me! A friendly...)

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can be gleaned from another neo-mythological reference.

In the 1950s Roman Polanski (whose exceedingly beautiful girlfriend actress Shannon Tate was famously murdered)......

starred in Silik Sternfeld's Zaczarowany rower (Enchanted Bicycle or Magical Bicycle).

 

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In 1955 he directed Rower (Bicycle), a semi-autobiographical feature film which referred to his "real-life violent altercation with a notorious Kraków felon, Janusz Dziuba, who arranged to sell Polanski a bicycle, but instead beat him badly and stole his money.

In real life the offender was arrested while fleeing after fracturing Polanski's skull (a reference to castle GreySkull? ---- the center of the world order), and executed for three murders, out of eight prior such assaults which he had committed".

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What is this "magic bicyle"?
It seems to refer to the same thing -- one of the wheels represents Afro-Eurasia, the other the Americas.

The cold war, from a different angle, was the tussle between Polanski and Dziuba, the latter possibly loyal to the Eastern bloc (which is why it collapsed ultimately).

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So what we did was disintegrating the cycle into two monocycles, which may have been a bad thing from Deltadude's perspective (I still empathize with him for being man enough to take to the field that game), and maybe a good thing from some other perspective...

 

Here's another under-thought thing I once did:

 

innocently and ignorantly giving the P250 Boreal Forest to Bree” – a big blow, an inadvertent one, to the GIRLS elites:


There is, or used to be, one "GIRLS semi-competitive" CS server, evidently it is run by the Seamstresses’ Union depicted in Shadowrun 2... some of the best and my favorite players, like this guy called Shiva, used to play there.

 

I used to be this server’s beloved player...

getting lots of drops in its competitive games...

this has made my inventory rather fat... I get the feeling that I look like the old dragons that sat on top of a lot of treasure...

and in my case the weights are very high.

 

Even (Level 40 guys like) Shiva used to consider me in their thoughts and actions, I was happy being the center of things...

 

However, one day, this happened:

a.       A "cute redhead" named Bree came to play in the server; an atypical 2 v 2 Bots game, not a regular (12 v 12?) game.

b.      I played with her against 2 bots, and the server automatically kicked anyone who tried to join (Bree herself must have had a unique position in this highly specific context, for things to happen thus).

c.       We won, and though she got way more frags than me (being far more pro, I only lately re-became a pro) – the server gave me the drop – a P250 Boreal Forest.

d.      Bree was, like, “OMG”

e.      Now I thought, heck, maybe I get a redheaded girlfriend (had read a lot about redheads).

f.        I clicked her Steam profile and sent her a friend request, and she accepted...

g.       after a few days, I’d given her the P250 Boreal Forest without thinking much, since she was so desperate for it. She was so happy.

 

Soon, things seem to have picked up in her life, she left California for Nebraska, which looks like the geographical center of the United States of America.

 

But soon things changed!

Suddenly, after a few days, people stopped playing in the GIRLS semi-competitive server.

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In fact all the servers of Asia, Singapore and the like, stopped in this period.

There were many of these 24 slot servers – the Kins, the E-competitive server etc., where all I usually got drops whenever I played - there was only one that didn’t stop – the GIRLS server.

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However, late 2015, the GIRLS server (Console, seemed like some kid of AI) banned me.

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Banned ME, it's favorite player of old!

 

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I thought, then… why it banned me?

That is when I realized – it could only be the P250 Boreal Forest that I’d given to Bree.

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Especially when I resaw her profile (below), and realized that she probably belongs to a dark-sider faction, or so it seems.... which may not be wholly pally with some other powerful factions from Asia......

 

 

Her name, which she didn't give without hesitation, was Quious Bree Oler (Oler of the blue heraldry). Now no harm should come to her out of me saying all this to you... as I told Bree "I love you", and I wish to keep my word.

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Now I am not saying that Bree is evil or bad, as I am a true Neutral, having understood the world order as a dual-pronged entity.

She may have, from the perspective of the GIRLS server, mishandled the P250 Boreal Forest, the artifact which I one, but then gave to her.



 

What I did might not have been the right thing to do.

There could be no other reason for my ban. And I always liked those GIRLS folks, I didn't like the feeling of being in their bad books...

 

The artifact that she had so desperately demanded, the artifact that the GIRLS server in all its wisdom had decided to give to me instead of her, may have been misused in some way, causing the server to ban me. I had done nothing else that could cause this. Why else would the server ban me, its favorite player?

 

Edit: But then it appears Karma caught up with her later; her profile from mid-2017 (now I guess I should say sorry for not forewarning her about the raw power of my artifact):

 

 

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Seems like she's in a spot of bother.

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Fortunately, all is lost from my side. I maintain a position in Men of War Assault Squad 2, the game i love the most (I used to love CS in college).

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Am still top in Argentan

(but I might share, at my discretion, this honour -- with one TichyDavid and another, a New Zealander Fluffy Sensation against whom I rage-quit in Argentan, my high ping was a severe disadvantage!

And, in another case of stupidity maybe -- I allowed Knifehappy the Russian to win recently Bocage and Tramway Depot.

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More recently, I coupled with Monolithian as Japanese and defeated  two others on the American side, in one of my best-played games:

 

 

This I believe is a significant victory for Hades, as the Monolith are abused by the militant syllogicians[1], in Stalker the Game.

 

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To all comp. players,

 

Seeing how you are elites and all, maybe can you join me?

 

I will do whatever I can to help Deltadude restore logical stability to Plateau, which means I guess the Mystery School of Babylon, does it -- looking at its levels?

 

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Some additional information that may be helpful:

 

Ah, I guess i am destined to love Orange. In the recent past I joined with Dirty Dutchman to defeat a Nis agent (Teranos) and an Illuminati agent (Iluminatus).