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  • KSI Mac18Arthur: Practitioner, Scholar, Leader

    Written by KSI Koda 7
    This month, we're interviewing KSI Mac18Arthur, Major of Leviticus in FG. He was nominated as our March Member of The Month, and we're definitely glad to have him here with us.
    Koda: Congrats on Member of the Month; how's it feel?
    KSI Mac18Arthur: It's an honor.
    K: Quite a humble response. What do you think secured your spot in the Community Member of The Month?
    M: Being polite to everyone regardless of rank, squad, or division and making sure everyone feels at home in KSI.
    K: I guess you could say you're just an all around great guy! What do you like to do when you're not on the console?
    M: One is spending time with my son & girlfriend. I usually participate in Martial arts (muay thai), but I had to take a break from it to do school work.  I also collect old school video games, If that answers your question. Haha

    K: Ah, Martial Arts & Old School Games.  What's your most favorite game you've collected so far? And along with that, what do you think the best game of all time is?
    M: I have too many favourites in my collection to pick just one. But my 2 favourite games of all time are "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the N64 and "The Witcher 3"  for PS4, Xbox One and PC. I think those two are the best games of all time. If I were to pick between the two, I'd say one is "Ocarina of Time," and a close second would be "The Witcher 3".
    K: Gotcha! Do you work at all? If so, What's your line of work that you're in (if you don't mind us asking)?
    M: I'm in school to become an electrician. Before this I was into scaffolding. So I guess you could say i'm into trades.

    K: Nice. In a society where a lot of people are heavily pushing degrees and such before careers, we're losing a lot of tradeworkers which have valuable skills that some machines just can't do.  Good stuff!!
    If there's one thing you could do to change the community as a whole, what would it be? Why?
    M: Well, I feel like we are constantly pushing recruiting.  Recruiting is important to our community obviously,  But I feel like if we are a little more patient the right recruits will come, and everything will flow as far as numbers. So in a nut shell.. less pushy with recruiting. Other than that, everything is perfect in my books.

    K: I love the feedback! And last but certainly not least, is there anyone at all you'd like to throw a shoutout to while you have the stand?
    M: Yes a few. Shout out to nickali_661; he is an amazing officer. Another to tristyd34, Poseidon and Hexflame. Poseidon and Hex believed in me as a leader before anyone else. Also shout out to hulkhogan and all the boys and gals in my squad!

    K: Ah, and one last important question! Mortal Kombat - who's your favorite character?
    M: Haha, I'm an oddball and never really got into Mortal Kombat. I was a Killer Instinct guy back in the day as far as 2D fighting games. Thanks for the interview!

    From Boots to Screen: A Glimpse at KSI's Veterans

    From Boots to Screen
    By: KSI Snipers Logic FG C-SGT (a.k.a. iFakieSniper)

               Some in this world take the oath to put their country before themselves and are even willing to sacrifice their lives to serve their country. But what happens when they take off the uniform? Where do the knowledge and those skills go? From behind the wire to behind the screen, take a look at how service members bring in potentially great leadership skills and a sense of brotherhood/sisterhood to our KSI family.
    Soldiers
           From being a man or woman in a uniform to a gamer, what would you see? Leadership skills? PTSD? Rudeness? These are among other questions we may have. Personally,  I see how everything could potentially be a great asset to our community. Many men and women of today's society will never truly understand what it means to put their lives on the line for a country that could care less nowadays. When you see a soldier who is just getting home from a nasty place in this world, what crosses your mind? Is he “okay”? Are they the same as they were before they left? Many of our veterans are either in a hospital or on the streets because they have left to fight for this country, and, when they returned, they weren't the same. They come back physically different, or even mentally altered.
    Meet our Veterans
        Let's take a look at some experiences and see photos from a few of our members who either served or are currently serving in the military, stateside and overseas.
    HoneyBadger


         When I asked Honeybadger of Leviathan in Fallen Angels, “Do you have any leadership skills that you learned while in the military that helps with our community family?” Honeybadger responded with this statement:
    “The army taught me how to delegate tasks down to my guys so as to not get overwhelmed myself, I have enough confidence in my ability to lead in the army and in KSI from my time taking care of my battle buddies. In the army I'm responsible for getting my guys what they need, whether it be an ear to listen too, behavioural health, or if they are depressed and in a very dark place. So when anyone in my squad or otherwise needs an ear, I'm there.”
    KSI Ares 70 R-MAJ

        When I asked, “Do you have any experience you'd like to share? For example, what has the military offered you in leadership skills that you brought into KSI?”  KSI Ares 70 R-MAJ responded with this statement:
    “I wouldn't be the man I am today without the training I received in the military.  I was provided with a solid foundation to build upon from the very start in basic. I was provided with many opportunities to expand my knowledge base and lead others in many different environments.  Everything from field operations to working behind a desk. I was provided training early on in my career at Airman Leadership School which was a requirement to actually start supervising other troops in an administrative capacity.  I received additional training at the NCO Academy which prepared me to be a Senior NCO. I have had civilian leadership classes, but all have failed in comparison to the leadership training I received in the military. The core values of the Air Force is what I have accredited to most of my success.  1. Integrity, 2. Service before self, and 3. Excellence in all we do. Hard to fail at leadership if you stick to that.”
    Then I asked him, “And how do you implement that in today's society and in our family community?” He provided this amazing comment:
    “I treat everyone with the respect they deserve and consistently enforce the standards equally across the board.  As leaders, we must be firm but fair. Decisions I make are without emotion and well thought out. I find it best to try and always have a game plan before I have to engage in any disciplinary type issues.  I always play out several scenarios in my head in advance. Now, not all situations allow you to prepare in advance, so staying calm is key. Another key leadership quality is to lead by example. It's hard to earn trust and credibility but you can lose it in a blink of an eye.”
    Owner of this article is KSI Sniper's Logic
    Cover image from Sputnik International
     

    Hit the Streets of D.C. in Tom Clancy's Division 2

    Three years have passed since Tom Clancy's The Division revealed a virus-stricken New York City. For the Division agent, however, it's only been seven months, and Washington D.C. has sent reports of an emerging civil war. As though we didn't have enough to deal with already. The beta in February sent players into the heart of the nation's capital to assist the survivor efforts in maintaining control of the White House. A few other missions were available in the area, allowing the player a glimpse of what was to come. And I do mean glimpse. 
    Tom Clancy's Division 2's campaign is reportedly 40 hours long, but that's not all. The Dark Zone, a mixed PvE/PvP area, makes a comeback. Unlike its predecessor, this one includes PvP modes at launch. And then there's the Endgame content. Supposedly the game doesn't even start until after level 30. Additionally, players will receive a year of content, absolutely free. That's right, no season pass required. 
    Venture forth and explore the virtual rendering of D.C. in crisis in a 1:1 scale of the capital city in this upcoming release. Speaking from experience, don't go alone. 
    Release date: 15 March 2019
    Early access (pre-order): 12 March 2019, midnight local time. 
    (Image from game.co.uk)

    Retirement

    I didn't want to beat around the bush with this or play for suspense. As the title of the article says, I will be officially retiring in May 2019 and will not be seeking re-election for Executive Director. I have been apart of this community in some capacity for a little over 12 years. It's been one hell of ride. I have gained so much from this community and it's members over the years. So much so that I can honestly say that KSI has played a huge role in developing me into the person I am and the leader I am in the real world. In my time I've established friendships that have lasted for more than a decade and have had the privilege to work with some of the best leaders this community has ever seen. From being a General in Homicide SS, to being Executive Director KSI has helped me create memories and lessons that I will carry with me through the rest of my life. KSI has also been there for me in some pretty dark points in my life, and to be able to rely on my friends and fellow members during those periods is a gift I'll never be able to truly pay back. This community has been my home since I first got an original X-Box and it gave me the best possible gaming experience I can ask for. 
       Prior to this re-build JT, Poot and I had a very defined vision of what we wanted this community to be. It was finally my chance to make KSI the community it always had the potential to be. We wanted a community that was as drama free as possible, a relaxed and enjoyable environment for our members, a leadership base that reflected all the great qualities a leader should have, quality over quantity and putting our people in the best spot for them to succeed and by extension putting the community in the best position to succeed. We had a few stumbles out of the gate as we tried to get our bearings. There was a period where we thought we were just going to be the harbingers of another stagnate, failed era. 8 months in and that could be further from the truth. With the amazing level of hard work from the Board, Elderpoot, Division and Department Leadership and the member base, KSI is more than on it's way to enjoying the greatest era in our history. Drama is practically non-existent when compared to prior generations. We have a group of leaders that are everything we look for in a new wave of innovative leadership. Our member count continues to grow without sacrificing quality. We have cultivated an environment that encourages hard work and drive from our leaders and members as well as maintaining a positive gaming experience for everyone in KSI. It is because of all these things, and more, that I feel comfortable to finally retire for good. 
     The community is in great and capable hands. Our future is bright thanks to all the members and leaders that are in place. Our success isn't dependent on any one person, but rather dependent on all of you guys working together for the same goals. I just think it's time for me to step back and not get in the way of the new generation of membership. We need leaders at the top that still have that fire to be the best they can possibly be strictly because they want to see this community grow and not because they care about titles or power. I will be nominating KSI Elderpooter 7 as my replacement for Executive Director. The Board will vote on the this in May and I have full confidence that Pooter will be this communities next top guy. You gals and guys couldn't ask for a better candidate. Poot has almost single handedly represented the Senior Leadership of KSI and has done so flawlessly. His vision for KSI is even greater than mine. He has seen our potential and over the past couple months has moved heaven and earth to put us in our current position. He will continue to be one of the major factors of our continued success. There's not one other person that I would entrust this community to and KSI is in great hands with Poot at the helm. 
     
    It's been fun guys, 
    KSI Kered 7

    Justin Robey Named Director of Player Voice for Halo Infinite

    Written by KSI Alastair
    There is some interesting news for Halo fans. As of January 28th, we now have a community representative apart of the Halo Infinite development team. This will mean, along with all the other ways to give feedback to 343i, we now a direct way to communicate our thoughts and ideas for Halo Infinite.

    Justin Robey aka @RobeyoneKenobi on Twitter is now the Director of Player Voice at 343i, and he will "work with the Halo player, to have an active voice throughout the development, launch, and lifetime of Halo Infinite... using different methods to ensure that Halo Infinite is built along with the community, and that players voices are being heard." *

    For more clarification of what Justin will be doing, the Halo community manager, Sketch says, "Justin sits on the development team to do critical work inwards and will partner closely with our community team, research, analytics, etc."*

    Essentially, he has the authority to say, "the players want this, do it,” and the dev team will do it. 343i has been putting a focus on player feedback in being heard, and this will only help 343i's image and will, of course, help with sales when Infinite launches.

    Let's take a look at who Justin is and what he has done. Justin Robey has worked for Microsoft for least 17 years; his roles included Software test engineer and then senior producer for nearly two decades. He's a Mixer partner and co-hosts Powerbuilds and This Week In Esports on Mixer.

    Despite what Justin tries to present himself as, he isn't "just a fan" of Halo. He's a Microsoft veteran, and is very connected to them in his professional life. He will not be the "fresh perspective" 343i needs for Halo. I'm not saying he was never a genuine fan of Halo, nor that he isn't now, but the fact is that he's a Microsoft employee through and through, and his job is to ensure they look good. His role as "Director of Player Voice" is merely a ploy to make 343i appear to be taking more player feedback. I seem negative about this, but I am actually happy this development happened, because it means we as Halo fans have even more ways to voice our opinion and now with someone with authority to make it happen. I said ploy, because it is mostly to create good PR for them, but it can make a difference.

    Here is the main question though, will Justin Robey be able to take our feedback and make large important changes to Halo Infinite? If the majority of the Halo Infinite fan base has an issue with main features  with the game, such as the story or sandbox, will Justin make a difference? I would say, since Justin is a Microsoft employee first, and a fundamental Halo fan second, Justin will not force changes. That is a hard pill to swallow, but it's ok. I believe Justin will have effects on playlists, updates, weapon tuning, events, and things of that nature. That will still be more than we have had in previous titles, and it will make a large difference in my opinion.

    So this is where I hand this to you, the reader. What are your thoughts on this development? What do you think about our new "Director of Player Voice"? How will it affect Halo Infinite at launch and how will it affect Halo Infinite during its life span?
    * @RobeyoneKenobi on Twitter
    * @Ske7ch on Twitter
    * Cover image is a compilation of those posted by Microsoft and Justin Robey and are not in their native format. 

    Highlights: FG/IR Division Split

    Author: KSI Chimpy
      Fatal Genesis was my first home when I initially joined KSI about 8 months ago. I’m proud to announce that they have done something that we have been looking forward to for a while here in KSI, splitting PS4 division, FG. Infinite Reality, or IR for short, is the newest division to breathe life into KSI. FG has accomplished so much in KSI since I first joined and even though I left my home for a new division FG will always be home base for me. We need strong leadership and teamwork to make the new division, and I am confident in the leadership that IR will have.
      Congratulations to everyone who made this split possible and to the new division leader of IR, KSI Riverrzz 7. With the split comes many promotions and opportunities for our members. KSI Johnson 7 will be promoted to Director for all his hard work in getting FG to a splitting position. KSI Poseidon 7 is the new Division Leader for FG and the future Co-Division Leaders are in the pit training for their next step. The leadership in both divisions is solid and sharp. I have no doubt that both divisions will thrive and improve our home in KSI.

      I asked everyone for their opinion on the division split  and where they see it going in the future and those who responded had some interesting things to say. It’s nice to know that everyone is on the same page and sees the work that needs to be done. This accomplishment is what keeps KSI alive and growing. Being able to split your divisions and squads is one of the best feelings for me. Getting a successful split, seeing your family rally together to finish the process and rebuild feels great. Here’s what our members have to say about the split:
    “I'm excited to see where things will go. It's a huge step for PlayStation in KSI. I remember when KSI split last year and PS4 was the small division. Now to see it at the forefront of KSI is amazing to me, and I'm glad I was able to help it get there. Working both in the limelight and behind the scenes has been a great experience and has taught me a lot about leadership. I want to see both divisions flourish, and I think they will.” -KSI Icespot 7

    “I am very proud of all of the members of FG on this accomplishment. Them splitting is a testament to all of the hard work that everyone puts into KSI on a daily basis. With the split, I see both of these divisions flourishing as they continue to help grow KSI!” -KSI Elderpoot 7

    “My thought on it is that I think it needed a split personally. KSI itself is gonna last, they put in too much work into this community and they ain’t gonna waste it. The role I feel like I played in is, that I did the best I can do for everyone and my squad.” -XxGhostkiller178

    “My thoughts on the div split are that my members, officers and div staff have busted their butts to help us build a division we could be proud of and, because of their hard work and my own, we have been very successful at building up our squads, leadership and staffing, in general, to be the best division we can be. I see us building up both divisions to have more successful division splits in the future. As long as we continue to focus on quality over quantity, we will continue to have great things to come in our near future. I feel my role in the division split has been to help with mentoring those who are new to leadership in KSI. I spent time with all the officers and leaders I have worked with to get them experience with sharing in the decision making process.

    "From the time I was general, all the way up to when I became div leader has been spent making sure my members have a say in what we do as a squad and captain and up gets a say in who gets promoted to officer positions. I consult my div staff regularly to see what their opinions are on the various topics we handle and, we come to a mutual decision on how to handle issues. It has done us very well as the officers and divisional staff get on the job training if they are less experienced and get to feel like they are a part of this decision making process whether they are a new leader or an old one. I look forward to continuing to work with these guys and gals in the future.” -KSI Johnson 7
    “Well, it was certainly a long time coming. Coming from the KSI I came from back in 2013, I didn’t envision this happening at all. There was a point in my KSI career where I thought PlayStation would never rise back up, and I had lost confidence in myself as a leader after all the trials and tribulations I went through in TreadStone. Throughout my time there, I felt my work there was under appreciated, and there were times people were rewarded for the work I put in....the entire culture has changed here for the better because we finally have the right people in place. It makes me proud to see we are finally making this happen, this was only a pipe dream in 2013.

    "We’ve already surpassed the old division on PS3, and I believe we’re on the up. Like I said before, we’ve got the right people in place to get the job done. We aren’t playing the favoritism card that was so heavily played in TS, we’re putting people in place who genuinely care about this community and want to make it flourish. The role I feel I played is a huge one. I helped bring Exodus squad to a split and brought back a dying Rainbow Six Siege squad. This was all very personal for me, when I came back to KSI I set my sights on helping whatever way I can to eventually, finally become a 7. To be able to achieve what been wanting for 6 years, and to be a tool in this division split is a huge accomplishment for me. I’m massively proud of what i’ve been able to create here, and even more proud to have helped create something bigger and better than what we had on PlayStation 3.” -KSI HulkHogan 7
    “I'm very excited for this division split. this is the first division split on PlayStation in KSI history, and I’m really excited to be part of it! I've been here for more than a year now, and there were multiple times when FG overcame really tough odds. I see us turning this div split into many more! I think the biggest role I played in this was keeping the Destiny side of the division thriving. We went through some tough situations, and I felt I along with a really great group of leaders turned it into its own division. However, I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without the other leaders and friends I’ve met here and worked with. if i miss anyone im sorry, but the Destiny side of the division wouldn't be here without Ice, Ronald, Warbling, Johnson, and Viktory. Huge thanks to all of them and any others I’ve missed!” -KSI Riverrzz 7
    “This will be my first div split so I’m extremely excited about it! I think it’s going to be great. I’m really looking forward to the changes. This split is happening in a very healthy way. So many have worked very hard, and this split shows everyone’s dedication. As for the future, it’s looking bright. We will be in different divs but still be working on KSI as a whole family unit; that part won’t change.  This growth is making room for more opportunities and positions.” -KSI THEDRAMAMAMA 7
     “I think it's wonderful. It's great to see the PlayStation side really growing and being embraced in this iteration of KSI. It’s a very positive development and shows that this community has changed so much over the years to get to this point. It's an excellent time for our community. It’s the first div split since KN broke off from KSI, so exciting times. Can't wait to see what happens next! I see KSI continuing to grow, and go through this process of developing new Divisions and Squads, more members and more leaders consistently as we have for years. I think we're finally beginning to approach that point where we can take the next step; reaching 1000 members, maybe 2000 this time next year. I don't really feel that I played any direct role in the process, but like any officer I contribute in the ways that are important at the squad level. Training, organizing events, contributing to recruitment, involving members in the day to day activities.

    "All onus to the success of this process goes to the leaders who organized it. Dealing with accurate rosters and ensuring everyone is aware of what's going on, kudos to them for the smooth transition! Last question: how do you feel about seeing the Division you created split make you feel? I'm honestly very proud. I started this Division in late of 2017 as kind of a KSI afterthought. Lost Empire Division had lost their Division Staff entirely. A bunch of pandemonium ensued. When it was all said and done, KSI Cali 7 wanted there to be less confusion about the PlayStation group being mixed in with Xbox. He put me in charge of the remnants of our group and started up FG, with Exodus and Leviticus as the first squads. To see the Div in a great spot now, after a lot of work, lots of members coming and going, in the midst of some big time changes for KSI; I couldn't be happier. It's always been in good hands. And I am looking forward to being apart of the new Division; Infinite Reality.” -KSI Viktory 7 (Original creator of FG)
      All this is true. We’ve had a lot of people working on this for some time. Everyone in FG and IR deserve thanks for what they have accomplished. Now all that’s left is to keep growing and being the best we can be. The moral of this story? Work hard and never give up, if you want to go somewhere in KSI you can if you work hard enough and stay true to your goals. Thank you to everyone who made this split possible.

    Anthem: VIP Demo

    As a former die-hard Destiny fan, I avoided news about BioWare’s Anthem, convinced it would be a copy of Bungie’s work. Now that the release is nearly here, and Destiny 2 was extremely underwhelming, I can no longer ignore Anthem’s presence. Anthem, it seems, does not refer to the world itself but rather a power that can create and destroy. Which means that a baddie wants it like a kid wants candy. The inhabitants of Fort Tarsis, called Freelancers, have something to say about that.
    In this game, players are called pilots. Why? Because they control a Mjolnir-style supersuit called a Javelin. But it can fly. And swim. And do some other neat stuff. There are four basic Javelin types to choose from - Storm, Ranger, Colossus, and Interceptor - each of which has its own merits ranging from elemental attacks to lumbering defense and heavy hitting attacks. From there, the pilot can customize their Javelin further, creating different types of layouts for different encounters in the world. Everything is customizable from the armor to the boosts, enabling players to change the Javelin to fit their individual play style. Additionally, there are two types of leveling systems: a pilot score, and a javelin score. Similar to many other loot-based games, there’s a tier system in place that ranges from Uncommon to MasterWork.
    What Anthem seems to be striving for is to take the varying elements from previous shooter RPGs that made those games great and smash them together in a very ambitious effort. From the gameplay footage, I can see things that look like Mass Effect, The Division, Titanfall, Overwatch, and, of course, Destiny. Granted, many of these games share similarities already, but it looks like Anthem will be the top dog this year if BioWare can successfully pull it off.
    If you happened to pre-order the game, the VIP demo ran this weekend from January 25 to 29 after some initial issues. KSI players from across the community took to it immediately. “So far it’s great,” said KSI Harley 97, General of Leviathan FA. “Very smooth gameplay. Only issue I have is the loading screens taking forever.”
    I was able to watch the General of Integritas IR, KSI Ronald_McFallin, play as a Ranger. He directed his Ironman-esque Javelin in a couple of encounters with Scars. Even while on fire, he was able to boost over the head of a Scar Enforcer and use a laser ability to take it down.  
    An open demo of Anthem will be available February 1 through 3 before the game releases February 22 on EA Origin, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Keep an eye out for KSI streamers this weekend!
    (Images courtesy of KSI Ronald_McFallin's stream 27 January 2019)

    Just Write

    Have you ever wanted to write something, but you were afraid of how it would turn out? Do you have some hidden talent just waiting to be discovered? Do you thoroughly enjoy games and ache for more story about your favorite characters? This is for you!
    How it works:
    The News Team will periodically post a writing prompt. Anyone can enter their submission by means of a comment on the announcing article, a topic in the News section, or a Private Message/Direct Message to any of our News Staff.
    The team will come together to select a promising submission (occasionally with guest judges) and work with the author to polish the piece which will be posted on the front page when completed. The division to which the author belongs will receive a point. At the end of the season, the winning division will receive a special accolade.
    Q&A:
    How will a winning author be selected fairly?
    We have representatives from each division of KSI (other than GH currently), and, where we don't, we will find someone to stand in.
    How is the team qualified to run this?
    Each staff member has a unique, competent writing style. A couple of us have degrees in communications and English, and we all have extensive writing and editing experience in a number of genres.
    Prompt:
    Genre - Fanfiction
    A day in the life of [your favorite video game character].
    Suggested by KSI Atlantis 7/Jimtoke3d
    Deadline: 
    11:59 PM EST 31 January 2019

    KSI Hall of Fame Inductions

    The Hall of Fame is one of the longest standing traditions in KSI. The members included in the Hall of Fame are the greatest leaders this community has ever seen, with their accomplishments still echoing into this new era. They embody all the ideals and skills we look for in a leader. Dedicated, focused, loyal, innovative, fair and open minded, intelligent, to just name a few. Over the past couple years the concept of the Hall of Fame has, sadly, been diluted from what it once was.
     
    The prestige wore off and people began to see it as nothing more than a collection of names. The deeds accomplished by leaders like KSI Oldman 7, KSI Shamen 7 and KSI Apollyon 7 were forgotten and they weren’t replaced by anything new. It’s been a few years since someone was officially inducted the proper way. Because of that, the Hall of Fame isn’t what it used to be. That changes today. From this day forward the Hall of Fame should be seen as a KSI career milestone where your name and deeds can be remembered for years to come. We’re going to put the prestige and pride back into it. It’ll be the example of what every great leader can achieve.
     
    So, JT and myself couldn’t think of a better way to start reforming the Hall of Fame by inducting three new names that will help bring the standard back to where it should be. KSI Johnson 7, KSI Poseidon 7 and KSI Chaoticz 7 have officially been inducted into the KSI Hall of Fame. Their dedication and work they’ve put into the community make this an easy decision. KSI is surging right now and a culture has been established like we’ve never seen before. And this largely has to do with everything these 3 have done. They are the exact standard JT and I envisioned our leaders should meet when we discussed excellence in our leadership.
     
    Poseidon, Johnson and Chaoticz have done more than enough to join the leaders currently in the Hall of Fame, and we are lucky as a community to have them working for the betterment of our future. A future that is good hands.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    KSI Kered 7
    Executive Director

    KSI of the Year Awards 2018

    KSI of the Year Awards 2018

     
    Happy New Year, KSI Global. This has been a wonderful year for the growth and atmosphere of this gaming community. We've come so far and have the achievements to show for it. Every year, a select number of individuals are chosen to receive Of The Year awards for their dedication and commitment to the community. The categories for this year are Member of the Year, Leader of the Year, and Web Operations Member of the Year. Nominated by their peers, these dedicated team players stood out. Please congratulate the following on their awards:
     
    KSI Member of the Year 2018
    KSI Heroiism 7
     
    Heroiism is a highly motivated and extremely passionate KSI member. Joining us in August Hero has great experience from past communities and has brought a lot of enthusiasm, activity, and fun back to KSI on the Xbox side. One of his greatest achievements this year has been his work in the Events team bringing back some morale and enjoyment with his BO4 Friday Night Duos (FND) tournament; now being renamed to Team Duos Mayhem (TDM). Additionally, he has been voted onto the Board, split Judgement FA into Babylon FA, and reached the rank of Co-Founder. A great example to all KSI members alike and a great addition to the gaming community!


     
    KSI Leader of the Year 2018
    KSI Johnson 7
     
    Johnson is a strong leader and great motivator on PlayStation 4. With lots of previous experience as a leader within KSI, Johnson has done a great deal of work and put a lot of effort into the building of Fatal Genesis on the PlayStation 4 this past year. Johnson came into Fatal Genesis as General of Exodus FG, taking a squad in need and motivating them to grow and thrive. He stuck through many hardships, moving from general to Co-Founder, where he helped train the next generation of FG Div Staff and shape strong new leaders. He is now the Division Leader of Fatal Genesis and is helping PlayStation 4 climb to heights never seen before.


     
    KSI Web Operations Member of the Year 2018
    KSI Frostiie 7
     
    Frostiie is an exceptional KSI member who has worked tirelessly in the Web Operations aspect of KSI over the past year. Working with the GFX team and the News Team, Frosiie has shown that he has the dedication and commitment that we look for in a member. GFX requests are his specialist and he has been getting much better over time. Looking for a sick new gamerpic? Hit up KSI Frostiie 7.

     

    A Year in the Life of KSI Global

    A Year in the Life of KSI Global
    Written by: Chaoticz 7
    Edited by: ThatLilyDoe
     
     
    Alas, we approach the end of another year. We’ve had our ups, and we’ve had our downs; we’ve had our gains and our losses. However, as the celebrations near and the resolutions roll out, we take a moment to reflect on what this year has brought.

     
    2018 started off shaky. With leadership slacking and growth lacking, we needed an effective change. Once again, people came together to develop a plan, make decisions, and take action. In April, the majority of KSI leadership, along with the Xbox member base, decided to depart this community. They formed Killjoy Network (KN). This left the community very low on numbers and leadership, but in reality, left a great opportunity for new leadership and much-needed change.
     
    The actions of the previous leadership administration left naught but a handful of leaders and the PlayStation 4 division - Fatal Genesis. In the words of many a KSI leader, “People come and go, but KSI will never die”. It was that motivation that allowed the following leaders to come together and devise a strategy: KSI JT 7, KSI Kered 7, KSI  Elderpoot 7, KSI Crusader 7, KSI Vikktory 7, KSI Chaoticz 7, and KSI Toxic 7DS. Thus began the new era of KSI.
     
    Each individual agreed to one promise, “If we do this, we cannot give up, we cannot fall down flat. We must continue, work hard, rebuild, and regrow KSI Global”.
     
    Fatal Genesis continued to be the cornerstone of the rebuild over the following months. Currently over 300 strong, this division, under the devoted leadership of KSI Johnson 7, has provided a dedicated home for KSI members on the PlayStation 4. Coming very far over the past year, FG recently went through two squad splits - creating Sanctus FG and Cerberus FG. The division now has a Division Leader, two Founders, three Co-Founders, and 6 awesome squads.
     
    Once the powerhouse of KSI, the Xbox side found itself crumbling into near extinction. Those who remained sought the perfect name to show their new origin yet inspire the future for the division that would grow to be the new foundation of KSI on the Xbox platform. The name Fallen Angels was agreed on for the first Xbox division.
     
    KSI Chaoticz 7 opened Rapture FA, the first and longest enduring squad, which is based on CoD: World War II. After months of work and various leaders, Rapture FA eventually split to create Judgement FA under the guidance of KSI Migraine 7 and KSI BIG JOHN 7. Around this time, Purgatory FA was created by KSI Vanilla 7 starting out as a Halo 5 squad and eventually transitioning to be a Destiny 2/Battlefield V squad. Redemption FA was then created by KSI Koda 7 to be the first successful Fortnite/PUBG squad.
     
    Fast forward to late 2018 when both Rapture FA and Judgement FA (CoD: Black Ops 4 squads) underwent their respective squad splits. Rapture FA split under the leadership of KSI Joker 97, KSI copperhead6, and KSI Harley 97. Judgement FA split under the leadership of KSI Heroiism 7, KSI xTITANx 7, and KSI Chaoticz 7.
     
    Fallen Angels, currently over 200 strong, has come so far since the start of the year and overcome many difficulties and obstructions. It wouldn’t be anywhere if not for the members who get on, play, and contribute on a daily basis.
     
    During the early stages of the community rebuild, KSI Crusader 7 was given the opportunity to take the structure and prospect of KSI Global over to the PC platform. Grimoire Heart was created and has been growing at a steady rate over the course of the year on World of Warcraft. Closing in on 100 members, it really is great to see how far KSI can stretch out and achieve the goals if we put our minds to it.
     
    2018 started off rocky. However, with the dedication and momentum of every single member in this gaming community, we have blasted through and achieved a great atmosphere and enjoyable place for people to come and share/enjoy. In my personal opinion, seeing KSI at some of its worst and better times, I would like to mention that this is the best I have ever seen this gaming community at and I am extremely proud. Keep up the great work everyone, the only way from here is up!
     
    From myself, the Board, and the Senior Leadership of KSI; Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!

    12 Days of KSI

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all members of KSI. This is a time of year for family, friends, giving, receiving, and having fun! Whether it is with your blood family or your KSI family.
     
    KSI has a large variety of people from various places across the world and every single person has their own unique experience and perspective of what it means to be a KSI member. 12 members were randomly selected to answer a simple question; what does it mean to be a KSI member and what is your favourite memory/part of KSI?


     
    On the 1st day of Christmas, KSI Agent0007 said to me:
     
    “It means a lot to me to be a member of KSI. I love how everybody is so friendly and helpful and my favourite memories of KSI is when I got recruited, it was a nice experience. There was no rush and they helped with all my questions and were very respectful. Also, my first FND was a fun one too, it was a lot of fun to see everybody come together and play a game and have fun.”
    -KSI Agent0007, Redemption FA SGT
     
    On the 2nd day of Christmas, KSI Harley 97 said to me:
     
    “Being a KSI member means to me: you have fun gaming with new people, you make new friends to game with, and you respect each other while you game with them. My favourite memory of KSI is game nights where everyone comes and goofs off and has an amazing time gaming with everyone there.”
    -KSI Harley 97, Rapture FA MJR
     
    On the 3rd day of Christmas, KSI Joker 97 said to me:
     
    “What it means to be in KSI is to have fun and meet new people to game with and help make the community better. My favourite memory in KSI is getting to meet some of the officers in both Rapture and Leviathon, they are wonderful people”
    -KSI Joker 97, Leviathon FA GEN
     
    On the 4th day of Christmas, KSI Phoenix6 said to me:
     
    “To me, it’s about being with people that make you feel important. That will care and talk to you even when you’re having a bad day. People that want to have you around. Friends that you game with regularly who you make laugh and that make you laugh.”
    -KSI Phoenix6, Purgatory FA 4CPT


     
    On the 5th day of Christmas, KSI Frostiie 7 said to me:
     
    “It’s an opportunity to meet new people, discover interest about yourself, and most important of all it’s an opportunity to have fun and be apart of a community filled with people just like you. KSI is an opportunity that if you let it, it will have a huge impact ones life. It will help you develop new social skills as well as explore different hobbies that you may or may not like. The best part is you can also do all this while enjoying the family-friendly gaming environment KSI provides. KSI has had a good impact on my life and I love my online family I have had the pleasure to share it with. You will never feel degraded or in any way bad being apart of our family!
    -KSI Frostiie 7, Judgement FA CPT

     
    On the 6th day of Christmas, KSI*InTenseNuclearUK said to me:
     
    “KSI means a place I can call home to play games with a bunch of good people and to talk to someone if I feel down. Also, a team that has pushed me out of my comfort zone by talking to new people I don’t know but can be comfortable around. My favourite memory has to be when I was given 2nd Captain back in Leviticus by Dramamama and having her support in making me one of her Officer staff!”
    -KSI*InTenseNuclearUK, Cerberus FG CPT
     
    On the 7th day of Christmas, KSI_NwA_mode said to me:
     
    “For me being a member in KSI is more than just being in a gaming community, it is becoming part of a family of people with similar interests as you, in my short time here I’ve met some amazing people that I could literally say are my brothers.”
    -KSI_NwA_mode, Exodus FG 3CPT
     
    On the 8th day of Christmas, nyoface101 said to me:
     
    “Dude, it means to be a part of something. To build friendships and play games. KSI _______ getting catfished was pretty memorable and it was funny!”
    -Nyoface101, Sanctus FG MSGT
     
    On the 9th day of Christmas, KSI Noob said to me:
     
    “For me being apart of KSI means to help out whoever you can and just enjoy the game… it’s a family and with family it's always good to help and get them situated even with new members making them feel at home and comfortable with joining us, that’s what I feel it means to be in KSI. My favourite moments are the late night parties with my squadron Integritas FG playing Destiny and mostly joking around, I enjoy that and that's what is keeping me here.”
    -KSI Noob, Integritas FG SGT
     
    On the 10th day of Christmas, KSI_dwardog79 said to me:
     
    “I have only been here a short period of time and in that time I have met some great people, everyone is very accepting and truly willing to help one and other. This is a great community and I am very excited to see how we grow and develop. As a parent creating a community where I know my kids will be safe and accepted is huge. So being a member of KSI means being accepted into a network of great human beings not only for gaming but also for life itself. Favourite memory is my General having a baby and seeing the support he is receiving.”
    -KSI_dwardog79, Leviticus FG 3LT
     
    On the 11th day of Christmas, KSI warblingsleet said to me:
     
    “For me being a KSI member means being a friend or being family to someone who needs you even if you’ve never met them and my favourite memory in KSI is when I first became an officer and did my first five recruits all back to back. The praise I got for it made me feel like I was actually helping with something bigger than just me”
    -KSI warblingsleet, Exitium FG GEN
     
    On the 12th day of Christmas, KSI xREDDOGx said to me:
     
    “What does KSI mean to me? Well, let me begin here… So I currently have been part of KSI for about 2 ½ months now. In the short little time I have been I have learned a lot and gained many friends, some more close than others, but ultimately everyone is family. I have learned many tools and even use them in everyday life (LOL). I also have learned to become a better person in life. There are many people within the community that have become role models to some. I will tell you the two best people I have met that I have learned from are KSI Heroiism 7 and KSI Chaoticz 7. These two guys are amazing people and have done many things for this community.
     
    Heroiism 7 is an outstanding guy. He has spent a lot of quality time and effort into where the community is now. He was able to run a maxed out squad and successfully did a squad split to excel and grow more. He definitely is a perfect fit for KSI.
     
    Chaoticz 7 is always there for anyone, you can be having the worst day possible and he will make your day. He either just talks to you or he will simply just game with you, He also has shown great leadership.
     
    One last example is KSI xTITANx 7, he also is an outstanding person. He as well will help these other people out when they are in need. He also is a perfect fit for KSI. He is an awesome person because he risks his life every day for others being a firefighter.
     
    So what does KSI mean to me? Well in the little time I have been I have learned Knowledge to be better in the community, I have also gained strength to be better as a person, and I have the integrity to be a better man. KSI is a family.
     
    Lastly, my favourite moment was when we split the squad because it was maxed out. Definitely awesome way to show how growth can happen. KSI FOR LIFE!!! Yours truly, KSI xREDDOGx."
    -KSI xREDDOGx, Babylon FA LT








     

    Giving Gamers Gifts

    Shopping is hard. You know who is not hard to shop for? Gamers. There are so many neat gadgets and merchandise out there to satisfy any kind of gamer. The hard part? Choosing the gift. Never fear; there are options aplenty with this gift-giving guide. 
    New Console/PC Gear
    Let's get the obvious out of the way first. A shopper can't go wrong with getting a new headset, controller, or keyboard for their favorite gamer. My personal favorite is still the Xbox Elite Controller. Those extra buttons on the back are so nice for sliding into a shotgun blast on Destiny 2, and the hairline trigger switch outclasses Scuf's any day just for the simple ease of use. However, any gamer could do well with an extra headset for the friend or spouse or kid who wants to play with them (or for those moments of rage when the original breaks.) 
    Games: 
    There are an insane amount of games available these days! Super Smash Bros is a new release for Nintendo Switch, Spyro: Reignited recently came out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and there are a number of games on Epic's new store such as Subnautica which is free until December 27. Shooter more their style? How about Red Dead Redemption 2 or Battlefield V? There are also pre-orders available for a bunch of other games such Anthem.
    Clothes:
    ThinkGeek has just about any kind of "geek" gear you could want in the form of clothes. Did I mention there's a 40% off sale going on right now? Hot Topic is another place that usually has some trendy geeky clothes, and their site is also having a sale of buy one, get one half off. Who knew it would be cool to be weird? 
    LootCrate:
    If you don't know what this is, it's a subscription that sends the recipient a box of gear every month. It could be a shirt, a collectible, or a code for something else. They have these for all sorts of hobbies, but we're talking about gamers. This month, LootCrate Gaming is featuring Gears of War, Halo, Galaga, and Mass Effect. Can you imagine a more epic set? (Get it? Since Epic Games made the original Gears game?) 
    So if you're shopping for that special gamer in your life (count yourself in that list), maybe these gift ideas will inspire you to find something a little more special than a gift card without having to brave those crazy shopaholics in the stores. Instead, you could use that time saved to get back to your own gaming life. Those resources aren't going to scavenge themselves! 
    Original image from Den of Geek, 2017.

    KSI Holiday Event 2018

    As the holidays begin, the celebrations approach, and the year closes - the festivities of the KSI Holiday Event begin!
     
    This year we have a great line-up of events spanning across discord, forums, and gaming platforms. The event as a whole begins December 16th and ends December 22nd. Prizes, awards, privileges, surprises, and FUN are all included.
     
     
    PS4 and XB1 Game Events
    One winner per console will be voted on by a panel of judges. Competitive play and social play will both be factors, so bring your A game on both fronts! Each will winner will win a $20 gift card!
     
    Sunday December 16th -  XB1 COD: BO4 2vs2 bracket (8 teams). Bracket will follow CWL standard rules and FND format.
     
    Monday December 17th - PS4 Rocket League 2vs2 bracket (4 teams). Rules to be announced.
     
    Tuesday December 18th - PS4 Rainbow Six Siege 2vs2 bracket (4 teams). Rules to be announced.
     
    Wednesday December 19th - Cross platform Fornite competition (4 teams of 4). Each team will play a game and the teams with most kills move to a second round. Team with most kills in second round win event.
     
    Thursday December 20th - PS4 COD: BO4 2vs2 bracket (8 teams), Bracket will follow CWL standard rules and FND format.
     
    Friday December 21st - PS4 Destiny 2 1vs1 bracket (16 competitors). 2 second respawns, 30 minutes match limit, and 25 kill limit.
     
    Saturday December 22nd - Winner per console will be voted on for each console by a panel of judges. Not just winning, but integrity will be taken into consideration!
     
     
    Of The Year Awards
     
    This year's KSI "Of The Year" awards will be taking place on the forums hosted by the AAP. The following categories will be up for grabs:
     
    KSI Member Of The Year - Forums Award and $10 Amazon Gift Card
    KSI Leader Of The Year - Forums Award and $10 Amazon Gift Card
    Squad Of The Year - Forums Award available for request by all squad members until January 25th.
     
     
    Discord Event
     
    There will be a Discord Scavenger Hunt event taking place. Answer each level correctly to advance to the next. 1 free month of Discord Nitro awaits you at the finish line if you beat the competition!
     
    *Prizes will be exchanged with region variation if necessary*
     
    Any questions? Please direct to KSI Koda 7 (Director of Web Ops), KSI Chaoticz 7 (Deputy Director of Web Ops), KSI Riverzz 7 (Events Team Lead), or KSI POSEIDON 7 (AAP Team Lead)
     
    Stay Tuned & Happy Holidays!
     
     

    Black Friday & Cyber Monday Gaming

    This year was a big first for me. I've gone Black Friday shopping before, but anxiety makes me avoid the more crowded stores. As entertaining as some of those fights can be, I'd rather not be IN one. This year, though, I decided to beat the crowds and did my shopping earlier. Thanks to a great deal at GameStop and Best Buy, I now own an Xbox One X and 4K TV for about half the price I was expecting the upgrades to cost. 
    It seems like the console producers are focusing on selling the consoles in the stores. Xbox Ones and PS4s were about $100 off on Black Friday while Nintendo Switch was $40 off. Various computers had special sales on them too for notebooks, laptops, and desktops. This begs the question, will Cyber Monday continue the trend or will there be an uptick in game sales? 
    Microsoft Store had game deals all week and even included $1 for the first month of Xbox Live Gold or Game Pass. This includes up to 65% off on award winning titles such as The Witcher 3 and lesser known titles like Abzu. Even the newly released Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 are discounted at the moment. There are fighting games, thrillers, RPGs, shooters, and puzzlers. There's even a selection of backwards compatible games available. 
    In similar fashion, Sony's Playstation Store also has 168 games available for discounted purchase until November 27. This includes The Last of Us Remastered for a low price of $5.99 in case anyone wants to get another playthrough in before the second installment is released. Newer games are roughly 10-35% off while others are up to 75% off the list price. 
    Steam's Autumn Sale is also in full swing until November 27. With the widest variety of games and most impressive sales, it would be quite easy to find whatever game you'd want at a reasonable price. There is little limit on what can be found on Steam, especially in comparison to the consoles. If it wasn't for the incredible graphics I've seen on my new Xbox One X, I might be tempted to upgrade my PC and take part on that sale myself. 
    What kind of Black Friday deals have you found? Are there any you're looking forward to for Monday? 
    Image from Forza Horizon 4. 

    What Does KSI Mean to You?

    What Does KSI Mean to You?
    By: Frostiie
    Writer
     
    Knowledge, Strength, and Integrity. Three word's that mean a whole lot to the members of KSI Global Gaming. Whether you are new to the family or an old head of the community, KSI seems to attract many gamers over multiple platforms. KSI is a great online based gaming community where gamers can explore their own interests and discover new people who have the same interest who you can hang out with. (KSI is a lot like a Family and we enjoy hanging out with each other; Its a place to come and have fun. -KSI Migraine 7). In KSI we are all about making memories with each other and having a good time.
    Since 2003 KSI Has been giving gamers a good time with a friendly environment. (KSI Halo 2 Custom Games were so fun. I would be at my friend's house playing on his Xbox with KSI and my parents would call me asking where I was and I would say I'm on my way. Two hours go by and they would call again I would say I'm on my way. By this time it would be 11pm on a school night and they would come get me p***ed off but I could not put down the controller. -KSI CurlyFry). Now I personally thought this was so funny because I can remember myself doing close to the same exact thing on Modern Warfare 3 Myself. 
    Now KSI is not only about gaming, this online gaming community offers positions in GFX Design, Productions, and much more on the forums which allow you to explore and perfect different skills of interest. With programs like the gamer pic request on the GFX sub-forum or KSI live streaming to Twitch that any member can sign up to do really gives you the chance to practice and hone your skills. Web Ops has played a huge step in me discovering who I am and what some interest I like that I feel like without it I would never of known.
    KSI does seem to have a huge impact on players (Since being in KSI the influence of KSI has grown tremendously than what I thought it was originally going to be like. -KSI ClaiireBear. I can relate as i have seen it in members myself. With being a Family/Friendly oriented type of community people tend to grow bonds with each other and start to trust and understand one another. But we do have to make sure we have the Knowledge to keep moving in a positive direction, the Strength to be there for one another and the Integrity to stand by each other in our community. KSI means a great deal to me and I know it means a great deal to my fellow member's so let's keep up what we are doing and remember to have fun gaming together.

    The Walking Dead Game Still Lives

    The Walking Dead Game Still Lives
    By: ThatLilyDoe
    Writer
     
    After six and a half heart wrenching years of following Clementine and her companions (not to mention the 400 Days survivors), Telltale Games announced the studio’s majority closure, much to the surprise of many fans. The episodic The Walking Dead game has not met its end yet though, it seems. Skybound Games, a division of Skybound Entertainment which creates The Walking Dead comics, was announced on October 6 to be taking over the final season of the game to “wrap up Clem’s story right!”
    While rumors run rampant that Skybound Games may be employing some of the original developers, there seems to be a belief that at least some of the team from the game is going to Skybound to finish the season. “We’re going to do right by you (and also for ourselves because WE want to play it too!),” announced Robert Kirkman when the deal to take on the fourth season was released.
    As of September 21, Telltale had let go of over 200 employees, only maintaining a core team of about 25 staff to finish out some of the projects in progress. The estimated 90% loss in staffing occurred after a major investor backed out, rumored to be Lionsgate. Soon after, two other financing companies withdrew also. This decision effectively cancelled The Wolf Among Us: Season Two, Game of Thrones: Season Two, and a Stranger Things game that was still in development. Although The Walking Dead has been salvaged, there is still no announcement regarding these other three Telltale projects.

    This Week in KSI (September Week 4)

    This Week in KSI (September Week 4)
     
    Fallen Angels
     
    Judgement FA and Rapture FA held their first squad VS squad battle. Judgement FA came out victorious 4-0!
    KSI Koda 7 has made a return to Clan Operations as General of the newly opened Fortnite squad - Redemption FA. KSI Finest will be assisting him as Major of Redemption FA.
     
    Promotions:
     
    Purgatory FA
    KSI CursedAngel, to 3rd Lieutenant
    KSI ClaireBear, to 4th Lieutenant
     
    Redemption FA
    KSI Koda 7, to General
    KSI Finest, to Major
     
    Judgement FA
    KSI xHeroiism, to 2nd  Captain
     
     
     
    Grimoire Heart
     
    The guild killed another two bosses and are no at 6/8 Normal and 2/8 Heroic in Uldir. Keep rocking it GH! It's really awesome to see a PC division of KSI thrive for one of the first times in KSI history! Will the master race out master the other divisions?
     
     
    Fatal Genesis
     
    This week Invicta FG was merged back into Exodus FG. However, Exodus FG is now stronger than ever and will be hoping to split again in the near future. Y'all PS4 players may suck at gaming, but you's are doing a great job, keep it up!
      

    Sword Art Online Review (Spoilers)

    Sword Art Online Review
    By: Frostiie
    Writer
     
     
    ***BEWARE SPOILERS***
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sword Art Online (SAO) takes place in the year 2022, where the gaming industry moved from games (s) using monitors, keyboards, mice, headsets, etc to a neural interface allowing for absolute virtual reality games. Like other  VR games, SAO interfaces directly with the human brain using a virtual reality helmet called the Nerve Gear. The Nerve Gear supplants the five human senses so the user sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch is what the game stimulates for the player. This allows a player to become their character and experience the game just like they experience their real lives outside the game. However, users have no connection to the outside world once logged into the game, other than what the game allows based upon its programming.
    The Event's of SAO started officially on November 6, 2022, when 10,000 players log into the online virtual reality game and start exploring the online virtual world. After several hours, many player's discover the logout command is not available to them in the menu system. Players then discover this fact, the owner and creator of SAO (Kayaba Akihiko) announces he is hijacking the game for his own desire. He wants to live in a world like SAO with true life and death struggles; therefore no one will be able to logout until someone reaches and clears the 100th floor. Additionally, if a character dies in the game the connected player will also die in real life. Since Kayaba Akihiko is the developer of Virtual Gear, he designed and inserted a kill switch into the helmets that will microwave a player's brain in the real world. The kill switch activates when the player dies in the game or if someone in the real world attempts to remove or disconnect the helmet.
    Halfway through the anime series, the action leaves the world of SAO and enters the real world, except for 300 players which for some reason do not wake up. Kirito discovers what happened to the 300 players, which includes his in-game wife (Asuna), and begins devising a plan to rescue them and bring them to the real world. The last half of the series follows Kirito and others on this adventure and answers the question, will Kirito and Asuna marry in the real world.
    This anime is personally one of my favourites and I give it a whole 6 cookies out of 7. There was great character development as well as a great story. One thing I did hate was the fact the 2nd season was placed in a shooting game which did not make sense to me since the anime's name is Sword Art Online. Overall it was fun to watch and I encourage you to give it a try and while you're at it let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

    Member of the Month - September

    Member of the Month - September
     
     
    The Achievement Awards Program (AAP) recently put out a new scheme for the Member of the Month (MOTM) award.  Each month one member from each division who receives the highest nominations will be recognized as the MOTM. 
     
    August was an awesome month for KSI, we had our ups and downs  - but mostly ups! Thank you to everyone who helps makes KSI a better brighter place on a daily basis. Please join me in congratulating the following receipt of the MOTM award:
     
    KSI Migraine 7, Founder - Fallen Angles (FA)
    KSI THEDRAMAMAMA, General - Fatal Genesis (FG)
     
     
    We took some time to interview the winning individuals and hear their thoughts:
     
    Chaoticz 7: When did you join KSI Global?
    THEDRAMAMAMA: April 6th, 2018
    Migraine 7: I originally joined KSI back in 2011/2012 and spent a year and a half before leaving due to personal reasons. I recently rejoned KSI in the beginning of June.
     
    Chaoticz 7: What current ranks/positions do you hold within KSI Global?
    THEDRAMAMAMA: General
    Migraine 7: I am Co-founder over Rapture and Judgement in FA. 
     
    Chaoticz 7:  In your opinion, what do you think being in KSI Global is all about?
    THEDRAMAMAMA: I think it's about forging friendships, organized gaming, a safe place for gamers to be themselves, and [being able to] engage in new adventures with a diversity of different people.
    Migraine 7: I have had a lot of good and bad memories from my almost two years time of KSI.
     
    Chaoticz 7: Where do you see yourself within KSI Global in two months?
    THEDRAMAMAMA: I don't know where I'll be in two months but as long as I'm in KSI I know I'll be in a good place surrounded by good friends.
    Migraine 7: Still a Co-Founder watching over my squads.
     
    Chaoticz 7: Describe your experience in KSI Global in one to three words.
    THEDRAMAMAMA: I would say my experience needs more than three words to describe it but here goes; amazingly welcoming; extraordinary kindness; adventurous.
    Migraine 7: Interesting and fun.
     
    Keep pushing yourself and good luck for September!

    Mobile Gaming - Billion $ Market

    Mobile Gaming - Billion $ Market
    By: Frostiie
    Writer
     
    If you are like me gaming has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I had every system from Super Nintendo to Xbox One and everything in-between. However, one platform of gaming is becoming a $100 billion market (Mobile Gaming) and Fortnite mobile is a big contributor to that success. With games like Fortnite, Candy Crush, and Subway Surfer's being just a few that capitalize on paid advertisement's and/or in-game micro-transactions, it really makes you think how much do these games really bring in. Today I'm going to be looking at Fortnite mobile stats and see how much this multi-platform game makes on the mobile platform.
    Let's take a look at some of the stats. Since Fortnite mobile started monetizing on March 15th, the total worldwide revenue for the game had exceeded $15 million gross by the beginning of April, with about $10.5 million paid to Epic Games. However, this is just for the mobile game and not including the console version. Now making $15 million in a matter of two week's for just one game is a plus to what mobile games have to offer. As mobile devices get more advanced and complex the possibilities that game developers are going to have will be endless. With the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note9 being more powerful then any phones before, it makes you think - what type of games can I run on it while on the john? We are already seeing console game's being made with mobile version's and Fortnite is just one example. We are already seeing console games being made with mobile versions and Fornite is just one example. With the success they are bringing - financially and popularity wise - mobile gaming is really starting to become a major player in the gaming industry.
    Personally, I am very excited to see what comes next with mobile games and how the gaming industry will change due to the ever-growing popularity of the platform only time can tell. If there is anything to take from this article it is that as mobile phones evolve and become more advanced the boundaries and limitations of games will rise and the games themselves will become much more advanced and popular - just try not to drop your phone in the john so you can read my next article.

    This Week in KSI (August Week 4)

    This Week in KSI (August Week 4)
     
    Grimoire Heart
    Continually working on their raid team for World of Warcraft, GH recruited some new members this week! Cesilius joined the raid team as a healer, Sherlokgnomz joined the raid team as a damage dealer, and guurendal joined the raid team as a damage dealer. On behalf of the community, welcome to KSI! 
     
    The raid team is now at 12 members and just needs one more DPS for a full team. Raiding will begin on Saturday 8th September!
     
    Congratulations on the following GH members on their promotions:
     
    MadDogKrazy, to Knight/Sergeant
    Tyensand, to Squire/Corporal
    sherlokgnomz, to Squire/Corporal
    Cesilius, to Squire/Corporal
    guurendal, to Squire/Corporal
     
     
    Fatal Genesis
     
    Congratulations on the following FG members on their promotions:
     
    Integritas
    Hihjpointed, to 1st Captain
    Archangel, to 2nd Captain
    Warblingsleet, to 3rd Captain
     
    Invicta
    KSI_Serenity, to Major
    KSI_Shank, to Lieutenant
    KSI_kidvixen, to Sergeant
    KSI_Mephios, to Private
    KSI_pinkbandit, to Private
     
    Leviticus
    THEDRAMAmAMA
     
     
     
    Fallen Angels
     
    Purgatory FA has been continuing to bring in new members and expand their activity for Halo 5. Some members have been working on a Forge map possibly for training, recruitment, or just squad chill time. Rapture FA prepared for it's upcoming split for the following week. Plans were made for who was going to the new squad, Judgement FA, and who would remain.
     
    Congratulations on the following FA members on their promotions:
     
    Rapture 
    KSI CurrlyFry, to Major
    KSI ItsEcho, to 1st Captain
    KSI Roaddog21, to 3rd Captain
    KSI Dexx, to 4th Captain
     
     

    Xbox All-Access/Pay-as-you-go?

    Xbox All-Access/Pay-as-you-go?
    By: Frostiie
    Trial Writer
     
    If you are just starting your life in gaming or looking to switch over to console gaming, getting your hands on the Xbox One system may become a little easier and cheaper in the future. According to sources at Cnet.com "Microsoft looks set to announce a contracted subscription service that will bundle an Xbox One console with access to Xbox Live and a Game Pass subscription very soon." This will work just like your phone service if you pay a monthly rate to you WNP.
    According to WindowsCentral.com, the two-year contract would cost $22 monthly for an Xbox One S and $35 monthly for an Xbox One X. With both contracts, access to Xbox Live is included, which allows users to play and stream games online, and a Game Pass subscription, which provides a gigantic library of games to download, would be included in with the monthly price. At the end of the contracted period, the customer would own the console.
    What does this mean to the consumer? Savings! Now even though the margin is not huge you will still save with the monthly price. Normally an Xbox One S, including a game, Sells at the Microsoft store for $299. A two-year pass to Xbox Live will normally cost you $120 over two years and a Game Pass subscription is set at the same price. Adding all that together, the total price would be $539. With the bundle, it will cost you 528$. Now we know this isn't that big of a deal but at least we are saving some cash.
    How does one sign up? According to reliable sources Xbox All Access will only be available to U.S. Citizens. They must also pass a credit check and have the first payment ready before receiving the service as stated on an episode if IGN's popular gaming news show "IGN Daily Fix" as seen below.
     
     
    With a whole new way to get into gaming, we can't help but wait to see how this will impact the world of gaming as we know it. I for one am very excited about Microsoft's new promotion and can't wait to get my hands on an Xbox One X with this new and affordable way to game. I am very interested in hearing your opinions on this subject so please feel free to comment on this subject and let me know what you think about this promotion by Microsoft. As always work hard but play harder and keep up with the latest in gaming news with all of us from the KSI Global News Team.

    This Week in KSI (August Week 3)

    This Week in KSI (August Week 3)
     
    Grimoire Heart
     
     
    Our PC division is still grinding out, Division Leader and Board Member KSI Crusader 7 tells me. They are starting to run guild group dungeons such as mythic dungeons on World of Warcraft. They are working on filling up their raid team to 13 raiders (currently sitting at 9 raiders), so 4 more and our  KSI WoW raid team will be ready to roll!
     
    After a short conversation with KSI Crusader 7 explaining how the levelling system works (to me accepting that it pretty much the Destiny concept), he told me that more and more of GH's numbers are reaching level 120 so things are progressing well. Level 120 is the max level to do end-game content. Having more max level members means more frequent raids and end-game content to be done. With a solid team of two tanks, three healers, and four DPS so far, the division is seeking four more DPS and they'll be golden!
     
    Fatal Genesis
     
    Founder and Board Member KSI Johnson 7 tells me things are moving nicely within our PlayStation 4 division. It really is awesome to see a platform that previously hasn't been the biggest success for KSI finally start to rock! Keep doing what you're doing FG!
     
    Congratulations on the following FG members on their promotions:
     
    Leviticus FG
     
    THEDRAMAMOMMA, to 1st Captain
    Osiris, to 1st Lieutenant
    shadow_yoshi, to 2nd Lieutenant
    diesel_king, to 3rd Lieutenant
     
    Invicta FG
     
    Maestro, to Lieutenant
     
    Integritas FG
     
    ProMicro, to 1st Lieutenant
    unitedmarines, to 4th Lieutenant
     
    Exodus FG
     
    KSI_Prodigy, to Lieutenant
    KSI_Neon, to Lieutenant
    KSI_Hexflame, to Lieutenant
    KSI_HulkHogan, to Captain
     
     
    Fallen Angels
     
    Nothing out of the ordinary going on with the boxxers this week, just usual fun and games for this lot! Rapture FA, led by KSI xMigrainex as General, have been discussing their upcoming squad split goal more. The idea of getting gun crowns back up has been discussed which is awesome. Those who are unfamiliar with the concept of gun crowns, simply put: members within the squad can "claim" a gun crown for a specific weapon which then allows other members to challenge the said member to a 1v1 for the crown itself. It is a fun concept that pits members against each other in a friendly yet competitive nature. 
     
    Congratulations on the following people on being promoted with Fallen Angels:
     
    Rapture FA
     
    StatuaryAlarm67, to Private First Class
    KSI SexyMusic, to 4th Lieutenant
    KSI CupKake, to 3rd Lieutenant
    KSI CurrlyFry, to 1st Captain
     
     
    Thank you for checking out the weekly KSI Global Newsletter! Catch us again next week with more information on the who and what. Questions can be directed towards any of the following:
     
    Web Operations Director: KSI Anatomy 7
    Fatal Genesis Founder: KSI Johnson 7
    Fallen Angels Co-Founder: KSI BIG JOHN 7
    Grimoire Heart Division Leader: KSI Crusader 7
    Forums Global Moderator: KSI Chaoticz 7 
     
     

    Our Hearts Go Out to Jacksonville Shooting Victims

    Our Hearts Go Out to Jacksonville Shooting Victims
    By: Frostiie
    Trial Writer
     
    Many have taken to Social Media about today's "mass shooting" giving their condolences to the friends and families of today's victims.
    "My heart goes out to the family, friends and people affected by the madden shooting today. Evil times we live in, just need to outshine that evil with positivity. Love you all" - popular Fortnite streamer Ninja.
     
    "My heart goes out to everyone affected at the Madden event in Jacksonville" -pro Call Of Duty player Doug Censor Martin.
    These are just a couple of thoughts from many people who have been impacted by this terrible news.
    We ask ourselves why did it come to this. I mean all these young gamers life's ended just like that. What was the shooter thinking when he Fatally shot 3 people; including himself. The shooting took place at a Madden 19 Tournament at the GLHF Game Bar; The gunman, identified as 24-year old David Katz, of Baltimore, Maryland, took his own life inside Chicago Pizza shortly after the shooting, local law enforcement told CNN reporters, Eric Levenson and AnneClaire Stapleton. With so many affected by this event and the gaming community mourning over the loss of these young lives, we at KSIGlobal.com would like to take the time to pray for the victims.
    Taylor Robertson (husband and father), 27yrs, of Ballard, West Virginia and Eli Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California were killed in today's "mass shooting". Taylor Robertson had participated in 18 Madden Tournament's winning 72% of them as said by EA Sports. Eli Clayton had also been an active member in the Madden community. Both  of which had their lives ended too soon.  A total of 11 people were shot and sent to local hospitals, according to initial reports. Even though the full list of all injured has yet to be made public we do keep the victims and their families in our thought's and prayer's. Rest in peace and keep gaming.
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