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  • COD Mobile Release: Review

    Monday, March 18th, Activision revealed their next groundbreaking game, one that no one expected, Call Of Duty: Mobile. The trailer promised iconic maps and gamemodes for multiplayer and even hinted zombie and battle royale modes. It showed off fan favorite guns like the PDW from Black Ops 2, Purifier from Black Ops 3 and 4, and the Intervention from Modern Warfare 2. The initial response from the COD community was surprisingly unpleasant. In addition to 7000+ dislikes, the reveal trailer comment section was filled with negative responses. The top comment, with nearly 10,000 likes, said 
    “The call of duty everyone wanted but the platform nobody wanted” 
    Regardless of the rocky start, Activision delivered the game first to Canada, India, and Australia on June 9th. 
    Come October 1st, Call Of Duty: Mobile released to the world with 20,000,000 downloads on the first day. Also on the first day, KSI Qs, from FA Azrael, made the in game clan KSIdotCOM. I reached out to him for an opinion on the game. 
     
    KSI New Blue: To start, thank you for your time. You are the owner of the KSI clan in game. What made you think to make it?
     
    KSI Qs: Thanks for having me! I was thinking that it would be cool to have a “clan” set up on a game like Call of Duty Mobile. We have both a PS4 and Xbox One division and can’t really play Call of Duty with each other but CoD Mobile allows that in addition to the new Modern Warfare game that is due to be released at the end of this month.
     
    KSI New Blue: Now that it’s been a few days since the game launched, what do you think of it?
     
    KSI Qs: Since I’ve been playing on launch day, the game has played very smoothly/consistently which is awesome and really great, especially for a mobile game such as this one. It’s rumored that controller support is being added at some point, which would be pretty cool, but at the same time would give some players an advantage over others. I have played a game on the battle royale mode to see how it was, it played alright I should say, ended up getting 3rd that game.
     
    KSI New Blue: What issues do you see with the game that could affect its longevity?
     
    KSI Qs: Like all mobile games, the hype will die and that’s what concerns me. How will this game be kept updated besides maintenance updates? Will Activision continue to support the game with new game content updates such as maps and weapons? Another is the micro transactions, Apple and Google both have certain regulations on them [micro transactions]  that forces Activision to disclose the probability of winning rare or better weapons, etc. and that’s a big part of Activision’s revenue stream. If the chances of someone winning that type of item by purchasing cod points, I would be steered away from that.
     
    Go ahead and pick up Call Of Duty: Mobile for free on Google Play or the App Store, then request to join the in game clan, KSIdotCOM.
    Written by KSI New Blue (Writer)

     

    The History of 7 in KSI

    “What’s the deal with 7?” is the question I asked myself when I joined in February this year. I asked Ghost Rider2115, a recruit from Azrael, for a guess as to why certain members have a 7 at the end of their Gamertag.“Maybe that’s how many major games they’ve won?”
     
    While it’s a solid guess considering we are a gaming community, it’s not close at all. I then reached out to KSI Copper 7, the Founder of Fallen Angels, for his opinion. 
    “It just shows that you have reached a high enough rank in KSI and you have earned it.”
    So who was the first 7? And when did the tradition start? I knew these were going to be hard answers to get, but there was one place I knew I could go, right to KSI Se7en 7. 
     
    KSI New Blue: Well, first off, thank you so much for your time. Not every member gets the opportunity to speak with a creator.
    KSI Se7en 7: No problem thanks for the interview.
    KSI New Blue: So where did the idea to add a 7 to the end of a person’s Gamertag originate?
    KSI Se7en 7: We all met on Unreal Championship.Back during that time someone had to host a server for gamers to play on.
    Killingservice7 aka KSI Dead Meat 7 worked a lot, so he would leave his box on while he was gone.
    Myself and KSI SYRUS 7 approached him and we started to talk about building a clan and it was important for us to keep the community name as close to the server name so that we could recruit. 
    Killing Service Incorporated was born, and the 7 had always been a symbol of leadership for generals and up.
    KSI New Blue: After 16 years of KSI, there have been hundreds of members that have earned the 7 in their names. Is there anything you would want to tell those people?
    KSI Se7en 7: Thank you all no matter where you are for the hours and hard work. Although at times, as trying as it may have been, you all earned that 7. 
    KSI New Blue: What is some advice you want to give to those wanting to move up the ranks and earn their 7?
    KSI Se7en 7: Make sure you have great leadership under your guidance and build your division as large as you can. It is one of the most awesome feelings in the world to have a large operation that is well oiled and fine tuned. 
     
    Since I'm not a 7, I went to KSI BIG JOHN 7, FA Co-founder, and KSI Chaoticz 7, former Founder, to ask how they feel about it. First, I wanted to hear the story of how they earned their 7.
     
    KSI BIG JOHN 7:  I got my 7 back in 2010 in the division called Gorilla Warfare (GW) I got promoted to Founder then I changed my name to KSI BIG JOHN 7
    KSI Chaoticz 7: I was a General of Eternal HF (Hell Fire) in 2017 and after a fair amount of time building the squad up with numbers, training, and a great atmosphere, we finally split and created Plague HF and I was promoted to the rank of Co-founder. I later changed my GT from KSI Chaoticz to KSI Chaoticz 7.
     
    Next, I asked, “What does it mean to you to have a 7 in your GT today?”
    KSI BIG JOHN 7: You have earned the rank of Founder or higher. You are a leader in KSI.
    KSI Chaoticz 7: Having a 7 can mean many different things to different people. To me, it means respect, achievement, and loyalty. I earned the respect of those above and below me at the time to receive a 7, I achieved my squad split and committed enough to the community to receive a 7, and I am loyal to KSI which is why I still have a 7 in my GT.
     
    While to many people the number 7 may mean luck, remind them of their favorite soda, or the number of days in the week, to KSI it's more than a number. It's recognition of talent, leadership, determination, and prestige. Thanks again to those who have dedicated so much to this community and earned their 7s. To those wanting to move up and earn theirs, good luck and keep pushing!

    - Written by KSI New Blue (News Team)

    FA. Focused, Caring, Family

    Fallen Angels [FA], a young division made up of multiple squad splits and determination. KSI Heroiism 7 tells us more about FA and its culture of where it was and where it is today.

    Nex Addo: Tell us a little history about FA; how did it all start, and how did it get where it is today?
    Heroiism: Well I definitely was not the first member here in FA. But I did join when there was only Rapture and Purgatory. The community was growing, and I was part of the Rapture and Judgment split. Things got steered in the wrong direction. I was a Lieutenant at the time in Rapture and wanted to help. I couldn't watch a squad shut down and get merged. I offered to leave my current squad of leadership to start from the bottom in square one in Judgement. It wasn’t easy, but I couldn't do it without some help and the staff who grew within the squad to get where we are today. After Judgement, we created Babylon and Judgement re-split again and created Valkyrie. Rapture split and made Leviathan, and we had Redemption made a bit after Rapture. Although we come across our differences and issues, I have seen each individual leader face challenges in this division. I guess I base myself and my goal to bring this division to the top! I want my team to be acknowledged and remembered, not for what Hero did, but for what each of them can accomplish, not just in FA, but within KSI.

    For some people, divisions all look the same- they recruit, they play games, and they hang out. So when asking Heroiism what he believes the difference between his division and the multitude before his he explains,

    “I think going back to our members being unique and strong-minded is what makes us different. We definitely have a lot of members and staff to see this division towards the right path. Every division strives for success and betterment here in KSI...I really feel like we are more family-oriented here in FA.”

    Nex Addo: What’s the biggest opportunity they have and what’s their biggest strength?
    Heroiism: The division has the opportunity to grow if we can let go of our frustrations and our past. We have equal-minded leaders within this division to develop a great home for all of our KSI members. We have the ability to achieve anything within FA.

    Before the interview, Heroiism talked a little about himself and the division and elaborate what it means to see his division rise to the top,

    “Rising to the top meaning I want everyone to have a clear understanding, to make great choices for the division and growing the division steadily. But overall we want to just have a good program here in FA that will allow our leaders to develop.”

    Nex Addo: What is something KSI should know about your division?
    Heroiism: This division is a great place to be in. We started very rocky [sic] and yet still have some ways to go but always work on improvement and working with each other. Each squad independently operates, well but some have stronger...weaknesses than the other. My goal is to get everyone under the same level of understanding in order to better understand and work with each other. I want every leader to do well here in KSI and wish for each of their best endeavors. We have a lot of potential [sic] but working on where we slack the most-communication, activity, and knowledge. But I am happy with where we are today within FA.
    Nex Addo: Do you have any current plans that you're working on?
    Heroiism: Currently working with Generals and their Co-Founders to better tackle fluff when it comes to recruitment and squad operations. Also working with sergeants and other members within the division to come up with ideas to include the division as a whole when it comes to game nights or just getting members to connect and meet each other.
     
    Written By: Nex Addo
    Nex is a Senior News Writer with previous experience as KSI's News Team Manager, Media Director, and Dir. Of Web Ops.
     
     
     

    KSI's Sweet Sixteen

    Did you know that KSI turned 16 years old this month? If the community was a person, it’d be old enough to join now. Many members have been here since they were sixteen, and, for some of them, that’s further back than they’d like to admit. Regardless if you joined half a lifetime ago or just within the past few weeks, KSI has provided myriads of opportunities for its members. The following interviews were conducted with several members who joined at various times over the years, all at the age of 16.
    KSI Viktory 7, currently the General of Awoken FG and Deputy Director of Education, joined KSI in 2007. He remarked on some of the skills he’s learned while in KSI that apply directly to real life. “I have learned how to speak to an audience properly with confidence and adequately convey my thoughts on the spot. I also picked up a lot of patience from years of dealing with various types of individuals… From one of my Generals in [KSI Global].org, I learned how to properly write a resume and nail interview processes.”
    “My earlier years in KSI were great,” said Nex Addo, currently a member of the News Team. “I used News Team to gain experience in writing. I’m nowhere near as good as I’d like to be now...but I used the skills I acquired and created my middle school’s newspaper. I eventually became an editor in my high school’s newspaper but kept writing for KSI.” He added that there were some negative aspects during his tenure as Director of Web Operations that caused strife with his husband. “Eventually, I had to re-establish time management in real life to balance KSI and my personal life.” 
    “Well,” said KSI Micro, General of Integritas IR and Web Staff member, “the most important thing KSI taught me is responsibility and how to deal with it. When I first joined [a year ago], I had the mindset of delaying my responsibilities and just ignored issues that [occurred] in front of me. In real life, [changing] this has helped me, mostly in school and other day-to-day activity, but it made me overall a better leader [who] is always dependable to do their job with sincerity.”
    The development of leadership mentality seemed to be the consensus among those who volunteered to answer, including KSI Rivers 7, one of the IR division leaders and newly appointed Community Manager. After joining approximately 18 months ago, he revealed, “I’ve also learned a lot about how public service might be, and it’s opened my eyes a lot more to the world of politics. It influenced my decision to major in political science [in addition to] just finance.”
    KSI Illusion8, a Lieutenant in Redemption FA, joined in January of this year and mentioned his intention to join the Education department, something he’d never considered before. “I never saw myself as a leader, but now I’m helping lead a squad.”
    Aside from leadership and project management skills, KSI develops goal orientation in its members, whether they realize it or not. What may be surprising, though, is what kind of goals they have. It’s not about rank or power for them. It’s about the community and the people who will come after them. “KSI gave me something that I don’t think I can ever pay back, but I sure as hell can help everyone else enjoy it like I did,” said KSI Micro.
    “I’d like to move up in the community so I can get to know more people and help members grow. People have taught me how to deal with situations in life and how to be a better person,” KSI Illusion8 added. “I’d like to be able to do that for other people - help teach them how to deal with their problems and become a better person.”
    Nex Addo looks at it from a slightly different perspective. Having once been in the high-level leadership role in Web Operations, he is essentially starting over. “My goal is to help and shape leaders [and] give advice to those who are filling the shoes I once did.”
    From the past to the future. KSI Rivers 7 said, “I want to help move things forward. I have a relatively new school mentality, so I have a lot of ideas and changes that I feel would really benefit the community.” Additionally, he remarked on how KSI has provided a second family “like I never could’ve expected.”
    Longevity comes with its own challenges such as traditional mentality or technological adaptations. KSI’s reputation can be excellent or much less than that, depending on who is speaking. That in itself is an incredible thought, though. People all over the world, from the United States to the United Kingdom to Mexico, even to South Korea and anywhere in between, have taken part in KSI’s history in some way. This community has been bringing gamers together since before a few of you were even born.
    With a loaded word like “community,” inevitably family is mentioned. KSI has connected thousands of gamers over the past 16 years, forming bonds between them. Some of these were tested by animosity, but even more developed mentors, friends, and, as Rivers indicated, extended family members. “...KSI Icespot 7 has been there with me through this whole experience. We’ve worked side by side with the same goal, day in and day out. It’s...introduced me to a great friend that I can safely say I never thought I would have made through a gaming community. We’ve had the opportunity to grow as leaders together, and he has made my experience here overwhelmingly positive.”
    KSI Illusion8 has had his own taste of the KSI family. “KSI Elle and KSI BabyStream8 were the people who really started to make me feel like it is a family. KSI KamRocks and KSI Monkeypeeps are the two [who] are more like family than my actual family, to be honest.” He went on to add, “KSI xREDDOGx and KSI xTITANx 7 have kind of been like dads to me and helped me to learn how to deal with life itself.”
    Given his extensive experience in KSI, it was a challenging question posed to KSI Viktory 7 regarding his influences in the community. “KSI Anubis 7 was probably my biggest mentor, more so in the recent past. He taught me the value of people and why every individual matters. KSI Mizz Airy was probably the greatest leader I have ever met anywhere, period. She always had a plan [and] was prepared for any situation. She taught me in FTLA 101/202 where I learned a lot of useful tips on how to be more assertive, more organized and be able to manage my time to the utmost. [Finally], KSI Tex 7 was one of my original mentors and was able to kind of guide me through the hectic KSI routine when we were thousands of members strong. [She] was always good to me…”
    Nex Addo also had difficulty limiting his list of influences. “I want to say [KSI Mizz Airy] if I had to choose one, to be honest; that lady is amazing. She was a mentor to me, and...today we are personal friends. We shared many roles, flipping between leader and assistant. She was always there. KSI Koda 7, even though he can be rough around the edges, [he] means well for KSI...and can teach you how to be relaxed. From [KSI Elderpoot 7], you can learn how to work with people you don’t want to and essentially how to bite your tongue once in a while. He was good at checking me at the front door before meetings. [Finally], KSI Kered 7 is awesome and has big dreams; he can inspire you to think big. One key thing about him is that he NEVER gives up.”
    As KSI heads into its 17th year of existence, what sort of goals do you have - for yourself or for KSI? Every single person currently contributing in some sort of leadership started at Private at one point. Where do you want to see the community go in the future? For those of you who wonder why leadership would care what you think, you’re the future of KSI. Your voice matters, and you will shape how this long-standing community moves forward.

    KSI Atlantis 7

    A wry man with an undeterred sense of justice, KSI Atlantis 7 (a.k.a. Jimtokd3d) joined KSI in 2014 with determination to be a part of something larger than himself. Initially a member of Reality Dynasty division, he strove to build the team that would eventually generate the longest-lasting division in recent history, to which he returned in 2017. Ever the one to look out for people, he refused to kowtow to more aggressive leadership styles, and he constantly defended members from irrationality. After brief stints in Lost Empire and Phoenix Rising divisions, where he lent his expertise to novice squad leaders, he moved on but returned to what he often referred to as his online home by joining Fatal Genesis in late 2018.
    He constantly sought to try new skills and contribute wherever he could. As a talented writer, he enjoyed supporting the News team. Through his desire to support, encourage, and train, he took part in AAP and Education teams. And, when KSI makes any effort to improve itself as a whole, KSI Atlantis 7 would jump on board to add his unique perspective such as in the Research & Development and Marketing teams.
    Who was he outside of KSI? He thoroughly enjoyed musical theater, particularly The Greatest Showman, and he was an avid fan of story-driven video games. I’m fairly certain The Last of Us is the game that converted him from Xbox to PlayStation.
    "Every time I was in a party with him or a Discord channel, he was always super chill and friendly. He really went out of his way to make sure, if you had any questions, that they were answered. He knew when to be serious, but he also knew how to have fun. I was truly honored to have the opportunity to have such a great friend. Atlantis was one of the first people in KSI that I gamed with, and that's something I'll never forget. I wish I would have thanked him more for being such a good friend and for going out of his way to help everyone. Jim, buddy, we thank you. And we miss you. May you rest in peace." - KSI_Cayde-6
    "Jim and I made a connection immediately. Somehow two people from very different backgrounds and experience found each other relatable. After a while, Jim would just swoop in, leave a funny little message or friendly little jab at me. Which, of course, I would return the favor. He was funny and personable. Jim also cared deeply for this community and did everything within his power to make it better; we had long conversations about how to do just that. His dedication to training and giving KSI members life skills were unmatched. Jim just had a knack for delivering mundane information and making it fun and memorable. I didn't know him long, less than a year, but he quickly became someone I could depend on and was always there to talk to. I am going to miss Jim tremendously, and the world has lost an incredible being." - KSI Dwardog79
    "When he and I first met, we hit it off. He was a cheeky fellow from Wales who had a crude sense of humor, similar to me. You wanted to be his friend because he sounded so witty with his accent, and you don't run into too many people from the UK online. I was particularly fond of whenever he would start singing Broadway show tunes; he really loved The Greatest Showman. Jim also shared the same desire I had to make FG the flagship division of KSI, and, throughout both of our time here, I like to say that we achieved that goal. What Jim brought to our division, our community is something that we could never get back. Jim was one of the hardest-working dudes; he exemplified what it meant to be a Co-Founder and a KSI member. It really makes me sad that Jim isn't here to see all of this; just the other day, I was in a party with him. It was an absolute pleasure and honor to have served in div staff with him, to have known him, and to have been his friend. Anyone who knew him was privileged to have had that opportunity. I love you, Jim; it's too damn soon." - KSI HulkHogan 7
    Jim believed in the power of people. He inspired togetherness, respect, and dedication. But this goes beyond KSI losing a long-standing member and even beyond losing a friend. With the loss of Jim, a bright spot in the world has gone out. Requiescat in pace.
    Image by KSI Xillery
    "One More Light" by Linkin Park
     
     

    Video Games Helping Understand PTSD

    By Nex Addo
    Video games today are helping the civilian and military community better understand the complex and difficult to handle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]. PTSD can occur in those who have had or witnessed a traumatic experience such as the sudden death of a loved one, a natural disaster, war, a personal violent attack, own, and many other trauma-related experiences. Symptoms can appear quickly or even years after an event, but a diagnosis is an extremely difficult and particular process which at times requires some individuals to show signs at least a month at a time with some symptoms including anxiety, depression, and flashbacks. The problem with PTSD is it can be confused with other disorders, but anyone can be diagnosed with PTSD, even those under the age of 16.
    Today, virtual reality is now helping the world train pilots, law enforcement, assist in health care rehab and spinal cord injuries, and now helping us gain a better understanding of PTSD and the mental health crisis. VR helps create a stimulating experience similar to the traumatic one a person may have had, though this technique is mostly used in combat-related scenarios. VR works through exposure therapy, forcing an individual to confront the feared thought, image, or memory that is associated with the past event. Hopefully, with enough exposure therapy, the patient will be able to better handle the effects of distressing flashbacks, depression, grief, along with other mental health issues. In January 2019, Science Daily shared a study from Ruhr-University Bochum about PTSD and Tetris.
    "The study involved 20 patients with complex PTSD who were hospitalized at the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy for six to eight weeks for regular therapy. In addition to the usual individual and group therapies, they also underwent a special intervention. They wrote one of their stressful memories down on a sheet of paper. Then they tore up the piece of paper -- without talking about the content -- and played Tetris on a tablet for 25 minutes…”
    Patients experienced a decrease in the amount and volatility of the flashbacks, but this took at least weeks after playing Tetris for at least a week from the study at Ruhr-University Bochum.
    Due to our lack of support in the healthcare industry for mental health as some healthcare professionals would claim it's hard to treat PTSD for everyone or at least a great majority. There are times when PTSD becomes too much for an individual and they may take their own life. Today the VA is combating mental health issues and suicidal ideation by having a 24/7 hotline for veterans to currently using. For those who are civilians, there are many opportunities when it comes to the same issues by contacting local and national suicide hotlines.  For now, video games in any format, whether it be created specifically for PTSD patients or those in the market, will need further studies for a better conclusion. It is possible that the games could help trap and reorganize memories of trauma allowing these patients to finally live with PTSD in better conditions.
    VA CRISIS HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255 (TEXTING AND ONLINE OPTIONS AVAILABLE)
    NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE: 1-800-273-8255

    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.
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