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  1. 4 points
    Hall of Fame is not easy to achieve but is achievable for some. In fact, there are roughly 100 current members who are recognized in the Hall of Fame out of the thousands of members who have walked through the doors of KSI. Each member has done something to push KSI into other levels, has been selfless, and given vast time to KSI. The following THREE members of KSI have been selected to be possibly added to the Hall of Fame. We will only be sharing a few details of information about the three. KSI Miagi 7 - Miagi helped create the newest KSI CMS and helped further KSI efforts in clan management. Miagi was apart of the Research & Development team before it was disbanded and continues to this day to support Web Operations. KSI Obsidian 7 - Obsidian has been in KSI for a long time and while a short period of time he wasn’t in KSI his ideas and policies continued to be apart of KSI. His leadership played a key role in the success of LE which has been considered to be a prestigious division in KSI. KSI Viktory 7 - Viktory has reached the role of Executive Director becoming our third one in which before he was the Education Director revamping the department to today’s current format. He continued to lead and build the PSN division after the KN split. Potential Hall of Fame inductees are selected and researched by the committee members, they could be recommendations from other members old or new. All the names are what we call “thrown into the ring”, which means they will be debated on by all the committee members on whether what they have done for KSI are worthy of the Hall of Fame. Each potential inductee receives 24 hours of debate by the committee at which time the Division Leaders of KSI is brought in as spectators to ensure debates are unbiased and accurate. After every name who has been thrown into the ring has had debates, the Chair of the committee reviews all debates and selects 1 – 3 names to move forwards. These 1 – 3 names are then voted on by the committee and receiving a simple majority of the votes allows them to move forward to the next steps. After the committee phase, these members will then have to attend a Town Hall where the community will question them and get to know them. This will allow these members to get exposure across the community and share what they have done for KSI. The community will then get to vote in an open poll on whether they are worthy of the high honor. The final stage of the process is the debate between the Owners of KSI, JT, and Kered. They will look at the nominations put forward by the committee and the vote by the community, then make the final decision on whether these members are inducted. A ceremony will then take place and will include events like interviews with leaders who have made the Hall of Fame, speeches, giveaways, and finally the Chairman will officially induct the new members of the Hall of Fame.
  2. 3 points
    Another chapter in KSI’s long history is closing with the retirement of our Executive Director, KSI Elderpoot 7. Many things can be said of his time in his KSI, of his legacy. He’s attained every rank that KSI offers and has executed his responsibilities in every measurable way. Hall of Fame member, Senior Director of more than 2,000 members, Director of Web Operations, and Senior Administrator where he played the pivotal role of making web operations relevant to the community again. I can list many more similar accolades, but one stands out. Some say a Leader is defined by those they have taught and guided. Using that metric, Elderpoot is defined by greatness. Multiple proteges of his are known as some of the best quality leaders KSI has seen. If you stack the achievements of Poot with the achievements of those he’s trained, there are few in 15 years of KSI who can compare. It's mostly common knowledge by now, but for those who don’t know, it was conversations between Poot and I that led to the last split of our community. We knew the risks involved, and I wasn’t convinced that they were worth the potential reward. But Poot convinced me. He envisioned a community where we brought the ethos of KSI to as many gamers as possible. A positive, fun, and safe place for anyone that needed it. Creating a community that was run with fairness, led by leaders who put the concerns and voices of the members first, above all else. He had more faith in KSI’s resilience than I did; he had more faith than anyone at the time. And, boy, was that faith well placed. He convinced me KSI had the potential to be greater than it ever was. Over the past two years as both Operations Director and Executive Director, Elderpoot has guided the community to create a culture and attitude that best benefits our members. He led the charge to make KSI more than a simple gaming community. He helped make KSI a family again. He instilled, from the lowest ranked private all the way to the Board a sense of belonging and inclusion. A community where in reality no member gets left behind, a principle KSI was founded on. I can say much and more about Poot, who’s become a close friend of mine. He’s the kind of leader that comes around very rarely. When I retired, Poot was my only choice as a replacement and that in and of itself speaks to my opinion of him. He guided and led KSI better than I ever could and I couldn’t be prouder of that fact. Poot left his mark on KSI’s history, a history that stretches back almost two decades. The impact he made won’t fade, his work has proven that. Poot, I know I speak for KSI as a whole when I say thank you for your service. It’s a debt that can never be repaid. KSI Kered 7 Owner of KSI Global Gaming
  3. 3 points
    Humans are social creatures as many studies have pointed out so it comes as to no surprise that gaming communities are extremely popular and have been for a long time. At this current moment, there is a vast amount of these communities that can claim longevity and membership. These communities were not easy to make and didn’t always remain stable. In fact, some go through splits causing massive numbers to leave communities, some don’t make it past console changes, internal disputes and more. Community is defined as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals”. The definition best defines what video game communities are all about. Most people join through the common interest of a particular game. For example, recruiting in some communities is done through voice chat during matches or private parties. This is when the current members of the community chat and “screens” the player finding out if they seem to be a good fit for their particular group. This particular set up can be a bit biased though. While the current recruiter may find that they don’t like the player for some reason another person attempting to recruit may find it hard to get the new person in resulting in that they [new person] may not be added; disallowing them to join based on poor judgment. It’s not to say that this method is a terrible idea but in fact, it teaches social cues which in long term helps protect the group as a whole. The recruiter must be able to pick up on subtle non-visual cues. These might be a poor attitude which may result in future confrontations, argumentive behavior about group sportsmanship, and general behavior towards other players. Communities teach structure and command. Today the world is set up in a corporate structure and it matters how you act, speak, and behave. Quite a few communities break up members into small groups that allow for growth and support. Groups are lead by one or multiple members which allow the important skill to be fostered. Allowing members to create their own type of group within the confines of the rules and guidelines set above himself. Becoming a leader helps you learn problem-solving skills, internal dispute resolution, and politics. For example accusations of cheating, behavior, and ill intent require leaders to get involved. A poor judgment made by leadership may cause membership decline, arguments, and much more. Leaders must make decisions based on facts and witness statements. What makes this harder for communities is that this is not done in person to person but over voice and text. This is not to say that you cannot learn something but it allows leaders to learn how to maneuver a conversation with delicacy. Communities make great strides in group participation. Requiring people to work together teaches trust, verbal communication, and support of each other. Today we must be able to trust each other to get ahead in the world even though it is a dog eat dog world. Basic verbal communication is taught in these types of events and group projects which allow others to express themselves and teach which words best describe situations. Situational awareness forces people to learn what to say, how to say, and when to say something. For example, people must be able to understand when presenting and who they are communicating with what is appropriate and when it is an appropriate time. Some people acquire these skill sets outside of communities and allow them to practice in this setting while others learn through the communities itself. Besides skill sets being taught gaming communities affect gameplay. Some small groups that now are professionals came from small or big time communities. Nowadays getting a large group together seems to be a great idea to go match by match and dominate your opponents. This allows for friendships that go beyond the game and stretch for over many years. Games themselves teach but communities enhance the experience allowing for so much more. Instead of just playing by yourself you have a community of people who are ready and eager to log online and play. The video games don’t have to be just violent as some would say and shooters but you have calmer games such as Minecraft, Animal Crossing, Mario games, and much more. Hoping that communities can stay on track for stability we shall see in the future what will become of them. Will they start to end or will they prosper bringing new ideas to the table.
  4. 2 points
    The saying goes, “All roads lead to Rome”, which means that there are various ways to arrive at a conclusion. In the past, KSI had the “It’s my way or the highway” mentality, but that seems to be less of an option these days. Members made sure of that by voicing their opinions. Currently, KSI is redoing its website, making new awards, focusing on adding new members to the Hall of Fame, revamping our Discord server, opening and modifying departments, and more. Since the change of board members, KSI hasn’t stopped moving - especially the members. So how does everyone feel now? One member says, “I like the new changes and environment that Vik is doing. I feel he needs to clean [the] house more and have more staff and [fewer] assistants if that makes sense. I do feel more bold moves need to be done in certain areas, and that comes with having a staff.” That’s not the only person to share this sentiment. “Everything seems to be going great really but I feel like we need to watch who is putting up above us all. Vik is awesome but I’m worried we have leaders who may be not working as hard.” Now, this may seem harsh as we do have leaders working around the clock, but it’s all on how we present the effort. So how do you clean staff without seeming like a dictator? That isn’t an easy task due to the fact that if too much shifting is made, members get antsy and worried. To accomplish staff changes it must be made open and done with one staff change at a time. It also means promoting members who are known in the community and are respected by the members. Not all members agree with the former statements, though. According to a different member, "I think this current leadership is the best leadership we have had since KSI split creating KN. I think this new generation of KSI will lead to many great things. I've been around KSI for a minute and have seen many leaders come and go and have full confidence in just about any leader within the community.” Another member states, “KSI is currently in a good state in terms of being ready for a successful future in growth. When I joined KSI in 2018, in late mid-September, felt KSI was [going] through an environmental change. In other words, KSI was going through a time where members were doing their own thing, where it came to a few not following policies, guidelines, procedures, etc. However, a few changes and rearrang[ments] have been made throughout the last year inside division/squads throughout KSI.” Some members are extremely critical of the current status of KSI. "KSI is currently working their way back on track to a successful community. This goal is highly represented by the PlayStation Division of KSI. The Xbox side who has their backs tighter against the wall from the past seems to be a bit further off the tracks. Although they are starting to glide into the position they seem to have a few obstacles within their ranks that hold them back. Outside of Division Operations, KSI seems to be behind the power curve in the Web Side. They are working on a new site and a new Discord set up, however, the Social Media’s are confusing and not advertised as much, and they have a lackluster stream environment that doesn’t seem to have a focus or guidance in a time when streaming has been the hottest." We are becoming more open and communicative and that is a vast improvement from some people I spoke too. “My General is so awesome! He talks to us pretty much every day when he gets online and jumps into parties with us” and “When I joined a couple of months ago all I ever heard from my mates were complaints from members about people not talking to them…. Right now I love this place and people are talking and now I hear fewer complaints.” This has to be music to the leaders’ ears since, according to the notes and memos posted, they are working on that as one of the main goals. So communication is a big key as we’ve all said in this community. So how do we address communication once again? We have to stop flirting with words and start just saying what we want to say. Stop being afraid of ridicule and uncomfortable topics, and start having open dialogue at all times. Go to the members more and stop making them come to yourself. Communication applies to everyone, not just leaders, and that is something every KSI member must come to as a conclusion to move forward. So what about quantity? As of the moment we have over 900 members including a handful of leaders, which again is another improvement from the last couple of years, and this is not something we can say was easily obtained. When asking some officers and generals, the consensus is generally good - stating that support from divisional leadership has vastly improved efforts as well as proper inter-squad activities. One ranking officer is quoted to say, “Don’t get me wrong it's great that we have bigger numbers; I just worry that we will forget others and fluff will come back.” That’s a concern for anyone who cares about our activity and numbers, which are not mutually exclusive. The idea of large amounts of fluff and forgetting some members is a long-standing history of KSI. This generation though seems to have a handle on the situation with following up with members not in meetings, asking what games they want to play nowadays, and reaching out for one-on-one conversations. So how does KSI achieve activity, high retention, overall happiness from its members? To achieve goals such as that we must allow freedom within the confines of our guidelines and opening up to possible failure and slower growth and by accepting we have a past but that doesn’t define the future. If all roads lead to Rome, then what path should we be on? We, as a community, ought to aim for the one that further embraces open communication and approaches possible setbacks with a goal-oriented mentality. A perfect KSI would have no infighting or squabbles, would have fast growth and high retention and activity. But no community nor person is perfect, and it’s reckless to strive for the impossible. That being said, we can get pretty close so long as we all work together.
  5. 2 points
    It's been two weeks since the last Town Hall hosted by the Board and Owners of KSI, yet little seems to have come from it. In fact, it's almost as if it didn’t happen because, when you talk to members, some choose to just let it go, some left, and some came back. To get a full picture of KSI’s current status based on what we do know is going on, we spoke to the members. No Board member nor Owner was interviewed for this article. From those who decided to leave... Usually, when someone is asked why they left, we run into negatives and sometimes situations we cannot resolve. In this recent instance, leadership must try all they can. They have no choice but to step in, talk, and be transparent. If this cannot be achieved, there are members who have said they are willing to leave and those who have left already. The following comes from some of the latter. “It’s all of their fault! Great that the Kered and JT said, ‘sorry’ but who gives a ****.” This former member continues, “The whole board needs to go except Vik!” Some members only left because they feel KSI is going in a different direction, "....I only left because I'm not sure where KSI is going, and I don’t think it is for me.” One may ask why it matters about those who left; they left, and it's their problem. Retention is a problem and... ...a Town Hall is still another reaction. Reactions regarding the Town Hall and the answers provided by both Board and Owners varied from positive to having little or no faith. For example, one member says, "I feel that the Owners made a decent effort to answer as many questions as they could; however, I do not feel they have specific answers to the questions people asked. They spent a lot of time going off on tangents and answering other questions without answering the one at hand. As far as my feelings on the owners, I have mad respect for the two of them, and I am good friends with Derek. I don't have much to complain about, but I will be watching to see what happens in the coming weeks to see if they commit to their promises or not. One example being, I asked a question in open door days ago hoping from a reply from the Owners directly and that has not happened yet. Take that as you may, but if I was an Owner looking to regain the trust from my members and leaders I would be making every effort to communicate and answer queries, possible." Some claim that leaders are being lazy and complacent. Another remark indicated, "I'd have to say the owners did great, but they left and have a lot of trust to regain from me. If you leave and come.back, it just means you made a quick decision and don’t think." Back and Ready to Do More “At first I couldn’t care less, but, after the town hall, I felt everyone had something to hide as if they knew that something was coming…. I felt I couldn't lose my family and leave them behind. I care a lot for them and about KSI.” Coming back is both a difficult choice and a thoughtful one. It means accepting how KSI is working and helping better it from the inside. This community has much to offer in terms of diversity, skill-building, and mentorship, and there's always room for those who are eager to support those endeavors, new or returning. Mixed Reactions from Those Who Stayed Staying means that, no matter if you have faith or not, someone wants to be here for one reason or another. Staying means it's time to kick into high gear. "I stayed because I have no reason to leave, I'm a part of KSI global. It doesn’t mean I wouldn't leave if I didn't believe what was said.” Another member says, "I stayed because I really think no one is lying or hiding anything, and the Town Hall was perfect." Where Do We Go From Here? Today, KSI stands around 500 active members. Of which, some have both advice and warnings. We interviewed quite a few people and came up with a variety of answers, most of which were unexpected. One, in particular, stood out. “I thought the town hall meeting was successful in a way but also failed in some other areas. It was a great way to try and bring a new way to help motivate and bring in some much-needed momentum in the right direction, but the follow up to member’s concerns was a failure. Of all the years that I’ve been in this community, this is probably the most crucial time for upper leadership and the rest of the community to kick it into high gear. Granted I know things do not happen overnight and maybe even within a week but all that momentum that I could see at squad level was wasted. “Transparency is important; letting members know that their community leaders are trying is important, especially to the newer generation of members. With the lack of direction from leadership, it’s hard to see what the future might have in store for us. I don’t want to sound like I’m talking down to upper leadership because they are doing something to help move forward. Vik has been doing an amazing job with communicating to us what his goals and expectations are, and that kind of mentality is what I believe is needed from the rest. A closed mouth doesn’t get fed, and I’m glad we had the turnout we did at the town hall and with everyone expressing their opinions is what we needed in order to move forward… I’ve been a director, a division leader, all of [the ranks] repeatedly... With me coming back to the community and starting from the bottom and working my way back up again, it’s going to push me to where I want to be -- that bridge between members and upper leadership, divisional roles or higher. Knowing the needs of the members and the way leadership needs to respond. My goal ultimately is bringing back the LE mentality. Knowledge, Strength, and Integrity. It’s our core values. Having the knowledge of what to do, the strength in which to get things done, and the integrity of doing the right thing at all times. It really doesn’t get simpler than that.” So how does KSI as a whole address all that is going on? Well, first it starts with being open about everything, which includes our flaws. We must understand what we are doing wrong before we can move forward and not sweep everything under the rug. We must allow members to stand up and call out what is wrong and hold each other accountable to KSI's core values. Second, remembering how we got here. We didn’t get here overnight at all; it took a decade of work and effort. It means going back to our roots, which is all about gamers building a space for gamers. Everyone suffers from wounds whether it be surface-level, mentally, or physically threatening. Right now, we are opening the wound as we always do in a vicious cycle. Hopefully, we will not be left on read.
  6. 1 point
    Thanks for sharing this with King and myself! It's really exciting to be able to take a peek back at what KSI looked like at it's earliest stages
  7. 1 point
    The dust has settled for KSI and now it’s time to build! The KSI Board has elected two new members into their ranks. Congratulations to KSI Nex Addo and KSI_Obsidian_7! Nex Addo first joined KSI in 2009 into KGB Division. He’s currently the Wiki Team Lead and News Team Lead. He was inducted into the KSI Hall of Fame in 2017. Obsidian_7 first joined KSI in 2005 into Lost Empire. He’s currently a Co-Founder in Atlantis Rising, the PS4 Division. He’s also in the Education Department and Wiki Team. What do you want to say to the members of KSI who may not know you two that well? I'm sure some people are asking, "Who are these people?” Nex Addo: I want the members to know I'm not just an old relic sitting on the shelf who comes back when they want but a member like themselves in this community. I take what I do seriously for them and I want them to be open, critical, and understanding when they reach out to or however they feel. I'm here for them to hear them out and assist them. I've been doing this for a long while and I've had my failures and my successes and I want people to learn from mine and grow on their own. KSI is doing this together! Obsidian_7: Like Nex Addo I want members to understand that we are here for them. We want to hear and engage in healthy debates that will help us, the board, understand what the community needs in order to keep on striving forward. I have been in this community, this home, since 2005 and we all want the same thing, a safe place to game, learn and teach. My door is always open to those who need to be heard and I will always have the time to listen to what the needs are for the community. I take great pride in every aspect of my life and KSI is no different. As long as we continue to work together, grow and learn KSI will be here to stay. What exactly do you two bring to a Board in 2020? Both of you only returned to active roles this year after a lengthy retirement. Nex Addo: In my opinion, I bring quite a lot.. During my retirement and before it I held different titles but I was the Program Director of a LGBTQ Group in the city. I've also been studying more Public Relations topics and studying in a noncollege aspect. I've done quite a bit, I would say, in my time off. But, my return didn't come without concerns and long conversations Obsidian_7: As for myself, what I believe I can bring to the table is just a few different things. The board as it stands has many talented leaders with different leadership skills and it is vital that when they elect new members they have something different to offer. Before my retirement I was the division leader of LE and that experience in itself, though it was not my first time being a division leader, taught me a lot and how to be more grounded. Coming back to KSI and working my way back up the ranks instead of asking or demanding rank has given me the opportunity to see what is actually happening currently in the community. Something I believe the board recognized and considered when nominating me to be on the board. With nearly 800 people recruited this year so far, it's safe to say KSI is experiencing some pretty crazy growth. What do you think brought this success and how can we keep the momentum? Nex Addo: The fact of the matter is we are here because of the efforts of every member who is here. Even the ones who do not recruit. We must understand the reason we are here is because of their effort. The reason for this growth boom we will call it is only recent and a common history for KSI. The numbers mean a lot when it comes to the effort of recruiting but the effort of maintaining is where it's at. Can we keep these numbers and limit fluff to less than 1 percent is the real task. Which will mean events planned by our leaders. Obsidian_7: The amount of growth we have been experiencing especially recently is due to everyone really working together and understanding a common goal for this community. With the right leaders in the right place being directed by upper leadership things tend to fall in place really. Recruitment is just only one part of making this growth a successful growth. Maintaining a high retention rate is just as important. Especially if we want to see more events or tournaments for our members. Which leader of the newer generation has earned your respect? Where do you feel they exceed expectations? Nex Addo: KSI_Ronald7 has really earned my respect and I see him doing big things! He’s a good tempered and thoughtful leader. I can not wait to see what he brings to the table. Obsidian_7: I am going to have to say KSI_Kimber 7. That guy has worked hard to get where he is at now. He took charge of Awoken when his old squad leaders left and he kept at it till Awoken split. He is able to take constructive criticism and adapt his leadership style to fit any situation. With him being promoted to founder very recently it won't be long till we see him bringing a bigger impact to AR and the community! Would you give us a sneak peek into what you two hope to achieve for KSI while serving? Nex Addo: A sneak peek? Ok well, honestly I'm looking to help bridge some communication between Web and Clan Operations. While it's not obvious we could better our talks and that's no one in particular fault but it is something us leaders, including myself as News Lead, need to address sooner than later. I also want to help get Web Ops to talk more amongst ourselves. I believe that communication is key to ALL OF KSI success. My other plans are to start working on promoting events and assisting the teams that are involved need to create clan-wide events.I also have to agree with Obsidian on helping us address arcane rules and guidelines. Obsidian_7: Well for myself there are a lot of things I would like to achieve with my time on the board. The most important one for me is being a voice for everyone in the community. Share their thoughts and opinions with the board and bring up their proposals. Though there are other things I'd like to do as well personally, like focusing on changing some old bylaws and introducing new helpful policies or things of the sort. KSI is moving forward in a very positive way and all I'd like to do is help keep that momentum going.
  8. 1 point
    2019 Novel Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) a recent and current pandemic of the world affecting cultures, countries, religions, young and old. Not only is it affecting people health-wise but also the world economy. Though something we aren’t thinking about is how it is affecting our own, KSI members. From the board to the recruits. So how does COVID-19 affect KSI? First, let us talk to KSIxDaniWolf who actually has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “So It started with a cough, I thought it was just a smokers cough but it got too the point I was like, dry heaving. After that, I started to get very sleepy and then the fever came on, it reached 42 at its highest but it’s usually 39 (it’s now going down) but even though my body would be feeling really hot and covered In sweat I always feel cold, sore to move and shivery. Coughing so much I puke I haven’t been able to stomach anything for days. I’m starting to reach the fatal point that I might need to be hospitalized but I’m keeping with meds and I can’t really move from my bed, it’s sometimes difficult to breathe especially after a coughing fit, my muscles ache and even moving a few feet I can feel super drained”. So for those who are sick there are constant news changes as to what to do and not to do, how long to be self-quarantined, what medication to take and much more. Some squads and divisions are reporting upticks towards activity and recruitment which some attribute To mass quarantine and layoffs. KSI Titan 7 claims, “As of yet I’ve only seen a minor increase in activity from some of the members in my squads being that schools are shutting down and businesses are sending employees home.” KSI New Blue also states, “My squad seems to have been affected positively….Our game night attendance has gone up by a ton, and recruits are just falling into our hands.” Now we could claim that this is due to COVID-19 but only time will tell after restrictions are lifted and people go back to work. We would have to ask every recruit that walks into the door as to why they joined KSI and is part of the reason COVID-19. KSI members are also being affected in personal methods such as going out on a day to day basis, education, and visiting families. For example, KSI Synical states, “[The] UK is going into lockdown on Friday, with Army and Police being stationed on every street in every city apparently, as the public can go out for 3 reasons. Walking the dog, Shopping, and Emergencies.” In the United States, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) is recommending a 10ft plus standing distance between you and other people as well as no gatherings above 5-10 people. Some people are seeing a different impact, while not considered to be “awesome” but because of other reasons. Gas in New York according to KSI BlueWolf is $2.22 while it usually never drops below $3.50. Some have been able to spend time with family since they have had the ability to work from home. KSI has quite a bit of First responders, hospital workers, and medical professionals who are required to go into work and put themselves out there to help others. These people are doing it for many reasons but procedures have changed. Hospitals are putting tents out and first responders take extra precautions if COVD-19 is suspected. Again we go back to KSI Titan 7 who is a Fireman, "As of now, the only way it’s impacted us is changing in protocols when running calls for possible COVID patients." While this disease has been going around KSI maybe benefiting in the increase and activity of members but we must remember that this is serious. Some have contracted COVID-19, some are losing their jobs, and some might be facing lockdowns. We as a community must make an effort to check in on each other even if you don’t take this seriously, we must make sure we get together, we must make sure that we don’t judge anyone varying on how they feel about this, and we must make sure this all about gamers for gamers.
  9. 1 point
    Additions, subtractions, and much more have been words the KSI Board is all too familiar with in the past month. The fact is KSI could use to learn more about each member of the board and that exactly is what this article series will be all about. Interviewing each board member, as we learn about their plans, their self, and thoughts. With each article, we hope to shine some light on exactly who these people are and more. Allowing each member of KSI to make their own feelings. Our first interview will be with the newest member of the board, KSI Airy 7. *** Nex Addo: Tell us about you Airy: About me... Uh, well, I'm a 12-year Navy veteran, about to medically retire. After that, I'll be a full-time author for a while. I'm a mother to three rascally boys whom I hope will someday join the ranks of KSI. I'm passionate about removing mental health stigmas and finding homes for rescued dogs. And also all the gaming. Nex Addo: What is your KSI History? Airy: I've been in and out since Dec 2005, taken part of and led teams that built 6 divisions, most recently Lost Empire/Phoenix Rising in 2017. I've been the Director of Clan Ops, overseeing the closure, recovery, and rebuild of 7 divisions. I've been on or have led every single type of team throughout KSI (including MLG, Court, and Marketing) and was the Deputy Director of Web Ops in 2017. Most recently, I was the lead editor of the News Team in 2019. Nex Addo: Let us turn to your new position, what is your new position here at KSI and could ou sum up what you will be doing? Airy: The final title has yet to be officially determined, but we're tentatively calling it Director of Member Resources/Services. In short, it's a multi-faceted approach to empowering and supporting the members. Among this includes things such as being a bridge between the Board and the members at large (working in conjunction with division reps) to advocate for members needs. Another aspect is peer support for both internal and external needs. Finally, this is enfolding the previous role of Chief Justice regarding court oversight. Nex Addo: So what are YOUR PLANS for KSI? Airy: My plans - do whatever I can to ensure the longevity and growth of the community and support it is the environment that gave me the skills I've used half of my life. Nex Addo: What are some goals both short and long term you have that you want to see us accomplish? Airy: Short term, I'd like to see KSI continue to grow under the mentality of being one team and supporting each other. It'd be nice to see the teams filled out more, though I am impressed with the state of T&E and Education. Longer-term, I'd love to see the community pursue the non-profit route to further inspire and support gamers in the coming generations. Nex Addo: You are usually considered to be an old member of KSI and leader. The board did talk about bringing on less to no old members and yourself did mention not heading on big roles. What changed and why did you take on this role? Airy: As far as what changed regarding the old school, I don't know. Elder nominated me on the condition the board accepted the new role. Icespot revealed that I was uniquely qualified for this particular changed position. Also, although I'm considered old school, I'm one of the few who has taken part in every generation. I don't try to go back to "old school" in most ways because those techniques don't work in the modern community, both in mindset and growth. For myself, there are several reasons I accepted. Foremost is that I firmly believe in the potential of this generation to become what KSI should have done several years ago. Second, this is a role I am passionate to see do good. It is not a leadership position, so I don't have to worry about reprisal to my squads or divisions. I get to focus entirely on advocating for and supporting members. Nex Addo: You touched early on something I want to go back on and that is how do you think you are experienced for this role. Airy: I really hate to sound like I'm bragging, so this is going to be hard.... I have experience in every facet of KSI. I've taken part of every opportunity, every generation, and I've learned something new every single time. I'm one of those who grew up with KSI, whose life was influenced by the community and even more so by what I learned along the way. This role is all about ensuring those same opportunities and more are available for others. It's not just experience, though, but also that I'm passionate about the purpose.
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    Leadership no matter the role or organization can be a difficult road to not only be in but to get there. Recently a new Director of Web Operations was announced, KSI CH3DDAR 7. He is known to be a quiet man who has accomplished many tasks and helped further the KSI Discord server. So who exactly is he? "Currently I am an undergrad student studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science or Software Engineering, haven't decided yet. I've been in communities since I first got an Xbox at like 12 years old and like most people who stick around, it's something I truly enjoy. Being in Web-Ops just makes it that much better.” He tells us more about his experience even outside of Web operations. “So experience here is KSI has mainly been AAP. In past communities, however, I have held the equivalent rank I have now. That experience has taught me a lot about what to do, and what not to do.” Each member of KSI usually has a mentor, in fact, most members have more than one. “My predecessor, Hero, has definitely been a mentor to me since joining KSI. Icespot has been a big help as well, so I would have to give him some credit. Lastly, after getting to know Vik and his leadership style, he is for sure someone I look up to.” Many leaders have pieces of advice on how to achieve goals in KSI and that is no different for CH3DDAR. “Just do your thing. If there is something you want to accomplish in KSI, you can accomplish it. Its not gonna happen overnight, so don't let that stop you in whatever you do.” So how is he handling his own advice? “One thing I am challenging myself in doing is becoming more outgoing. A lot of people probably notice I don’t talk a whole lot in discord. It’s not that I am not active, but it’s the fact that I don’t like texting a whole lot. I would rather sit in a voice chat and talk.” Everyone gets their go at something and this time it is KSI CH3DDAR turn.
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    “A leader is best when people barely know he exists…when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all say: We did it ourselves." - Lao-Tzu Being noticed and chosen as Member of the Month is for some an amazing achievement. To go above and beyond the normal duties of the written description is in itself amazing. This is why we are celebrating two amazing people, KSI Babytree 24 & KSI_KIMBER_1911 this month. ---- "Now that I processed everything, it’s a good feeling. Everyone puts in so much effort for this community, it’s rewarding for what you do for your members and that goes to be recognized." - Babytree24 “I feel honored to be nominated, I love it here in KSI. I feel like KSI is my second family.” Kimber_1911 ---- Quotes about Babytree24 "They are a great and outstanding officer and they do their best in everything they do." "Babytree has grown as a member just as other members have grown in this division. She is excellent access to have not only in her squad but to her members. Joining the education department has truly been her niche and provided her services to help and assist other members with KSI and support their growth. This member is a bit nervous sometimes but finds her way. She has come up a long way and replaced Bubba shortly after his departure. I am extremely proud of her and her accomplishments here in KSI and is why I am nominating her." "Member [Babytree24] has been doing alot for their squad, especially in the absence of their general. Picking up all the slack and growing the squad." --- Quotes about KIMBER_1911 "He has been amazing general and friend anyone can ask for hes been a true role model for me" "I am nominating number [because] he does a good job at running the squad and he is a great guy" "He has stood by his squad regardless of who left, or caused drama. He kept his squad together. He leads his officers to be supportive of each other. He has been reliable. An I’m very happy with the way he communicates with div staff. Always very respectful. He sets the bar high. Quality family member!"
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    As we approach 2020, it would only be natural to reflect on our 2019. Oh, what a roller coaster we’ve had this year. We’ve cried tears of sadness and joy. We split squads, merged squads, split a division, and merged a division. Our gains and losses have given KSI one of its most dynamic years ever. At the very start of the year, KSI JT 7 and KSI Kered 7 inducted 3 outstanding leaders into the KSI Hall of Fame. Congratulations to KSI Chaoticz 7, KSI_Johnson_7, and KSI POSEIDON 7! Additionally, starting the year, the PS4 division Fatal Genesis, the longest lasting division at the time, split to create Infinite Reality under the leadership of KSI Rivers 7, KSI_Johnson_7, KSI POSEIDON 7, and KSI Icespot 7 on January 26th. Consequently, KSI_Johnson_7 was promoted to Director of both divisions. At the end of the month, KSI POSEIDON 7 was promoted to the Director of Education in KSI. “With Poseidon, I think we’ve found a person that can elevate education to the point that hasn’t been done before.” -KSI Kered 7 The same day, KSI Heroiism 7 was promoted to the Founder of Fallen Angels. Near the beginning of February, the 3 Divisional Representatives to the Board of Leaders were elected. KSI xREDDOGx for Fallen Angels, KSI 7th Seraph for Infinite Reality, and KSI-DRAMAMAMA-7 for Fatal Genesis. On February 11th, the community was hit with a huge announcement. KSI Kered 7 would be retiring as Executive Director of KSI come May. In his article, Kered let us know that he would be nominating KSI Elderpoot 7 as his successor. At the end of February, KSI Heroiism 7 was promoted to Division Leader by KSI Elderpoot 7. Early March, brought some needed change to the Fallen Angels’ leadership. KSI BIG JOHN 7 was moved to Founder of FA, and KSI Chaoticz 7 was promoted to Co-Founder over Valkyrie and Judgement. On March 9th, KSI_Johnson_7 was promoted from Director to Senior Director by KSI Kered 7 and KSI Elderpoot 7. “Johnson has been an integral part of the KSI team, and I couldn’t be more proud of his, and all of KSI’s growth and performance over the past year.” -KSI Elderpoot 7 KSI Icespot 7 took Johnson’s previous spot as Director over the PS4 Divisions. Unfortunately for the entire community, on April 1st, KSI Elderpoot 7 let everyone know that he would have to step down from his position as Operations Director due to the overbearing workload he had been enduring. He planned on having KSI Koda 7 step in at the end of the month. After around 8 hours, Elder let us know that it was only an April Fools joke and that he would be staying Operations Director for the foreseeable future. Thank God. On a much more serious note, April 25th brought us heartbreaking news. KSI Atlantis 7 had passed away. Atlantis was a Co-Founder in Fatal Genesis and was involved in AAP, Internal Affairs, and Education. “He exemplified the qualities we look for in a KSI member. The time and effort he has put into this community will echo for years along with our memories of him.” -KSI Kered 7 The next day, KSI JT 7 and KSI Kered 7 inducted Atlantis into the KSI Hall of Fame, the highest achievable honor in KSI. Atlantis also became Member of The Month April and had Fatal Genesis re-named Atlantis Rising in his honor. At the tail end of April, KSI-DRAMAMAMA-7 was moved to Founder of Atlantis Rising Mid-May, KSI Icespot 7 made the announcement that Infinite Reality would be Merging into Atlantis Rising. IR Exitum and Imperium would be merging into Integritas. The Div Staff moving forward would be KSI Rivers 7, KSI 7th Seraph, KSI-DRAMAMAMA-7, and KSI POSEIDON 7. May 23rd, the Director of Education, KSI POSEIDON 7, stepped down from his position to put his full focus on Clan Ops. That left a hole that KSI Viktory 7 was fully prepared to jump into. Also on the 23rd, KSI Icespot 7 was promoted to Senior Director. “Icespot represents all the qualities we look for in senior leadership, and then some. He has the full trust and faith of JT, Poot, and myself in carrying out the duties and responsibilities required of a Senior Director.” -KSI Kered 7 3 days later, KSI Kered 7 announced that KSI Elderpoot 7 was promoted to Executive Director of KSI. “I can say with full conviction that Poot Poot is the right guy to lead y’all to realize the potential taking advantage of the tools available.” On May 31st, KSI Elderpoot 7 made his first announcement as Executive Director. KSI Icespot 7 would be moving up to become Operations Director of KSI. “We look forward to working with Icespot over the coming months to elevate KSI into the gaming community that will be the envy of the community world.”- KSI Elderpoot 7 So, another month goes by and Fallen Angels’ Rapture squad officially split into Azrael under the leadership of KSI Ares 70, KSI xXLEGIONXx, and KSI MamaTwirly. This split moved KSI Copper 7 to Founder of Fallen Angels and KSI Ares 70 to Co-Founder of both squads. Come September, Web Ops had been on the backburner for months. With the only active team somewhat being Events, it was time to choose a new Director of Web Operations. When KSI Elderpoot 7 brought KSI Heroiism 7 to The Board, Heroiism was unanimously voted the Director of Web Operations. On September 22nd, the Chief Justice, KSI Crusader 7, announced that after an entire decade of service, he would be stepping down and retiring. “Continue to work hard and make this community the best it could be. Put aside differences and come together to work hard and achieve the same goal every leader in KSI strives to be.”-KSI Crusader 7 Seemingly out of nowhere, on October 13th, KSI Elderpoot 7 released the KSI Handbook. The Handbook covers dozens of topics ranging from the Recruitment Process to revoking a “7”. At the very end of October, KSI Icespot 7 announced that Atlantis Rising would see the promotion of two fantastic leaders. KSI Viktory 7 was moved to Division Leader and KSI 7th Seraph moved to Founder. Thanks to the leadership of KSI xLucifer, KSI x Maze, and KSI x Falcons, The Fallen Angels watched Leviathan split into Hades, bringing FA to 6 squads on November 20th. A month later, December 20th, the Head Hunters overhaul began. The K7 League is here! KSI CH3DDAR, the AAP Team Lead, gave us an early Christmas present on December 23rd: AAP Awards would be officially opening on Discord! After over 350 graphics, 200 live streams, 1600 recruitments, 25 articles, 1500 Game Nights, and countless memories, nobody can deny that this year has been amazing! Happy New Year, KSI! Written by: KSI New Blue, Senior Writer
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    Ace Combat 7 is an arcade flight action game with 2 game modes with 6 DLC packages out. It’s been nominated 5 times for awards and won an award for sound. Today, I will be reviewing this game and explaining the storyline. The single-player mode consists of 23 missions (including DLC missions). The storyline takes place in the continent of Usea in the conflict of the Lighthouse War set in 2019. Your character is named Trigger. Trigger is a rookie pilot from the nation of Osea assigned to the IUPF, the Independent Union Peacekeeping Forces. He was in Mage Squadron under command of a man with the callsign Clown. During the 4th mission, Trigger and the other Osean pilots are tasked with defending former Osean President Vincent Harling as he makes his escape from the Space Elevator. However, the enemy from the Kingdom of Erusea sends advanced drones after Harling’s helicopter. When one of the drones gets behind his helicopter, Trigger fires a missile at the drone, which misses and hits Harling’s aircraft, destroying it and killing the former president. Trigger is then convicted of killing Harling and assigned to the 444th squadron, also known as Spare squadron. His plane is branded with 3 “strikes”. After dealing major blows to the enemy throughout 6 missions, Trigger and one of his squadmates, callsign Count, are seen as valuable assets and are then transferred to the LRSSG, the Long Range Strategic Strike Group. Trigger is assigned to Strider squadron as Strider 1, while Count is assigned to Cyclops squadron as Cyclops 2. After destroying an enemy fleet, the LRSSG, consisting of the 2 squadrons, defend Stonehenge, a powerful railgun designed for long-range attacks. They defend the railgun until the Arsenal Bird (taken over by the Eruseans) arrives. They then use the railgun to shoot down the Arsenal Bird. Later, the group finds out that the Eruseans have built a second Arsenal Bird. The Oseans form a coalition with some Eruseans to take down the Arsenal Bird. Rosa Cosette D’Elise, princess of Erusea, along with Avril Mead, known as Scrap Queen, and some Oseans from the 444th squadron take out the Arsenal Bird’s shields from a control room in the space elevator by powering the elevator down. Trigger and the coalition then destroy the Arsenal Bird. However, the enemy Eruseans have built 2 drones capable of reading Trigger’s movements and Count’s plane is damaged by one of them. They then set up a base on a beached carrier, the Admiral Andersen. After repairs are made and planes are restocked, Oseans and Eruseans take to the skies to combat the enemy drones. Several pilots are downed. Trigger takes out one of the drones and chases after the other, who has discarded its main wings. The drone flies through the underground tunnel leading to the space elevator. Trigger and Count follow the drone in pursuit. Count gets damaged from the drone. After reaching the bottom of the space elevator, the drone tries to send Trigger’s flying style to the Erusean drone factories. Trigger takes out the drone and flies up the space elevator and exits safely. Count attempts a belly landing in the elevator and survives. The main story is complete. In my opinion, the storyline of Ace Combat 7 was awesome. The storyline was the best storyline I’ve ever seen and the soundtrack went very well with the levels. The gameplay was amazing too. Multiplayer, on the other hand, was not really that fun and it died out quickly. Everyone basically stopped playing due to the sheer amount of people equipping the F-22A Raptor with QAAMs (quick maneuver air to air missiles) since they are broken or the X-02S Strike Wyvern with the EML (electromagnetic launcher) since its instant death with a push of a button. There were only 2 modes too, being Team Death Match and Battle Royale (no, not the battle royale you think it is. It’s a free for all until the timer runs out.). Overall, I would give this game a 9/10. The graphics were amazing with a lot of attention to detail. The soundtrack was phenomenal. It was just an amazing game overall. I am hoping more DLC content will be released in the future even though we already have our planned 6. “Can you hear me, pilot with the three strikes?” Written By: KSI Judgement77, News Contributor
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    Early this April, FA Leviathan was breathing its final breaths as Heroiism prepared to dissolve it. Squad leadership failed to keep the squad healthy, as attendance, recruiting, and morale was at an all-time low. In a last-ditch effort to save the squad, KSI H0neyBadger (CPT) and KSI BabyBadger (LT), along with the squad’s Co-Founder, KSI xTITANx 7, approached Heroiism with an all-in request. They wanted to take control of the squad. Hero put away his jug of Hydrofluoric acid and agreed. Since that night, Leviathan only moved forward, with 107 members joining the squad to date. On October 23rd, KSI xLucifer (who was previously HoneyBadger and now General) announced at the weekly squad meeting that they were looking toward a split! Moving forward, here’s the Leviathan-Hades officer breakdown. Leviathan General KSI xLucifer Major KSI x Falcons Captain KSI CH3DDAR Lieutenant KSI Flower Lieutenant KSI BROZILLA Hades Major KSI xMaze Captain KSI TurboTSI Captain KSI AwokenAngel Lieutenant KSI New Blue Lieutenant KSI Meliodas825 I reached out to the officers to get their word on the split. "I'm extremely proud of how far we have come, when I took charge as a 1st captain we were an hour or so from failing and merging. Looking back, I can't believe how far we've come. These guys make me proud to be their general every day. In my opinion, Leviathan is different because of the bond we share. We have an event every day of the week and spend a lot of time together, whether in a party gaming or on discord. We see what we have accomplished and look to accomplish even more.” -KSI xLucifer (L-GEN) "What made Leviathan what it is today is our will to succeed. We never even had the thought of “what if we fail”, we just kept going and did what we needed to make it work.” -KSIxMaze (H-MAJ) "To me, every officer is great and did their job as best as they could, which is why we’re splitting. We couldn’t split with anyone lagging behind. The family environment and the consistent growth of the squad was not an overnight process. We started from the bottom and slowly built up. Our ability to keep our members involved every single day was the key to our success.” -KSI x Falcons (L-MAJ) "Probably what made Leviathan what it is today is the people and officers. We have had amazing people step up to the plate and show us what they can do. Also, our communication is pretty great.” -KSI BROZILLA (L-LT) "The officer that stood out the most to me was Maze. She really made me feel more settled when I was going through squad issues. She is a leader, ear, friend, and one of the most dedicated members/officers I’ve ever met. No squad takes the time and effort we do. Other squads don’t have the drive or passion. No squad has the love and support for each member like Leviathan” -KSI Meliodas285 (H-LT) Leviathan is a powerhouse squad. We have many members who are experts at what they do. KSI Luffy, KSI x Falcons, and KSI Sanji recruit like there’s no tomorrow. KSI Meliodas285 cranks out orientations like an auctioneer. Maze and Lucifer are two natural born leaders. That’s not even to mention we have 3 Web Team Leaders. There’s nothing like a Leviathan Game Night. Most of us aren’t even playing the same game, but we still have a great time talking and laughing. I feel blessed to be a part of this split. May both squads prosper. -Myself (H-LT) Written By: KSI New Blue, Senior Writer With special thanks to the Leviathan/Hades Officer Core
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    Getting the perfect gamertag, for PSN players it’s a maddening thing to talk about; see for the PSN, your gamer tag is attached to your custom email address. Once set you are stuck with it, you can only change your first and last name or create a whole new account. Think for a minute and ask yourself how many times throughout the years have you changed your gamertag on the Xbox? Owning a PSN based console is not for those who have commitment issues. Now I know some will argue and say you can just make a new account, no harm there. For those people I would like to remind you all that yeah while that’s an excellent idea it’s a headache to transfer over all your friends onto the new account, it’s time-consuming, your friends will get tired of it if you keep making new accounts and say goodbye to all your achievements. To get around this headache of a problem you merely change your first and last name on your account and keep your gamertag the same right? But even that gets old fast. Imagine watching Xbox and PC players just be able to change their names whenever they please while you can’t for years on end. Out of annoyance, rationalizing or just hope people eventually began to start rumors about the possibility of one day maybe just maybe the PSN allowing their players to change their names and get the same options on personalization all other gamers have had for far too long. At the PlayStation experience, players were given a reason to continue to hope. Shawn Layden was quick from the beginning of the discussion to let people know that while elves were working on allowing players to change their PSN names, that from merely a technical standpoint it’s a lot harder than you think to correct this issue. He also stated, in his own opinion, Shawn hoped that they would be able to offer the players this feature by PSX 2018 mainly, so he didn’t have to answer this question for another consecutive year in a row. That may not be much, but considering the fact over the years they keep giving new reasons or excuses for the problem of why it’s not offered and taking into account this is the first time we have a possible timeline even if it’s stated as a personal opinion. I will run with it and hope that by this time next year our PSN members are allowed to change up their names whenever they see fit.
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    Auto correct Selim to Selina lolllll
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    KSI is a larger spectrum than any one individual can comprehend. The success of the many outweigh the feelings of the few.
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    It's hard to be called cookie cutter, when we created the mold in the first place.
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    Serve like a 7, Work like a 14.
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    It's better to be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war
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    Never knew doing your job garnered so much attention...Thanks for making me famous guys!
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    Building off Loyalty, Teamwork and Respect. One member at a time.
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    We aren't defined by the glory of our triumphs, but the humility of our failures.
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    Ever watch Gilligans Island and wonder...How do they keep their clothes so clean?
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    yo what up tangorus 7, remember me from SR?
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