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  • The Ongoing Battle: Challenging Sexism and Harassment in Gaming

    There are roughly 164 million video gamers in the United States alone. Out of that, 46%  are female gamers, and fewer than 30% of game developers are female. As anyone can tell, the video game industry is dominated by men in multiple areas from playing to developing and everything in between. Even with a small percentage of the female base in gaming, there is no shortage of triumphs achieved by women in this realm.
    In August 2014, #gamergate became a prime example to the extent of what women in gaming face. Proponents of the group #gamergate claimed that progressive culture was poorly affecting the industry and was unwelcome. Some directed threats of own, murder, and other harm at two female developers and a media feminist. The FBI was informed but made little attempt to resolve the situation, claiming that there was a lack of leads, and local law enforcement cited the same reasons. As of yet, there have been zero arrests made in the case but multiple identifications made.
    In KSI, women have made strides in the male-dominated gaming organization through standing in some of the most impactful roles. There have been ladies-only divisions/squads and women in multiple roles, to include board positions and leadership roles throughout the ranks. Though some still deal with crass people, the ladies in KSI tend to have more positive experiences than negative.

    One current member shares her story:
    “I’ve had a guy message me after being in a party with me once and said, ‘I have a crush on you. I think you have a beautiful voice.’ It [was] taken care of and the dude didn't message me again, but a couple of people in leadership roles still had a big joke about it. The fact that I was [put] in a very weird and uncomfortable spot was funny [to them].”
    Another female gamer tells her story:
    “I was playing in a match of Call of Duty with my squadmates and I was called a ‘*****’. I went to ignore it, as this is something that happens all the time, but my team said [that] only they could call me names and pick on me as if I was their trophy. This include[d] my Founder.” 
    That Founder was suspended from KSI for three weeks for allowing the behavior to continue in front of him but returned after suspension as though nothing happened. The female member was then passed over for promotion four times and was told she wasn't working hard enough like her male counterparts. This is a classic case of reprisal. That Founder eventually left KSI.
    Yet, it’s not all about the bad. KSI can also be a place for inspiration and equality. A former female senior member says:
    “I rose through the ranks quickly, and, of course, anyone who didn’t know me said it was because I was a girl. The only female in senior leadership at the time advised me to rise above it, that I may have to work twice as hard to prove myself, but that it would feel twice as sweet to rise with integrity. I tried to emulate her that way. Eventually, I received a message from a former member who had risen significantly through the ranks who said that I had shown her it was possible for women to lead and be respected for it. All I did was pay forward the advice given to me. The increased presence of ladies among the community alone says that advice continues to run through these squads and divisions.”

    KSI has long maintained a zero-tolerance policy of sexual harassment or discrimination of any kind which is strictly enforced among much of the community. But some continue to express that it only applies to those not holding leadership roles or those favored by said leadership. This has proven to be an ongoing discussion amongst members and leaders alike on how to handle the aforementioned situations. Even so, most members across the community are better equipped to educate themselves and each other in real-life societal situations no matter their title or rank or any other potentially discriminating factors.
    Though not all women believe this is not just a KSI problem but a problem overall. For example, one gamer tells us,
    “Will say though, gaming as a female is difficult. There are so many people that are highly opinionated that believe we don’t reach a specific skill level; they can be judgy, pervy, and downright disrespectful but in KSI, aside from a select few, people here make the couple weirdos worth putting up with.” 
    As the number of women in gaming grows, including those in the developer roles, it’s quite possible that this behavior will be taken more seriously than ever. KSI could become a leading force in that realm, but that all depends on the efforts of leaders and members alike.
    If you or someone you know is experiencing issues similar to these or any other forms please reach out to any leaders. You can also submit an email to [email protected]

    Written by KSI Nex Addo - News Team Lead
     

    The Everyday Heroes of KSI

    Many members in this community put on a uniform, and go to work not knowing whether or not they may come home that day. From police, fire, and EMS, each first responder faces many challenges related to the career. Although a lot of these challenges happen on the clock, most still continue after the sirens are gone. The challenges that most first responders encounter on the job teach them skills that translate into other parts of their lives, such as KSI. 
    First responders are often seen as heroes, in reality, they’re just your normal everyday people. We put our clothes on and go to work every day just like anyone else. The only difference is the job that first responders do, they run into situations that most people would run from. From shootings, cardiac arrest, structure fire, or a simple head injury first responders see a lot on a daily basis. The traumatic calls, the tough times create a bond between first responders that often isn’t seen in other careers. There are times that first responders have to lean on each other because nobody else can understand. Through the good times and the bad, we love our job and wouldn’t want to do anything else. First responders wake up and go to work for the one thing, we like to help other people on their hardest days. 
    Let’s meet, and listen to some of the experiences of a few of our first responders within KSI. 
    KSI xTITANx 7-FA Co-Founder (Firefighter)
    What drove you to be a first responder?
    "Growing up I watched fire trucks pass by my mom's office, a kid I went to preschool with, her dad was a captain for the local fire department and getting to see the truck when he would come by. Then when I got older, a massive grass fire threatened the community I lived in to the point we almost had to be evacuated. I wanted to go through the academy provided by my local community college but I got scared by the difficulty of the EMT course and didn’t follow through. Fast forward about a decade and what really drove me to become a firefighter was after my brother's suicide. I decided I wanted to follow my dream of becoming a firefighter but still wanted to stay in the job I had. A friend of mine just so happened to be a volunteer firefighter and invited me to come out to a training night and check it out. I filled out my application and the rest is history. Almost 4 years later I’m still a firefighter with the same fire department, and I can’t imagine my life without it. The friends I’ve made, the bonds of brotherhood I’ve made, becoming baptized by fire, the lives I’ve touched because of this job. It’s a life I wouldn’t ever change."
    What is one thing you’ve learned while being a firefighter?
    "Pride. Taking pride in my work. Taking pride in my apparatus. Making sure they are clean and ready to go. To show our citizens that their trust in us is not misplaced. By taking pride in how we treat and care for our citizens as if they were our own family."
    KSI Fire728-Valkyrie LT (Firefighter)
    What drove you to be a first responder?
    “I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter/first responder since I was a kid. My father, uncle (mom's side) and grandfather did it. My uncle was the only one to make a career out of it and is now I believe a captain or chief. My grandfather and father, like me, were volunteers for a dept when they were younger. My mother was an EMT for a while before she changed career paths. So growing up in a family like that you get drawn towards it. I also just like the feeling of helping people. The feeling of an adrenaline rush when a house is on fire and you get called to put it out. Being a first responder, especially a volunteer, because you don't get paid for it is an experience because you risk your life every time you choose to go to a call. Yes as a volunteer you can choose what calls you go to but I like to go to as many as I can. Its really an eye awakening thing and makes you appreciate life even more because you see what can happen to you or someone you care about. At the end of the day, I love it. I love what I do. I love the man I became because of it. I don't wish what I see upon anybody. I've been fortunate that I haven't seen any fatalities yet. As much as I don't want someone to pass away I know that day will eventually come and nobody is ever prepared for it. Everyone reacts and handles the situation differently.”
    KSI Gordon-Hades SGT (Firefighter)
    Is there any particular lesson or trait you’ve learned as a first responder that has helped you in KSI?
    “Some traits from being a first responder that has helped me in KSI is being level headed and always trying to help people out whenever I can.”
    What drove you to be a first responder?
    “Well, what drove me to be a first responder is the stories that my dad and uncle would tell me as a kid. My dad was a chief in the same department I and my brother are both in today.  Guess you can say it’s sort of a family thing.”

    From a first responder, the news team, and all of KSI, we’d like to thank all of our heroes for everything they do!
    Written by: KSI x Maze, Contributor
    Edited by: KSI New Blue

    KSIThePunisher

    This February KSI lost a great member. KSIThePunisher, rest in peace. 
     
    “You never know what you have, until you lose it.”
    It is the sentiment that controlled the mood of Tuesday’s memorial meeting and game nights, with nearly a hundred attendees total. 
     
    “He was a kind, nice, funny, loving, young man. It was last weekend we got married and began our lives together. He would always make sure that everyone I mean everyone else was happy before he took care of his own needs and wants, I witnessed him give multiple homeless people about $500 each so they could go get food, new clothes and whatever else they wanted. He honestly loved playing with you guys whenever he could. He made time to be around you guys, but he loved the outdoors.” -His Wife Victoria
     
    “He was playing D2 on pc for a short period, and he woke me up like 2 am (I am 6 hours ahead of est) to show me that the recluse had no recoil on pc it was so hilarious. He was so stoked about it and I was so tired, but in the end, we got a good laugh, and I’m happy we did. I’m gonna miss him. I think we all will.” -KSI_Cree
     
    “He was very important to me... When I first joined KSI I did not talk to anyone. He pulled me aside and talked to me about KSI and what it meant to be a part of KSI. He also started inviting me to game nights and introducing me to members. He taught me all about BO4 and the different weapons I knew nothing about. As we spent more time getting to know each other, he started teaching about the roles in KSI and how to rank up. He saw the potential I had as a leader and pushed me to rank up. He really meant a lot to me and I'm truly sorry he is gone.” -KSI Kush
     
    “Well, one of my favorites was when one time I was doing a Pit of Heresy run and it was before any of us figured out how to do any of it, so we kept jumping from symbol cave to symbol cave to find the right enemies and after 2 hours we pulled it off. then we got to the witches step and as much as we wanted to be serious about it, we kept knocking each other off, by accident at first, and then on purpose because by that point we were all crying from laughter because we didn’t know you could do that. and then when we finally finished that part, we got to the ogre caves, and at the worst time, we would block the shortcuts into caves to get each other killed because that got us laughing so hysterically I think at least 2 of us peed a little bit. Then we got serious, figured out the way through, got to the knight boss, and we were him down to one shot, and to finish it he and the other guy shot rockets at him but before they could hit I tweeted my body with a thunder crash and killed the boss and myself in an electrical blaze of glory, and all started laughing to tears again. it's one of my favorite memories of playing and hanging out with him, and I feel it shows just how happy and humorous he was.”-KSI_Zangestu
     
    Even though I personally only spoke to him once, he still sent me a DM every couple of months, only to ask how I was doing, or what I was up to. It was certain, through his words and actions, that he cared greatly about the community and its members. Although he’s gone, he will never be forgotten. 
     
    “It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” -Ralph Waldo Emmerson

    Play or Skip: Call of Duty MW

    2019 was home to many great games, including Kingdom Hearts 3 in January, Anthem in February, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Ones in November. Among those popular releases was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This game was officially released on October 25, 2019. As with any game, there are pros and cons.
    Starting off the list of cons for this game is the game was a big download of over 120GB. Depending on the internet service and the storage space on one’s console, it was taking up to a few days for it to completely download. Recently, there was another update that adds to the size, leaving it to sit at about 153GB. This update was one where no one knew until they logged into the game and went to play. It was also a two-piece update, which some people only had to do one and some did both. Another downside is that the battle pass must be purchased to obtain certain characters and weapons. One last con to this game, is it sometimes takes a while to find a game mode. Some game modes are more popular and are easier to find matches in, while others are not as popular and may take a little more time. 
    On the flip side, there are plenty of pros to this game as well. One of the pros is that by now there are pre-owned copies available at some GameStop locations, but the game is only $60 dollars normally, which is decently affordable. Another pro is the graphics. The graphics and sensibility on this game are a lot smoother than those of Black Ops 4 and previous games. There are also many game modes that are fun for everyone involved with. As previously mentioned, there are game modes that more people are going to enjoy including basic domination and search and destroy, as well as infected and shoot house, and many more. They have most of the modes in both core and hardcore as usual. A big pro that it has, is cross-play. People are able to play games with mouse and keyboard players, ps4 players, pc players, and Xbox players. 
    Call of duty has given the gaming community many great games since  2003 and they continue to improve and make things better as the technology around them gets better. Modern warfare seems to get more positive reviews than negative ones. Ultimately, the consumer will make the choice that is best for them. Allow this to be an aide in the decision making process. Happy gaming to all. 
     
    Written By: KSI Ethera
     

    December Member of the Month

    “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.
     
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    "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
     
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    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."
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    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!"
     

    Game Communities Still Matter

    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.

    Video Games for 2020

    In 2019 we were given a wide variety of blockbuster titles of video games. We got Ace Combat 7, The Outer Worlds, The Division 2, and many more. At E3 and many other expos games were announced as well as delays from 2019 to 2020.  As we get close to 2020 let us take a gander at the games coming out and some details.
     
    Watch Dogs: Legion (XBOX 1, PS4, PC) - March 20th
     
    Near future London has turned into a hackers nightmare after a group who utilized control of London via the CToS system. Its now time for the hacktivist group Dedsec to free the citizens and by doing this it will be YOUR job to gather a resistance. This video game will feature the ability to control other characters which can be lost permanently through various methods forcing the player to play as someone else. Don’t forget not everyone is a fan of Dedsec and will support your enemies. Gather the resistance and free London!
     
    Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) - March 20th
     
    Grab your bags and hop on the plane as you continue your next adventure with your animal neighbors in the new game brought to you by Nintendo. The long-awaited casual sim for the series is finally out. Fish, hunt bugs, plant flowers, decorate your space, and much more! Up to 18 players can play at once on one person’s island. So grab that switch get your tickets!
     
    Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4, XBOX 1, Stadia, PC) - April 16th
     
    Imagine corporations deciding and controlling laws created in the country and state now place your self in futuristic California. You play as, V a mercenary whose looking to make a name for themself in Night City. A robust character making and decisions you make in the game will affect the grand scheme of things. Martin Blacha, CD Projekt Red’s plot director, spoke to ‘Inn: Poland’ which was later translated via VGC, “From a creator’s perspective, Cyberpunk 2077 is a story about heroes in opposition to the world, and that world itself is one of the heroes as well.” It is also to be said that the game contains multiple volumes of dialogue.
     
    Microsoft Flight Simulator (XBOX 1, PC) - In the Year 2020
     
    Its time to explore petabytes of information and make a flight, show yourself the world. Expect thousands of different airports, flowing waters, roaming landscapes, and much more as you plot yourself flight plans. Weather will also be a factor for example at E3 it was said that if it was raining in real life you will also get to experience that in the game itself.
     
    Halo Infinite (XBOX) - Holiday 2020
     
    Master Chief is back! The game sets with our favorite protagonist right after Halo 5 outside of that we do NOT know much about the plot but were given a teaser trailer at E3 2018. Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on the web as more information will be released the sooner we get closer to the release date.
    Written by Nex Addo, Senior Writer

    A Year In the Life of KSI 2019

    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
     

    12 Days of KSI 2019

    In 2018, Chaoticz 7 wrote a beautiful article asking 12 members what KSI meant to them. This year, he told me that he would write it again. Then, in classic Chaoticz fashion, he let me know that he was just messing with me and that I’d have to write it. Thank you Chaoticz -_-.
     
    With that, here’s your 12 Days of KSI 2019! 
     
    What does it mean to be a KSI member and what is your favorite memory/part of KSI?
     
    On the first day of Christmas, KSI Elderpoot 7 said to me:
     
    For me being a KSI member means being part of a community of friends where you always have somebody play or talk with. 
     
    My favorite memory in KSI is a group of memories from back on Halo 2. The long nights of sitting in a lobby just talking and hanging out with friends for hours and hours. And on occasion, starting up the game on Containment and driving around in warthogs having fun. Those nights of fun with friends were unforgettable, and KSI as a whole changed the course of my life!
    -KSI Elderpoot 7, Executive Director
     
    On the second day of Christmas KSI Cresit said to me:
     
    To me being a member is being a part of a great big family. I love everyone in KSI as a bro and sis, and I've been treated the same. It's great meeting different people from around the world and having a laugh. I can't actually pick one favorite moment there’s too many. I've had a great time with a variety, but if I could narrow it down I loved it when I was in Judgment and we'd jump on bo4 for some custom blackout but it wouldn't just be a normal game. We'd do different things, like vehicles only, and we'd all have a laugh trying to hit everyone. There was no drama it was just us in the game, having a good time, of course, there are other moments but that's the first thing that comes to my mind!
    -KSI Cresit (B-SSGT)
     
    On the third day of Christmas KSI xMaze said to me: 
     
    To me what it means to be a KSI member is that I’m part of a team or a community of people with similar interests. It means that you always have someone online to play with or talk to no matter the time of day. KSI is essentially just a big family and we are always there for one another. 
     
    My favorite part of KSI is just the big family aspect. I’ve been in KSI for nearly a year and when I first joined I didn’t expect much out of it. I thought it was just gonna be a group of random people that all they did was play Xbox. I quickly learned that I was wrong, and many of the people I’ve met through KSI are close friends of mine. No matter what happens, I know that I’ll always have someone to talk to and lean on.
    -KSI xMaze, Graphics Lead, Events Team (H-MAJ)
     
    On the fourth day of Christmas KSI JACOBKILLER said to me:
     
    I am glad to be apart of the best community and to support this community! My favorite memories are when we get teams together and destroy randoms.
    -KSI JACOBKILLER (R-LT)
     
    On the fifth day of Christmas XxT3DdYTGODXOxX said to me:
     
    For me, being a KSI member means to be a helpful and caring person. What it means to me is to be there for your squad. Talking to them, sharing games with them, maybe financially aiding them. I’m always there for my squad. 25/8 thru thicc and thin all always be there to aid anyone.
    My favorite memory was very recent. It was becoming Major of AR Olympia. It really let me do what I feel Olympia was capable to do.
    -XxT3DdYTGODXOxX (O-MJR)
     
    On the sixth day of Christmas KSI xLucifer said to me:
     
    To me, being a member of KSI is about being apart of an extended family. Its a chance to meet new people from all over, and get to know them. There are people in the community who have been there for me when I needed them and I have been there for others here. 
     
    Some of my favorite times in KSI is a hard question, there’s been so many. It would probably be before deploying, playing prop hunt on bo4 with Leviathan and KSI xTITANx 7. Our team would be hiding, and KSI xTyrone would do everything he can to bring the hunters to me. Or playing as manikins on nuke town and not worrying about winning, we just tried to mess with the hunters as much as possible. We did this for hours as a squad, almost every day before I left home.
    -KSI xLucifer, Graphics Team, FA Co-Founder
     
    On the seventh day of Christmas KSI Icespot 7 said to me:
     
    What does it mean to me? It means family. Cliché, I know, but it's the honest truth. I come across people all the time who talk about the amazing friends they've made in our community. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about. The people you meet and the experiences you have - that's what it means to be in KSI.
    Favorite memory? No one specific moment, but the late night sessions with my friends where we're laughing so hard we can't even play the game. That's what I love.
    -KSI Icespot 7, Operations Director
     
    On the eighth day of Christmas Nex Addo said to me:
     
    Being a KSI member means you understand gaming can be more than just playing around. In KSI you get the chance to make lifelong friends that in some cases you get to hang with outside of Xbox. In KSI you get the chance to learn different gaming techniques, join creative teams, and much more. Again, KSI is more of an experience in HOW you enjoy gaming.
    I have quite a bit of favorite moments in KSI, not just a singular moment. I would have to say one moment I enjoy a lot is when Anatomy and I were able to host a 24hr live stream charity event. We raised money for a great cause.
    -Nex Addo, The Legend
     
    On the ninth day of Christmas KSIGamma said to me:
     
    For me being in KSI is a chance to get back to the roots of gaming and what I enjoy about it. Camaraderie. Equality. Family. One time some guy was saying that he had been to Germany And Norway and they were nice and all, but he wouldn’t trade them for an American Cheeseburger, and KSI Cree went off saying “oh I’m sorry that we have the best healthcare on the planet, I’m sorry that...”
    And then I popped off with “hey guys, can I get some fries with that?” Good times.
    -KSIGamma (L-CPT)
     
    On the tenth day of Christmas KSI ckeirnan said to me:
     
    What it means to be a KSI member is the opportunity to be in the most elite force on Xbox and have a family of gamers that have each other's back no matter what! My favorite part is, not sure yet because I haven't been in that long but I would have to say the game nights.
    -KSI ckeirnan (L-SGT)
     
    On the eleventh day of Christmas KSI xX BUBBA Xx said to me:
     
    Being in KSI is very interesting. Why? Well, what I mean is that within KSI there are two sides that I like to call one side the business side and the entertainment side. Now, being a member of KSI I lean towards the business side where you take yourself to another gaming experience level; which is more focusing on moving up and growing the community. Although, how much you may like doing that, at the same time; you can never get enough love from the entertainment side of things in KSI.
     
    Being part of an amazing group and gathered with men and women of all ages that love to game is an awesome and amazing experience and KSI makes it feel that way. From experience, from other gaming communities, they don’t even come close to KSI. KSI is my home and that everyone treats everyone with the unlimited KSI experience and that is my favorite part.
    -KSI xXBUBBAXx, Events Team (A-MAJ)
     
    On the twelfth day of Christmas KSI-SubsidingAxe said to me: 
     
    To me, KSI is like a family with brothers and sisters but I enjoy everyone even if nobody understands me. lol. The most memorable moment was when I was moved up to captain it was a very happy thing I couldn't ask for more, of course, I had to help Exitium out before it fell apart but I got to host my very first meeting in my KSI time but of course, I had trouble talking to people but they enjoyed it. Met some cool people even did a video series with them on my YouTube channel but my time in KSI is a wonderful time.
    -KSI-SubsidingAxe (A-SGT)
     
    Written by: KSI New Blue, Senior Writer

    November Member of The Month

    November has been another great month for KSI. In Fallen Angels, Leviathan split into Hades under the leadership of KSI xLucifer and KSI xMaze. Great job and congratulations to them. In Atlantis rising, all the squads are doing good and have gotten close to split numbers. All HH raid teams and such have really stepped up too. Great work AR!
     
    Nonetheless, I proudly present to you our November Member of The Month Award recipients!
     
    For Atlantis Rising: KSI_UNITEDMARINE. He’s the Major of Awoken Squad.
     
    “UNITEDMARINE deserves Member of The Month due for his outstanding work as an officer and a member of the KSI community. He has contributed greatly to the raid community. He sometimes even played some gambit and crucible with members of KSI. He has hosted game nights that bring the community together. Overall he is an all out friendly individual who is nice to the many members of KSI.” -KSI skylarker (A-SSGT)
     
    For the Fallen Angels: KSI x Maze. She’s the General of Hades Squad, Graphics Team Lead, and member of the Events Team. 
     
    “Maze deserves it because of her determination to make our squad, Hades, the best in FA. So far she has stopped at nothing to be the best she can be for Hades. She holds update meetings keeping us officers informed and making sure we are on top of our jobs she is active and always is there when a member is in need.” -KSI Luffy215 (H-LT)
     
    On behalf of News Team, AAP Team, and all of KSI, thank you Maze and United for everything you do for our community. We are all looking forward to everything you will continue to do. 
     
    Written by: KSI New Blue, Senior Writer
    With special thanks to KSI CH3DDAR, KSI x Maze, and KSI UNITEDMARINE

    Member Spotlight: Viktory 7

    Member Spotlight is back! Originally began by KSI Chaoticz 7 in 2018, it’s been a great way to highlight the outstanding members of KSI. Today’s member has well over a decade of KSI knowledge, been a Board member multiple times, is the Division Leader of Atlantis Rising, and Director of Education. Yup, It’s Viktory 7.
     
    KSI New Blue: So what do you go by? Viktory, Vik, Vikktory, or Viktoria?
     
    KSI Vik 7: Haha I've gone by all of those at one time or another. True story, when I was Division Leader of Fatal Genesis (What's now become Atlantis Rising), Icespot split Integritas squad and took over the new squad he named Victoria, which was a reference to me having an alter ego called "Viktoria" at an all girl game night back in the day. 
     
    KSI New Blue: When did you first join KSI? What squad and division did you join?
     
    KSI Vik 7: Haha it's been a long time. I originally joined KSI in 2007, I was recruited in around. Christmas time to a squad called Sparta in Lost Empire Division. I don't even think I could tell you who the leaders were at the time. Names from that time escape me, and people came and went a lot. Thousands of people in a group it's hard to grasp at straws. 
     
    I can tell you that at the time the Director over my Division was Tex 7, who I had a great deal of respect for as I took lots of training under them.
     
    KSI New Blue: Considering that in the past you were blacklisted from KSI, what does it mean to you to be Director of Education, Division Leader of Atlantis Rising, and have a spot on the Board?
     
    KSI Vik 7: I guess it means that I've come full circle. I was Blacklisted for going to join a group with my friends that was like KSI but without the size or pressure. The community was called GGN, and some of the people running it had some less than ideal intentions. It was supposed to be this big F U to KSI, which most of these split offs are. 
     
    Here's the thing with the Blacklist. You could get Blacklisted for the silliest reasons. Or you could get placed on there with something legitimate. The fact is I was placed there for something legitimate enough for me not to fight it. I don’t agree with it, but it's not like I was innocent either. 
     
    But being in the positions I am in now; Div Lead, Education Director, and Board Member, It goes to show that as long as you work hard for the members, you will be rewarded. And that it doesn't matter where you come from, it only matters where you're going and how you plan to get there.  And I’m thankful for the opportunity to get to share experiences such as this one with a new generation of members. So that they can see where we all came from, but also see where KSI is going and how we can make it a great place to be. 
     
    KSI New Blue: What has being Director of Education taught you? 
     
    KSI Vik 7: So for me, being Director of Education has been as much of a learning experience as one where I get the opportunity. It’s not easy being Department Head, you have challenges related to working with a team, staffing said team, approving various incentives and initiatives, and so on. It’s a trying experience and you really learn to practice patience and understanding with my staff and those we provide a service for.

    One of the first things I did when I was granted the position was attending a meeting with Elder and Kered about the expectations, what role I was filling and how to fill it. While I have mostly been left to my own devices, I do have to follow a set of standards and understand where I fit in at the top. How being at the top affects the rest of the department, how it will affect the member base your decisions immediately concern. It’s a fair amount of pressure, but I have learned to thrive on it.
     
    Director of Education also comes with a seat on the Board of Directors, where I am on equal footing with the rest of the Leaders. I have to be patient, democratic, and supportive, while also providing criticism and presenting disagreement about issues and proposals. You learn quickly that in order to succeed, it comes from knowing where your place is; having the confidence to perform well, and constantly trying to better the team you’re apart of. You work hard at bettering yourself in the process.
     
    KSI New Blue: What are you looking forward to for the future of Education and AR?
     
    KSI Vik 7: For me, I’m looking forward to growth. That’s what KSI is all about at the end of the day, growth of family, community, and individual. I have road maps in the works for the department and the division for the whole of 2020. I’m looking forward to seeing how this whole operation grows into something new and succeeding where maybe we haven’t in the past.

    There are some goals set that should push the aspects of the community that I lead into new directions. There will be challenges, struggles, and losses. But there will be gains, and lessons learned. We hope to see another Playstation Division by the end of 2020, with a full robust leadership and members who want to be apart of something. In Education, we hope to see the entire department integrated into Google Classroom, with fully functioning programs and curriculums to help develop the future leaders of tomorrow with more intuitive, and advanced strategies to bring out the best in every member for KSI.

    I see both Education Staff and Clan Ops members in AR making huge strides in their development and taking on more to improve our little family and the members who are apart of it. I am very proud of everyone I work with on a daily basis, and even more proud of where this community is going. It’s something that really brings me joy and fulfillment, and has for many years. I look forward to many more years of being apart of this great community and helping us build a brand that will leave a lasting legacy.
     
    I would like to personally thank Vik for his contributions to KSI and his consistent willingness to teach myself and others anything they want to learn. With that, Member Spotlight will be returning; Hopefully in a semi-regular schedule. Are you interested in being the next featured member? Send me a Discord message at KSI New Blue#5555!
    Written by: KSI New Blue, Senior Writer
    With special thanks to KSI Viktory 7

    Review: Ace Combat 7

    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

    Game Prediction: Elder Scrolls 6

    On June 10th, Bethesda released a teaser for their upcoming continuation of the Elder Scrolls franchise, Elder Scrolls 6. Though Bethesda has been leaving most fans in the dark, we were lucky enough to receive a sneak peek of the official trailer posted on Twitter. Despite the mysterious trailer, with little to no information on the upcoming long-desired continuation to Skyrim: Elder Scrolls, fans did manage to estimate the location of the next game by using little details such as islands, mountains or any given distinctive landscape found within Tamriel. Some say the location of this long wanted game will be held in Hammerfell.
     
    Bethesda’s most known franchise, Elder Scrolls has not yet released a decent game since Skyrim: Elder Scrolls. Their most recent games from this franchise include; Skyrim: Elder Scrolls (2011), Elder Scrolls Online (2014) and The Elder Scrolls: Legends CCG (Mobile) (2017). To that note, all console/pc games have been released over 5 years ago. Although Bethesda hasn’t produced a successful game, Skyrim is still viewed as one of the most successful games of all time. It has been rated by IGN as a 9.5/10 and has been given a 9.6/10 by Metacritic making it one of the highest scored games by these two reliable sources. Since this success, Bethesda has been having issues with obtaining a new game with positive or outstanding reviews. With the game Fallout76 being a major upset. It is now Bethesda’s move to bring out a new game which will sweep their gamers back to their seat.
     
    To continue, Bethesda will most likely boost the production time of Elder Scrolls to supposedly launch Elder Scrolls 6 by the end of 2019, which by the looks of it, and the amount of news we received since the trailer, seems quite impossible. New estimations believe that as of right now, with the lack of information on the game shared for all to see, this wanted game will only be released by the earliest end of 2020.
     
    The only information given about Elder Scrolls 6 has only been estimated by fellow gamers, which believe that the game will be set in a time of a Deadly Plague in Hammerfell.
     
    With the success of the franchise, promises, and hype given by Bethesda, Elder Scroll 6 is said to be an amazing game in the making. Hopefully, it’s success will be as great, or greater than Skyrim.
     
    Only high hopes for the continuation of such a successful series! As long as the game is great, I for one will be glad to wait the time for this upcoming masterpiece. Will Bethesda earn their game of the year award with this upcoming game? That is for you to find out!
     
    Written by: KSI Sanji, News Contributor

    The Leviathan-Hades Split

    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

    October MoTM 2019

    October saw great progress in KSI. We gained 65 members, made 77 graphics, posted 4 articles, and streamed over 25 times. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare released and all squads in Fallen Angels adopted the game! In Atlantis Rising we saw a shift of leadershift: KSI Viktory 7 moved to Division Leader and KSI 7th Seraph moved to Founder! Congratulations to them! 
     
    Without further ado, here are your Members of The Month for October 2019!
     
    KSI New Blue for Fallen Angels
    KSI__liquidluck for Atlantis Rising
     
    Liquidluck is the Major of Legion AR, a newer squad in Atlantis Rising.
     
     "She's shown some great initiative in her squad and the Raid teams she is helping organize. She has shown potential to grow into someone who can lead this community." -KSI 7th Seraph (FNDR)
     
    “In KSI she is a person who looks out for all types of people, new and veteran gamers she tries to include all of them. She is helpful and does what she can make KSI a better community. 
    As an officer she is diligent and is on top of her work and leads by example and as her general she follows directions and picks up where she can if I am out. She is an amazing person” -KSI Noob (L-GEN)
     
    This part is very odd to write. I am a Lieutenant in Leviathan, News Team Member, GFX Artist, and now the Member of The Month. I don’t care to talk about myself much so I’ll allow others to do it for me.
     
    “Hands down New Blue has been the most helpful member this far to me. He's a very active member and is super reliable. Hes professional, courteous, and cordial. I believe he deserves this for his exemplary work in KSI. He's not only here for me, but has an open door to everyone.” -KSI Stang187 (L-SGT)
     
    “I am Nominating KSI New Blue because he is a very active member and always on the lookout for new, level-headed recruits. After his change from Azrael to Leviathan he has adapted like water and took the initiative in his role. He is very kind and even when he rages he still treats his peers with respect and keeps his patience with everyone.” -KSI JNasty (A-SSGT)
     
    Article by KSI New Blue

    Meet Your 2019 Web Leaders

    The 2019 KSI Web Ops overhaul has brought forward some great new leadership. Congratulations to the following:
    KSI Heroiism 7 - Director of Web Operations
    KSI x Falcons - Events
    KSI Yogi - Stream
    KSI x Maze - Graphics
    KSI CH3DDAR - AAP
     
    It only seems natural to start off with KSI Heroiism 7, the new Director of Web Operations. Heroiism first joined KSI in 2017. Literally being promoted every week, sometimes less, he had a great start to his career. Restarting in 2018, Heroiism moved from Recruit to General of Judgement FA in less than 3 months. Not even 4 months after that, he was promoted to Division Leader of Fallen Angels. His leadership skills translated to Web Ops as he led the Events Team during the WW2 to BO4 transition. This even being noted when he was awarded KSI Member of The Year 2018. After Elder nominated him for DoWO, he was interviewed by The Board, then voted upon. Unsurprisingly, KSI Heroiism 7 was Elected Director of Web Operations on September 14th via unanimous vote. “For me he was the obvious choice.” -KSI Icespot 7, Operations Director.
     
    The Events Team, previously ran by Heroiism, is now under KSI x Falcons. He only joined in March, and already has an impressive record. His integrity, wit, and calm demeanor flew him through the ranks. In September he won Member of The Month, being 11 votes above the runner up. He’s currently a Captain in FA Leviathan, where he hosts workshops, gamenights, and the occasional squad meeting. Falcons kicked things into action the second he became leader this May. He met with his team and discussed the plan moving forward, including FA squad battles, Modern Warfare cross-play, Friday Night Doubles, and KSI Head Hunters. “My goal is to bring the community events that people want to participate in and will help grow the community” -KSI x Falcons
     
    KSI x Maze first joined Graphics back in January this year. She became the leader of Graphics on September 5th when a member said “So we are gonna need some power in these chats.” KSI Icespot 7 simply said “Maze is in charge now.” Since becoming leader, Maze has brought stability and productivity to Graphics. No request is left incomplete for more than a day, and all work produced comes out fantastic. “I’m so proud of the Graphics Team. Everyone has come together and helped out significantly. I couldn’t dream of a better team to lead.” -KSI x Maze
     
    AAP had a rocky start this year. When the overhaul began, a member was announced leader. A couple days later, that member was put on the DNH list for a slew of reasons. Left with no leader, AAP was put on halt. Fortunately , KSI CH3DDAR stepped up to the plate. CH3DDAR is working with his team to bring AAP to Discord. This has proven to be difficult considering the team was built for the forums. Everything regarding that is still behind the scenes, however you can be assured there will be coverage when the transition takes place. “KSI CH3DDAR is a great member of the community. He helps me when I understand something.” -KSI Hippocryte, AAP Team Member
     
    KSI Yogi saw the opportunity and went for it. Yogi joined KSI for the second time after over a decade this January.  He joined Stream Team a couple months later. Members came and went, but Yogi stayed through it all. Come July, he was the only one left on the team. He took action by applying for leader on the forums. Heroiism saw Yogi’s dedication and granted his wish. The team, now under Yogi, streams nearly everyday (sometimes multiple times a day). Now up to 6 members, the Stream Team is healthy as ever! 
     
    Again, congratulations and good luck to all of the new leaders! Your dedication to KSI and your teams are inspiring. We are all looking forward to the future of your teams.

     

    Video Games & Mental Illness

    In the previous article we talked about Video Games Helping Understand PTSD, this article will focus on how games, whether that be tabletop games, video games, card games, mobile games, and the many other outlets, are helping those with mental illness better handle the effects. As of today, there are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness, with approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. who will experience a serious mental illness in a given year that interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Struggles for some can be poor interaction with people, fear of public speaking, quick to anger, and even depression all of which can leave some unable to move or go outside and interact. 
     
    Mental illness can also attribute to issues with school, work, and relationships. For example, someone who has bouts of depression may cause being unable to cope with the lows. This may then have them call out of work, unable to attend functions, or keep them from talking to friends or family. Other conditions can be affected by too many stimuli or unable to focus on any one particular task or subject. When asking KSI TACOS1 if he has ever had his job or KSI affected he claims, “My job, yes since I have ADHD I cannot stay focus and I love to talk which gets me into trouble and I end up procrastinating to not do the job.”
     
    Currently, mental health is handled with multiple forms of therapy including but not limited to placement of living, medication, talk therapy, and stimulation therapy. There are individuals who report that gaming helps them because they have to be calm and work through situations or allow them to be someone else like TACOS1, “Being on medication brings out forced feelings and emotions your brain is holding inside of you. Medication distract  your brain from the negativity that you hold through stress and depression. So when you play a game, this game makes you truly happy and be who you are whether or not your day has been bad. It’s all because you can be transported to another reality and be someone your not for 5 mins to help you cope with day to day struggles.” People handle their mental illness by just taking medication, speaking on a scheduled basis with a professional or a combination of both. Video games can also help alongside therapy, for example, KSI ICESPOT 7 already speaks to someone in life about everything going on while video games allow all the problems to go away, “They give me a place to have all of my problems melt away. Instead of having to talk about what's going on in my brain I can let it all go for a bit.” 
     
    Some games help the reward portion of the brain bringing happiness when completing a section, getting a perk, winning games, and even completing a game. Though video games may be shown to have positive effects because they offer a brief but repeated reward function to the brain which have shown in some studies possible issues. Recent studies have had issues with figuring out if the brain is changing due to the games or if there was an overreaction in reward centers causing excessive gaming, in some of those studies they claim that this can lead to addiction.  When talking to KSI members most respond that Video Games have not impacted in a negative way. When asked how does KSI affect KSI Icespot 7 he states, “KSI is one of the few things that gets me out of the bed in the morning.” 
     
    In 2018 the World Health Organization claims there is such thing as a Mental Disorder involving games. The generalized definition is “Gaming disorder is defined in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”  This is a highly debated issue in the gaming community whilst most disagree it is possible that video games can have a negative affect.
    As time goes with gamers no matter the platform or method it will be a wait and see how video games affect the human brain and health. For the time being studies are still young and processing results for a proper outcome. 

    September MoTM

    September 2019 was a historical month for KSI. Tons of recruits flooded into both divisions, even causing AR Awoken to split into Legion! In FA, the squad battle season ended with Babylon going flawless! Most notably, the Web Ops overhaul begun with KSI Heroiism 7 elected as the Director of Web Operations. 
     
    With that, Achievement Awards Program (AAP) would like to recognize KSImrOsoFluffy of Atlantis Rising Integritas and KSI x Falcons of Fallen Angels Leviathan as the Members of the Month! Both members have shown avid enthusiasm and dedication to KSI.
     
    KSImrOsoFluffy is a Captain in Integritas. He’s said to be “an amazing officer and amazing role model for a lot of people. He is a recruiting machine” (KSI unitedmarines, AAP MoTM Nomination Form)
     
    KSI x Falcons, a Captain in Leviathan and Events Team Leader, won the FA vote by 11 nominations! KSI Packers7 put it perfectly, saying “Everything this guy touches turns to gold!” 
     
    On behalf of News Team, AAP and KSI, thank you Falcons and Fluffy for your hard work and contributions to our community. We are looking forward to the great things you two will do for the future of KSI!

    Written By KSI New Blue (Senior Writer)

    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!
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