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    April Games With Gold
    As March gold with games Games with Gold come to a close, we prepare for the April free games
    Free during the month of April:
     The Witness 
    Available: April 1st - April 30th (Xbox One)
     Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
    Available: April 16th - May 15th (Xbox One)
    Cars 2: The Video Game
    Available: April 1st - April 15th (Xbox One and Xbox 360)
    Dead Space 2 
    Available: April 16th - April 30th (Xbox One)

    Bungies Death Ending with Destiny 2

    Bungie's Death Ending with Destiny 2:
    By: Sterben
    News Team Writer
    Is Bungie a failed company? The answer is yes. In their early days, Bungie started out with the Halo franchise, the best series of that era. It continued for some time until after Halo: Reach Bungie broke off from Halo and moved on to a series that will forever live in infamy as one of the most failed Xbox franchises.
    Destiny 1 was a precursor to the inevitable end times of Bungie and their gaming days. At first, during beta testing, Destiny seemed to have a bright future...then came its release. Early on, Destiny had DLC which kept players entertained for a sum of a few months before the content went stale. Then there was more DLC, and again the cycle kept repeating itself into the next game in the series: Destiny 2.
    Bungie's latest project of madness: Destiny 2.  Why is this, you ask? From the loss of your D1 progress, to the completely altered weapon system, Destiny 2 is definitely not what fans or Bungie expected it to be. Story-wise, the game lacked just like its predecessor. The loot system was broken, players having to spend unnecessary periods of time to find decent weapons and/or gear. Repeated drops making farming a pointless endeavor.
    Destiny 2 itself then brought a whole new problem. Self-reliance on microtransactions with the Eververse kiosk. This concept was completely unfair to some players as many could not afford to buy these transactions especially if they are completionists. 
    The last problem is one D1 had. Content. As with D1, there were a few months at a time where DLC or updates brought new content to the front lines. However, with the release of D2’s Curse of Osiris, this DLC ended up as {like} the House of Wolves to some {-} lacking in content and bare{-}boned.
    The true question is: Can Bungie salvage the last ounce of reputation they have left by releasing a great DLC in the spring? I seriously hope Rasputin can bring a small glimmer of hope for this failing company. 

    Xbox Live Spring Sale

    Xbox Live Spring Sale!
    By: Nick Wilde
    News Team Writer
    This spring, Microsoft will be having a sale full of great deals on games, hardware, and more until April 9th.
    Discounts range anywhere from 10% to 50%, and the titles available include some of the biggest hits of 2017: Cuphead, Call of Duty: WWII, and STAR WARS Battlefront II to name a few.
    You can also find even better deals if you're an Xbox Live Gold member, saving you up to 10% more than your casual shopper. If you're missing a game that you'd like to play with your friends or fellow KSI members, this sale is a great chance to pick them up!
    Here are a few more titles and their promotional prices to get you excited:

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    Destiny 2 - $35.99 | $30.00 w/Gold

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    Bioshock: The Collection - $24.00 | $19.80 w/Gold

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    7 Days to Die - $15.00 | $12.00 w/Gold

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    Ark: Survival Evolved - $41.99 | $35.99 w/Gold

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    Battlefield 1 Revolution bundle - $24.00 | $19.80 w/Gold
    The discounts don't stop at games, and if your gold membership has run dry, there's a deal that will be especially enticing (I already got mine!) Xbox Live Gold membership, until the end of the sale, is available at a discount to new members or those who may be nearing the end of their subscription. Microsoft is offering a 3 month Xbox Live Gold membership for the 1
    month price of $9.99.
    These deals won't last much longer, so make the best of it by visiting the Microsoft Store on your console or computer and getting your shopping done before it's too late!

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Rumours?

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Rumours?
    By:  UMBREON X
    With rumours of COD: MW2R being remastered a lot of players are to be hyped. Players may now get the chance to play an old classic that a lot of the COD community called the best game out there. Many fans have been speculating about various dates for COD: MW2R. Multiple sources saying that March 23rd would see big retailers push out the pre-order - which to the dismay of fans turned out to be false. However, a large majority of the community is hopeful that the game will drop before the already announced COD: BO4.
    Popular gaming news site Eurogamer recently released a report saying that their sources can confirm that COD: MW2R is real. Later, Kotaku (fellow gaming news site) stated that they can confirm the game will NOT have a multiplayer mode, but will, in fact, be a campaign only game. It would be wise to believe that this is true, considering Kotaku's track record. They are infamous for their predictions and reliability with other titles such as Destiny.
    Multiple big name COD YouTubers aren't happy with Activision's decision to make COD: MW2R a campaign only game when the original had both campaign and multiplayer. Despite rumours and reliability of sources, until Activision makes an official announcement then we will not know for sure whether the game will have multiplayer or when it will drop.
    From my reading about the game, the chances it will drop this year are unlikely. A developer from inside the studio stated that old titles will probably be redone with the new software coming. I for one would like to see the old titles remade and see what Activision can do to them.

    The New Way to Play?

    The New Way To Play?
    By: Biddulph 7
    Editor & Writer
    The gaming world always seems to rapidly evolve over the last few decades. First, it was gaming systems like the Magnavox Odyssey and the Atari who created the primary foundation for gaming as we comprehend it to be today. Then it was games like DOOM and Wolfenstein who created the FPS (First Person Shooter) genre. Then over the next two decades, gamers have bared witness to new genres and gaming platforms being introduced into the gaming industry, some revolutionary and some, not so much. Will Mobile gaming be the next major step for the gaming scene, or will it be just another road bump in the road?
    Recently, the most prominent gaming news has revolved around the aspect of “taking the console on the move” with Mobile gaming becoming the hottest new feature for those who are desiring to play Console/PC games like FORTNITE or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on iOS and Android. All of these significant releases were happening during the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. While there were a bunch of new ideas, concepts, and plans regarding major indie projects and gaming companies; the release of the two most significant Battle Royal Games took the headlines.
    These two gaming juggernauts have made Mobile history, especially FORTNITE. It resonates across the gaming galaxy in a multitude of ways. The biggest reason being FORTNITE Mobile presents itself just like it does on Console and PC; having the same features, the full game on each platform, and it also allows for Mobile players to play with Console and & PC players together. This essentially has never occurred before. No game previously has ever allowed Mobile players to interact with other platforms like Xbox One and or PS4.     
    Regarding the Game Developers Conference, the conference itself has shifted its focus over the years concerning Mobile gaming and only recently become dominated by Indie developers and titles that are focused towards Mobile. Although large companies and triple-A console/PC titles still take up the majority of news, Mobile gaming has pushed the dominators aside and has created its own space in the world of gaming.
    Dan Gray of ustwo studios which is a part of the mobile indie/puzzle game Monument Valley 2, spoke with Techcrunch, stating how he has witnessed the change in attitude regarding Mobile becoming a serious competitor with other gaming platforms.
    “I remember the GDC before we launched Monument Valley. We were fortunate enough that Unity offered us a place on their stand. Nobody had heard of us or our game, and we were begging journalists to say hello, it’s crazy how things have changed in four years. We’ve now got three speakers at the conference this year, people stop you in the street (within a two-block radius) and were asked to be part of interviews like this about the future of mobile."
    Although FORTNITE and PlayerUnknown’s both released on iOS and Android, many gaming companies and gamers both believe that iOS will dominate the Mobile gaming market as more and more users use their smartphones to play favourite games. TechCrunch also spoke with Apple’s VP of iOS, iPhone, and iPad product marketing, Greg Joswiak, and they discovered how Apple is gaining the lead in the Mobile gaming race by promoting gaming.
    “I spoke to Apple VP Greg Joswiak about Apple’s place in the industry. “Gaming has always been one of the most popular categories on the App Store,” he says. A recent relaunch of the App Store put gaming into its own section and introduced a Today tab that tells stories about the games and their developers."
    TechCrunch also inquired about how Apple views its competitor and how they believe they have an advantage over Android. 
    “We bring a very homogenous customer base to developers where 90% of [devices] are on the current versions of iOS,” says Joswiak. Apple’s customers embrace those changes and updates quickly, he says, and this allows developers to target new features and the full capabilities of the devices more quickly."
    In regards to the Game Developers Conference, Apple is not an official sponsor of the event, but the company is hosting two sessions at the event, including an introduction and overview to Metal 2, and ARKit, Apples hope for the future of Mobile gaming. 
    With all this being said, there is an exciting future ahead for gaming, especially Mobile, with one of the worlds biggest tech companies being willing enough to engage in the gaming community that has encircled its platform. It also shows how the gaming industry is becoming more open to different avenues of platforms and Mobile becoming genuinely integrated into the gaming scene, with Mobile taking its portion of the market alongside the console, PC, and other portable gaming devices.

    Fortnite: Battle Royale V3.3 Overview

    Fortnite: Battle Royale V3.3 Overview
    By: Chaoticz 7
    Media Manager
    Not long after V3.2 Epic Games surprise players with another update - V3.3. Introducing new features and saying goodbye some older features.
    Blitz Limited Time Mode (LTM)
    Coming March 19th, Blitz will essentially be an enhanced version of the base game. Faster storm times, additional loot rates, and more!
    -Matches will start with the storm circle immediately closing in.
    -Storm circles move faster and more intense.
    -Maximum match length decreased to 15 minutes.
    -Chest spawn rate increased from 50-70% to 80-90% and chest health increased from 200 to 500.
    -Ammo box spawn rate increased from 65-80% to 85-95% and ammo box health increased from 120 to 150.
    -Floor loot spawns almost all of the time.
    -Supply Drop spawn time lessened and Supply Drops fall faster. 
    -Launchpad spawn rate greatly increased.
    -Harvesting resources yield double the materials.
    -Loot resources yield 100 materials rather than 30.
    In other news;
    Supply Llamas
    Fortnite's latest addition to the game is the supply llama. Extremely rare loot boxes found in randomly scattered locations across the map provide great loot for players dedicated to finding them.
    -500 of each material
    -Various traps
    -Various consumables
    Including Chug Jugs and the below Remote Explosives, these supply llamas will prove to be possible game changers in times of need. However, the catch is that only three supply llamas appear on each map.
    Introducing: Remote Explosives
    The new gadget added to the game is the all-too-familiar C4 device. Found in chests, floor loot, supply llamas, and supply drops, the RE can be thrown and remotely detonated at the click of a button. RE comes in stacks of three and can players can carry up to ten at a time. It provides a great way to destroy players in a timely manner or take down a base strategically.
    Finally, we wish farewell to the Smoke Grenade. Epic Games send the item to the vault stating that not as many players as they would wish are utilizing the item. Maybe it'll return...maybe not. 
    Check out the official Patch Notes for V3.3 for more information and Save The World notes.

    Fortnite: Battle Royale V3.2 Overview

    Fortnite: Battle Royale V3.2 Overview
    By: Chaoticz 7
    Media Manager
    Not long after Fortnite's Season 3 (V3.0) update and they are still adding more content to the game.
    Changes for both Save the World and Battle Royale were added in V3.2 but we will be detailing BR only here.
    Teams of 20
    The biggest addition to the game in V3.2 is the new Limited Time Mode (LTM), Teams of 20.
    Similiar to the previous 50 vs 50 LTM, TO20 is a mode that will most likely be in the game for a week or two with returning periods in the future.
    There are 5 teams of 20 loaded onto the map on one bus at the start of the map. One thing changed from 50 vs 50 is that you can now see ALL of your teammates on the map symbolised by green markers no matter where they are. Additionally, teammates markers will show at the start of the map as green, allowing teams to sort of indicate where to go and mass together.
    -The chance of a chest spawning in TO20 was increased from 50-70% to 60-80%.
    -The chance of an ammo box spawning in TO20 was increased from 65-80% to 75-90%.
    -Each round Supply Drops come in batches of 5, according to Epic Games.
    -Instead of the normal 9 Storm Circles, TO20 has been brought down to 6 Storm Circles. This affects the times of the usual Storm Circles we are used to. Check the full Patch Notes at the bottom of this article for details.
    Another great feature is that players now receive the credit for forced fall damage. Meaning if you do one of the following resulting in a player elimination, you receive credit in your kill count:
    -a player dies by taking fall damage from your Impulse Grenade
    -a player dies by taking fall damage from you breaking the platform below them
    -a player dies by taking fall damage from you breaking the bottom support of their base
    The emotes that everyone loves to use in the pre-game lobby now no longer last 5 seconds and are infinite. This allows us to annoy our friends for eternity with our Take the L dance!
    Bug Fixes
    -Hunting Rifle now uses perfect accuracy when aiming down sights.
    -Issues with weapons not loading in at the start were fixed.
    -Issues with inventory slots being rendered unusable were fixed.
    -Game crashes caused by unplugging headphones or closing the game after opening the settings menu were fixed.
    -Squad member names being missing from the start menu in-game were fixed.
    -Glider trails not being visible to other players were fixed.
    This is a summary of the V3.2 Battle Royale update. For information on the Save the World update or the rest of this Battle Royale update, visit the link below.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveal

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Reveal
    By: Chaoticz 7
    Media Manager 
    You heard right. Treyarch Studios are the developers for the next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise. Fans all over the world have been long rumouring that a new episode in the Black Ops is coming.
    This week it was officially announced that the next instalment will indeed be Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Twitter was immediately overrun with excitement and hysteria as fans start their mental countdowns.
    Treyarch stated that there will be a Community Event on May 17th, 2018, which will give more information on the gameplay itself. The Global Launch of BO4 will be October 12th, 2018.
    Irritation filled many peoples heads at the IIII used as the official logo as opposed to the expected IV. However, it has been confirmed by multiple sources that Romans used both IIII and IV to represent the numerical value 4. We all still know IV would be better though, right? Like, c'mon Treyarch, you're killing us here.
    We will be following the latest news on BO4 and releasing news as relevant. Keep an eye on social media and this page.

    Fortnite Coming to Mobile

    Fortnite Coming to Mobile
    By: Chaoticz 7 
    Media Manager
    Globally popular battle royale and survival game Fortnite has been receiving frequent updates in the last few months. Developers Epic Games are working tirelessly to push out content and fixes for their dedicated fanbase.
    Fortnite has created a community of its own in the gaming world. Played by people worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Streamers, viewers, clans, and friends all come together to enjoy this wonderful game.
    Today Epic Games made a surprising but exciting announcement of Fortnite coming to mobile! Their already huge community will now be growing even more with this great leap.
    "We believe this is the future of games. The same game on all platforms. Console quality graphics and action. Play when you want, where you want." - Epic Games, 3/8/18.
    What's even more interesting is that Epic Games state Fortnite: Battle Royale (Mobile) will be cross-platform with PlayStation 4 and PC. It will be interesting to see how that works out.
    Epic Games encourage players to take part in the beta for the mobile version. The event will be invite-only and only for iOS users (Sorry Android!).
    On March 12th or thereafter, head over to www.fortnite.com to sign up for the event. EG stated that invites will start rolling out soon thereafter. 
    Invite emails will come with a link to the game on the App Store. If you receive an invite email you will also receive extra links for you and some friends! What fun would it be alone, eh? If you don't get an invite email straight away, no worries, EG ensure that more invites will be sent out in months to come.
    Android users have been promised that the game will come to them sometime in the next few months.
    Participation requirements:
    -Internet connection
    -iOS 11
    -One of the following - iPhone 6S/SE or higher, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad 2017

    Games with Gold - March 2018

    Games with Gold - March 2018
    By: Chaoticz 7
    Media Manager
    As February closes to a halt, we take a look at the lineup of free games available to members of Xbox Live Gold through the Games with Gold system.
    Trials of the Blood Dragon:
     March 1st - March 31st (Xbox One)
    IGN Review: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2016/06/17/trials-of-the-blood-dragon-review
    March 1st - March 15th (Xbox One & Xbox 360)
    Metacritic Review: http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/brave-the-video-game
    March 16th - April 15th (Xbox One)
    IGN Review: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2016/02/25/superhot-review
    Quantum Conundrum:
    March 16th - March 31st (Xbox One & Xbox 360)
    IGN Review: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/06/21/quantum-conundrum-review
    Each month one game from the previous month carries over to the next. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India will be available until March 15th.

    The Review - Bright

    Hello! Welcome back! All that jazz. Last month I said we’d be starting an installment of reviews on entertainment items and for those that read it, this is the second installment. The topic this time? Bright. The movie is a Netflix original that came out last month starring Will Smith. 
         So! Did you enjoy Suicide Squad? My first impression of the movie was that it gives off an eerily similar feel. No doubt that’s because it shares some of the same directors. It has an almost... cartoonish feel with the CGI and animation that went into the production process. On that note, the make up and special effects in the movie are as well done as any that I’ve seen recently. 
         To avoid spoilers I won’t mention any details regarding the storyline, however, I will say that it’s a little far fetched. The backstory is almost a representation of the political events happening now. Although I’ve gotten mixed reviews from others who have watched it, personally I’m a fan. Will Smith is a great actor and by no means did he disappoint in this one. His character was salty and pretty bada** at the same time. 
         It’s very easy to follow the chain of events that take place currently, though I do think the movie would have been far more enjoyable as a series. There was plenty of action going on, car chases, gunfights, magic, and a lot of epic stuff. My only real gripe is that so much goes unexplained, the backstory isn’t laid out that well and just jumping in current day seems almost a waste. There were a ton of great things that were hinted at and never expanded on. 
         If it’s on your watch list I highly recommend watching it, it’s not a bad way to spend a few hours. If you’re like me and think there should be so much more, do me a favor and call the writers and directors and politely yell at them. Either way, it’s worth the time and I could definitely watch it again! 

    Another Year Come and Gone

    Another year come and gone
                Well gamers it is now a brand-new year in 2018, and as in any gaming community, we dealt with the good and the bad in 2017, and here we are thriving at the end of another year. Coming into our 15th year of being a community let’s take a minute and go through some of the events of last year
                We started 2017 we have had many divisions here is the list, Wolf Den (Xbox 360), Synthetic Reality, Twisted Reality, Reality Dynasty, Final Reality, Hell Fire, Immortal Empire, Lost Empire, Arcane Kings, Phoenix Rising, Evil Ties, Semper Fi, Xiled God’s, Blades of the Eternal, and Fatal Genesis. Going into 2018 we are left strong with Reality Dynasty, Synthetic Dynasty, Xiled God’s, Semper Fi, and Fatal Genesis. We also lost members, leaders, and friends, but through all that this community stayed thriving on the guidelines it was founded on, to create a safe and fun environment for gamers to dwell. 
                This community also gave back this past year in two different charity events. One of which was for the AFSP (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention), in which we raised a total of around 450$. The other charity was for Child’s Play which is a charity that donates toys and games to hospitals worldwide. Our goal for this charity was 500$, but we surpassed that, and raised a total of 1,015$ for them. We also landed Cinch Gaming as a sponsor this year, they sell custom game controllers and other accessories.
                In another of year gaming, I encourage the new members to look towards your leaders, learn from them as you are the future of KSI, and with your help we will make it another year as a community. Above else remember people come and go, but KSI will never die.

    2017 Of the Year Winners!

    With another year in the books, it’s that time! The 2017 Of the Year votes have been counted, tallied, and considered for each award. 2017 was a bit rough for all of us, but for those that preserver the efforts are recognized and the rewards, endless. Thus I present to you the winners in each category for 2017:
    Director of the Year: KSI Space Ops 7
    Division Leader of the Year: KSI Huckleberry 
    Co-Division Leader of the Year: KSI Zeuswrath 7
    Founder of the Year: KSI Hardman 7
    Co-Founder of the Year: KSI Chaoticz 7
    General of the Year: KSI Medusa 7
    Officer of the Year: KSI Hoedoor
    Forums Staff of the Year: KSI Chaoticz 7
    Take a moment this week to congratulate these members of the KSI family and pick their brains a little of how to be a successful leader! Many were considered for each spot, though with the requirements set many who deserve a spot on the list were also ineligible. If you didn’t win or weren’t eligible this year, let us not forget that 2018 is upon us and with it, your chance to be recognized for the success you bring to KSI. 

    PSN Name Change?

    Getting the perfect gamertag, for PSN players it’s a maddening thing to talk about; see for the PSN, your gamer tag is attached to your custom email address. Once set you are stuck with it, you can only change your first and last name or create a whole new account. Think for a minute and ask yourself how many times throughout the years have you changed your gamertag on the Xbox? Owning a PSN based console is not for those who have commitment issues. Now I know some will argue and say you can just make a new account, no harm there. For those people I would like to remind you all that yeah while that’s an excellent idea it’s a headache to transfer over all your friends onto the new account, it’s time-consuming, your friends will get tired of it if you keep making new accounts and say goodbye to all your achievements. To get around this headache of a problem you merely change your first and last name on your account and keep your gamertag the same right? But even that gets old fast. Imagine watching Xbox and PC players just be able to change their names whenever they please while you can’t for years on end.
         Out of annoyance, rationalizing or just hope people eventually began to start rumors about the possibility of one day maybe just maybe the PSN allowing their players to change their names and get the same options on personalization all other gamers have had for far too long. At the PlayStation experience,  players were given a reason to continue to hope. Shawn Layden was quick from the beginning of the discussion to let people know that while elves were working on allowing players to change their PSN names, that from merely a technical standpoint it’s a lot harder than you think to correct this issue. He also stated, in his own opinion, Shawn hoped that they would be able to offer the players this feature by PSX 2018 mainly, so he didn’t have to answer this question for another consecutive year in a row. That may not be much, but considering the fact over the years they keep giving new reasons or excuses for the problem of why it’s not offered and taking into account this is the first time we have a possible timeline even if it’s stated as a personal opinion.  I will run with it and hope that by this time next year our PSN members are allowed to change up their names whenever they see fit.

    KSI Events - January

    With the first month of 2018 finally here, there are a few things every KSI member should know. Among them, the list of events held by the KSI T&E Team! This month there are many events planned no matter what you play. Die hard Halo gamer? Call of Duty loyalist? Or perhaps you’re more of a Rainbow Six shooter? Either way this month has something for you. 
         The highlight of the month is a Rainbow Six Seige Tournament on January 13th, but there are many other activities to get involved in.
    Click here to view a full schedule of events

    What is a Leader?

    What is a Leader? 
         What do you think of when you hear the words Leadership or Leader? The first thing that comes to mind for a few of us is our Generals, Majors, Co-Founders, or Division leaders. Truth be told being a “Leader” isn’t defined by rank, even if some will argue anyone above you is your leader. If you feel compelled to earn the formal title of one that’s easy: Join a squad, change your name to include KSI, recruit quality members and train them. When you have a handle on that it's time to start stepping up; maybe host a workshop, recruit more members, be active and your effort will be recognized and rewarded by gaining a rank with a job description. Anyone can do it, but there is more to being a leader than just that.
         Whenever I think back on what leadership means to me, I always remember the days when life was simple and the way we identified leaders was by who was chosen to be one in a game of follow the leader. We didn’t have to talk things out, or if we were the leader, we didn’t have to worry about those who followed us. We merely had fun, lived in the moment, and did not have to think of how our efforts or actions impact those around us. When I take those precious memories and compare them to what I know today, I realized leaders walk a fine line between success and failure now. We can’t just live in the moment all the time, as a leader you have people relying on you; one mistake, and you could feel like you failed them. Balancing on that line all the time and being pushed always to succeed is a lot of pressure for those who put their team's needs above their own.
         I know all of this is based on personal opinion and perception but, how I identify a leader is someone who displays specific ethical characteristics. I want to see them strive to be in a good moral standing for themselves and their team. Be unbiased, never rash on their judgment calls. Try not to be too harsh or soft with their team but mainly be adaptive to your squad. No two situations will be the same, so we as leaders need to be able to fill in whenever necessary to achieve success as a whole.
         Now take a moment to reflect.
    What makes for good leadership?
    How can you identify someone as a leader? Are they born, raised or trained into being a proper leader? Who out there is a real leader to you? 

    Recruiting at a New Level

    With a new year comes new possibilities and new opportunities, among them, a new department. KSI will begin the new year by instituting a new department in the hopes of increasing the size of the community. With the numbers being a bit unstable in recent months, many are excited about the new change. Since KSI is continuously trying to futurize itself; this is a major step towards doing so.
         The department will be lead by KSI Mrs Euphii. With experience in running a department similar to this, she seems very well suited for this position. Though she won’t be alone, as always, it’s on all of us dedicated to the very heart of KSI to ensure that we do our part to see this new department succeed and allow KSI to redevelop into the powerhouse community it once was. The department will be using all forms of social media from Twitter to YouTube to help streamline and attract new members to join the community.
         There is a great deal of pressure on the new department, as is the nature of the beast due to it being a fresh concept. With the weight of the responsibility, we certainly hope that we can all aid in the success of KSI. So, if you’ve got an ear to the ground and an eye to the sky, don’t be afraid to apply to join the Recruitment Department. At the same time, tell your friends, wives, kids, or whomever; If they want to join the family, there is always an open seat.

    Merry Christmas KSI Global

    Alas the Christmas season is upon us. A time for family, for giving, for receiving, for spending time by the fire and enjoying the company if those closest. However, not everyone has such opportunity. For those spending Christmas alone or in sadness, remember, KSI is a family. We encourage you to approach us and reach out to us with any concerns or even to simply exchange conversation. If you need a friend or company during ANY point of the season, please get in touch with me or any other member of the KSI family. 
    2017 has been quite the year for KSI Global. Those of you who are still standing and are reading this, give yourselves an awkward pat on the back. You stayed when the rest left. You stayed when times got tough. You stayed loyal to the community and for that, we thank you. 
    People will come and go, but KSI will never die.
    Merry Christmas

    A Christmas-Eve Story

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the Adams family was preparing for the celebration. Joey was writing his 3rd wish list, adding something more with each addition, his new desire was the Xbox One X. Sarah was helping her mother bake cookies in the kitchen, cutting them out in the shapes of snowmen, stars, and Christmas trees. Dad was outside shoveling the driveway, turning on the Christmas lights and waiting to sneak the rest of the gifts in the house.
         With the driveway clean, the cookies in the oven, and the wish list under the tree, the Adams gathered in the living room to watch A Christmas Story and enjoying family time together.The wind was blowing outside, snow falling, and the moon rising in the sky as there was a knock on the door. Dad arose from his seat, slowly wandered to the door and opened it to be met by nothing more than the brisk winter air chilling him to the bone.
         Once finished with the movie and tucking in the children, Mom and Dad set out the Christmas cookies, locked the doors and slipped their gifts to Sarah and Joey under the tree. With that,they headed to bed and were asleep before the cookies had cooled, but Joey’s night wasn’t finished.
         After opening one eye to make sure his room was empty, he crept to the door and slid it open slowly. He peeked into the hall and with his parents sound asleep he snuck downstairs and made it to the cookie tray without a peep. His eyes widened as he stared down at them, mouth-watering slightly, he took hold of one and shoved it in his mouth.
         His bite was cut short as he heard another knock on the door. He started to walk towards the door, unconcerned as he savored the cookie he was still chewing on. With a gust of wind and a loud swoosh the door swung open, and Joey’s eyes widened evenfurther. There, standing just outside the doorway was a man with a large white beard and an even greater belly, all wrapped up in a red outfit.
         Joey’s mouth twisted up, butas his eyes made their way to the man’s hand, he couldn’t help but smile. In the stranger's hand was a green and black box, inside a new Xbox. Slowly, as if with great effort, the man held the gift out to Joey. Joey walked forward, each step silent, to not wake his parents. Before Joey made it close enough to touch the new Xbox the man clapped his hands together and from between them crumbled nothing but lumps of broken coal.
         Before Joey could even begin to tear up two small elves rushed past Santa and grabbed Joey by each arm. They put a green hat on him and drug him out the front door. With a whisp, the door slid shut, and Santa began his walk back to his sled. Chuckling, he climbed into his seat and yelled out for all the children to hear,
    “I will have my cookies, or I will have a new Elf!”
    -Courtesy of Toxic 7
    -Edited by KSI MutedDoll

    The Review - Game of Thrones

    Today marks a new era in KSI News; we will be expanding our horizons in many different ways in the weeks to come. To kick this off, we will be starting a series revolving around TV shows, movies, books, and game reviews. Now, let’s talk about a book turned TV series that became a hit beyond what anyone could imagine; I’m talking about Game of Thrones of course. The book series A Song of Ice and Fire was on my favorites list before I had ever watched a single episode of the show. Book one, A Game of Thrones, with a large number of pages, started out a bit slow for me as I wasn’t hooked until about the middle of the book; however after I made it that far I couldn’t put it down. Book two, A Clash of Kings, continued the story right where the first left off and I had finished it within a week. The remaining books, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons, took less than six weeks to finish. Now being that I was in love with the books, I was scared to ruin it by watching the show.
         As we all well know, the adaptations never quite live up to the hype. However! By the end of the first episode, I was in awe. I binge watched every season from 1-6 within a month and was shocked. The show was just as story-telling, action-packed, exciting and all around attractive as the books. Somewhere in the 6th-7th seasons the show surpassed the published books. However, the producers are working with the author to complete the series as he intends to finish the books. The 7th season was especially exciting as I hadn’t read most of what happens yet. If I had to nitpick, the only downfalls of the show currently are that the final season won’t air until sometime in 2019 and the worst part yet, that it must end at all. In summary, if you enjoy action, fantasy, dragons, sexy scenes, and a story that can attract anyone, this is definitely worth watching and reading. Note that the books and show both contain a lot of adult content, so it may not be the show to watch with the kids. If I had to give a rating, altogether this series would get 4.5 stars.

    PubG vs Fortnite

    Alright, guys, PubG was released on Xbox One as a game preview on December 12th, and there has been a lot of comparisons between it and Fortnite. I am here to give my opinion on both and compare the two. Both Fortnite and PubG are great games, but there are a couple of differences between the two that can make a difference in which game you prefer.
    So, talking about PubG, it has been a long awaited game for Xbox One gamers, and I have to say it is a little different than most games in regards to controls. The controls seem a little sluggish, but what can you expect from a game that is currently in a Beta stage for the console. One thing they do have is the ability to add attachments to the guns you pick up, I like the ability to add a scope and barrel to an assault rifle. There are also vehicles around the map that you can use to get yourself to locations faster. As it is only a 30fps game, unless you are on the Xbox One X in which case it is 60fps, it may not be the best in terms in regards to graphics. I do think it is a great game, but it has a couple quirks that need to be adjusted especially the controls.
    Now when comparing Fortnite to PubG, there are a couple of differences that make each game unique in their own aspects. In Fortnite, you have the ability to build yourself cover and give yourself or your team an edge over the opposition. In PubG, you have to use the cover you can find, so you must be more careful when you are running around collecting loot. PubG on the other hand, allows you to have a scope, while in Fortnite you must have a sniper or marksman rifle in scope. In Fortnite you have rarities which determine the damage, but comparing that to PubG, some guns cause more DPS than others.
    All said and done, I think both are great games but are played with different mindsets and tactics. With PubG, I see it being more tactical. When do I look from the cover? Do I use single shot or full auto? With Fortnite, I see it being more strategic. Do I build a little base here? Do I pick this fight? Granted both games are strategic and tactical, I see one leaning a little more to one side than the other. Keep in mind this is all opinionated so don’t count one game out completely based solely on my opinion.

    Advice from a KSI Leader

    Coming from a leader who has been around the block a few times, I can tell you that the only thing in KSI that stays constant is, ironically, change. I first joined KSI in January 2011 and since have had my fair share of ups and downs throughout my time in KSI. I am sure many of those reading this may also have experienced/are experiencing similar situations (and if not, you for sure will). I have learned countless amounts of skills through all the consequences and improvements that my actions have caused over the years to promote change or, in fact, prevent change. I would like to share the number one thing that I have learned that if everyone in the community worked on together, we could make KSI better, stronger, and healthier today and that is to stay true to yourself and your beliefs and not being afraid to express it.
    What does being true to yourself mean? Can’t that be seen as egotistical? Although it can be turned into an ego quickly if handled properly, staying true to yourself is the best thing you can do for your KSI Career. Obviously, we can’t always agree with every way different situations are handled in KSI, but that being said, we can’t also fear to be wrong. If you start allowing others to model you after themselves you lose your creativity and individuality, thus muting out many amazing ideas / ideas-to-be that you could share with KSI. Once everyone is thinking alike, KSI becomes a sort of boring, grey place where there is no real gain as we are apart of the community. Far too often I have seen people hold back an idea because it may just sound too silly to be feasible to implement into KSI when in reality they are so close to the best solution.
    When we hold your voice back it also takes away the chances for dialogue between yourself and other’s ideas that actually could lead to the best solution for any issue that KSI could throw out at you. Allowing one person think of the rest of us is selfless. We then have no one to blame but ourselves when we don’t agree with the direction of the community and felt it could have gone better. You can’t expect to always have the support of many but simply voicing your idea in a constructive manner is always accepted in KSI. Tell your leadership “Hey, I have an idea that I would like to share on how I think this could be better” or “Could we try out this idea?” I can assure you that not a single leader in KSI would ever tell you no, never going to happen or to leave them alone and drop it. So long as you keep it positive and express interest in helping the entire squad, division, or community, it will never be seen as ego, rather, it is seen as amazing leadership qualities!
    What is amazing about KSI is that if you take outside of KSI and take that tip into your real life, you may notice positive changes there too. As humans, we have this social pressure to be right 100% of the time so we would rather not take the risk of being wrong, so we hush up. I am by no means saying that once you voice your opinions/thoughts that you automatically are correct, that would be too ideal, but there is that chance for change. Feel free to have KSI be a sort of testing ground if you are too afraid to try this out in your personal life at this point. Try using your voice in your squad/division and give constructive help/thoughts/ ideas/opinions and see the changes that occur. If I had had this information sooner in my KSI Career I think I could have gotten way more out of KSI, so I encourage you all to at the very least, try.


    Nex Addo's XMAS Giveaway

    Hey Peeps! It is my favorite time of the year I get to give away more stuff. I wanted to first express that I appreciate the patience that you have given me as I wanted to get this out in time but due to unforeseen events I was unable and now that is out of the way let us get to it.
    First, let me say thank you very much for KSI Diablo for helping out with this and this is his first forums event with me and was awesome to work with. Secondly, thank you JT for participating in part of the giveaway process. Thirdly thank you Lyricani for the graphics work. 
    Whats up for grabs this year?
    A $25 Gift card for Xbox (if a PS Peep gets it then PS gift card)
    3 KSI Global Stickers from JT
    1 Submission from each person *anyone who answers at least 10 question gets two submissions anyone who tries the puzzles gets 1 submission*
    Have fun and remember this is Christmas time!
    Submit your answers to me by PM @Nex Addo by hover with your mouse over my name and hitting the mail button. You also have the choice to message me on Discord
    Puzzle Section 1 (Unscramble the words) *Christmas Theme*


    Puzzle Section 2 (Trivia Time) *KSI and Christmas Theme*
    - This guy goes by many names and sports a beard, who is he?
    - This guy is mysterious, has been around a long time, likes green, and goes by 3 names, who is he?
    - This guy goes by alien and is Scottish, who is he?
    - He has the name of a god, does FTLA, and hangs around Cali a lot, who is he?
    - Tells stories of old and tells stories that last a long time, who is he?
    - Americans observe this day in December that involves Hawaii, what is this event called?
    - Name three songs of Christmas that are NOT from Mariah Carey and Michael Buble
    - What obsession do I have with? *bonus point and it is a food item*
    Puzzle Section 3 (Scavenger Hunt) 
    - On December 1st I posted about an awareness that has affected the world and KSI, what was it about?
    - Name 3 Hall of Famers
    - How many divisions are in KSI Global at the moment? *estimate*
    - How many departments are in KSI Global? *estimate* 
    - You will have to go through them before you can come back if you have been Blacklisted or DNHed, who are they?
    - Name 1 series we have on our Youtube Channel

    2017 Of The Year Nominations Form

    2017 Of The Year Nominations Form
    It's that time of the year! Members will come and go but KSI will never die. We've seen many great members come through the community this past year, we've also lost some great members. BUT. Who, out of all of you, stand out the most?
    Fill out the form below to nominate members for Of the Year Awards. Please read the rules carefully.
    Winners will be announced January 15th/January 16th. STAY TUNED!

    EA and Pay to Win

    EA has announced that they are removing the ability to purchase in-game money from their new bestseller title Star Wars Battlefront 2 after hundreds of thousands of gamers sounded off their discontent for the ever increasing cost of playing and progressing in EA’s game.
    Pay to win has been a strategy used by some of the largest AAA game developers over the past several years. The model is simple: either the gamer grinds out endlessly for your gear and unlocks, or your hand over your hard earned money for the upgrades and unlocks. Now, I don’t think that all pay to win is bad. I for one, am a busy person. Sometimes, I don’t have time to grind out a game for 200 hours just to unlock that shiny sniper rifle, and to be honest, I would gladly surrender $5 to have that weapon. But would I pay $5 for every piece of gear, weapon, perk, and character? Well, not when games have more options and customizations than ever before. You can easily spend hundreds, and even thousands of dollars on progression unlocks for a single game.
    For the past several years, Electronic Arts have gone all in with the pay to win model. Whether it’s player packs on FIFA or loot crates on their Battlefield titles, it’s obvious that EA wants to adopt this model across all of their games.
    Days before the official release of the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront 2, over 500,000 Reddit users down-voted an EA staff members comments defending the pay to play economy. This comment became the most down-voted comment in Reddit history. It didn’t stop there. After pressure from the gaming community, EA announced that not only would they reduce the price of in-game characters, but they would be removing the ability to purchase “crystals” with cash entirely.
    So back to the original question: Is this move by EA indicative of the beginning of the end of pay to win games? Chances are: No. While this unprecedented move by EA is a step in the right direction, it just begins to scratch the surface on an issue that runs much deeper. In a world where the mobile app market is dominated by “freemium” games, I doubt EA and other developers will be changing their methods anytime soon because so far, it has been working and people will pay hundreds of dollars to have the best FIFA Ultimate Team.
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