A Very Walrus Story (With Pictures!) :D

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    "April 19th, a day of innocence and a day of discovery."
    Well, here I am two years down the road, or rather down the hall, as I sit writing what's probably going to be the longest novel The Hive has ever seen. Seeing as it's April, there's probably not going to be a more appropriate time to post this puppy for another solid year. After two years of playing and countless attempts to tell this story, I'm going to present it in an "as-complete-as-you-can-get" version of everything that's gone on, and yes: that does mean there will be drama for anyone out there who just reads for the juice. However, to get to the juice you will have to work your way through everything: and I do mean everything.


    On August 3rd, 2008, when I was just a little 10 year old, I joined a online foruming / game reviewing network simply called "Gamespot" under the name Arenamaster89. The name had a bit of an origin, and came from two different sources. "Arena Master" came from my love of the game "The Elder Scrolls: Arena" which was actually an old DOS Game that came out in the 90's that I used to play all the time when I got it on my computer around '07 or '08. The "89" came from "Darkfairy89", which was my account name on the online RPG game "Runescape". I recall my brother naming the account and me going along with it, but because Darkfairy was taken it suggested 89.

    Around 2010 I joined another online foruming network called "Tomb Raider Forums" (Obviously dedicated to the game Tomb Raider) under the name CuteLilDragon. I thought the name was so adorable, and it was in 2011 when I started up my first youtube channel, "BigGreenMovieMachine". I posted some basic Tomb Raider videos I made after discovering how to do editing with the source files and make modifications, I would then work little stories around these modifications. Members of the community were always interested in my work and all seemed to enjoy it, but because the game had such limitations I truly had a hard time creating clips for it. If only there was some game that I could do whatever I wanted and work with others to create videos. But wait, there was: I just didn't think of it at the time.

    In January of 2011, roughly 6 or 7 months before I opened up BigGreenMovieMachine, I purchased myself a copy of Minecraft under the name "The_Arena_Master". It was derived from my earlier gamespot name, but I decided to alter it in a manner that made it look more polished. I had discovered Minecraft after seeing a simple video of it with someone running around in a sort of wood sky-fort that they had made. I had no idea what it was, but it looked interesting enough. I tried it out for about a week, and then knew that this was the game for me. While I played it on and off, nothing really happened with me and Minecraft during 2011, despite the fact that I had been playing it for a year in that time span. I simply played the game for the love of survival as well as practiced a tiny bit with other players on servers.

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    My oldest surviving Minecraft screenshot. Dig the FPS. July 31st, 2011.

    After several months of creating Tomb Raider videos, I eventually began squeezing all the fruit from the juice and felt the need to move on to something else. In January of 2012, with the help of a buddy of mine "Tiddlyfish" (Known in Minecraft as "Master_Tiddly") helped me create my first ever video in it. We recorded it on a small but dedicated survival server in which the owner would occasionally provide us with Gamemode C to help us record our video (Although, while in GM C we typically got a stack of diamonds and stashed them away when he wasn't looking :D). We recorded the video in a span of 45 or so minutes and I edited it in another 25 or so. The video was then uploaded to BigGreenMovieMachine, however it was a complete flop. It gained little to no attention, but we still persisted. We recorded another "PTA" video which, once again, received no attention (And I'm fairly certain we did some footage for a third, but that's never seen the light of day).

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    Recording my first ever Minecraft video. January 29th, 2012.


    It's obvious the videos weren't working, and because I at the time had no Minecraft community to relate to (I knew absolutely no one at the time who played it, whether it be on Gamespot or TRF) so I went back to recording Tomb Raider videos since I had a bit more ground there. While I still occasionally made Tomb Raider videos, I started to gain more interest in Minecraft and became a bigger part of survival servers. I persistently played on them in February of 2012 and I even started foruming on them a tiny bit with enjin. In March of 2012, I became an active contributor to a survival server called "TheValiantJourney" in which I both helped build the spawn and created a little trailer for it. This was an extremely exciting time as I was able to show off some of my early building capabilities as well as some of my editing skills (At least, at the time I thought they were skills, today it's nothing all that remarkable).

    I became a more and more active member of The Valiant Journey and on March 23rd I was an active member of the community as well as, now, a staff member. March 23rd, coincidentally, was also the day that "The Hunger Games" movie came out in theaters. At the time I was well familiar with it, countless people in my class had read it, but I had little to no interest in seeing it. On March 30th or 31st (It was definitely one of these days, as we came home later that night and the guy we went with had already seen it) my brother and his friend offered to take me to the movie with them. I wasn't keen on it, but I decided to go with them as I wanted to take a bit of break as well as see what all the fuss with the series was about.


    The trailer I made for TheValiantJourney, it was taken off around April and this is the first time it has been seen in over two years. March 22nd, 2012.

    As I sat down in the theater, I was basically prepared for a 2 hour bore-fest, but it was quite the opposite. Something about the whole story just grabbed my attention and it was truly an interesting yet enjoyable film. I knew the character was going to live, but it still kept me on my toes wanting to see what happened next. For some reason, I really liked the forest that they were in. It was almost scary, and it creates for an interesting arena as opposed to a very standard flat region. As I came back on my way home, I knew I had seen something that was truly great and on my way home something clicked. I was thinking about Minecraft and what I would do on the server while thinking about Hunger Games when *Click*. I thought, what if they put the two together.

    As I got home and rushed onto the computer I looked a tiny bit into it. While I did come across a few "Hunger Games" Minecraft styled videos, none of it was really what I was looking for. All of it was basically a survival map with people fighting from items they obtained in 4 or 5 chests in an unequally circular cornucopia. So, it was back to The Valiant Joruney for a bit. In early April of 2012 while playing on The Valiant Journey, the owner installed a plugin called "The Survival Games" along with Vareide's map. Although there were only 6 or so people on the server, we managed to play an SG round (On the Survival Games 1 Map). I don't know how I remember this, I think it was just the excitement, but I actually managed to dominate the arena. Once we got down to 2 people the owner teleported me to the other player who was camping on a distant island. I then wrecked him (gg, 6.5 hearts) and he then proceeded to rage (This just goes to show, there were Survival Game ragers before MCSG was even a thing..)

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    Working on the Valiant Journey spawn, this photo was taken March 3rd, 2012. I don't recall being Moderator at the time, but the owner did loan me Creative so I could help build.

    So, now that I'm familiar with Survival Games I start to look into it a bit more. I play a tiny bit on small Survival Games servers, but none of them are still the quality I'm looking for, so I continue to play on Valiant Journey while occasionally doing Survival Games on their server. I knew that the idea had potential, but no one was really executing it in the way I hoped. Somewhere else within the country, someone had the exact same idea. However, this person made the idea a reality. Chadthedj was starting to organize a server chain simply called "MCSG", and it wouldn't take long for me to discover it. On April 18th, while I was playing The Valiant Journey on a typical Wednesday night after getting home from school, I came across MCSG. I can't remember the exact circumstances in which I found it, from memory I once again googled Minecraft Hunger Games but this time with more promising results. I tried to join a server, but I got a message saying "The slots are reserved for staff members due to testing".

    The next day, I came home from school and once again tried to join the servers but once again I came face to face with the same message as before. I created a forum account asking about it, and was greeted by a developer who stated that the reason I couldn't join wasn't because all the slots were reserved, but because the servers filled up easily. Even in its heyday MCSG filled up, fast. I eventually got into a game on the 19th and started becoming an active member of the community, both on the forums and ingame. Within a day or so, I was already becoming some sort of "Pro" by being capable of both playing ingame as well as switching between tabs to browse the forums: a tactic that was unheard of at the time. It's what helped me build as a name as I posted while I waited out long games.

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    Doing what I said earlier with the multi-tab. Dig the skype, I literally only had 2 contacts on it. April 20th, 2012.

    Around April 20th or so I popped on Valiant Journey to tell the owner about the awesome new servers that were coming out, but he dished it out about how I "Wasn't being dedicated to him" and how I need to "Stop playing on their servers or I'll be demoted" even though I had only been off his server for like a day. I saw SG as a much superior server, and I was fed-up with the owner constantly getting after me (This wasn't the first time, he would even dish it out on me when I was helping him but he didn't like the way I helped) so I decided to nuke the spawn (Which I actually made..), de-op any staff members, ban as many names as I could, and then I created a sort of "Lag-Hole" in which whenever you came near it the server would crash.

    Within a day or two of playing (I might have won on the 20th, but I for sure won on the 21st) I was already starting to win constantly. The game was quite tricky and was by far the most challenging Minecraft experience yet, but I came out, truly, like a master. The real question was, how was I winning with such ease at such an early juncture in not only my gaming "path" but as well as MCSG's career. It hadn't even been out for a week. The answer was that I had been familiar with Minecraft for over a year and was constantly on PVP servers practicing and defeating opponents with more ease as time went by, despite the fact that I was playing with a Mac magic mouse. To be honest, I always had a bit of a "knack" when it came to gaming it general. I noticed this at an early age of whenever I would play games with my brother how I would typically come out on top, even if it was a game that he showed me. It could be strategy, button mashing, anything. I tend to have a way of just being able to pick up a game and get into it very fast. This would become apparent later in my whole Minecraft journey.

    So, as I become more and more familiar with Minecraft I also see a couple names popping up here and there. I was obviously familiar with Chadthedj and Zombietracker, but I was also starting to see people such as TheRandomMan1000, IAmChristian, or ThatDamnWalrus (Who was actually the person who inspired me to get a walrus skin). As well as enemies and hackers, I came into contact with allies and helpers, OMGJustin and Demanter being the prime examples. Having met Demanter, who was also a walrus, we formed some sort of pact and quickly began playing rounds together. I was good on my own, but with a teammate I quickly became nearly unstoppable. We played together, and by the end of May my name was already right next to the top of the charts, but someone else was up there and he spat down on me like I was filth.

    ImKiko, more then likely the cockiest player who was ever at #1, was a blatant hacker. Everyone knew he hacked, but hardly anyone really knew how to record Minecraft gameplay well at the time. Well the tools were there, everyone was still getting fairly settled in. Around late May, ImKiko was at the top of the leaderboards and he trash-talked anyone who posed a potential threat to him. I wanted to stop him, and I knew Demanter could help me. Demanter and I weren't the only ones who wanted to stop him though, a user by the name of OMGJustin quickly started popping up in games and before we knew it we were forming a team. Together, Demanter, Justin, and I managed to rocket our way up to the top of the charts.

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    The leaderboards as of May 25th, 2012.

    Although our future was looking bright, a storm was working its way through the town. As the community grew, Chad saw that it was apparent he needed some help to keep the community under control so he decided to bring in staff members. At the time, I was adamant against the whole idea feeling that the whole staff would eventually grow more out of control then the community and Chad would eventually fade from involvement. Countless staff members started to begin being recruited and I hated the whole idea of it. In response to it all, I made a thread about my disdain towards how many were joining. In a rather gruff comment, I ended up calling a new moderator a "wise guy" on the thread as he was telling me off and how my thread seemed silly and they needed a staff that was large.

    Interestingly enough, I decided to apply to be a staff member. I felt that I might be capable of helping Chad with the community in a way as well as not trying to be too serious. A problem lots of staff members had at the time was that they took the whole thing extremely serious and even if someone made a joke about them they would take it as an insult and try to use their powers to get them in trouble. I would do just the opposite and laugh along with them if they cracked a silly joke about me. During the time that the application was being looked into, Demanter, Justin and I worked restlessly to work our way to the top of the boards. By the end of a week or so of non-stop efforts, I ended up near the #1 spot with Demanter and Justin bubbling under with a rank of around #35.

    Around a week after I applied, I received a letter on June 2nd saying how I was accepted for application. In a burst of joy I quickly rushed onto skype to tell Demanter about it all. "DO IT! DO IT!!!" I remember him saying in a whole mood of joy as I told him about the letter. I was so excited, but at the same time there was something wrong and I knew it would create a serious problem within the interview process.

    I was nervous about it all, as I felt I might be denied due to both my age (I was only 13 at the time, and I had a feeling that would see right through me when I said I was 17... Although they don't seem to with some of the staff members later on) as well as the "wise guy crack", and I was exactly right. I got on the teamspeak and was thrown into a teamspeak chat with both C4_85 and Karoleigh. Having nothing rehearsed and no preparation, and as well as not being able to come up with anything on the spot like I can now, I floundered around when they asked me about the thread and within 30 seconds or so I was told I wasn't getting moderator.

    I was furious at the time, because I knew I was capable of being a moderator and I saw it unfitting that C4 and Karoleigh were pushed to an Admin role almost instantly despite the fact that they would do things such as spam on threads, swear in public channels, and constantly rage. I made a thread going against them on the forums as well as how I felt that the moderators being recruited were not capable of proper moderating (And from memory, I still don't think they were. They were truly awful), much to Demanter's approval, and he also ended up posting a thread in my defense. Both threads were deleted and we both received our first MCSG warnings.

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    The thread I made going against the staff members. Notice the point score on the bottom as well as my top score, this was when I was about to break into #1. June 2nd, 2013.

    The thread, naturally, was deleted almost instantaneously and I went into a fit of rage as I knew that it was more or less likely deleted by the admins who were trying to cover their tracks. I recall going into a teamspeak with Karoleigh and Demanter and we both got after her saying exactly what we thought she was trying to do and how she was covering her tracks. C4 sat in for a bit of it, but mostly listened and cooked himself some dinner (How I remember that detail I don't know..) Karoleigh obviously wasn't pleased with our "rebellious nature", but we felt that she was basically getting all of her moderating techniques out of the "How Not to Moderate" book. She went into cussing fits and eventually threw us out.

    Demanter, Justin, and I were not impressed with her behavior. But we all decided to brush it off and just get back into the game. I managed to eventually climb into the #1 spot for a extremely brief period of time, but proved to everyone that you don't need to hack in order to be #1 (A claim many people made at the time, and was very truthful). I started becoming a bigger and bigger part of the forum and ingame community and my name was pretty much legendary by the end of June. Everyone who had been on the forums longer then 2 minutes knew who I was, whether they wanted to or not. I was at the top of the leaderboards, top of the scoreboards, and the highest posting member.

    In an interesting twist of fate, I met FinsGraphics sometime in early June when I was starting to peak in my fame however he was still just learning the ropes. At the time, his speedart series still wasn't going to be out for a while, and for a brief while I actually had a bigger name then him (Which is something that is crazy to think now, seeing as the man has over 100,000 subscribers on his youtube channel). We were never too tight, but we were still pretty close and teamed fairly often just for fun.
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    Teaming with Fins. June 2nd, 2012.

    It was around this time when I first started encountering one of MCSG's finest players, but one I couldn't stand. Bigmike4life, later known as "Vorgs". The man was always getting into trouble some how, but he was friends with Justin so I tended to put up with him. I noticed that his name was shooting up the leaderboards faster than anyone was even capable of comprehending, so I decided to watch him play a round. On the Survival Games 1 map, I watched him do something very unusual: he started the game by running away from corn and collecting seeds. After he collected some, he made way to a room called the "Casino" (Nobody had ever gone here before, hardly anyone knew it even existed). Basically how the casino works is you would throw 8 items into pressure plates and a dispenser would open up briefly and shoot out an item.

    However, Mike wasn't part of the system. The moment the dispenser opened up he would jump up and go inside the dispenser. It was filled with bread, a iron sword, and a redstone torch. Once you had the redstone torch you would place it in an exact spot and it would open yet another dispenser that would shoot out a piece of iron armor. However, using the same strategy as earlier, he would jump up and go inside it: thereby giving himself full iron armor and a diamond sword. Within 2 minutes of the game's start, the man would be fully decked. I quickly began doing the same strategy, and it's how I climb faster and maintain my rank. It didn't last for long though: Around mid June, C4 caught me doing it and threatened to ban me. He then told chad about it and they fixed it.

    By late June I was starting to really go all out with the "Just Have Fun" attitude and started caring less and less about my leaderboard position. As a result, I slowly made my way down the charts, but I was still having quite the time. In probably my most bizarre time, I started luring players to a building called "The Hotel Room" which was located high above the city of Survival Games 2. I would basically seduce players by telling them I know where a bunch of chests are, then I would sneak them into the room and tell them to wait till night. When night fell, I told them to lay in the bed for an easteregg which they did. After that, I would hop up and teabag them. I don't know why I did this, and it's still weird as all hell, but I did it to over 15 people and a whole thread was made dedicated to this fine art. Over a year and a half later, my friends occasionally do this to mock me as well as for a bit of a reminder of the good old days.

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    The seduction of Bigmike4life. Interestingly enough this guy actually ended up being one of my biggest enemies in a matter of days to follow. June 23rd, 2012.

    It was truly a fun yet crazy time, but a really good time to be a major part of the game. However, something happened that completely ruined my experience. In late July / Early August, a senior staff member (I think we can probably all guess who...) flipped a sort of "Lag Switch" that as a result made the forums basically unable to load for me. I've recently discovered that this is a feature with Xenofro called "Discouragement". Basically how it works is if the staff doesn't want you on their website but they don't have evidence to ban you they'll "discourage you", which makes the website load extremely slow for you and specifically your IP. Every time I would switch pages it would take a good half a minute. While it wasn't an IP ban, it was probably worse as it was there but basically taunting me. It truly sucked, but I still managed to pull my through by occasionally posting on my phone or just having my bodies read some stuff off to me.

    In early July, Survival Games 3 came out. While I at first thought the map looked good, I quickly became scornful of it and basically spat on it all. I thought it was a huge step down from the masterpiece that was SG2. It didn't have nearly the amount of trivial rooms that you would find yourself in and was instead a giant jungle. It was a bit in the style of SG1, but I felt a forest was more enjoyable then a giant jungle. Today, the map is probably one of my favorites, and this is mostly due to the reason that the maps, in my opinion, got worse and worse as time went on.
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    My first game ever on Sg3. I actually managed to win as a I strategically planned a chest route before the map was put on the servers. July 7th, 2012.

    By late July, I was truly getting done with MCSG. Not due to the community, anything but that. More so on the staff's part, especially Karoleigh's. She was constantly getting after it with me, and I felt she was always doing something that I knew wasn't fair or right. However, whenever I called her out she would just blow me off. I actually went on to email Chad in mid July about Karoleigh's behavior to which he would reply "I'll warn her". Even after the supposed warnings, Karoleigh's behavior still ensued with me and I had it. After the forums lagging and with the feeling that the ingame quality was deteriorating, I went onto Skype and told Karoleigh what I thought of her. I told her that she might be a nice person, but how I don't think she is capable of the position she has now.

    She brushed it all off, much to my aggravation. I then continued the conversation by asking her about the "Jefeperro" incident (Which, basically, involved Jefeperro tryharding her to death, then her forcing deathmatch, and then her crashing the server when he was about to win). To that, from memory, she simply replied that it was nothing of my concern. I then proceeded to call her a steatopygias and asked if she knew what it was. She said she didn't, so I calmly said "Google it, then post the results". As it happened, "Steatopygias" means "Large Rump". She was, least to say, not happy. Right then she decided to put an end to it all and permanently ban me from everything MCSG related. I basically pounded my desk in a fit of rage, but I knew it was nothing that serious and it was already starting to come to an end.

    While I thought there might have been a bit more to see, I truly did know that the wheels were starting to fall off. With both the new maps as well as the lag switch, I was honestly just wasting my time by sticking around. There was little left and Demanter started to drift away. Justin went on to actually become #1, with a little help from some of his friends. It's always nice to know that I had the honor to team with him for as long as I did, and even from his early stages I knew he would climb high on the boards: and I was right. Although my span on the "Classic" MCSG phase only lasted for a short time, and I was on the leaderboards for even shorter, it was still a lot of fun and I look back on those few months with a lot of joy as well as nostalgia.

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    My last ingame screenshot of Survival Games. July 19th, 2012.


    So, around this time I have nothing but time as I still have all of August to burn away and already went on my Summer Vacation. It was unfortunate that I couldn't have been banned a bit later, but you win some you lose some. So, in order to keep myself entertained during the summer I decided to go on and browse for more servers. I knew that I wanted to stick with Minecraft, as it was still my favorite game at the time as it's the only one (Well, the only game I had at the time) where you have the whole foruming as well as ingame aspect (And you weren't required to pay some high membership fee). My friend who I recorded my first video with earlier, Tiddlyfish, brought to my attention that there were actually other Survival Games servers that you didn't have to worry about the staff with. I was interested, so I decided to try it out a bit with him.

    When we joined the server, I almost instantly knew something wasn't right. For a start, there wasn't even a lobby, and there were also no maps. The server we were on was one of the countless "Clone" Survival Games servers that were trying to meet up with the hype but had extremely flawed plugins. For those of you who don't know, around July or August of 2012 there was a huge swarm of servers like these that started appearing. Every single one of them had no point system, you were allowed to freely break blocks, and there was not a single chest (Let alone cornucopia) in sight. It obviously wasn't the same, but I played a bit of it with him and we had a good time.

    The really big problem was that my friend was playing on a cracked account, and as a result it was a cracked server. Users would constantly be getting banned for hacks, but all they would do is do a simple name change and they were back again. There were also no staff members except the owner who occasionally popped by, so you'd have to pray he was on to see it. It obviously wasn't the same, but it was a nice way to pass the time. I knew I wouldn't be doing it for long though and that it wouldn't last.

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    Every time Tiddly would die, we gave him his proper respect. August 1st, 2012.


    Around early August I decided to become a member of Planet Minecraft and I joined the forums. There obviously wasn't any "Planet Minecraft" server chain, but it was interesting to see all these players showing off different servers and chains. I tried a few out, but most anyone knows that larger professional chains don't need to advertise on Planet Minecraft. I decided to start building a few maps for Planet Minecraft to which they received mixed reviews. It got very old after a while to just build projects for no reason, so within a matter of days I lost interest.

    On August 9th or 10th, I came across a survival server somebody, by the name of Wizard101guy20, was talking about on the Planet Minecraft forums. There was hardly anyone on, but he seemed dedicated and he actually agreed to give me OP. At the time he was working on a spawn (Which was truly hideous) so I decided to literally start to reconstruct the Valiant Journey spawn onto his server. Much to his disapproval, he started raging and saying how we don't need a spawn and how his is fine, so I didn't really have a chance to build the thing before he nuked it.

    I knew the kid was pretty power-crazy right away, so I kept a basic distant between us and just let him do his thing. I wasn't capable of making my own server (Especially on my Mac, I just found too many hardships and flaws no matter how many times I tried) so I basically used him and his server as a bit of a stepping-stool that I could use to work projects on. On April 10th he showed me a video that him and a buddy made. I can't remember the exact concept surrounding it, I recall it being about ways to troll Steve. I saw the video, and it was an extremely typical video that would come out of most any kid who was playing on a cracked account on a ghost-town of a survival server.

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    It was literally the first day I was on and I already had OP: August 10th, 2012.


    The video was 360p, it was choppy, the editing was god-awful, and there was no music and you were just listening to utter silence (Which only made your cries of misery while watching the video more audible). I knew the video sucked, and I pretty much hinted that it did. "Like you could do much better!?", to which I replied to him "I probably could". We started to get into a bit of a heated argument, but when I showed him my BigGreenMovieMachine channel he was a bit taken back. He was actually impressed by the 60 or so subscribers I had on the channel and he basically thought I might be some sort of "Next Big Thing" so we teamed up to make a video.

    I created the channel on the early August morning of the 11th, and I named it "WalrusExplosion". I'm still not sure where the name came from, but, in my opinion, is a truly brilliant name. The first video we created was called "A Day In the Life of Steve" and it was a bit of a machinima that only really starred Steve because Wizard was playing on a cracked account and wasn't capable of changing his skin. The video was awful, but for my first ever time using Sony Vegas to edit and one of my first attempts to create a Minecraft video it could have been a lot worse.


    Thought to be lost for many months as it was removed from Youtube, I recently discovered the video on the hard drive of my old computer. Originally recorded and uploaded August 11th, 2013.


    So, after I made the video and showed it to him he was truly pleased. We had hardly any following (I messaged it to a couple buddies on skype, that was it) and it only received 1 or 2 comments, but he was determined as he thought he was going to become famous. "Let's do another one!". So we did. The second video we did was titled "The Adoring Fan" and I actually persuaded VebbiHD (I wonder if he remembers this video..) to be a part of it. With two actors, we were capable of a bit more, but as a writer I still basically resorted to copying from others. I had no idea what to do, so I literally ripped an idea right from an "ItsJerryAndHarry" video. In their video, a man chases Jerry and Harry and congratulates them on their sub count, in "The Adoring Fan" Vebbi chases down Wizard and tells him about how he loves their channel.

    The video wasn't very good, but it felt like a bit of a step-up from the first one, so I edited it all and uploaded it. There truly was nothing to edit and the whole process took less then 30 minutes as all I did was add captions and a music track that played in the background. It literally took less time to record, edit, and publish then it does for me, today, to simply record the first few segments of a video. Anyway, once I had it all set up I published it under the title The Adoring Fan. "Another! Another!". Wizard101guy20 was literally extremely driven to make videos, and as a result we managed to make 4 videos on August 11th. "A Day in the Life of Steve", "The Adoring Fan", "How To Annoy Your Neighbor", and "Falconcraft". All the videos were hastily made, and it showed.

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    The only photo I have with any sign of video-making going on. Judging by the location and the pig, this was "How To Annoy Your Neighbor". August 11th, 2012.


    On August 12th we made another two videos (This time we actually made sets, would you believe it?) and they were a bit more promising from the first day's work. One of the actors in the videos recorded on April 12nd was named "Z0mb13_HOARD", and to this day I still have him on my skype and we'll occasionally talk about the channel together. While he isn't as active, he played an extremely big role in early Walrus Explosion videos and helped me when it came to dealing with Wizard. So, now we're starting to establish the videos as well as a tiny bit of a following. By August 13th, Not even half a week after we did our first video, we were already getting into debates with Wizard. I know the kid was power-hungry and literally crazy, but not to this extent.

    While we were working up another video (This time called Hotel Steve) wizard101guy20 eventually started to rage at us on and on about the video. The reason being was that it was taking way too long and how he was bored and how we all suck, etc. Zombie and I both rolled our eyes and then tried to continue to record some more scenes for the video, but Wizard cut it short. He de-op'd us both, banned us from the server, and then shut it down. Zombie and I both skyped each other pretty much like "Um... Okay?" and I made do with the clips I had and made "Hotel Steve". It wasn't finished at all and there was literally only one scene in the whole video, but I still uploaded it.

    After having seen the video, Wizard101guy20 unbanned me and was trying to get me back on. He went on about how sorry he was, etc. But truth be told he had done things like that in the past day or so and I didn't feel like I had to put up with it. "I can probably get us a server, just give me a couple days" Zombie messaged to me on skype. I decided to basically just end it there, and I knew Wizard would never change, so I ended up actually giving him a little back and de-op'ing him and then banning him. I'm not sure if it had something to do with the server or what, but he was literally unable to join back in. It took him a good hour to properly get an alt name running and join back in, and by that time I was long gone. I actually recall popping on the server later that night and he was all alone, just playing survival by himself, when then he got into a rage and banned me. I actually recall trying to join the next day to see, and much to my disbelief I was actually unbanned. I then logged off from his server for the final time laughing as I did so.

    So, now Zombie has a server up and running and before anything else we record an update log. It was a bit of a thank-you to everyone who subscribed (We had 37 subscribers or so within a matter of days) and it also covered the whole issue with Wizard101guy20. Later that day Zombie and I were back at the whole "Machinima" process and we recorded a video called "The Richest Cow". It wasn't anything noteworthy, but compared to the videos with Wizard it was a huge step up. The videos started getting a bit more attention and by April 20th we had already hit the 50 sub mark (That's not to say without effort though, I would literally go on servers and advertise my channel for hours on end). Zombie and I were pleased, and the future was really looking bright for us both.

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    On the set of "A Day In the Life of Chuck". August 20th, 2012.

    With the week passing we continued to work on videos, but now with a standard 1-2 day gap in between so we could harvest ideas. It was a matter of "Quality over Quantity". Around this time I actually received a hater on my channel, which really got to me and actually inspired me to make a video about it. Someone was, unfortunately, going on every single one of my videos with several alt. accounts and disliking them all. More then likely, wizard, he was the only person who would really care enough to do it. We still perused our career none the less and were determined to make good videos, no matter what the costs.

    On August 25th, one day when I woke up for school I went to FinsGraphic's channel and noticed he had made a speedart for a server chain called "MCTF2". I was honestly happy for him, and was surprised by his amount of subscribers. It truly was a twist of fate when he ended up coming out on top, despite my promising rank and position in the MCSG community. After having seen the MCTF2 speedart, I decided to check out the forums. Much to my liking, the forum was constructed using the Xenofro interface (Which was what MCSG used) and I was quickly captivated and started to play on it. When I got home from school that day it was pretty much all I did.

    So, as time went by I became less interested in the channel and more interested in MCTF2. Around August 31st, Zombie and I began our most elaborate video yet, "If Movies Were In Minecraft". Filmed with the help of the Nodus "Freecam" option, the video starred Z0mb13 and I (In the rare case of both actor and director) and was quite a hit. At the time, it raked in several hundreds of views for us and we were extremely happy with the results, but we started losing interest in the channel. I recorded another couple videos such as "All the Chests in Survival Games" but then that was it.



    Despite being one of the lower quality videos on the channel, it is the most popular. Originally published September 1st, 2012.

    With the rise of FinsGraphics came a whole new wave of youtube channels, Speedarts. They were becoming especially popular among the MCTF2 and MCSG community alike. Interested in it all, I purchased a wacom table and quickly began drawing. I created yet another channel, this time called "WalrusArt". It was much in the style of FinsGraphics both editing wise and drawing wise, but the channel overall failed. To tell you the truth, I simply wasn't ready for it yet and I didn't have a large enough fan base to carry over to the other, so it was far too difficult to try and carry the weight of both of them under my shoulders.


    After doing some speedarts, I pulled the plug on the channel as I just couldn't see myself doing it in a year's time and I felt there was no need to do it as the tracks were already being covered by Fins, no need to go over them again. So now I was just going to get into MCTF2 and I would worry about the channels later, I needed a bit of a break: however, I didn't quite take one. On MCTF2 I quickly started to notice my name rising up the leaderboards, and once I noticed this I dashed my way to the top. I played nonstop (Well, as little "nonstop" as possible, I still had school) and managed to find myself at the #1 rank in a matter of weeks. My strategy was a simple one, but it worked. I actually spawn-camped at my own spawn and would open up the doors and throw out bombs to enemies crossing by. I also figured out you can regenerate your health fully by retyping your character class if you're in your spawn room.


    Things were starting to look very good, as once again I was #1, I was actually back playing with good old Demanter, and I was quite friendly with the staff and I felt the administrators were of very fine quality (Especially Exer, the man knew what he was doing). However, when CommunityMC gave up the rights of the server to MCSG things took a turn for the worst. At first I was excited as I saw this as my "Calling Card" to come back to MCSG. I could get into a conversation with Chad and say "Hey, you know I've been active with MCTF2 and it's all looking good, and since MCSG was all a bit silly and things have changed perhaps I can come back.", however just the opposite happened.

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    One of my last screenshots on MCTF2. Demanter and I made.. um.. quite a team. September 23rd, 2012.

    During a livestream from MCSG that was promoting MCTF2, Chad played a bit of Survival Games and then, much to my excitement, said he was going to stop by MCTF2 and play a bit. I actually ended up in a server with him to which he said "Oh it's The Arena Master!", I happily responded "Chad! Remember me? :D" and he actually said back "Yes Arena! I remember you! We all remember The Arena Master". It was looking great for me as Chad still knew about me, and I had a feeling I could come back: especially since Karoleigh and C4 had been fired (Or at least, I was near positive. I was hearing from countless sources they were out. I found out it was true later when I saw Karoleigh rage about it on Twitter).


    So, now I'm just doing what I loved to do, play a bit with the MCSG community and start to get really into the game. However, during the livestream I was constantly asking why I was banned and if I could be unbanned. Nobody really said anything, especially Chad. That's what really got to me, Chad has a tenancy with me to read everything I say but not respond: whether it be email or just a message in a chat he just chooses to play it quiet. So, anyway, in the game Chad jokingly said "Arena you were banned on MCSG? We should ban you here" and then he laughed. Clankstar didn't find it quite so funny though, and actually ended up permanently banning me from the game. In a fit of rage I pounded my fist on the desk as I was once again kicked out from a server chain unfairly. The first time was for a matter of a Admin raging at me over skype, and this time I was only being banned for the MCSG ban (Which wasn't a fair ban in the first place). None the less, on the 12th of October I was permanently banned from MCTF2.


    So, now I'm back to square 1 yet again. I do a bit of work on a map or two that I made as well as start to collect some old music recordings from my favorite duo of the time "Simon & Garfunkel" and trade and share them with folks. Around this time I actually tried to pop on to MCSG to see what would happen, and to my amazement I actually got into a game. As it happened the old ban panel was completely cleared in a rookie mistake and I was able to play again. I didn't want to however, things were completely different since I left. The maps were different, the community changed far beyond what I was used to, and I still couldn't access the forums. I knew that it was all there waiting for me, but I just wasn't ready yet. I started to slowly become less interested in Minecraft, at least I was, but when my friend CandyFTW messaged me on Skype telling me about yet another community I basically popped up like a groundhog out of its hole. The community, this time, was called "TIMV", and it looked like Chad wasn't going to take this one. Owned by the popular youtuber "Vareide".


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    My first ever picture on TIMV. October 28th, 2012.

    So, now I'm becoming an active member of TIMV. I'm constantly playing and becoming involved, yet again, with the community. As I become more involved with the community I start to feel that this truly is my new home. After a good month or so of constant playing, I managed to (For an extremely brief amount of time, not even a week) hit #1 on the TIMV leaderboards. It was a nice accomplishment, and I truly felt once again at home. I'm not playing for a good couple months when (I can't say for sure when, I think November?) I get busted for giving away the TIMV maps via PM. It was a truly idiotic move on my part, and I wish I never did it. (And no.. Don't PM me asking for the maps).


    Around this time I begin to redevelop my interest in MCSG and started to play on it more and more. I would get on skype with some old buddies and we would have a good time. Around January or February of 2013 I went on Teamspeak to try and talk with a staff member about my forum ban in hopes of getting it unbanned. Fairly quickly I was in a teamspeak with Antster and Bic, and from the moment I first met Bic I disliked him. He was very surly at the time, and I could tell I was probably going to have the same difficulties with the staff, but he was kind enough to work with me on my ban, let alone unban me (Which is more then I can say for a lot of staff members) as well as flick the lag switch (And yes, it was a thing. I told him about it when I tried going on the forums and he said he would fix it. Less then a minute later the lag was done. I'm still not sure what the whole deal with it was).


    So now I'm getting back into MCSG for the second time and meeting up with some old buddies. We're partying in the hotel room, locking people in rooms with cake, all that good old stuff we would do back in beta. I really began to get a taste of just what exactly MCSG had come to. There were loads more maps, these weird furry creatures named baccas, and it was probably the most active Minecraft server chain I had ever seen: at the time it was crazy popular and people from miles around were coming onto the servers. It was a bit strange as I was still the "Old Timer" who liked having 2 maps, but here were these people who were complaining about how there were too few maps..


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    I was seducing a player on SG2 when TheGreatTito popped up out of nowhere. He literally came into the room with us. He has a video of this floating around somewhere. February 19th, 2013.

    Interestingly enough, in early February I ran into a game with FinsGraphics. I was hoping that we could also reflect on the good old days when we would team, but instead he saw me as a target. As I followed him around the lobby asking if he remembered when we teamed, he basically denied and said that he has no idea who I am. It was upsetting, because we literally used to talk very often, but I guess I can see how a good 8 months later he might not remember. However, my opinions of him would be completely ruined soon enough. While we were in a game on SG1, Fins started to prove quite a threat and actually ended up doing a bit of trash talking. I went after him and steamrolled the little guy and made him as flat as the paper he draws on. He then proceeded to rage, place a bounty on me, and then in the next game said how people should target me and how the only reason he died was because he lagged (Which he didn't... It was a complete bunch of bunk).


    One of my favorite things to do if someone is raging and desperately wants to target me in the next game is to just leave. I don't know if anyone realizes this, but if you leave when someone wants nothing more than revenge after you kill them they will be infuriated. So anyway, back to MCSG. I was playing for a bit when I start to see lots of drama happening on the MCSG forums. People are making countless threads about their friends being banned and how MCSG was being unfair (Which wasn't a new concept at all to me.. So I didn't really get what was up). I discovered after a good hour of digging (They really tried to keep it down) that a new server chain called "The Hive" was coming around and that it was slowly ripping its way through MCSG and taking a large crunch of their audience.


    At first I was upset at The Hive and wanted nothing to do with it, I felt like it was basically a big bully that was coming through and punching MCSG in the ribs and saying it was better. At least, that's the way it was hyped up to be at MCSG. The thing is, all the threads praising The Hive on MCSG were deleted, but anybody who trash talked it got to have their posts kept, so my ideas were obviously a bit influenced. Most who know me tend to know that I don't have my ideas easily manipulated, so I managed to pull my way out of it. I played on The Hive a tiny bit to see what the fuss was, and while at first I didn't really see any reason to switch I decided it might be for the better as I felt the maps were of much better quality and the members of the community were better both socially and ingame.


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    One of my first screens on The Hive.. I never did get those babies. February 25th, 2013.

    So now I'm basically becoming an active member of The Hive and loving it. The hub was a great place to joke around and everything seemed to be going good. I also had a new computer which meant I wouldn't have to play on our old rundown IMac and I could play on a fast and solid FPS computer, which also was a promising sign of new videos. I started to play some Hive with my brother (Who absolutely loved TIMV) as well as with some old and new friends of mine both from MCSG and that I was meeting on The Hive. This was truly a great time, and was probably near as good, if not better, then the summer of MCSG.


    Around the 1st or 2nd of March I finally discovered how to make my own server, and once I had it set up I quickly started to get back into a bit of a youtube phase. I called up a few old friends including WalrusBiscuit, VebbiHD, and a few others and we all teamed up to make a video: the first being my "Comeback" video called "If Movies Were In Minecraft: Part 2". Not only was the video a directing and editing triumph, but it also received positive reviews among fans and general viewers alike and people were excited to see what the future had to offer. The video was truly the greatest I had made up to that point, and I truly can't even tell you how it came out like it did. I hadn't been editing for months upon months, and the last videos I edited were truly mostly stink bombs. I guess the long break as well as watching loads of Minecraft machinimas from the likes of CraftedMovie and ItsJerryandHarry did a bit of help.


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    On the set of "If Movies Were in Minecraft 2". March 5th, 2013.
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    In early March I discovered my secret weapon. After having played a game with locker651 in which he completely demolished me by placing a lava bucket on the ground when I was running around the corner, I quickly discovered that not only can you play the lava buckets, but you can literally pull buckets from dispensers. Within a matter of days I was doing insane stunts like going to the top of the SG2 dome, turning all the obsidian at DM to water, and completely wrecking spawn points by flooding them water. Thanks to Locker and I, the strategy quickly caught on. The thing that really got it kick-started was a thread I made (Along with a video) called "Trolling With Buckets" as well as when a famous youtuber caught Locker dumping water buckets from the top of the dome down on him (He got called a hacker more times than Lil Wayne has cussed in a song).

    After around two months of trolling with buckets, the feature was unfortunately removed. To this day I really wish there was some sort of "Classic" Hive server in which the buckets were allowed. To the new players who have never used them, you have no idea how truly fun those things were. It's a shame they're gone, but they might have started to cause trouble sooner or later I suppose. By April I managed to rake in 200 subscribers on Youtube, but still hadn't created that much of a name for "The Arena Master" besides a beta MCSG player. I knew I would never hit #1 as I was too far behind and simply didn't have the time, so I decided to try a bit of a different strategy.

    In late March I created a Hive youtube series called "Best Kills of the Month" in which I encouraged any and all players of The Hive to send in clips of some of their finest kills to me in which I would then edit them into a sort of "Montage". The series received serious acclaim, and was actually what kicked me into the 200 sub mark. The videos were harvesting in around 1,000 per compilation and things were looking incredibly good when I actually ended up teaming with the owners of The Hive with the series. But as time would go to show, it might not have been the truly best choice.

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    Bucket Insanity! March 31st, 2013.


    After having teamed up with the owners of The Hive, they quickly began to promote me on the front page as well as twitter. Very quickly, countless people were submitting clips to me. At the time, I had clear directions in which the videos were to be uploaded to The Hive youtube channel and not mine, but I would still receive full credit. I had the video edited and ready to go within only a couple days and was anxious to get it posted, but as days went by I started losing more and more hope.

    One thing that has become a bit apparent with The Hive is that they can tend to hold things off a bit longer then promised, and these videos were no exception. I tried to stay patient, but after a good month I knew this wasn't going to work. The series was already losing its hype because nothing was happening and one of the owners (I'm not saying who) kept putting it off and saying they would get around to it. I eventually decided that this just wasn't going to work and I dropped out of the project. It was a hard decision, but I didn't want to have to just hold onto the clips and I thought I might have a chance of doing it by myself.

    I uploaded the clip to youtube and said it would be the final one (Much to people's disapproval). However, the series I have recently tried to revive and I encourage anyone to submit for it if they are interested. So now I'm without the series and I want to burn a bit of time, so I decide to embark on a mission to build a map. While I had helped with a map before (Back in June or so of 2012 I helped on a Cave MCSG map with my friends CandyFTW and Clbrend) but nothing on my own. The whole idea for the map was a skyscraper that was to be named Nakatomi Plaza (Which has its name derived from a building of the same name in the 1988 action film "Die Hard"). The construction of the outside of the skyscraper took an extreme amount of time, but we eventually got it done and it looked extremely professional. I created the design of it, and Guggex did the stacking.

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    Stack 'em Guggex! Stack 'em! April 30th, 2013.


    After doing a bit of work on the skyscraper we took a bit of a break and I went on to join The Hive clan called "Oblivion" which featured members such as GoryGator, GipperGaming, HarborSeal, and FuzzyPB. It was a fairly experienced clan, but I eventually lost interest and I recall not really liking everyone in the clan so sooner or later I dropped out. Around this time I also came across a community called MCCP (Minecraft Control Point) and instantly became hooked. I started to play on it all the time and it was literally becoming my new server chain to play on. This one didn't last quite so long though and it fell flat on its back within a couple days.

    The whole story surrounding MCCP is a bit unfortunate and I'm still amazed that the whole thing actually happened. I can't confirm you all the details on this, but I'll do it to the best of my abilities. Basically, in early May there was a new server chain that was starting to pop up around The Hive called "MCCP". While it didn't have many familiar faces as owners, the community would occasionally feature popular players from MCSG and The Hive. It was basically a capture the flag in which you get to pick classes. It was all fast paced (To the same extent as something like MCTF2) and was a lot of fun. At the height of it's fame, MrMark (A popular Hive member at the time) ended up getting onto the Owner's account, posted a picture of the owner shirtless as a news post during a livestream, and from memory he did something that literally ended up breaking all the servers. I was enraged at him for being so inconsiderate to the hundreds of other players that loved the server as well as ruining something that might have gone on to be something big. (It was the whole reason he did it from memory though. He just felt like taking down a potential threat of The Hive)

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    My only ingame picture of a MCCP game. May 12th, 2013.


    After the whole MCCP incident I was a bit bummed out and started to play Hive some more, but I just wasn't feeling it. For some reason the excitement I had in the previous months was completely gone. The buckets were gone, the promises seemed to be falling through the roof, and I decided to hop back over to MCSG. I started to once again become an active member of MCSG and once again started to build up a name. I worked on the youtube channel, worked on Nakatomi Plaza, and would take breaks by playing hours worth of MCSG. This was a very boring time from memory, as it all felt like work more than anything. I played MCSG by myself almost always and it just didn't feel the same.

    It was around this time, in May or June of 2013, that I discovered VirtualSpark. As it happened, VirtualSpark was one of those fisting noobs on The Hive who literally try-harded me and killed me off the spawn on The Hive. He saw me again a good 2 months later when I discovered the extremely powerful iron sword on Demon's Breeze and was asking around on the forums on how to get it. I guess he felt bad about the whole incident so he agreed to take me to it. I added him on Skype (And somehow he stuck. It was common for me to delete skype contacts that were new a good week or so after because I didn't have much interest in playing with them) and he took me to the sword. I didn't find out till months upon months later that he actually did in fact try hard me on The Hive.

    So now around this time Virtual has basically filled the place with Demanter (And he fit the personality too. Demanter was nearly the same age as me and he would lots of times be a bit off the walls, but not so to the point in which you literally just get fed up with it.) We quickly became close and he showed a great interest in my youtube channel. It was also around this time that I hit 500 subscribers on youtube which was truly a site to behold. Virtual, as well as fairly notable players and friends of mine like WalrusBiscuit, TeIIo, BetaPuffle, maxlupus, and lolistwee appeared in my 500 subscriber special. That was a really fun video, and it was still one of the biggest casts I've had in my video.

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    On the set of the 500 Subscriber Special. June 11th, 2013.


    Around this time I also managed to find myself in a game on MCSG with OMGJustin and we played a couple rounds. It was the last time I ever played with the man, but it was truly a nice "Goodbye" as we got to play on both Survival Games 2 and Survival Games 3 back to back. We did some tower exploring, went to the hotel room, found Easter eggs, etc. Today OMGJustin is happily away from Minecraft, employed, and is also taken (So don't try ladies). Around this time I ran into Virtual's partner in crime, Denster91. Interestingly enough, Denster popped up right after I parted with OMGJustin, and they had an uncanny resemblance. Both of them were extremely laid back but skilled at the same time, and the only thing that really set them apart was their age. Add that with the fact that I basically have Virtual who had an uncanny resemblance to Demanter and the whole dream team is literally back.

    So now that I've established the unstoppable trio, I start to become extremely active with MCSG and begin demolishing my way into the leaderboards. I was rocketing up them and within weeks I was around #700, even though I was #2500 or so in the month or so prior. Everything was looking good, but things were about to take a turn for the worse. After coming back from my Summer vacation, I was quickly greeted by a ban screen ingame that simply said "Requested by Chad". You can imagine my confusion when I had tried to play ingame earlier that day (And this was literally the day I got back by the way, I had not been active in 2 weeks) and got in fine, but later that day I wasn't able to get in. I e-mailed Chad as well as started asking around on the teamspeak with the staff and the whole thing flew into a frenzy. Everyone was trying to figure out what the hell was going on.

    Around an hour later I received a letter back from Chad on how he had never requested for me to be banned and how he would have a talk with the staff member who did it. While he wouldn't say who it was, I had a few ideas who it was. Today I know that it was none other than SixZoSeven, and I can't say for sure why he did it, but I assume he had some bone to pick with me and his way of getting even was by unfairly banning me... (Remember way back in June of 2012 how I said that I didn't want staff members because they might be unfair? Yeah...) So anyway, I managed to get unbanned and once again I'm back into the game. I do a bit of a work on my map, but it doesn't take long for something new to start cooking. On July 5th, MCSG introduced a hub system.

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    Just chilling with my men in black atop the Hub. July 5th, 2013.


    While at first the hub might sound nice, everyone quickly saw what was going on. At the time, MCSG knew that they were in trouble with The Hive as they were watching countless goodbye threads going by every single day and they felt the need to compete. Their response to The Hive was to create their own hub. While at first they might seem a bit different, it became clear how much influence they had from The Hive. It featured a compass with the sections, it featured bounce pads in all four directions powered by a redstone block, the color sign schemes were the exact same, there was a colored wool block parkour, there was a clock that allowed you to toggle players (That was probably the most obvious), and the list goes on. However, every staff member said the same thing. "Lots of other servers have hubs, are you saying we're copying The Hive because we have one? We're not". That's what every staff member said every time it was brought up. While it might not have been meant as a direct copy, there was no denying the whole intent behind it and the obvious relations between the two.

    Around this time The Hive announced something, and when they announced the whole thing it literally blew a whole in MCSG in which they quickly ran over to patch. The Hive announced their newest addition "The Arcade". The Arcade was a feature they promised months and months back (And I partially left because I was tired of people jumping up and down at the gates every time I was in the hub..) but it looked like it was finally here. I was excited to try it out, but when I played Hide and Seek for the first time I nearly coughed up a bedrock. The game was so simple, yet so fun. The interface was easy, and the goal couldn't be any easier. Around this time I was playing both MCSG and The Hive (Something I literally had never even though about doing before) with both The Arcade and Survival Games. I also did some high quality videos on my channel including "Escape From Baccatrez".

    Interestingly enough, around this time I posted a video on the Walrus Explosion channel when I got a comment from someone a bit familiar. It was Wizard101guy20, and he wanted back in. He said, literally, "Dude I'm sorry for being immature to you from 2 months ago. I wanna be back with the crew again! :D" All I could think after reading it, was, wow... I mean my God. Two months? What was he thinking. By this time I was obviously well on my own without him and I saw no need to recruit him, it would just be silly and there would be no gain from working with this snobby little kid again.

    Meanwhile, I was starting to get a bigger name on MCSG than the one I had in the summer of 2012 (If you can believe it.) I had a good 150 followers and everyone was becoming familiar with me, but trouble was arising: especially with the staff. One of my biggest problems was "Team Elite". I felt a lot of their maps were low quality and they shouldn't be the whole "official" build team and brag about how they're the best. I also made a thread saying how the PMC contest winners really weren't that good of maps and how they basically cheated their way to victory with shaders. Both threads literally received over 90 or so likes combined, but the staff had different thoughts on them.
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    "Can someone toss me a ladder!? Actually just hand it to me..." August 3rd, 2013.


    While the thread was getting more than its fare share of love from the community, the staff members (especially the senior staff) had different views on it. They were extremely upset with the whole situation and my efforts of "rebellion". To tell you the truth, I had nothing against with the staff when I made it, and neither did the 50 or so people who liked the thread. We were all just members of the community who wanted to see change. The main problem with MCSG and the staff is that they truly are completely anti-criticism. They want to hear none of it at all, and if you feed them any of it they will get after you and never let you hear the end of it.

    The threads were locked and I started to get into serious deep water with the staff. They told me not to try anything like that again and next time to talk to them on teamspeak if I have a problem, and I did just that. On the MCSG survival server, I started to witness a serious problem. As it happened, the senior staff members (The admins, I was told it could only be them) were spawning in items including a perfect stack of bows (Which is impossible to claim, by the way) as well as stacks upon stacks of Chad heads and other admin heads. I caught the head incident when a moderator was literally trying to sell it on the server, I had had enough.

    I went onto teamspeak and started to talk with Bic. I told him about it, but instead of try and do anything he told me that there wasn't evidence and a stack of bows and a stack of heads wasn't evidence enough and how it could be a glitch, etc. As you can imagine, the whole thing was extremely frustrating and I knew that it was ridiculous that he wouldn't help. I think he probably knew it was happening, but I have a feeling he just didn't feel like getting into it and instead was basically just taking one for the team and covering their tracks up a bit.

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    Eli Mines, a moderator, trying to sell off the staff heads to me. He also told me about how he bought them from another staff member. August 23rd, 2013.


    Pretty soon after that all the survival server crashed and was basically never put back up. The staff just started slacking and they never fixed it. From my understanding, it was eventually removed because of the competitive nature... Not even going to respond to that. As we move into September I start to see two names popping up more and more as they were friendly with Virtual and Denster. The two names are the infamous Edog and EpicAlpha. I didn't know them well, but frankly I didn't want to. At the time I felt they were immature and took the game way too seriously (Alpha would scream at the top of his lungs when he would die or even get a sword from a chest) and Edog was, from memory, a 12 year old who would constantly cuss and end up getting in trouble for just silly stuff.

    Before the survival server went down, Edog and I had a bit of an incident. We were in a skype chat talking when we got on the topic of senior moderators and eventually he landed on the topic of Kellie. He basically made some insult about her and then repeated it in the Survival chat to try and have me get in trouble (This kid would literally always do things thinking only of himself. He beat me in a PVP fight one time and then burned my stuff infront of me. I came back, killed him, got a full set of Prot. 3 D Armor, and then he was literally yelling until I gave it back. I gave him back the full suit and then he was all happy again). The attempt failed however, and Kellie came by and she had a serious talk with him. Next thing I know Edog is banned.

    Soon after that Edog came on skype and was bragging to Virtual, Denster, and I about how his dad went out and bought him an alternate IP. I wasn't impressed, and he was basically getting after me about how it was all my fault and how I was such a prick. Seeing as he thought I was a prick, I wasn't determined to make him think better of me. I asked him if he had used the alternate IP for his forum account to which he slowly replied that he did. After he did he completely flipped and was starting to say again and again "Arena NO NO NO!" until I basically couldn't hear Denster or Virtual. I went on teamspeak, told a developer about it, and the developer traced the IP from his forum account to his ingame account and banned him. Good riddance.

    As we move in to October, we're really talking about my final days on MCSG. I wasn't big with The Hive anymore, and I was just into MCSG. I had pretty much dropped off Walrus Explosion and was extremely dedicated with Survival Games. It quickly became more about winning and climbing the charts as opposed to playing with friends and "enjoying the game". Things were all happening so fast at this time that I can barely remember the details even as I go through my screenshots trying to piece it all together.

    Even though I enjoyed playing with Virtual and Denster, I never liked the fact that I had to split down the winnings. While it was more fun I was more determined to boost up my stats. So during a weekend in October I came onto skype on Friday and told Virtual and Denster that I was just going to play by myself for a bit. I was around #650, by the end of the weekend I was at #350 or so. I didn't even realize the machine that I had turned into over the weekend. I was winning as man as 7 or so games in a row. When I came onto skype again by the end of the weekend the two were stunned to see that I had flown so fast up so many ranks.

    On October 12th I participated in the, I believe 6th, annual Hell Games. I completely blew as I had no preparation and was knocked out around half way through. I wasn't familiar with Hell Games, but it was nothing like what I was expecting. If anything, it was luck of the draw. SixZo and Antster ended up winning, and while I'm not going to directly say that they cheated: I have a feeling something fishy might have gone on. Antster is a decent player, but there were way more experienced players in the game who were teaming. The game masters also were doing no favors by spawning in things to benefit them but damage us.

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    Denster and I all prepared for the Hell Games. October 12th, 2013.
    After the Hell Games I decided to go back on MCSG. I was trying to play it careful because I knew I was about to get nailed. I had heard from players around the community that Antster said in a mod meeting "Go out of your way to get Arena Master banned. Dig up anything you can on him. I want him gone". I thought I was safe as I was staying away from controversial threads (I didn't feel like being permbanned, it wasn't on my to-do list) but what happened next I truly wasn't expecting. I tried to log on to the forums one day when it tells me that I'm permanently banned, much to my confusion. I hop on to teamspeak and spend a good hour, hour and a half, trying to figure out what's going on. I'm poking every admin or developer saying "What's up Doc?" but, unlike last time, I didn't receive split second messages back saying they didn't know.


    By this time I knew I was completely screwed and that this was basically the point of no return. I eventually landed myself into a conversation with Bic and he explained to me how I was being rude and immature on the forums. I was so confused and I literally had no idea what he was talking about, but he went on to explain how I created a "Kate Upton" account with a photo of her in a revealing dress and how I posted "unzips" on a user's profile. With the "Unzips" comment I said how it was on a friend's wall as a joke and how countless members of the community had done it. He told me to find proof, but I reminded him that I couldn't really do that as I'm permbanned from the forums. To the Kate Upton account, I told him it wasn't that revealing and the dress was literally any dress you would see at some sort of party or dinner (I made sure it wasn't a bikini, because I knew they might try this. But a dress?). He said it was too inappropriate though and it revealed to much, to which I replied "You mean like Kellie's avatar?". Bic pretty much dismissed me after that and that was the very last time I ever talked to him.

    Next I went into a channel with Slasher, he seemed fairly angry with me and I wasn't exactly sure what the whole deal was. It was apparent that he was upset with me, but I wasn't really in the mood. The conversation was basically the exact same as Bic's, nothing to really cover. They were using the same reasoning behind my ban. After that I got kicked down to the lobby and then tried to poke Col. Col was literally the only owner / senior staff member that I still had faith in, but in a way he turned on me. He told me that I wasn't getting unbanned, and I was going to get permbanned on the teamspeak and ingame extremely soon. I knew that this was truly the end, so I hopped off teamspeak and made an alt forum account.

    Some time along my foruming journey, I can remember reading a thread about how a moderator was threatening a user with his IP and another about how staff members don't really need user IP's. The staff members said they had all the rights to have them, and how if you log on they get to have them. I thought the whole thing was a bit of a slap in the face to the community, so I decided to take one for the team and slap them back. Anyone who knows me knows I like to get my last kicks in, and that's just what I did. What I did next caused a lot of outbreak, and it would take a very, very long time to mend some of the issues people had with me after this. What I did was that I took Dave's IP and then posted it on the forums. The man was extremely vicious to me, and I had enough of it.

    Now this is not to say I let my anger get the best of me: quite the opposite. I looked into the legality of posting IP's and as it happened it is not only legal but perfectly acceptable and for good reason. If you post someone's IP to a forum (provided it is not with the intent of Ddos, which it wasn't at all) it is acceptable because it is easy to obtain an IP, whether it be from a skype message, an email, them logging onto your server, etc. The reason I posted Dave's IP was, in a way, to test him and see how he would react. I wanted to see how he would react under a situation that he didn't have complete control over. I figured there would be some sort of reaction, most likely small, but I was soon to be extremely shocked.

    After that whole ordeal, I received a skype message from Capt. around 5 minutes later. Before even asking, he threw me into a conversation with Dave (What is this.. Teamspeak?) and Dave went full ham. The following is the short but brief conversation we had:
    1. [10/21/2013 5:35:59 PM] dave bentley: hi arena as this is not mcsg this is for posting my ip to the public **** YOU
    2. [10/21/2013 5:36:31 PM] Arena Master | Walrus: I cri evrytime :c
    3. [10/21/2013 5:37:05 PM] dave bentley: hey try that attatude in the real world it will get you really far NOT
    4. [10/21/2013 5:37:33 PM] Arena Master | Walrus: Last I checked you were sitting behind a computer in your mom's attic. Obviously you haven't gotten too far either davey!
    5. [10/21/2013 5:38:28 PM] dave bentley: i am a fully trained engineer what the **** are you
    6. [10/21/2013 5:38:34 PM] Arena Master | Walrus: I'm a walrus
    7. [10/21/2013 5:39:28 PM] dave bentley: no you are a little cocky fat kid who thinks he is clever because he is mouthing off to someone who could knock him the **** out
    8. [10/21/2013 5:40:25 PM] Arena Master | Walrus: I only weigh 110! D:
    What Dave said was truly just downright insulting and awful. While I know that the IP thing might seem over the line, I do have to remind everyone that Dave has logged into, easily, over 250 or so servers when playing Minecraft and every single one of them now has his IP. I knew only 5 or so people would see the thread, and I knew Dave would flip. In a way I wanted to see him lose his cool and see what would happen, but I wasn't prepared for that. What Dave said was completely inappropriate and should not be acceptable of anyone, let alone a senior staff member of a community. Here was this man who was saying how I should set an example and not get into trouble with others, and now here is this 20 year old using profanity and threatening a 14 year old kid with violence. If this was to happen in real life, someone would probably call the police.

    Dave blocked me after that, and that was the last time I talked to him. At least, that was probably going to be the last time I talked to him. The story isn't over yet though, and believe it or not my Minecraft career started to fall even lower. After this I gradually started playing Minecraft less and less and would only occasionally play to pass some time or if I wanted to work on the map. The channel was long but dead, and it truly looked like the end. But it gets better from here, I promise!

    Around January or so of this year (2014? Would you believe it! Who would have thought so long down the road we would still be playing this game) I started playing with Denster and Virtual again. While they knew I had faced a bit of a challenge earlier and it would never really be the same, they were more then happy to have me come back, but this time I was falling under their wing for a change. We would derp around on my server as well as a bit of Survival. Around this time I also got an alt account (oops) that I would derp around MCSG with. I started to get back into it, and after a good 2 months or so of playing I decided to try something a bit risky.


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    Nakatomi Plaza! My baby! Photo taken March 30th, 2014.

    One day while I was browsing the MCSG forums on a VPN, I decided it was time to give it one last chance. Using the VPN software, I created an account on the forums simply called "TheArenaMaster". Within a good 2 or 3 hours I received over 3 pages of "Welcome Backs!" from old and new members. It was truly a warm feeling, and I felt I might get back into it. Fairly soon I caught Col looking at my profile, and soon after that I was banned for 3 days. I can't say I was going to argue with it. I took it as a bit of "Okay, we know you're here, and while we don't mind we're not screwing around. It's the final chance. Don't mess with us and we won't mess with you". I was all fine and dandy with it, so I popped by the teamspeak to chat with some of my old MCSG buddies as well as meet a couple new friendly faces.

    This next part is an excerpt from my pastebin, it tells the following events about as accurately as it's ever going to come.
    I went onto Teamspeak and started chatting with some old MCSG buddies like Theo, and I also met some new faces that I quickly grew to like. It was truly fun, but in the middle of our conversation someone joined our channel with an unusual username no one knew. Someone messaged me saying that it was most likely Dave, as he had the same applications open that Dave always has open. I messaged the user, saying hello, being friendly, saying I didn't know them and asking if they were on the forums. They said they didn't even know there were MCSG Forums (When they said this I instantly knew, or was almost positive, it was Dave. How else would you find the TS, and why else wouldn't he be talking with a mic or in the room chat). Eventually, Cam joined the chat and asked if I was the real arena. I said I was, as I saw no point in lying. He said "You do know what I have to do now right?" It was something I dreaded to hear, and I asked if we could talk privately.
    Cam moved me up into a private channel and I started to explain the situation. I explained how it's been half a year and how I think it's time to forgive, forget, and move on into tomorrow. I was hoping that things blew over and that the steam was gone. I also explained how I was inclined to come back when I saw that bigmike4life (Vorgs) made an alt account on the forums saying he was back and Antster360 and SixZoSeven liked it, obviously acknowledging they knew who he was. He seemed slightly understanding, but wouldn't voice his opinions. He asked if he could bring in some staff members, and I said sure seeing as it was going to need to happen at one time or another. I wish I had said I could wait however, because I truly was almost expecting what was about to happen next.
    In less then 3 seconds after I said okay (Literally, it happened in the blink of an eye) I was sitting in a room before 6 high level senior staff members. Some admins, some developers, some senior staff members.
    Dave being one of them, said that he was going to have to permban me. From memory those were the first words that came out of his mouth. I quickly started talking and organized my thoughts well. I explained it nearly identically as I did with Cam and how sometimes you have to forgive and forget and move on. To that Dave got after me (Dave was literally the only one talking in there, he went all over me and barely let me talk) about how I posted his IP. I said while it was not a respectable thing to do, neither was the skype conversation he had with me. To that he said "That was on skype! It's allowed!", and I replied saying "So you're saying it's okay for a 20 year old to verbally abuse and harass a child provided it takes place within Skype?", he then went onto say how we were on an MCSG server and it didn't cover Skype matters. Then I brought up Karoleigh and how she PERMBANNED me for something I said to her over Skype. He then tried to pull one on me saying "That was so long ago! It doesn't even matter!", I replied saying that so was his Skype conversation, and how it was half a year ago, but he just kept going after me. He was talking so much and interrupting and being so aggressive that it truly made me question whether I even wanted to stay. He said how it wasn't allowed for me to be on a proxy, and then I said "Edog".
    Edog was a user who had been permbanned nearly the same time as I did, in October, for being offensive and rude to Kellie a senior staff member. He then used an alternate IP after his permban, but I revealed it to a developer and got him banned for using an alternate IP. However, that day when I was on the teamspeak he was on there with me and actually talked with me for a short period of time. Before I could even tell him about how I got Edog banned for using a alternate IP though, Dave kept cutting in saying "Who did you report him to!? A developer!?", he then said "No! It wasn't a developer! None of the developers in here did it!" and from the other people I could hear "Yeah I didn't do it, so it must not have happened.
    Somebody actually mentioned one of the developers (I don't remember who said it, or who the developer was, but I knew it was right) and then jumped in saying that was the developer. That quited them again. I then went on to explain how I reported Edog's alternate IP to that developer and how he was permbanned yet again, and then I asked why he was on the teamspeak without any trouble. Then Dave simply said "He had an exception letter from the owner". I don't know if this is true or not, but I'm hesitant with it all. After that Dave went back on me and started to say how I didn't. I then said "Dave, I know you might dislike me, but sometimes you have to move on and just let go." He then said, as senior staff members seem to like to say, how he had no problem with me. I asked him that if he had no problem with me why can't he simply not permban me from teamspeak (I wasn't even trying to get unbanned, I was just talking with people) and why I can't just stay unbanned as I did nothing wrong. He simply said I was breaking the rules by being on a proxy and that I needed to be permbanned, and then I was."
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    After that whole ordeal, I knew the whole thing was pretty much over. That day I went on to The Hive and started getting back into it, and I'm glad to say that I feel it was a very good choice on my part. I've been playing Hive for a week or two now, and I feel this is probably going to be my permanent home. Interestingly enough, I actually tried logging on to "TheArenaMaster" account a day or two ago and I found myself on. I looked at my wall, and all three pages of my welcome back messages were removed. I guess the staff didn't like the idea of knowing that people wanted me back, so they brushed it all under the carpet. I then made a post saying "Three pages of welcome back messages are gone! :c" but within a good 5 or so minutes people were working to get them back.

    Sadly, someone came by to crash the part. I think by this point we all know who it was. I caught Dave looking at my profile and sure enough I was banned very soon after simply saying "You are banned". There's no point in appealing now, but I feel that I might one day return to MCSG. There are obviously some factors that are blocking me out at the moment, but most everyone knows that sooner or later they will be able to welcome me back with open arms and truly will let bygones be bygones. The story doesn't end here though: in fact quite the opposite. Just as one door closes another door has opened.

    After I left MCSG I started fumbling around Minecraft server lists, more specifically faction servers. I really wanted to get away from Hive, MCSG, and Survival Games in general. I needed a break. After two years of playing I wanted to call it quits for a temporary amount of time. On April 11th I discovered a Faction-PVP server called "VitrolicPVP". Before we delve into this I'm just going to say this server isn't in any way SG-Related but I'd advise you to read this portion anyway because by God is there drama. And I mean serious drama.

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    The day VirtualSpark went full Doge, April 13th, 2014

    So after I began playing on VitrolicPVP for a short duration of time
    I found myself already applying for a staff position. As if it was a surprise I was accepted nearly instantaneously (It was a tiny server, there were hardly any staff members, the ones they did have were immature 11-year olds). So now I'm becoming familiar with the community, I'm helping the server, and I'm discovering just what kind of people the owners of this server are. And yes, you heard me, owners. That was probably the biggest problem right there and ultimately it lead to a train wreck, but we'll get to that later.

    There were two owners, but as I'm going to respect their privacy I'm going to give them nicknames, let's call them Badger and Pringle. From my understanding both of them were around the age of 13, so that's a small problem right there: but let's not judge based on age. As it happened, Badger had financial problems. Not gaining finances though, quite the opposite, he would farm up loads of money off of donations from the server (More than I've ever seen from a server so small, he at one time made over $100 in a single weekend, the server only cost $15 or so per month.) So to say they weren't making money would be false, but they definitely were when he was through with it.

    Badger would basically burn his money. He spent $350 on the spawn point, $50 for forum icons that a 10-year old could make in Microsoft paint, $45 for a PVP Arena that never even made it on to the server, and the list goes on. So while I'm just trying to do my best to ignore Badger's spending problems I continue to work my way up the staff ladder, but this was around where the **** hit the fan: and man did it hit it hard.

    Do you remember those "idminecraft" accounts, those ones that hackers would use on The Hive to play anonymously, and rumour had it that they all came from some summer camp? Well Vitrolic sure remembers them. I was playing around with Vitrual on the server and we popped open a few IDMinecrafts onto the server to pay ourselves some money (Every account starts with $2,500). All was going well, but I guess one of the staff members must have figured out the password for the accounts.

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    I went on to pay my account some money, but I found this: April 17th, 2014

    So as it happened the passwords leaked between the staff on Vitrolic and these things were being more used than a drunk hooker at a brothel. I had no idea what was going on, but the community was in a panic (They thought we were being attacked by hackers) so I dashed into a skype call with the staff. They said they were getting all these "IdMinecrafts" on the server so they looked more popular. I explained to them that while it might look more popular no one original is joining and you're just flooding the server with robots. Once they took it into that perspective they all logged off within 5 minutes or so.

    One of the IdMinecraft accounts actually ended up in my base (I tp'd it to Virtual and My base to have it pass some stuff over, and what would you know one of the moderators logged on to it). I thought this would be the end, but I actually convinced one of the staff members to ban every single IdMinecraft before this happened again, and he did just that. Today the IdMinecrafts are just a thing of the past, but it was certainly something not to be forgotten.

    So around this time I'm a moderator on the server and all is well. One day a random user comes on to the server and starts using racist remarks and threatening to ddos me as well as putting my IP in the chat. At first I was frustrated and was about to ban him, but once I knew he had my IP I basically showed some more respect and tried to talk him out of it. The last thing I need is to be Ddos'd (I share an internet connection with my parents, if they figured out people online from my game were "attacking" our internet they would flip out). However, I never got the chance to because as it happened it was just Badger who was "testing" me.


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    A screenshot from the incident, I didn't ever screenshot him saying my IP. But this was for sure the account and when it happened. April 27th, 2014

    So after he revealed himself (Accidentally at that) he said he wasn't happy with how I responded to the test and how I should have banned the user right away. I thought it was ridiculous to ban a user if he had my IP because then he would immediately Ddos me, it was the whole point of me talking to him. Yes, I COULD have banned him, but my internet would have been attacked. At least if I talk to him I can convince him other whys and if he does end up Ddos'ing me I could ban him, I had nothing to lose: but Badger didn't see it that way.

    Badger was fairly ignorant and just said that Ddos'ing is no big deal, blah blah blah. I was honestly getting sick of him so I resigned. His "Administrator" buddy seemed happy with it (He hated me) and Badger just went along with whatever the admin said: I think Badger saw the admin as a role model. So now I'm on skype for a couple days when Badger skypes me asking to come back: I kind of knew it was going to happen, truth be told. Badger had told me numerous times how I was the best staff member he had ever had, so I was willing to come back if he would never test me like that again and he agreed.
    So now I'm back on the server and literally no less than 5 minutes after I'm back, Badger is talking about promoting me to senior staff member. I really didn't know how to respond, but I just kind of went along with it. Around this time I can see the rivalry between Pringle and Badger starting to erupt and I could see the wheels falling off. They were getting into fights every day. It was literally a ticking-time bomb of 13 year old rage, they were about to blow up in everyone's face at any given time.

    So around this time I became Senior Moderator on the server and a few days after the server finally begins to fall apart. Pringle ended up nuking some person's abandoned base and Badger and the Admin completely flipped. The Administrator permanently banned Pringle and I (Even though I did nothing, he just didn't like me) from the server and the forums. After this Pringle deleted all the server data files, everything was gone: everything. Everyone knew that Vitrolic was going to die eventually, but nobody predicted it would happen like this.

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    A user by the name of DarkBlood9000 accusing me of tp'ing people to his base and destroying it. We later managed to prove that the base had been broken for over a month. May 22nd, 2014

    So after Vitrolic went down Pringle and Badger quickly began to go their own way. I was fairly close with both of them so I talked to them about their plans, but once we got on the topic of them starting their own servers I discovered a serious problem: they had no money. Nothing. They made probably over $1,000 on Vitrolic and it was literally all gone. They spent every last penny. I was honestly amazed by this, but to tell you the truth I couldn't say I was surprised. I knew they were burning money, but I didn't figure they would like that. On June 28th, 2014 I was told by Badger that he was re-starting Vitrolic without Pringle or I in a staff position.

    A few weeks after Vitrolic went down I was talking with Pringle about him setting up his server. I asked him where he would get the funds and he said his parents were going to give him $3,000 to start his server as he was starting a business (wtf.png). I warned him that he might not want to spend it all at one time but he didn't listen. Eventually he and his buddy started skyping me all sorts of nasty things and they were probably the most immature and ignorant people I've ever talked with. If you saw the things you said you'd know why. That was the last time I talked with Pringle.

    So now Vitrolic is out of the picture and so is MCSG: well, as it would seem. This is something everybody should know right now: for as long as I game MCSG will be a part of me. I've entangled myself deep into the community roots and I'm always going to be a part of it: no matter how small that part might be. Today I'm becoming less and less interested in it and haven't been that involved with it, but around May of this year I was still trying to be involved. But I wanted to do something more then just play a couple rounds, I wanted to prove a point: this was how Crystal Knowledge came to be.

    Crystal Knowledge is an alternate account of mine that I set up to deliberately go out and prove that MCSG is to worked up about the name of the player to even realize that, while someone may have completely changed their actions, they're still technically "permbanned" and they feel they need to stay permbanned. I had made a few obvious alternate accounts of "The Arena Master" in the past on MCSG, and some would be banned as fast as 5 or so minutes: not exaggerating. However, Crystal I wanted to try and get to last a month, have conversations with staff members, and be active on the forums: and it did just that.

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    Smile for the cameras, Crystal! CrystalKnowledge plays his first round of SG: May 29th, 2014.

    So basically around this time I'm trying to get Crystal entangled into the community. It's interesting that people actually clamped onto Crystal pretty fast and some thought he was an alternate account: when I asked them why they would simply say "Your posting style is way too good for a new member". It's a bit funny to me that MCSG is so used to new players typing like 5-year olds then whenever a new player comes along that types properly they assume it's an alt: none the less, they were right.


    One thing about my "Arena Master" account was that it had stats to die for. I went out of my way to give CrystalKnowledge extremely bad statistics (it had about a 10% win ratio) so that people would stay off my case. A few people bought in once they saw that but there were still the occasional few who weren't convinced: I never admitted anything though. I always played on a proxy with Crystal and I showed no direct connection between us. Only a few people could really tell and those were people who I was close with: there were no "shots in the dark" happening.

    Even though Crystal was starting to develop a slight reputation he wasn't getting noticed, at least: not to the level I wanted. I needed him to really grab the attention of the community; and what's the easiest way to get attention in a group of fiesty pre-teens? Drama of course. So using Crystal's forum account I started making some very risque topics (Threads along the lines of "Stop Posting Suicide Threads", "Enough Goodbye Threads already", etc.). Needless to say, some people started to love Crystal, some people absolutely hated him. Next thing I know Crystal was catapulted into some sort of bizarre forum fame. Most everyone knew who he was around this time: whether they wanted to or not.

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    What's an easy way to get noticed? Well, being part of arguments is one way. In this conversation I was defending Moo after Cherise and Aussie were ganging up on him. Cherise was Aussie's girlfriend at the time. Later down the line we would learn that Cherise was not a girl but in fact a gay man who was into Aussie. Also, Moo never said anything Cherise described. He basically made himself out to look like a victim.

    So now around this time I've become as noticed as I feel needed. I posted a thread talking about everything I talked about earlier and how I'm the exact same as "The Arena Master" and I've been a large part of the forum community for the past month and the staff don't even care. I had been in chats with senior staff members and regular moderators and everyone was cool with it. But what would you know? The minute I come out and say I'm The Arena Master the staff suddenly flips and bans me. "It was so obvious!" a few of them said. All I could think was: if it was so obvious why did no staff member ask me about it earlier?

    Even though the thread was deleted I still managed to have it saved to a pastebin. I'm going to paste it in here so you can see what it said:
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    Hi everyone, Crystal Knowledge here! Or at least, the Crystal most of you are familiar with.

    So recently I've been conducting a little experiment to test the MCSG staff and a major potential flaw. As most of you are aware, when people make alternate accounts that are dead-giveaways of their names they can be banned in about 5 minutes, or in extreme cases a couple hours. I never really liked the fact that MCSG can basically permanently ban you off their network, even if it's for something like spamming, caps, a hacking incident, etc. over a course of a year or so. If Playstation Network or XBox Live banned you you go out and buy a new Xbox, just like with this I think you should be able to go out and buy a new account, but that's not the case.


    However, that's exactly what I did. I went out, bought a new account, and got a VPN (Spotflux). Having been a permanently banned user, I had made several attempts at making an alt account on the forums. Usually with a similar or next to identical name to the original, but it was banned every time: sometimes as quick as a couple minutes (I didn't even have time to make a thread one time, it was that fast). I knew that this wasn't fair, MCSG was banning users solely based off their name, and I can prove that right now.

    So I created this account and immediately got to work. I pretended that I quickly became "familiar" with the community and some of the members. People were skeptical at first but eventually they seemed fine with it. I kept posting but I honestly wasn't getting much attention. I occasionally talked with staff members but that was about it. This was when I started making all these controversial threads: THAT got people's attention, and I knew it would. People were getting all over me for that, and that's exactly what I wanted. My name started getting noticed fast to the staff, but they didn't say anything. Senior staff members and many moderators became very familiar with me, but they still didn't seem to mind me.

    So now we have senior staff members and regular members who have had full on misc. conversations (Something that would have never in a million years happened if I had chosen a name similar to my first one). So there you have it, a slightly expensive and rather time-consuming project to say the least, but I think it's a major hole in MCSG. I've been on these forums for a good month now and I've received no "warning" from mods, no staff coming to me about my original account, nothing. Don't you think that's a bit of a problem? Because I sure do.

    I don't get why MCSG locks members out who are dedicated to their server and love what they're playing. Yes, I get they may have caused trouble, but honestly you're literally just shutting kids down who love your server and can't get enough of it, and it honestly sickens me a bit that they do this. We've already proved that if you have a different name you're perfectly accepted and the staff doesn't care, but if you try and make an alt with a similar name as your original you're just banned. That's honestly such a major problem and I have no idea why the staff doesn't see a flaw in this.

    Arena Master signing off.

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    Over the years I've come to learn something about MCSG: they hate constructive criticism. They can't stand it. They take it as a threat. Staff members have given constructive criticism in the past on MCSG's part in things like Pastebin or skype and they've been permbanned right there on the spot. Things like the "Philly" incident had people questioning MCSG as well and those people just got banned. MCSG probably threw this thread in the trashcan just like any other thread that was trying to get a point across to them. It's frustrating, but it's something I had wanted to do and I got my chance. By this point it's obvious MCSG won't change.

    After MCSG I decided I needed to just lay back and take things easier. I was getting a bit too worked up over MCSG and I decided to just let them do their own thing. If they want to treat a large portion of their community like dirt then I won't stop them: I just wish more people would see just how poor some of the MCSG staff can treat people. None the less, I started playing on fun servers such as Mineplex and TIMV. Around this time I also re-encountered OMGjustin and we would play together, it was nice to be playing with him again over two years down the road.

    [​IMG]

    OMGJustin was a eye-witness at the sheer devastation dragons could cause. June 23rd, 2014.


    For the past month now I've been becoming more and more involved with The Hive once more: for the past few weeks I've grown to really like and appreciate The Hive for just how spectacular The Hive is. It's hard for me to give up MCSG as I had been so familiar with the community and had been a link of the chain for such a long time, but in my personal opinion the staff on The Hive are much more respectful and kind: there have been a few senior staff members who I've had a few serious discussions with and at first I was worried they'd hold grudges against me: but they've done just the opposite. I've come to learn that the staff here are just as kind to you whether or not you were in an argument with them: they treat every member of the community with respect.

    I have a feeling not just I prefer The Hive though: thousands do. The server has been dominating over MCSG population wise, it's an interesting twist of fate and the tables have certainly turned: it's an outcome I enjoy seeing. I'm happy for The Hive. MCSG went out of their way to try and hide The Hive when it first came out and they banned so many players back then: but look at The Hive now: it's more popular then MCSG.

    So, things are looking pretty good. My guitar playing skills are better then they've ever been, I'm more involved with The Hive community then ever, and I've been having so much fun in the past few days on TIMV that I've basically been playing obsessively over it. I know this moment won't last forever: so I'm just going to make the most out of it while I can. Within the months I predict another door will open, it's all a matter of where that door shall take you and I.


    And now, in no particular order, I would like to thank these people for making it all possible:
    Chadthedj, Vareide, VirtualSpark, Denster91, Demanter, OMGjustin, ImKiko, Karoleigh, C4_85, Tiddlyfish, Rvaj, wizard101guy20, Z0mb13_HOARD, CandyFTW, Blamph, ImKricken, bigmike4life, Clankstar, Guggex, Blitzcomet, PantiePatrol, edog, EpicAlpha, Theoretically, Zietra, TeIIo, FuSioN, SunGodMonkey, BajanCanadian, ScorpionTDC, duckluv, xnexer, sayfisac, ejegun, Average_Name, HalfSquirrel, Mooclan, FuzzyPB, Sixorr, KingRecon, Ant, Bic, Dave, AngryJEW10, Bobj0n, 4non, Lieutenant, Spike11, Gravey4rd, Kezzy, FinsGraphics, LeafyGreenTea, Doge, and of course, ThatDamnWalrus.

    Thank you everybody for making this all possible!

    Q & A:
    Q: How many times have you been banned from MCSG (Ingame)?
    A: In total, I think around 4: maybe 5.
    Q: Do you have anything against the MCSG staff?
    A: Although I'm sure they're fine people, I don't feel that many of them are capable in a leading position as well as a position in which one must decide upon action to keep a player on the server or not. They often abuse their powers and will push you around simply because they can. Every single MCSG staff member I've seen can not take a joke either, and if you ever say something that could come across as rude they'll try and get you banned.
    [​IMG]
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    Quite the story.
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    Alright I haven't read it yet but another walrus and a movie star has to be first on such a thread. I'll be reading this tomorrow and will be telling you my thoughts when I edit this post.
    Edit: The ugly thing got first(I keed bb),I guess its time to drown myself..hue.
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  5. StevenDerp

    StevenDerp V.I.BEE Emerald Member

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    Very nice novel. But TOO long :eek:

    I didn't read it all. But a "TL;DR (Too Long;Didn't Read) would be very fitting, for those who just want to read the main points :D

    Also, be careful with the language that's at some parts of the novel. I know some of it are suppose to be quotes, but if you could edit out the swearing (swearing is against the rules :p), that would be awesome! :)
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    I skimmed through most of it :p Good story though. Well written and stuff.
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  8. ClankStar

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    Arguably, STILL a better love story than Twilight.
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    All I actually bothered to read was your MCSG ban story, but I'm reading the rest right now.
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    15,982 words.

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    Excellent story though, very well written :3
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  11. Chockadlad

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    How did you succeed with that? ;)
    Anyways, impressive post, how long did it take you to write it all?
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    I... I thought I said that I was using buckets? Basically I would get two water buckets and place them near each other, and it creates a sort of infinite water supply. Then I would just keep coming back and taking from them. To get higher on the dome I would place the water, swim to the top of it, then grab the water with my bucket and place it higher.
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    You did, but you miswrote, saying that you turned obsidian to water, unless I misread ._.
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    Surprisingly enough I read most of it. You also made me giggle with the comment on Kellie's picture, lel.
    Long time, no-see, Arena.
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    Howdy! Truth be told, your name seems awfully familiar: but I can't quite put my finger to it.
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    Oh God, I had to keep track of where I left off last night. I'll finish it tonight.
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    Well, I was in Flawless Inc., I was also the leader of Brotherhood if you remember that, that's the only connection you should have with me tbh.
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  18. Lieutenant

    Lieutenant Talk of the Town

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    Finished it! Thanks for putting me in the 'thank you' list. :3

    Also, just a random question. Do you have anything against the staff at MCG in general, or just the few that you specifically mentioned?
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    That's a really difficult question, but I would say that generally I tend to have about equal feelings for staff members from both sides. There are good staff members, but that being said for every good one there are probably 2 or 3 bad ones. The bad ones tend not to be as active, but if they're active and they're bad that's when I really start to have a problem. And if they're bad, active, and a senior staff member you really really have a problem.
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  20. Lieutenant

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    Yeah, makes sense. They have a few pretty good Mods and Sr. Mods, but a few in particular that I preferred to see with a regular member tag.

    EDIT: Randomly adding here:

    I've seen people f-bomb their statuses, and I've seen Mods swear, yet nobody usually seems to care. It's kind of an old, forgotten rule.
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