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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Emoji Grand Championship
« on: September 26, 2019, 07:12:00 PM »

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Off-Topic Discussion / Emoji Grand Championship
« on: September 25, 2019, 05:40:27 PM »
Pretty sure this is the right place to put this because this isn't a forum game.

Just advertising something stupid I'm doing which is having a massive single elimination tournament in order to determine the best emoji unicode has to offer. Emojis win rounds by popular vote and are voted on via reactions in the discord.

Here's the massive bracket: https://binarybeast.com/x1708082

Here's the discord, if you're interested: https://discord.gg/6p7WYFa

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: September 14, 2019, 12:21:15 AM »
No-one is obligated to play RA2 in order to give their 2 cents. People can still care about how a community conducts themselves even if they're no longer active in it. I mean, I had to check GTM to get here. Doesn't mean I (or any other oldie in the woodwork) have to still actively participate in it
I legitimately do not see how you can possibly think it is reasonable that GTM should beholden to a group of people who don't even use it. If you care about GTM, good for you, but the people who actually use the forums are the ones whose concerns should be listened to. Either that or we should be tailoring the forum towards those newbies who are on the discords but currently avoid GTM. Just so happens that what the boomers want is pretty much exactly opposite to what most newbies want. That is why the boomers who show up in threads like these to bitch and moan are harmful to GTM.
2019 me, even after all this discussion, wouldn't know where to begin
Build and post an RA2 bot pretty much anywhere, leave a comment on one of the many tournament videos on Youtube, post on reddit or any other community asking about a robot combat game. Basically show pretty much any interest in RA2. Shockingly if you aren't interested in the game, you probably won't get invited to communities that revolve around that game. If that's somehow unreasonable to you then I don't know what to say
I'm saying it's unreasonable for the community to not be completely public when it has been for so long up until now. There really is no good reason for it

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: September 14, 2019, 12:03:10 AM »
No-one is obligated to play RA2 in order to give their 2 cents. People can still care about how a community conducts themselves even if they're no longer active in it. I mean, I had to check GTM to get here. Doesn't mean I (or any other oldie in the woodwork) have to still actively participate in it
I legitimately do not see how you can possibly think it is reasonable that GTM should beholden to a group of people who don't even use it. If you care about GTM, good for you, but the people who actually use the forums are the ones whose concerns should be listened to. Either that or we should be tailoring the forum towards those newbies who are on the discords but currently avoid GTM. Just so happens that what the boomers want is pretty much exactly opposite to what most newbies want. That is why the boomers who show up in threads like these to bitch and moan are harmful to GTM.
I'm not saying you should bend to our every whim and demand or anything like that. But just because we don't actively participate doesn't mean we shouldn't be heard or we don't have valid complaints/arguments.

Either way, I've lost track of the bigger picture. I just think the bottom line is that the RA2 community as a whole is really gonna suffer due to how it's currently organised and I'm giving my outsider perspective on the situation. 2014 me was new to GTM and RA2 but was excited to start hosting some tournaments and interact with the community. 2019 me, even after all this discussion, wouldn't know where to begin

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If you really want to get in, legit all you have to do is play the game, and if you aren't interested in doing that then there's probably very little in the discords for you anyway.
Another thing on this point; I think there's an overemphasis on actively playing the game in order to simply observe the community. Literally all I ever did when I was active was host tournaments and lurk the rest of the time. And I got AU. Now I have to play the game to even see what other people are doing and start lurking again? No thanks. That's why a lot of veterans usually come out of the woodwork for this stuff, because they become lurkers and still actually like watching the community do their thing, in the background. It's forcing people to dance to your tune and creates the clique that branched off from the clique that I was talking about. Like I said, I wouldn't even mind if GTM weren't the sole hub for RA2 stuff if I could simply access the rest

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: September 13, 2019, 11:06:02 PM »
No-one is obligated to play RA2 in order to give their 2 cents. People can still care about how a community conducts themselves even if they're no longer active in it. I mean, I had to check GTM to get here. Doesn't mean I (or any other oldie in the woodwork) have to still actively participate in it
I think complaining about the demise of a forum while simultaneously contributing to that demise through inaction is pretty rich personally. No sh** the forum is dying when such a large contingent of its users literally only shows up to oppose any attempt to make changes that might encourage people to use it, before disappearing back into inactivity as soon as the prospect of actually using the forum for its intended purpose comes up
No-one can be forced to play a game they have no desire to play. It doesn't stop people from wanting to still have input in the community, tho. I think it's a bit grandiose to say that inaction, in this case, is equivalent to harmful action. You literally can't force someone to play a game and people like me that aren't playing the game atm have nothing to do with the state that it's in now. If all the RA2 activity taking place in all these discords were instead taking place on the forum, it would still be as active as 2014.

Literally any activity, anywhere suffices. Shocking as it maybe, GTM isn't the centre of the RA2 universe anymore, in fact I'd say the vast majority of newbies into the discords never even visit GTM other than to download the game. RA2 is alive and well outside of GTM and most people in the discords come from discovering the tournaments that are being created by these discords, not from GTM. In fact, most newbies who DO turn up on GTM have been directed there by people in the discords, who, believe it or not, also don't want to see GTM die.
Of course I realise GTM isn't the centre of the RA2 universe... it's the basis of the discussion we're having now. But why is it not? Everything currently being done in a wide variety of discords could be done on GTM and it would bring everyone playing RA2 together under 1 umbrella and create a larger community. To me, it just seems like all these groups have their own discord just because they can. I wanna come back and start hosting some tournaments again just so I can make a new discord for each one.

Surely you must see how such a fragmented community for such a small playerbase is stupid, right? It's needlessly complex. Even if one got invited to all the groups and had every avenue open to them, where do they post their bots? Who gives them advice? Is it everywhere or just one place? If it's the former, that's a lot of hassle, posting the same thing to 5 different discords. If it's the latter, how do they know they're getting the best advice and feedback on their robot? And not everyone interested in RA2 would see they bot if they're not in all the discords.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: September 13, 2019, 10:32:03 PM »
as a """boomer"""" I hate the fact I have to join a new discord server for like every god damn tournament to know whats even going on but that's just me
****ing this

I wouldn't mind if GTM weren't the only place to go for RA2 if I didn't have to go on a scavenger hunt to find the other ones. I swear the OW and PWS servers aren't public and they're apparently the most thriving places for RA2. I could be wrong by now (since I last checked) but I just can't be arsed to check and go on said scavenger hunt. I don't know how the current community puts up with it.
As geice said, pretty much everyone actively playing the game who isn't a raging arsehole gets invited to these servers. You don't play the game, or at least haven't shown any evidence of it, so you aren't in them. Newbies who show up do play the game, and most of them are in these discords as a result. If you really want to get in, legit all you have to do is play the game, and if you aren't interested in doing that then there's probably very little in the discords for you anyway.
but how will new guys know to start being active on GTM in order to get invited to these more active splinter groups? As Badger said, all they see, on the surface, is a relatively dead forum. What kind of incentive is that? You say all one has to do is play RA2 but it really isn't that simple. And what's meant to happen, literally every new person gets PM'd 3 discord links when they post a showcase? Sounds pretty pointless to me.

I think it's pretty funny how people who have shown 0 interest in doing any of the things that ACTUALLY keep this community alive (posting in showcases, giving feedback, entering BOTM et cetera) are suddenly so concerned about GTM dying. If you're really that concerned, start showing more activity than simply coming out of the woodwork to complain that the forum isn't the same as it was back in 2011/12/whatever year
No-one is obligated to play RA2 in order to give their 2 cents. People can still care about how a community conducts themselves even if they're no longer active in it. I mean, I had to check GTM to get here. Doesn't mean I (or any other oldie in the woodwork) have to still actively participate in it

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: September 13, 2019, 08:55:48 PM »
as a """boomer"""" I hate the fact I have to join a new discord server for like every god damn tournament to know whats even going on but that's just me
****ing this

I wouldn't mind if GTM weren't the only place to go for RA2 if I didn't have to go on a scavenger hunt to find the other ones. I swear the OW and PWS servers aren't public and they're apparently the most thriving places for RA2. I could be wrong by now (since I last checked) but I just can't be arsed to check and go on said scavenger hunt. I don't know how the current community puts up with it.
pretty much anyone who is remotely active and not a complete idiot/reject/boomer is on those servers (which tbh theres only like 2 or 3 major ones)
Doesn't make it much better. It's also not great for newbs that stumble upon GTM, only to find a super quiet forum and maybe a dead discord server link.
what he said

When you say remotely active, all you mean is active as these communities started popping up. Imagine if I or any other older member wanted to genuinely come back in this environment. They wouldn't know where to begin. Honestly, whenever the myriad of RA2 groups and their abbreviations are mentioned, I really cringe.

i think there's an argument that invite only policies hurt the community in the long run, but i don't see this changing anytime soon as most people support them as a necessary evil to keep the community somewhat sane (which i tend to agree with to an extent)
What do you mean? All people have to do is ban minges if they join a public discord and start causing a fuss. It's like these little splinter groups have broken off from GTM because they think it's an elitist/sh**posting clique just to make their own. In fact, I'd say that this new 'culture' of loads of fringe, invite-only RA2 communities on Discord has made RA2 way more unapproachable than GTM's reputation ever did

I don't think this actually has anything to do with the fact that GTM has bad rep or it's a forum. When I joined in 2014, GTM had gone through a **** ton of drama and forums weren't exactly hip and happening, yet I'd say there was a lot of activity. Obviously not compared to the older days I weren't around for but, nevertheless, it was way more active than it is now and I felt it was in a good place. I just think Discord has allowed people to incredibly easily make their own private forums and it's escalated to this.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: TL:DR Ra2 is sucky
« on: September 13, 2019, 04:35:36 PM »
as a """boomer"""" I hate the fact I have to join a new discord server for like every god damn tournament to know whats even going on but that's just me
****ing this

I wouldn't mind if GTM weren't the only place to go for RA2 if I didn't have to go on a scavenger hunt to find the other ones. I swear the OW and PWS servers aren't public and they're apparently the most thriving places for RA2. I could be wrong by now (since I last checked) but I just can't be arsed to check and go on said scavenger hunt. I don't know how the current community puts up with it.

kinda off-topic but
I know RA2 doesn't have the best standing with ARC/Garry's Wars from what I've seen/heard so we can only try and improve if they want to do the same.
Hi, GWars representative/admin here. Just saying that, whenever anyone bashes GTM/RA2 in our community, I always defend them because we'd be nowhere without the GTM members that founded it.  I'm pretty sure RoboBowler (the owner) thinks the same way as well. Just getting that out there. Sadly there are some people in the server that hate RA2 with a passion but I'd like to think they'd get over it if they had to.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The General Chatter Thread.
« on: September 13, 2019, 03:58:27 PM »
what happened to the RA3 stuff? Did it get moved to the admin bin or is it gone forever? Also what happened to the dicksword? Also also, wtf happened to this place in general

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Tournament Archives / Re: Stock Boot Camp - SIGNUPS
« on: February 19, 2019, 06:19:33 PM »
a stock tournament designed exclusively for stock rookies
-General stock rules apply.
I'm sure rookies know exactly what those are

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Stock Showcases / Re: Redalert's stock showcase
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:31:47 AM »
also never upload bmp files again please they made this page take 5 minutes to load
my dead laptop loaded this page in 2 seconds

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Site News and Feedback / Re: New admins
« on: January 19, 2019, 01:21:31 PM »
I miss Trov

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Creativity Showcase / Re: I did a thing.
« on: January 13, 2019, 03:42:39 PM »
why are people addicted to anime?

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Stock Showcases / Re: Redalert's bots showcase
« on: October 20, 2018, 12:24:52 PM »
The ignorance makes me think multiaccount

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Modifications / Re: DSL 2.3
« on: October 16, 2018, 08:16:27 AM »
Tbf, the complete anxiety of getting things right before the community of deadpan veterans that are crushingly casual in their criticisms or observations about your work is underestimated by a surprising amount of people. Mr AS's response being a prime example. I've never viewed the community as necessarily toxic but 'seemingly expectant and judgmental/depressingly hard to please' might be apt. It is difficult to put it into words and when your hard work is met by 'something short and snappy with no punctuation or capitalisation', it's quite depressing. Definitely one of the reasons I started to burn out before coming back.

As I say, the exact feeling that ends up burning people out here is quite difficult to explain, so don't take Foxpet's or my attempt to heart and just try and get the gist. I doubt it's just him and I that have burned out for this exact reason.

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Public Tournament Discussion / Re: GTM Global Online - Discussion
« on: October 12, 2018, 09:14:47 PM »
For the record, I am still up for hosting this but I am just waiting until I have enough free time to dedicate to it.

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Modifications / Re: RA2: ReStocked (2018) AI Pack
« on: October 06, 2018, 06:55:11 PM »
I'm really not trying to cast any shade towards anyone or their work, but can someone please answer why they find the Stock aesthetic so appealing? I think it looks revolting and so very visually disgusting.

I'm seriously not trying to be rude, it's just a question I've been meaning to ask for a good while now.
I don't think people find the aesthetic appealing, they just don't have a strong opinion on it, like you do.

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Public Tournament Discussion / Re: GTM Global Online - Discussion
« on: October 05, 2018, 03:51:08 AM »
HW changed to MW and Compressor changed to Metal Skull.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Atinsion gramer nasis
« on: October 04, 2018, 07:59:47 PM »
I feel this is more aimed towards spelling Nazis. The only real grammar mistakes happen at the very beginning. You could've added the wrong punctuation at the end of the sentence like this? Or just, thrown in, random commas.

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Public Tournament Discussion / Re: GTM Global Online - Discussion
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:40:54 PM »
After testing with Thracker, he said that his latency was fine and he could do a tournament in it. However, our game did crash with HWs, so I am considering lowering the weight class. I definitely forgot how prone IF is to crashing.

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