Within the first weeks of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch and on the eve the Nintendo Wii U console release, an incredible StarHawk Gunslingers milestone occurred.
The Gunslingers group is now over 5,000 members strong!
I hope you find that amazing, because I sure as Hell do. Bend the ear of long time members like Balki, Korchie, **bleep** Lazer, or anyone else who has been active within GS for more than a few years. They will tell that it was never in our game plan to have so many fellow mature, casual gamers also consider the Gunslingers a needed outpost in their internet travels. Please, take a moment to view all the fantastic folks who have joined the rest of us in the last fifteen days.
To the above new members and to everyone else registered as a Gunslinger, I sincerely thank you all for joining.
The 5,000 mark is no feat in the ledger of a salesman. It isn't some sort of return of investment from advertising. GS has and will never be a money venture. We can celebrate such a milestone because of you. Because you wanted to escape typical clan obligations, because you wanted to game with other adults who share your own time restrictions, because you welcomed new members in the Introductions section, because you posted in the Introductions section, because you said "hello" in chat, because you were willing to make new friends by sending out invites from the Master Lists, because you were steadfast in keeping the GS narrative about friendliness and mutual respect rather than bragging rights, we have 5,000 members.
The way we have collectively went about making this grand experiment in social gaming succeed is also something we all should be proud of. We did it by sticking to our guns over being adults-only and casual specific. When we first entered the scene, most clans assumed that the competitive clan model was the only way in which to succeed.
Fast forward five years and, largely due to more and more adults playing video games, the general clan scene has become generally more casual. If you noticed our recruiting messages being echoed in those of other groups, you aren't alone. Sometimes, entire pages of our website are literally copied and pasted onto upstarts. Plagiarism is never welcomed, but it does serve as a positive meter-stick in regards to our influence.
That isn't to say that we are no longer ahead of the curve. The norm of gaming groups is making new members jump through hoops otherwise known as probation period, voucher requirements, and a stepped process in becoming a "true" member. People are still being asked to join groups without being able to even view their content prior to registering. The belief is that such hurdles are necessary to ensure a positive gaming experience.
Again, that is where you all come in. You are the ultimate rebuttal to that myth.
Because of your commitment in keeping us friendly and playing clean through natural social dispositions, we don't need those restrictions. We get to treat everyone here as they should be treated, regardless of what "Join Date" is stamped next to their name. Sure, there have been times when moderation by GS Leaders were needed, but moderation should always be a safety net, never a shadow cast by a gavel.
So, that was a heady rant, and I am sure I have thoroughly embarrassed myself by this point. Let's get to what all the above is really about. Celebrating! Fridays and Saturdays represent a long running tradition at GS called Frosty Pints. Grab some drinks. Grab a headset. Send out those friend invites. And light up those online servers with the GS tag. Make this Frosty Pints a toast to all that you have accomplished by continuing to do what you always have done: welcoming your fellow Gunslingers and having a good time.
The Starhawk Clan for Adults.
Gunslingers - Blazing trails for parent and hard working adult gamers.
The Gunslingers is an oasis for parent and hard working adult gamers from around the world that was formed back in June, 2007. The underlying goal of our group is to create a gaming environment that is fun yet civil and friendly for mature, casual gamers. It is a goal far too uncommon in the gaming community, and is not often honestly sought. For anyone wishing to escape the lulls of silly clan probation periods, distinct divides in community ranks, unrealistic demands of attendance, and continual ugliness of clan wars, the Gunslingers is your haven. We have attracted thousands of like-minded adults, so you are not alone in your wants.
The fruit of the Gunslingers is being continuously surrounded by folks sharing your general gaming wants and perspectives. There is plenty of obligations and negativity wishing to take up your time in your career, in your personal life, and certainly during your online travels. It doesn't need to be that way. The Gunslingers clan, however existential as it may seem, seek to inject some positivity and even escapism in your daily obligations. Come. Kick your feet up. Decompress. Be merry! Everyone deserves that, and, regardless if you are new to online gaming or a veteran, you will be welcomed by the rest of us. Share in our cheer!
The StarHawk Gunslingers.
I hope everyone had a fun New Years! 2013 is now in full swing. The kids are back in school, the workplace is back to lecturing you about productivity, and we STILL don't have hover cars.
What we do have, however, is another year for gaming. Here is a quick list of some recent updates for the clan for parent and hard working adult gamers, the Gunslingers:
1.) January 2013 Member Spotlight. We have started the New Year with another edition of the Gunslinger Member Spotlight: a monthly tradition of interviewing a random GS member and learning some things about him/her that we may not otherwise get to know through the course of gaming. This edition features none other than the ever popular, GS*Yuuuki! She has been with GS for a few years, so find out more about her here: http://gunslingergaming.com/wordpress/
2.) '80s Classic Added. Who didn't love the 1980's? Well, besides the USSR or the Cobra Kai in Karate Kid. Well, being a gaming clan with plenty of members who grew up in the '70s and '80s, we have installed the classic quarter eater, "Lunar Command", into the custom Gunslinger Arcade! Can you get the high score? Atari joystick not required.
3.) Gunslinger Raffle. For our members playing in more than one game (or even platform), we are starting 2013 off right by giving away two Xbox360 copies of Elders Scroll: Skyrim! Reply to the following topic prior to January for a chance to win. It is that easy! Thank you all for supporting GS throughout 2012! http://www.gunslingergaming.com/phpbb/viewtopic.ph
4.) New Forum Features. We are always looking for ways to improve the GS homebase for our members, and have added several features to the Gunslinger Forums. Now, members with Twitch Live feeds have their own forum section to broadcast their channel for other members to watch. Additionally, if you find a Twitch channel you find particularly interesting and would like to share with the rest of the group, you now have the ability to embed them in your forum posts. Speaking of embedding, you can now also add either your PSN player card or your Xbox360 gamertag card (or both!) in any of your posts or signature with a simple click of the button. Finally, some of us on the Nintendo Wii and Wii U like to use Skype as our voice chat program, so that is why you can now include your real-time Skype status in any of your forum posts or a signature. Stay tuned for more updates! I have a whole checklist to go through!
Thank you all again for reading the recent events of the Gunslingers. We are proud to provide an incredibly active and evolving home for parent, adult, and mature, casual gamers from around the world in 2013. If you haven't yet joined the party, consider yourself invited.
The StarHawk Clan for Adults.
Gunslingers - Blazing Trails for Parent and Hard Working Adult Gamers Since 2007.
Every year, we gather as a Gunslingers community and vote for our favorite games in various categories. The polls to vote on games published in 2012 are open and let the voting begin! Here are the categories that all members can vote in thus far:
- Game of the Year
- Favorite GS Clan Front of 2012
- Best Wii Game of 2012
- Best Wii U Game of 2012
- Best PS3 Game of 2012
- Best Xbox360 Game of 2012
- Best PC Game of 2012
- Best Vita Game of 2012
- Best 3DS Game of 2012
- Best Action/Adventure Game of 2012
- Best Role Playing Game of 2012
- Best Shooter Game of 2012
- Best Fighting Game of 2012
- Best Sports Game of 2012
- Best Racing Game of 2012
- Best Dance/Music Game of 2012
- Best Platformer of 2012
Do you have a strong opinion in regards to which games should win? Join the rest of us Gunslingers and cast your vote! The results will be published in article form in February! Here are the polls:
GunslingerGaming.com • View forum - 2012 Gunslinger Games Awards
StarHawk has been nominated for Favorite GS Front, Best Shooter, Best PS3 Game, AND Game of the Year! Help it win!
The StarHawk Clan for Adults.
Gunslingers - Blazing Trails for Parent and Hard Working Adult Gamers.
That's kinda cool that as a clan you guys hold your own awards!
Thank you! We have done the GS Games Awards for the last three years. It is fun to see which games members have been playing besides the obvious and how those titles left an impression.
While the rest of the gang (or, in light of our clan's motif, chain-gang) is in game enjoying Frosty Pints---our weekend tradition of grabbing some brews and sharing some games---, I thought I would sneak in here and share the latest update on the Gunslingers front.
Forums have whole sets of short code or tags to utilize while posting. Some communities create customized tags for specific purposes, such as posting streaming game feeds. We, the Gunslingers, do both in the GS Forums and are taking the customized user experience a step further. Upon request, any member can have his/her own forum code!
For example, my GS Forum code would be "[McMurphy][/McMurphy]". Maybe I would want my game stats to show up anytime that is typed. Maybe I would like my signature banner and a brag-worthy gameplay video to be displayed anytime those tags are typed. Now, GS members can do just that!
As a band of fellow adults, parents, and mature, casual gamers, we are always welcoming the like-minded to join in on our fun. Come share in our cheer!
Happy Frosty Pints everyone!
StarHawk Gunslingers - Long Live the Gamers Who Are Long in Tooth.