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.: The Rant of the Clanner - IRN Pest Control

There is a fine line between a gamer and a clanner. These days, it seems like most would consider the terms interchangeable. They are as different as black and blue, yet their definitions underline one of the most important life lessons and concepts. Everything in this world revolves around attitude. It is a vent for our problems, concerns and emotions. Success in one's life journey depends primarily on how one portrays oneself to all other people. A gamer is a hobbyist.. someone who plays games as a form of entertainment. A clanner is a gamer who lives for his close friends in their gaming community. Attitudes for both of these classifications are generally the same, but to be a great clanner, someone who's clan will value to the end of their days, requires a moral and ethical fibre that is rarer and rarer in today's super-gaming world. It is the virtue of nobility in this industry that makes clan membership a rewarding enhancement to the game of your choice.

Often I see people in game chats, with clan initials on their names, swearing and belitleing their neighbors. People skip on reporting ladder games, cheat, and pay no heed nor interest in gaining anyone's respect. My usual thought, is that whatever clan that person is involved with, made a fatal mistake in recruiting that person. Clans are based at their core on friendship, not any ambitious desire to be the elite of the elite. Ambition is a goal, not a premise for a clan. One's attitude, if good, could lead oneself to success in any area of life. Employers will always choose the capable and respectable person over the egocentric with qualifications as long as santas christmas list. It is the greatest qualification of all.

Clans have a life expectancy of a very few months. Blame can often be put on bad leadership, loss of interest of the members, or even other unforseen circumstances related to real life. (the great unspeakable maw of desperation for which we make the escape into the underworld of online gaming) The greatest reason for a clan's fall is it's members. No one knows how to deal with people. Respect for oneself and one's neighbors is all that matters. You could be the crappiest player there ever was, but could be valued more than any ****head with a hot rail. We must all work towards treating each individual, whether they are clan member or not, with the exact same etiquette. these are people afterall, not black on white text messages. A great clanner seeks resolution of disputes. Seeks good sportsmanship to peers, and seeks honesty. There's no greater honour than to be praised by someone you look up to as a good human being. It means more than anything, even a win against the #1 team. My happiness began when I decided that people were more important than ranks. My clan flourished. I was happy with the respect I was given. Such simplicity, which only the rare individual seems to understand.

I have no respect for the elitist attitude. It's like actually believing that hollywood's glamour shows it's people's true character. It is a farse, far worse than a lie. To be respected for one's skills is great.. but the instant you belittle a single person, or believe yourself above anyone else, you instantly become the lowest of the low. Clans survive only when the premise of the clan is close knit friendship, not to attain eliteness. The goal can be eliteness. Humility and an outward generosity of character will bring rewards that you will appreciate more than the hollow candy that is respect for the image of the elitest gamer. How hollow it is, when you are renouned as a fabulous plsurt, and all that anyone wishes of you is a stab to take you down a notch and bring them up a whole rung. These people respect skills, and don't really even care about you when it comes down to it. They use you to raise themselves in their own eyes and the eyes of their peers. You are a tool, and you wonder who that you interract with is fake, only wanting something from you.

Skill is a goal to be worked on. Humility has to be the premise for your presence in the gaming community. The greatest gamers respected in each community may be amazing at their game, but those who become legendary are those who treat the common player as an equal. For instance, many people regard a certain Macleod as the best Jedi Knight player there was. This is because he won every game he played, but always garnered a certain humility, and could talk with a bunch of people who didn't even know who he was, and act like a regular nice guy. There have been people since, who most likely could have beaten Macleod at the game, but no one has achieved his level of respect. His name is often whispered amidst the older of the current JK players even today, years after he left the game. Having people impersonate a gamer with fake names is one of the greatest testaments to the respect one has gained in a game.

Aggressive Attitude should be dropped the moment you click 'connect'. If your looking to vent, beat the living crap out of inanimate objects. The internet is not a tool to vent rage. People get genuinely upset when a cruel individual attacks them online. It is the greatest misconception that the indifferent look of a chatscreen follows through to the other people.

Clans are organisations to be taken seriously. The phrase "it's only a game" should not apply here. We are talking about human beings, friends by nature. Care should always be taken to keep your friends happy. Arguments can be harsh, because people inevitably say things in a way that they wouldn't word so harshly, if it was to be spoken face to face. Hallowed be the peacekeeper. Compromise is a skill. Not everyone has the ability to allow someone to get what they want. In most squables, it can work out to be best by giving them part of what they want, without compromising what you believe to be the right course of action. Endless drawn out fights, where choosy words end up insulting others, perpetuating the whole affair end up becoming counter-constructive. You are no longer talking about the issue at hand! The proper, professional way to handle it is to state in a clear manner why you believe something should be as so, and back it up with clear evidence, on how it could help the clan. The clan is more important than yourself, but only when the clan values your membership. Humility applies here, in the ability to say "you proved me wrong, I concede." It takes a strong individual to do something like this, and I tell you.. when I've been arguing something for awhile, and get proven wrong, nothing feels as good (save winning the argument) than proclaiming yourself the loser. Peace is attained. The gaming continues. Entertainment and joy returns promptly.

Clan commitments are not E-Commitments. They are not disposable simply because your name is an alias, and you speak with a keyboard. When you join a clan, you agree that this is a group in which you pledge your service. When I see clans break up due to simple little squabbles, it sickens me. Where is your loyalty? Fight to retain your clan's identity. Always ask yourself what is best for the clan, not what is best for yourself. Leaving because of a lul in activity, or because of a few disputes is jumping ship. There's no other term for it. Like all things in life, clanning is something that needs to be worked on. If you wanted to come online to relax and have no responsibilities at all, then dont join a clan. Just hang out. You probably wouldnt enjoy the stress of competetive tournaments anyway. People are people are people. Clans are commitments. If people had good attitudes, and lived to further the goals of the clan, while respecting the clan's premise, then the clan would outlive the game they play. That brings a whole new set of transitionary problems that I wouldn't want to get into. However, if you've made it to this point, there's nothing that can seperate the group. You'd feel confident in