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As I redirected a newbie to this forum earlier today, it dawned on me that I never properly introduced myself. I mean, I did make a tongue in cheek, slightly trolly introduction thread when I first started posting here a year and a half ago. But I think that was the wrong way to go about introducing myself because it didn't address any of my past antics on the NA forums and in game. I imagine people were puzzled when a "PLSGO shitlord" like myself started posting here about the game because, frankly, if I am to look back on my interactions with this community and contributions to it, they haven't been good.  My experience with Wotlabs over the past year and a half has dramatically changed how I view both the game and the WoT community, and I want to address that.

I'm by no means claiming to have been the most notorious troll around. However, when I look back on my actions, I have consistently been a net negative to the community, both in the forums and in the game. Around fall 2013 when PLSGO started becoming semi-decent and holding land, we discovered the CR/D forums. We had already started ruining the 4chan WoT thread (yes that is possible) and saw fresh pastures ripe for the shitting in. I think my thoughts at the time were "Fuck these goon tryhard posters who take this shitty tank game so seriously. The official forum mods suck, so let's try to burn this place to the ground." And try I did. I would incur the wrath of my former clanmates if I tried to claim sole or even primary credit for orchestrating the plsgo troll brigade, but I won't downplay my role in it, either.  From derailing threads with huge anime images and coordinating post spam, coordinating downvote brigades, picking the perfect anime porn for other people to spam, spamming threads to bump everything off the board, various other types of derailment, and probably more shitposting that I have since forgotten, I did my best to get a rise out of whomever would stumble across my posts. Little did I realize how immature and stale it would all look in retrospect. I was liberally pushing keyboard keys with my anus and then somehow squinting through the smear of shit on my monitor to find the "post" button.

I can't say my in game conduct was much better. Spewing vitriol in all chat just to get a rise, suiciding top tier platoons off bridges, hills, and into lakes, camping base with all HE loaded tier 10 heavy platoons, purposefully baiting and inciting morons into team damage to try to get them instabanned. I probably ruined the games of more than a few people, and I wouldn't be surprised if I'm somewhere in the Hall of Shame and on more than a few ignore lists. All I can say is that what seemed funny at the time now seems idiotic and disrespectful. It's like Jared from the recent season of South Park--the anonymity led to a complete lack of self-awareness.

And that's where WoTlabs comes into the picture. Despite what I can only assume would be my bad reputation, when I started making serious posts here, I was treated with respect and received great feedback (I never got around to shitposting here because I very quickly realized how hard that banhammer would come down). As I got to know people outside of the 4chan player circles, I realized that Whole_Nutmeg was more than another anonymous post on the internet--it is a reflection of me and my identity. That's how people know me in this community. And I regret that there is a disconnect between who I am as a person and what my actions online show. I regret being a negative for the tanks community because I think there are a lot of really awesome people who play this game. And I think the game is a lot better than I have given it credit for.

Reading posts here has completely changed my attitude about the game. I always thought WoT was fun, but I was stuck in self-limiting baddy logic. "I'm playing this game on a shit computer at 20 fps, I get bad ping spikes, the devs are shit... Why would I care about playing well when I can just yolo? I could probably get good, but it's not worth the effort. I'll take my occasional good games among the shit ones and stick to watching streamers for good play."  And I did that for 11k battles. You can obviously see the flaws with that logic, and once I built a new PC to play games with a 23" monitor and 120 fps and gave tanks an install for the hell of it, all the arguments I'd read on Wotlabs about getting good flooded back. I can see how it's possible and enjoyable to improve; how having good games is more rewarding than trolling. Posters here have helped me gain that insight that I can positively affect games and increase my level of enjoyment by playing well---hopefully while avoiding the frustrating pitfalls of stat-chasing. These past few days I've found myself very excited about this game in a way that I haven't been since I started playing in March 2013. 

So, thank you Wotlabs. I'm continually impressed with this website. The mod team is excellent. There are an amazing variety of posters here from all over the world, discussing and improving on how to play this game well. There are so many posters where I see their name/avatar and know:  THIS is going to be a worthwhile post. There's something to be said for that level of commitment and mutual respect. And the memes aren't half bad either :doge2:. Keep up the good work.

 

 

As for introducing myself...  I'm a student, and I currently work part time as an equipment manager/stage hand for a band that specializes in ethnic music. I've always loved reading, music, learning, and of course gaming.  I'm an enthusiastic anime connoisseur (although I prefer the term japanophile to weeaboo :duneven: *tips fedora*). I love shows from all genres and decades. Except harems:  they're absolute trash. I enjoy going to anime/manga discussions and have been to some cons the past few years.  WoT is the first competitive online game I've played at any length. Normally I go for single player RPG and FPS type games, but I'm a fan of WoT. I think it provides such a unique game every time you hit battle that it always can entertain, no matter how retardedly the developers act. I tend to enjoy tanks with a good combination of armor and mobility. However my play at high tiers when solo isn't where I would like it to be. I want to learn how to win in all tanks at high tiers, so I'm primarily focusing on that by simply playing more at those tiers solo and being mindful while playing, noting my mistakes. I also love platooning with friends and pulling off ridiculous bullshit wins through "unorthodox" strategies. I like to change up every game and see how I can play it differently, although that does sometimes end poorly for me. While I have been in a few clans, I've barely ever played competitive WoT (I was always working nights during my periods of game activity in the past).  I'm hoping to eventually join a "learning" clan for stronghold grinding and to learn the ropes of tier 10 clan wars and see if it's something I'm interested in. But more than anything I just want to have fun.

obligatory comfy anime song to end the post

 

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Nice troll post PLSGO shitter. Stay go! ;)

As a wiser man once said "at least it's an ethos". I was always curious about why you and Nicook didn't plsgo all over our forums but I'm glad you've found it useful. 

 

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You know what this thread and confession reminds me of?

The conversion of St Paul the Apostle:

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(trash tier image editing cus why not)

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3 hours ago, CraBeatOff said:

Nice troll post PLSGO shitter. Stay go! ;)

As a wiser man once said "at least it's an ethos". I was always curious about why you and Nicook didn't plsgo all over our forums but I'm glad you've found it useful. 

 

Him and Nicook were like the only two non retarded people in the entire clan. 

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22 hours ago, CraBeatOff said:

Nice troll post PLSGO shitter. Stay go! ;)

As a wiser man once said "at least it's an ethos". I was always curious about why you and Nicook didn't plsgo all over our forums but I'm glad you've found it useful. 

 

Like any experienced drama-loving netizen, the first forum I ever browsed here was Member Sanctions. It gave me a good idea that you mods were not incompetent like those on the official forums. I'm not sure about nicook, but I was always under the impression he was a mild-mannered fellow who joined plsgo because a few of his irl friends/roommates did.

@nemlengyel that's an apt comparison cosidering it was the sense of great guilt I inherited from my Catholic upbringing that probably led me to the idea of making this thread in the first place. Also, I just found an old IBM model M mechanical keyboard and typing on it is truly a pleasure.

And apparently I'm not a retard :bigdoge: good to know

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