Open letter to my competitive gamer friends


Dear DeltaDude, Shiva, Khal D. Iceman and my other (hazily) known or unknown friends,

It was only recently that I, by a long-term mental process, came to appreciate the apparent meaning of what is called “competitive gaming”.

Many if not all games are subject to the phenomenon of competitive gaming. It’s how, as Muhammad Ali said, boxing matches are cheaper than wars.

In old times we saw that clashing factions, instead of fighting a war to resolve their contention, sent their champions to fight to decide the fate of the contention, and that‘s where the phenomenon of competitive gaming derives from. It finds takers due to its valid proposition of preventing mob clashes using leaders who "clash" instead.

Due to high inter-mob pressure, not all may accept the verdict – thus are explained the riots after football matches in Egypt, or in Europe. At play here is the complex phenomenon of competitive meta-gaming.

The world of Tennis, for instance, is dominated by the politically significant ‘Nis’ bloc[1]; Dennis the Menace might as well be shown playing tennis! (No wonder Maria Sharapova and Djokovic danced to Gangnam style!)

[1]Tennis literally means “God Nis”. See Roots


Competitive gaming can, however, at times be abused by those who know how it works, who manage to catch someone (like the erstwhile me) who doesn’t.

Steam has digitized the process, which may bring back an element of justice to the world of competitive gaming! Presently it covers only the e-gaming world, however.

Anyway, in the e-gaming world, the complex phenomenon of competitive meta-gaming becomes even more complex, and involves ranks and artefacts. There may be many types of ranks in parallel, internal rankings of servers and then the other ones. Steam rank seems to mean a lot, it seems to define which rank of the world order one is at. I, though merely a rank 1 in Steam, am lucky to have high-ranking friends like some of you. Then there’s the mystery of Steam artifacts, aka “Drops”, fictional items which seem to signify something unknown. While there are many artifacts, most of them of low worth, some appear to signify mighty powers or could I say "runes".


(Common people won’t even believe some of these things if told, let’s hope we don’t have to ask them for help!)

Steam artifacts are traded by people; while some mine the money in it, apparently, a few who know how to, mine the power, so to speak. A fewer still might be able to mine the deepest powers of these artifacts.


(One of those guys, from Kashmir, who wanted one of my drops, told me that some drops can fetch up to Rs 100,000 Indian currency. That's a lot!)


The power of the artifacts seems linked to the “Gold”, “silver”, “platinum” ranking system (or a much more complex system used by servers like the Seamstresses Union’s server described later) spoken of by some as "generations".



About how these artifacts work, I have little idea, unfortunately. If some of you can tell me, it'd be great.


The world of competitive gaming is too difficult to think of, and is discussed to some extent commonly mostly only in South Korea. Though the rules of competitive gaming mean to streamline human interaction and are meant for a good cause i.e. maintaining order, its powerful mechanisms can be deadly if mishandled by the ignorant. Unfortunately, I have been ignorant of some of the mechanisms of competitive gaming in the past. Why? As I, being a “free-ranging dark elf” unlike others, knew nothing about it all to begin with, and only learnt as time went on through my own mental process, unlike how it is for most others who are usually told by others, had it handed down.


One of my biggest mistakes:


I remember that time in which I, joining in with one more guy whose name I don’t now recall, stupidly defeated you in a 2 v 1 "Plateau" game in Men of War Assault Squad 2. Those days, I didn’t know that one might play Americans against Germans only with care. You were playing on German and your Tiger 1 unfortunately was too late to save the day against our cowardly Calliopes, which massacred your overly troubled (hey, 2 v 1) infantry guarding the plateau and its parapets (which, by the way, looks like the Tower of Nimrod itself). Though that 2 v 1 error was a bad mistake as I only later realized[1], later I saw even more the hidden contours of competitive gaming, thanks to my studies (especially etymology), and my increasing understanding of the world order. Nevertheless, my enlightenments came too late. Mistakes were made. Mistakes... they were the biggest if not the only form of learning I had.

[1]I think what had happened through this match, was this: the unified 1-world power of the world, represented by DeltaDude, balkanized into two, the one representing the Americas (represented by this guy playing with me), and the other Afroeurasia ("represented" by me... I am in a funny and unique position you see... no power but much weight in some forms of ranking and decision-making systems for competitive gaming and maybe certain other situations; that has its reasons). A bit more insight into such arrangements as what DeltaDude seems to have been presiding over, can be gleaned from another neo-mythological reference. In the 1950s Roman Polanski (whose girlfriend actress Shannon Tate was famously murdered) starred in Silik Sternfeld's Zaczarowany rower (Enchanted Bicycle or Magical Bicycle). In 1955 he directed Rower (Bicycle), a semi-autobiographical feature film which referred to his "real-life violent altercation with a notorious Kraków felon, Janusz Dziuba, who arranged to sell Polanski a bicycle, but instead beat him badly and stole his money. In real life the offender was arrested while fleeing after fracturing Polanski's skull (a reference to castle GreySkull, the center of the world order), and executed for three murders, out of eight prior such assaults which he had committed". What is this "magic bicyle"? It is the same reference -- one of the wheels represents Afro-Eurasia, the other the Americas. The cold war, from a different angle, was the tussle between Polanski and Dziuba, the latter possibly loyal to the Eastern bloc (which is why it collapsed). So what we did was disintegrating the cicycle into two monocycles, which may have been a bad thing.


Of all the mistakes of mine, one may have been “innocently and ignorantly giving the P250 Boreal Forest to Bree” – a big blow to Indominous Rex, an inadvertent one:


1.       There is, or used to be, one "GIRLS semi-competitive" CS server, evidently it is run by the Seamstresses’ Union depicted in Shadowrun 2... some of the best and my favorite players, like this guy called Shiva, used to play there.

2.       I used to be this server’s beloved player, getting lots of drops in its 24 player slot competitive games... this has made my inventory very fat... get the feeling that I look like the old dragons that sat on top of a lot of treasure...

Even (Level 40 guys like) Shiva used to consider me in their thoughts and actions, I was so happy as the center of their attention...


3.       However, one day, an event struck:

a.       A "cute redhead" named Bree came to play in the server; an atypical 2 v 2 Bots game, not a regular 12 v 12 game.

b.      I played with her against 2 bots, and the server automatically kicked anyone who tried to join (Bree must have had a high rank herself, for it to happen thus).

c.       We won, and though she got way more frags than me – the server gave me the drop – a P250 Boreal Forest.

d.      Bree was, like, “OMG”

e.      Now I thought, heck, so this is how I finally get a redheaded girlfriend.

f.        I clicked on her Steam account and sent her a friend request, and after a few days, I’d given her the P250 Boreal Forest without thinking much, since she was so desperate for it.

g.       She was so happy.


Things seem to have picked up in her life, she left California for Nebraska, which looks like the geographical center of the United States of America.


But soon after, problems began:

4.       Suddenly, after a few days, people stopped playing in the GIRLS semi-competitive server. In fact all the servers of Asia, Singapore and the like, stopped. There were many of these 24 slot servers – the Kins, the E-competitive server etc., where all I usually got drops whenever I played - there was only one that didn’t stop – the GIRLS server. However, late 2015, the GIRLS server (Console) banned me.

5.       Banned me, it's favorite player of old!

6.       I thought, then… why ban me? That is when I realized – it could only be the P250 Boreal Forest that I’d given to Bree.

Especially when I saw this, and realized that she probably belongs to a Lycan faction, it seemed, which may not be wholly pally with some other powerful (and good) factions from Asia:



Her name, which she didn't give without hesitation, was Quious Bree Oler (Oler of the blue heraldry). Now no harm should come to her out of me saying all this to you please, as I told Bree "I love you", and I wish to keep my word.

Now I am not saying that Bree is evil or bad, as I am a true Neutral, having understood the world order as a dual-pronged entity[1]. But I see that, being in the blue faction, she stands as such opposed to Indominous Rex (let's get over with this clash, shall we... for the sake of a Golden Age). But she may have, from the perspective of the GIRLS server, mishandled the P250 Boreal Forest, the artifact I gave to her.

And what I did might not have been the right thing to do.

There could be no other reason for my ban. And I like those GIRLS folks, I don't like being in their bad books.


Is there anything I can do? You tell me.


The artifact that she had so desperately demanded, the artifact that the GIRLS server in all its wisdom had decided to give to me instead of her, may have been misused in some way, causing the server to ban me. I had done nothing else that could cause this. Why else would the server ban me, its favorite player?




Fortunately, I think not all is lost from my side.


I maintain a decent position in Men of War Assault Squad 2, the game i love the most (I used to love CS in college).

Am still atop in Argentan (but I might share, at my discretion, this honour -- with one TichyDavid and another, a New Zealander Fluffy Sensation against whom I rage-quit in Argentan, ruling my high ping as a severe disadvantage) -- and, in another stupid case, I allowed Knifehappy the Russian to win recently Bocage and Tramway Depot.

More recently, I coupled with Monolithian as Japanese and defeated  two others on the American side, in one of my best games:

This I believe is a significant victory for Hades, as the Monolith are abused by the militant syllogicians[1], in Stalker the Game.


To all ranking players,


Seeing how you are Steam level 50 and all, maybe can you help me?


I will do whatever I can to help you (Deltadude, for example, who me and GIN beat once in a (what-I-now-know-was a) shameful 2 v 1 game in Plateau) regain control of Plateau, which means I guess the Mystery School of Babylon, does it -- looking at its levels?


Some additional information that may be helpful:

In the recent past I joined with Dirty Dutchman to defeat a Nis agent (Teranos) and an Illuminati agent (Iluminatus).

Also I should tell you that I gave another artifact, my MOWAS2 Pershing Card, to Gaz77 of Cuba, as he had asked for it.

So, friends, now is the time for me to stop my monologue, and ask you a question or two:


1. Am I wrong in my hypothesis about how Steam and its artifacts work, or am I on the right track?

2. Can we help each other, DeltaDude, can I undo the damage I did (if any) in having "defeated" you in Plateau (2 vs. 1, sheesh... If there’s any way in which I can make up for my error, please let me know. He was playing German, and me and GIN (who i don't even know) were American. Sheesh, how stupid was that "victory" of mine).

3. Am I right about why I got banned from the GIRLS server?

Can I, above all, use my inventory's items for a logical cause just how Bree seems to have used my item, but that was maybe not for a logical end, as Bree seems to be factional, rather than a True Neutral like me?