Last night, High Rollers Gaming duked it out with Mild in the ESEA-Main upper bracket playoff round 4. This was the first high profile match to take place since the new CS: Source update that changed some basic dynamics of the game. Fortunately the update did not render competitive play impossible and the match was played out without problems. It was an intense match with rounds going back and forth, but the match was ultimately decided by the pistol rounds. HRG took it home with 16 to 13.
Mild got sent to the lower bracket and is now waiting for the lower bracket round 5 to finish and determine their next opponent. Mild will face either OK2STRONG or Frag Machines in the Semi Final. Mild may have been beaten once by HRG, but if they win the Semi Final, they will have a chance to come back and get revenge on HRG in the final championship round.
OK2STRONG and Frag Machines are scheduled to play on Friday 23.
Who will win ESEA-Main Season 9 Playoffs?
- High Rollers Gaming (55%, 46 Votes)
- Frag Machines (19%, 16 Votes)
- OK2STRONG (13%, 11 Votes)
- Mild (13%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 83
Not sure what this babygrl fuzz is about? Read our previous post about the whole matter: "Wednesday Focus: Babygrl & E-Dating"
Nerds engaged in heated flame/rage wars in the comments of our previous post and things were said that were contradictory and simply rofl-icious, so we are now posting the following audio recording of Babygrl and some of her male buddies.
Oh... and feast your eyes on the following pics that Babygrl has sent to her e-companions.
Alloutservers.net went down on August 26, 2011. The "company" did not make any sort of press release nor notify clients and/or partners that they were folding up shop. It has been weeks and nobody has heard any word of anyone getting even a partial refund. If you had paid in advance, you're really getting shafted for your money.
These guys were in business for about two years, but they never did have the greatest reputation as a game server provider. They had a small hard-core following, but Alloutservers was never a serious competitor to bigger operations like Nuclearfallout and End of Reality... not to even mention Gameservers.com
Alloutservers is a perfect example of what happens when a group of young nerds get together and decide to "start a business." Unfortunately, here in the US, anyone can start a business and they don't even have to file any paperwork. Any chump can start a sole-proprietorship and go about fooling suckers to giving up their money. Don't get gamed!
Are you raged? Start sending angry customer rage mail to the following email addresses:
You can also try your luck by visiting the Alloutservers steam group page. You can try to hunt down the sucker, Jason Murray, who owned Alloutservers. For legal reasons we can't publish his assumed address and phone number, but you can find them by viewing the whois record for the company domain name over at DomainTools.
We identified the person responsible for at least one DDoS attack on Nerd Buster as Kalab Parker aka SmatteR. You can read more about him in our previous articles. We thought that since an anonymous tipster was kind enough to donate some fan art, we might as well post it as a tribute. SmatteR must be a troubled boy who probably doesn't feel like he belongs, so he hides behind his computer and "rages" people on the internet by trolling and DDoS'ing, but all he really wants is attention and to find his place in the world. Kalab, you do belong. With love, Nerd Buster Team.
In case some of the noobs haven't heard, ESEA is planning to host a $100,000 LAN tournament next summer. The LAN will be a celebration of reaching 20,000 premium members. ESEA has revamped their referral and signup systems to make it easier for existing users to refer new ones and get points for doing so. Those who refer the most new users to ESEA that sign up for premium will be eligible to win cool prizes.
You can read more about the announcement on the ESEA website. Also, lpkane knows that he is a dick and won't be changing his ways anytime soon.
"esea would die if i suddenly became cuddly" - lpkane
One would've thought that most of the craziest drama and bullshit took place in Source's glory days when CAL was alive and everybody was out and rocking it, but that is not quite the case. If you have been following the Nerd Buster articles, there is plenty of drama to report on. In fact, today's shining star has been previously featured on Nerd Buster along with some nude pics, but those have since been removed to keep out advertisers and partners happy. (Damn conformists!)
Babygrl is a supposedly 22 year old gamer girl. She has recently been haunted by nude pictures of her that were leaked by an ex-online-boyfriend. That is actually what today's focus is about: online relationships.
To cut to the chase, Babygrl seems to have serious daddy issues and as a result she has a tendency to form imaginary, yet intimate bonds with men on the internet. She has actually "e-dated" the following players that you might recognize.
As you can see, Babygrl has been with some pretty decent gamers! She actually claims to be quite the hot stuff her self when it comes to video games. She prides herself with a seven year source career and claims to have been the leader of several teams, but her ESEA stats don't quite measure up. (This is a common phenomena in the eSports community, lol)
Let's dig in on babygrl's relationships.
First, she actually flew to Dallas to meet AGR. LOL! Prior to the LAN, the fact that Babygrl and AGR were dating had surfaced on the wave bands. An anonymous gamer who frequently played scrims with AGR found out about the relationship and was baffled because he had caught AGR flirting with another girl, Nikki, on a regular, but he decided to keep his mouth shut because he didn't know the whole story. The ESEA LAN rolled about and Babygrl met up with AGR. As rumor has it, legs were spread and it was a private party for invite-status cockadoodledoo. Their relationship soon ended. Why? An anonymous tipster gives us an explanation that supposedly came out of Babygrl's mouth.
She mentioned to me that he didnt know how to fuck and that she had to hold his shirt up because he wouldnt take it off (hes chubby).
Anger (AGR) is quite the player. You can read up on him in a recent Nerd Buster post titled: Todd Williams (Anger) from Dynamic is an Addict and Scumbag
AGR and Babygrl were done. About a week later after breaking up with AGR, Babygrl's alias on STEAM changed to "babygrl <3 Lionman". AGR's horrible lover skills were so frightening to her that they threw Babygrl right in to Lionman's roided out arm. The two were madly in love and were actually planning for Lionman to move to the sunshine state so that they could be closer. Talk about rushing in to a relationship? The two enjoyed a loving relationship for about five weeks. During that time, the infamous "babygrl's tits" photo leak happened on ESEA forums by Babygrl's (assumed) first e-boyfriend, Sunnyboy and his friends. It was probably the stress caused by the photo incident that led to the demise of the perfect couple. The story that Babygrl gave out, which was very detailed and scripted, was that Lionman who seemed like a sweetheart turned out to be a lying psycho. She said that Lionman was stalking her through numerous ESEA and STEAM accounts. Supposedly he was also abusing her Skype account and phone number, which actually led Babygrl to change her phone number, email accounts, and decided as a last ditch effort to go underground and delete her STEAM profile, ESEA profile, and Facebook account in hopes that disappearing for a while would both clear her name as an "e-slut" and also make the crazy roid monkey go away.
Recently (8 days ago), the anonymous source that is/was friends with Babygrl says that after the girl went in to hiding, he messaged her on her new ESEA account asking where she was and what she was up to. She told him what had happened and how she had deleted all her accounts, etc. She gave him her phone number and said that he could text her anytime to get in touch with her. The source told her that he could not message her because he lived in Canada, so the two decided to just hop in vent instead. They talked and it turned out that Babygrl was going to come back to gaming, but that she wanted to keep it on the down low in order to dodge all the bullshit and that there were only a handful of people that she could trust with her secrets. Being the chivalrous knight that the source was, he offered to be one of the trusted guardians of her secrets... and so he was let in.
In order to move this along more smoothly, let's call our anonymous source, SRC.
SRC and Babygrl hit it off. They talked about each other's troubles, plans, and gaming. Babygrl revealed that she was in fact quite rich. She had received a 10 million dollar inheritance. Supposedly she lived in a mansion in Tampa, Florida and enjoyed five top notch sports cars in her garage including a Corvette. She of course claimed to have a beast of a gaming rig from Alienware as well. SRC bit down on the story of Babygrl and played along... he thought that considering Babygrl's reputation, he might actually be able to score some (giggity). In reality Babygrl isn't rich at all. She lives in an apartment with her room mate, definitely doesn't have five cars, and her gaming rig isn't that beast (See the picture of the specs).
At first Babygrl told SRC that she "digged him." Within two days, it had gone from that to "in love with you." The daddy issues effect was kicking in again. Falling madly in love with the first male that seems to care about her. In reality, SRC couldn't give two shits anymore at this point, but she didn't know that. Babygrl made a steam group dedicated to their relationship with a cute little tag and soon they were having e-dates by watching movies online together. Within a week Babygrl was planning SRC's trip to Tampa for him.
"she moved fast as fuck" - SRC
During their time together, Babygrl told SRC about her previous relationships, including that with AGR. She actually shined some light on Team Dynamic and what's going on behind the scenes. Supposedly LGD doesn't like PEX and that he has been banging PEX's girl friend for months. LGD had been planning on telling PEX all about it after he quit competitive gaming... but let's not go off on a tangent.
According to SRC, Babygrl had a tendency to remind him daily of how hot she was. This clearly displays a deep rooted need for attention and for someone to "want" her (unlike daddy?). The following email chain shows her need for attention.
Imperium Gaming League (IGL) shut down their website last month and put up a splash page saying that they are re-branding their service and will be relaunching. Along with rebuilding their anti-cheat system and website, they are changing the name to International Gaming League. Yeah, that is better than Imperium (Definition: supreme power, empire).
This is their official statement on their splash page:
"Since January 2011's BETA launch, IGL has been able to identify a good amount of needs and wants from the community thanks to experience, trial and error and most importantly, community feedback. With this baggage, IGL administration has been able to pinpoint its priorities so that IGL may launch its official, final product, International Gaming League." - playigl.com
Those of you who followed or even participated in IGL, you may have noticed that their previous website did actually not advertise the service being a BETA that would soon shut down and be completely rebuilt. That lie was conjured up after the fact once the administration realized their failures and inferior website and it's inability to scale.
That being said, they are now trying to play cute on their developer blog and are releasing their new logo in little fragments as if someone is going to check back daily for a new logo for a failed league. Just lay low and come back with something worth the community's time or just stay dead. k, thx.
In case you have been living under a rock and have not yet heard about the next CS, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, check out the official trailer below. Once you've been "de-noobified," continue with the next videos and listen to what the legendary CS 1.6 champ, HeatoN, has to say about the game... followed by interviews with Valve's writer Chet Faliszek.
Check out what HeatoN has to say about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
There is quite an extraordinary clause in the EULA of EA’s new game service, Origin. One that may well make you think twice about installing the software on your PC. Under the title of “Consent to Collection and Use of Data”, the clause states that by installing Origin you are giving EA permission to “collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer, operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware.”
Which is to say, if you want to play Battlefield 3, or any other game that will require Origin to run, you’re going to have to agree to that. And by agreeing to that they are going to root around in your computer. Invasion of privacy? I think that's a major YES.
If you do not agree to Origin's TOS they will not allow you to play any of the games you purchased.
Here are the gory details, straight from Origin's EULA:
2. Consent to Collection and Use of Data.
Now, as RPS notes, some of this wording is not that unusual. Many software companies collect system data and several will even tell you that they plan on distributing this to third parties. This includes Steam, whose EULA states that it will:
[...] store information on a user's hard drive that is used in conjunction with online play of Valve products. This includes a unique authorization key or CD-Key that is either entered by the user or downloaded automatically during product registration. This authorization key is used to identify a user as valid and allow access to Valve's products. Information regarding Steam billing, your Steam account, your Internet connection and the Valve software installed on your computer are uploaded to the server in connection with your use of Steam and Valve software.
But, as RPS points out, there's a big difference between Valve's policy and EA's policy: Valve's policy is self-restricted to anything on your PC directly relating to its own products. EA's is so broad that it gives the publisher permission to scan your entire hard drive, and report back absolutely anything you may have installed, and indeed when you may use it, and then pass that information on the third parties.
Now, this data collection may be used in a neutral fashion, heading directly back to EA for dissection and analysis. But there are two aspects that are particularly troublesome: A.) the wording in the EULA is very unspecific and B.) you have to "AGREE" to the terms in order to install your purchased software. In other words, before you can even start playing, EA wants to start digging.
It gets better:
And then even more creepily, they say they intend to take such information, combine it with personal information about you, and use it to advertise directly to you. However, when selling on this free-for-all on your computer's contents, they'll at least remove personally identifying information. Gosh, thanks. Perhaps you're thinking to yourself: screw this online delivery system and its unseemly urge to dig into my hard drive and operating system. I'll just buy one off the shelf, thank you very much. Not. So. Fast.
It strikes us as beyond acceptable... and so much more serious now that EA has made its intentions clear to make so many of their games exclusively delivered through Origin. Were there a choice about what you'd use to play Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, etc, then gamers could opt out of allowing Origin on their systems while such a policy is in place. But instead it's a case of agree to such remarkable terms, or don't play their games at all. So, it comes down to this: EA wants what's in your hard drive and any other info it can pick up from your usage habits. Sure, EA has probably always wanted this information but now it's deciding that you, the customer, will only play its games if you give up your information. Apparently, $50+ for a game just isn't payment enough anymore.
Fragster interviewed one of the top dogs, Ralf "Griff" Reichert, behind ESL (#1 league in Europe). Griff was one of the select few who were invited to Valve's headquarters in Washington to test and give his thoughts on CS: GO. Griff is optimistic about the new title and speculates that it will bring good things to competitive gaming. He speculates that this may finally be what unites the CS 1.6 and Source communities.
"It has newer, nicer graphics, newer technologies, better spectator facilities ... all this is incredibly important, particularly for us as an organizer eSports. It will also be successful on the console, significantly increasing the potential audience again" - Griff
"It's not a completely new game, it's very, created very close to the two previous titles. but it has left me with a very complete impression. It just felt very genuine and good, both in terms of graphics and the vote. In these details is so often the crux of the game provider." - Griff
"As an organizer eSports, it is absolutely in our interest to see the two communities together. Since we can contribute to a part and we will try" - Griff
Many people in the North American competitive community are skeptical about the success of CS: GO. People are saying that it will be too COD-like and be "lame" because things will supposedly be "dumbed down" to make the game playable on consoles, but if we trust Griff's judgement as a gamer of nearly two decades, we might just be getting a kick ass title from Valve. From the looks of things, CS: GO will in fact NOT be the Condition Zero of Source.
Feast your eyes upon some more Counter-Strike: Global Offensive footage.
LeetSTART is a new brand of energy
drink pills designed for gamers. It claims to reduce "brain lag" by jolting you with a special combination of caffeine, B-vitamins, and essential brain-boosting herbs. LeetSTART sent Nerd Buster one bottle of these pills. It arrived in a small brown box with a hand written address on it. It was a little shady. You would think that in order to establish trust especially with an edible product, a company would invest in proper labels and packaging. Anyway, inside the box we had a nice, sexy bottle of pills.
Nerd Buster had received use instructions via email before hand. The email instructed the pills to be taken for two weeks before making a final judgement on them. Ok, no problem...
Inside the bottle were about thirty pills... we didn't count them because that's lame. We assume there are 30 because the LeetSTART website advertises that one bottle lasts for a month (one per day). Now these weren't tiny pills that you can pop without water. The LeetSTART pills are big like those orange multi-vitamins from Centrum. The pills are white and green. They look like antibiotics!
Ok, so these pills arrived in a random box with a hand written address label. This is a new brand, so we had a look at the fine print on the bottle. It claims all natural ingredients... great... and that it is not FDA approved... cool. Wait what? New pills from a shady box that aren't FDA approved? Scary stuff... almost like popping a random pill at a club.
Whatever, Nerd Buster started poppin the pills anyway. The first pill didn't have any noticeable effect. Neither did the second, but then the buster stopping his drinking binge and got some sleep. After some regular sleep (eight hours or so...) and taking the third pill, something crazy happened. The walls turned black/green with a wireframe-like texture. Everything seemed to slow down and then the buster sat down in front of his gaming PC and top fragger five scrims in a row with thirty bombs!!! OK, the five scrims and thirty bombs did happen, but the rest is bullshit. Time didn't slow down and the buster did not cross into a gaming trance with matrix-like sensory input.
Guys, LeetSTART is like any other energy product. If you are one of those people that gets an energy boost from a cup of coffee or a can of redbull in the morning, LeetSTART will do the trick for you. This is a matter of mind over matter. If you think that energy products help you, then there is a good chance that they just might. Some people don't drink coffee and some people are relatively immune to the energizing effects of energy products. These people might as well not use them because its a waste of money. That being said, is there any advantage to using LeetSTART instead of products like redbull, 5-hour energy, etc? Yes, LeetSTART is cheaper. You can buy one bottle of LeetSTART for $29.99 and it will last you for a month. Other products can cost over $3.00 per day and add up to over $90.00 per month.
It has been announced that the eMg gaming organization will no longer sponsor TF2 teams. Finally! It wasn't long ago that eMg shafted their CS: Source squad by not paying their mandatory sponsorship league fee to ESEA and then continued to keep players hostage on their team by invoking a contract that was written after the fact with some bullshit resembling a non-compete clause not allowing players to quit and swap teams mid season. CEVO ended up having to pay their fees in an effort to keep the scene alive. You can read up on Celone's comments on the matter in "CEVO|Celone comments on ESEA’s ridiculous league fee demands"
The TF2 community is better off without eMg fucking things up, hands down. At first some of you might think that "oh no! another sponsor gone..." but do not be saddened... eMg is a cancer and it just got chemo'd
About a week ago, the recent CEVO-P winners announced that they are parting ways with the Cyber Revolution organization. The CS: Source squad includes frozt, steel, dazed, tck and marlin. They are now searching for a new organization who's interests align with that of the squad. These guys pride themselves to be at least the top 2 team in North America and they are now looking to take their game international. The word on the street is that they have contacted multiple different organizations/companies, but no deal has been reached yet.
"We are looking for an organization that shares our drive to get to and remain at the top. We're looking for an organization that strives for the best, because we know that's what we'll be striving to deliver in return." - frozt
These guys have submitted their application to ESWC and they will no doubt qualify. Can they find a sponsor in time to make the trip happen? We will soon find out...
Why did the squad decide to leave Cyber Revolution? We are not sure if that is the right question. The real question may be, "Why did the squad get kicked off Cyber Revolution?" It is no secret that Near Cry doesn't like dazed and may very well have let them go. (Near Cry thinks that dazed is a "faggot")
Word on the street is that Cyber Revolution is looking to pick a new Source team. There are two lineups that have been floating around. The first lineup includes shaffer, pos, es, monte, and cheekz. The second lineup includes freakazoid, pr3, colo, flashtep, nikon. An anonymous source analytic speculates that the first line up will be the Main team and the second line up will be a candidate for ESWC to represent Cyber Revolution. Rumor has it that they are now looking for an extra $2,000 in funding to make this happen.