The Nation Rewind - Issue #7
Foreword by the Guest Editor
Any excuse for some face-time
If you've been following our publications so far you'll remember that our ex-editor, Disturbance, resigned last month and we, of course, wish him all the best for the future! We actually do have a new editor already, who I'm sure most of you will know, but I was asked to guest edit this issue before he started full-time. So, here we are, and here I get to write something free-form right on the front page!
I'd like to draw your attention, while I have it, to three things. Firstly there's the opportunity for you to give your views on what we publish in the future. You can do that either in this thread, as you can with any issue we publish, or in the dedicated feedback thread
. Now you know you can tell us what to do, how about going one better and get involved by submitting your own work? Again there is a dedicated thread
on the topic, but the basic premise is that you write an article and submit it to the editor so it can hopefully be included in a future issue. Thirdly, we do still want more people on the combat media team and you can find all the application forms, for publisher and other roles, at the bottom of each issue we publish.
Without further ado: here's what our new editor, WNxHorizon
, wants to say:
Originally Posted by WNxHorizon
Hi everyone, I've recently been promoted as Editor but Issue 7 was already taken care of by the great Publishing team. I'm currently away on holiday but on my return I'm hoping to bring in some more Publishers and create more consistent and varied content, so get involved!
That's all from me; thanks for reading. Thanks to the CM admins for the opportunity and thanks to our real editor for letting me write this!
Happy 300th Birthday!
A tribute to signatures over the years
Written by WNxHorizon
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Look around the site. Check your forums. Admire your signature. At every one of those stages over the years our Graphics Team have played a crucial role in producing some stunning imagery. And for the last category in particular, GAT are having a very special birthday - it's the 300th Sig Of The Week (SoTW) competition, highlighting years of competition and fantastic design across some really varied themes. Check out the impact that Sig Of The Week has had on this clan and countless generations of members with creative talent.
The humble Sig Of The Week competition began well back in June 2005
, which is longer than all but a very loyal few have been part of the clan. Back then the submissions weren't as secret but the contributions were just as significant and well received. After several submissions, WNxV!T0Z - who was to become a future GAT Head - was the victor in that first week and this set the platform for the quirky weekly feature to become embedded within the cultural traditions of WN. 25 people voted in that first week, rising to over 40 within just a month - it was clearly a hit with the membership. With an ever varied bunch of themes since picked, including Numbers
and even Nyan Cat
, there have been countless opportunities for those with graphics knowledge to apply their trade and showcase their skills across a whole variety of genres.
It's also been the place for many to learn their trade, developing skills in a friendly competition and working with more advanced artists to make themselves even more proficient. It's true that many former GAT Heads, including our current Combat Media Major General and Brigadier General took part in multiple competitions, often organising them and winning quite a few. Now running the special 300th competition, I asked WNxPartyWeapon
for a few words as we reached this historic landmark:
GAT to me is a personal obsession within the clan - it's something I have been a part of on and off since I originally joined WN 8 years ago. For some reason I cant keep myself away from it and I could say I owe the department a debt of changing the course of my career choice when it comes to my personal life. It was GAT that inspired me and taught me graphics which then drove me to pursue a career in graphic design which I am now achieving.
Upon my return this year, I noticed the department had no leader & was struggling with activity. It has been an absolute pleasure complimenting the forums with the aesthetics of new banners and icons & rebuilding the team from the ground up with WNxHorizon & WNxBear. The teams now at a place that I'm really proud of with everyone putting hours of effort into re-developing all the forums artwork which is great to see.
One of my personal favorite aspects of GAT is the longest running - almost 10 years! - Warrior Nation competition; SOTW. For years the nation's finest artists have battled it out when it comes to whit, skills and creativity. To continue this tradition is just outright awesome and inspiring; it's something that all clan members can get involved in & many members are wearing sets made from pieces entered into the competitions. This week is a special one as we are looking for a new banner to be displayed for the competitions for perhaps years to come. So it will be great to see the turnout of entries and votes for this one!
While the competition hasn't run every single week since June 2005, it has been a stalwart and much loved feature of the clan with a great history
, and long may it continue. The next step - the 500th SOTW!
Section Highlight: CoD Ghosts (360)
Set the bar
Written by WNxTrAffic
This section has gotten a spotlight in the past but because of their immense achievements for the clan they are now getting another one. They went through a rough patch to get to where they are now. However, they persevered and stuck with it to get to their current standing. They've also been seen everywhere; promoting everything from changes they wish to see in Warrior Nation to positions in Combat Media that are open. The section who has completed such a feat is no other then the Call of Duty Ghosts 360 section.
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The Progress of the Video Gaming Industry
Years in the making
Written by WNxOdy
The video gaming industry has come a long, long way. In fourty years we have gone from a novel fad into a full, respectable and competitive industry, however in the last seven years in particular, we have made incredible progress – even ignoring all the negative aspects, and steps backward. In half a decade we saw the rise of three new or revitalised genres of games (atmospheric explore-em-ups; roguelike; and ARTS/MOBA), the explosion of the independent developer or studio, and the United States ruling video games as being art.
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A Technical Interview
The Best Kind of Interview...
Written by WNxHollow
If you've been following our issues you know the drill with these admin interviews. This month I caught up with the head of Tech Ops to see what makes them tick, what Tech Ops is all about, and what they've got planned for us in the coming months. I'd like to thank WNxFallen
for his quick turnaround time on this interview, which I also wanted to mention because it just goes to show how fast a worker he is. Well, either that or he's got too much time on his hands!
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A Brief Look at How You Buy Games
Models, models, models... oh my!
Written by WNxJango Fett
A relatively recent “innovation” in gaming is paying for access to a game’s testing phase or funding a game with consumer money. There are consequences for each of these models in comparison to the traditional model of buying games. These factors are important to the consumers of games, the readers of this, to consider before passing money over for the game. In my article, I will take a brief glimpse into each of the three models of buying games.
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Aggression Linked to Videogames
Incompetence, not inhumanity
Written by WNxHollow
Violence in videogames is a hotly-debated topic. Gamers themselves have wide-ranging views but the main instigators of discussion and potential change on the subject are normally conservative groups in the US. One of the latest such occasions was in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings
in December 2012, where the killer, Adam Lanza, ended the lives of 28 individuals, including his own. Some groups called for tighter gun control, some called for a ban on violent videogames because it emerged that the shooter was "obsessed" with Call of Duty
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