Playing with the Clan: TEAMPLAYERZ

First I must ask, which console is best? This is a war that goes back to the beginning of time! Well, at least the beginning of this millennium. As for me, it all started when I first visited my friend’s house in 2000. He recently acquired a Playstation, and we were tag teaming the remake of Metal Gear Solid. This was a fun, and very addictive game. I knew I had to get the system and the game. Wouldn’t you know it, a few months later, I was the proud owner of a Playstation. I remember playing Metal Gear Solid, Driver, Twisted Metal, and Tony Hawk. All of those games were a blast! At this point, Microsoft’s gaming console XBOX, wasn’t even in the picture, yet. Sony had beat them to the punch.

It wasn’t until the Playstation 2 was released that XBOX unveiled its first console. The biggest beacon of hope to the new system was…and continues to be…Halo. I grew up with a little brother and little sister, so we ended up getting one of each console. I played both, but I definitely favored the Playstation. I was already used to the controller, and this was around the time that Max Payne and TimSplitters 2 came out — both were epic games. However, life got in the way. I joined the military and put gaming down for the next 8 years.

It was Spring of 2012. I was a student at Master’s Seminary, and my wife and I were living out of someone’s garage in Simi Valley, California. We were at Best Buy one day, and I saw that the price of the Playstation 3 had dropped significantly, and I also saw many exciting titles for $10-$20. With some persuasion, I convinced my wife to let us get a PS3 and about 10 games. I was able to win her over by convincing her that we could watch Blue-Rays and DVDs with it…which was true. I played GTA3, GTA4, Mass Effect 2, COD: Modern Warfare 2, COD: Modern Warfare 3, and the one that really rocked my world — The Last of Us. I was so gripped by this game, that it was unreal. I would spend hours playing the campaign. I shared the living room with my wife, and it disturbed her, and I can’t blame her. Next, life got in the way again, and we purchased a home.

Once we purchased the home and got settled in, I did something totally new, I bought COD: Ghosts on release day, and really sank my teeth into it. Shortly thereafter, I bought a headset, and before I knew it, my clan TEAMPLAYERZ was born with the help of Edwin Elsey (CaptainEdwin). After getting burned out on Ghosts Multiplayer via a clan split, I dissolved TEAMPLAYERZ and joined a few other clans — including WHPi and W9YD. Once I was tired of dealing with the drama in those clans, I rebooted TEAMPLAYERZ with Trey Donner (Drako2639) and we became an Extinction clan…and we were good, too! I remember taking extended weekends off work when new map packs hit. On more than one occasion, two or three of us were ranked in the top 100 of the WHOLE WORLD. I know that may not be impressive to some of you, but it was the first time I had ever experienced anything like that. I remember my boss giving me grief about it, but I responded by saying something like, “A trip to Europe sounds lovely, but it’s just too expensive. I don’t make enough money. So video games will have to do.” I don’t think he liked it, but if he was picking a fight, I wasn’t afraid.

I only had my PS3 for about 1 1/2 years before the PS4 was released. I couldn’t get it off the bat, but I was able to procure one around my birthday in July of 2014. I purchased Watchdogs and Wolfenstein. Wolfenstein was terrible. I ended up taking it back to GameStop and trading it for a charging station. Then something magical happened…out of nowhere they released The Last of Us Remastered. I bought it and played it hard for about a month. Unfortunately, I let Destiny soil my plans of surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. I became burned out on Destiny late December of 2014, and then I really went “all in” on TLOU. I finally gave the game the time and attention it deserved. I still will occasionally play it. It is fun, but it is becoming evident that the game has seen its prime.

It was around this time that TEAMPLAYERZ branched out to XBOX1, due to an old W9YD connection, Chris Knapp (Batman or Bobafett). I have been meaning to buy an XBOX ever since, but I just haven’t been able to do it. There was the one time, but for some reason, my wife decided to return it while I was staying in the hospital. Something that I haven’t really let her live down. Maybe one day I will work up the nerve to buy an XBOX , again. In the meantime, I continue to play the PS4, and I am very content with it.

Last but not least, TEAMPLAYERZ broke into the PC world early 2016. If I had to credit someone, I would give the credit to two people: Chris Buchanan and Corey Willis. Corey helped me setup my computer, gave me a game, and even played with me on a few occasions. Chris continue to play on PC for TEAMPLAYERZ and has been good about getting connected with new people. I continue to experiment with PC gaming. I recently bought Max Payne for old time’s sake, and I have played a few chapters. I also purchased Half-Life 2 for about $2. I didn’t really like Half-Life 1, but I have been told that the second rendition is WAY better, so I am looking forward to playing it. Who knows, maybe in the future as my writing/editing/something else career takes off, I will find myself doing more PC gaming. It’s not difficult to imagine.

After 2 years and some change, TEAMPLAYERZ has grown from 2 people to over 90. There have been two major splits, but some repairs have been made. We have people represented on every major platform, including Nintendo. I don’t just consider fellow Playerz to be my digital companions, but my friends. Actually, I am hoping I can travel and visit some of them in person. There are people Washington, California, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, Canada, England, Oregon, Maryland, and other places. It’s amazing. When this whole endeavor started, I never imagined that it would go this far, and I am excited to see where it goes next. Wagen, over and out.

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