The apology is nice. Thank you. That is more along the lines of the person I remember gaming with prior to last summer.
I don't believe advertising War2USA on a Warcraft 2 forum is wrong. I removed what I removed not because I believe I did anything wrong, but because there are bigger issues than a stupid video game going on, like people wanting to kill themselves. If people are going to get madhouse ragey about someone mentioning playing Warcraft 2 in a nice place to the point where they can't see human beings anymore, maybe removing it so they calm down enough so they can see that there are real human beings all around who are hurting will help. This all started because I posted a video to help out brand new players, which is relevant to War2, and of course I want people to play on War2USA and I want newbies to have a place where they will be welcomed. I've never pretended otherwise. Come play there with us and see for yourself what it is you're criticizing before you continue attacking what you don't know. Or stay locked in the hate cage. Your call. Most people play at both.
The new server was actually mousetopher's idea. Already back perhaps 2 years ago, I don't remember exactly, I'd been complaining about how toxic the environment is and how much new players are dissed and banned and thrown out, and she suggested starting a new server that is newb friendly.
Mousetopher owns, made, and maintains this forum, and has not made any rule about advertising a newb friendly, non-toxic alternative to ru. If she's changed her mind on account of her changed feelings towards me, that's her prerogative and she can do whatever the hell she wants, which she does anyway.
When you show the level of fear and hostility at the idea that people would know another place to play Warcraft exists, you are admitting that in your heart of hearts, you know the alternative is better, and that if the two options are side by side, and people can consider what each has to offer on its own merits rather than brainwashing and hate-fueled propaganda and false accusations, new players or old returning players who have no skill would more often than not choose the friendlier place where they can actually play.
It's like a guy who has a girlfriend and insists that she is blind-folded every time she leaves the house so she can't see other men, in case she likes them better. If he is confident that he has something to offer her, he will give her all the freedom she wants, because even if she has an option, she will choose him, if he has been good to her and they care for each other.
If ru is better, as you're trying to act like you believe, since that's where you've placed your loyalty in spite of all the corruption you willingly blind yourself to, then another server that is "inferior", and usually empty to boot, should be no threat to you, no concern to you whatsoever.
If the other server is better, or lines up more with your beliefs and values of how human beings should treat each other, how new players should be treated, how bans are carried out, and so on, then why the devotion to a place that started out banning you as a worthless newb?
You've clearly forgotten that I left Joe and Ogremage's game when we still had fun playing together before they got brainwashed - I left a game that I wanted to play after they banned you for being a newb in order to host a game just so you had a game to join and someone to play with. I'd never heard of you. You were an unknown newb to me too.
Everyone conveniently forgets everything I do for other people so they can throw rotten tomatoes and nitpick every little thing I say and do so they can smear me because I'm a Christian and that's the culturally and socially acceptable thing to do to Christians nowadays. Then eeeeeeeeveryone can insult, mock, hate, death wish, harass, taunt, lie about, ban, mute you because that's the political climate of the day. Christians are the most persecuted group of people throughout history. They've been fired, jailed, crucified, beheaded in modern times around the world, not for committing actual crimes, but for speaking the truth in love to a world lost in hate and darkness. Swift already admitted to me the last time he joined my game last summer (Honey Swamp 1v1, same as the replay I posted previously) that the reason he attacked me and began to hate me was for my religion, which I already knew.
The Bible already tells us this is going to happen.
Matthew 5: 11-12
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
II Timothy 3:12
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
And you have God's servants throughout Bible history being falsely accused. Joseph rejected adultery with Potiphar's wife, she accused him of trying to rape her, he went to prison. Naboth was accused of blasphemy by wicked queen Jezebel because she wanted his vineyard for her husband Ahab, and he was stoned to death. John the Baptist was sent to prison for telling Herod he was wrong to take a living man's wife as his own, then had his head cut off. Paul the apostle, who started out zealously trying to arrest and kill Christians, was converted by Jesus and when He went to preach the message of good news and forgiveness of sins through the name of Jesus, he was repeatedly imprisoned, beaten, even stoned (but survived) only for telling the good news about Jesus. Jesus Himself spent his life healing diseased people, raising the dead, casting out demons, teaching people to love their enemies and pray for them and many other good things, and He Himself (though never having sinned in His entire life) was accused of blaspheming God and put to death, on account of Him having told people that He is the Son of God. Jeremiah the prophet was thrown in a pit and hated by the wicked people he was trying to save with God's message of truth. There are more examples than I can name right now. None of it is new or surprising.
God knows everything, the Bible is right about everything.
We hurt and suffer like other people, though.
I also gave myself a 2 week ban from ru (during which I was invited to come play on smurf, but I declined, I didn't play at all on ru) to protest the admin apathy about the harassment of another player. I wanted to play. I love W2. I'm some special brand of addict. So to say I'm looking for "power" or I'm motivated for selfish reasons is neglecting to look at the full picture.
I played W2 for the first time at 13, for the first time online at 16 or 17, and was hooked. There's something special about it to me. W2 and I go far back, and deep. I have a lot of good memories playing this game, and a lot of really awesome people I've had the opportunity to get to know to varying degrees and spend time with. I had to choose between quitting or playing on an empty server and putting in a huge ton of hours and work into building it. I'm not really a quitter. I'm a pretty freakin determined person. Yes. I want to play W2 and not be muted, have friends banned, or be messaged "you suck nigger dick" over and over and over for years, accused of being a liar or a drama queen or all the rest of the nonsense people are coming up with. I don't think wanting those things is unreasonable.
I just wanted to play a game I liked and have some fun. But some people ruined that for me (and for a lot of other people who had an easier time moving to other games or other things).
Now I'm having fun again (not here at the hate forums ofc, but at War2USA where people are friendly) and yes I want to grow the server and collect ru's rejects and teach newbies that no one else wants to waste time on, but it looks like ru's rejects will just disappear into nothingness and I'll figure out a less hate-filled way to find new players.
Anyways, I have to go...IRL calls.