<Virus> is Dead. RIP Virus - May 2011 - April 2013.
I am the Original Founder and Leader of <Virus>. I'm still on DeepWood, but I'm the only one currently in my guild. The name comes from a Quake 2/3/4 CTF "clan" that I used to be in with close friends, named "Virus.23", the tags in game were "Virus.23-<letter>", i.e. Virus.23-e would be a player on the team. It was very anonymous, and very elite. This is where I got the idea of <Virus>, a guild name I had always wanted.
Big thanks to the following people who made <Virus> a possibility and mostly a success, as well as made the game and the atmosphere so much fun and who I will miss:
The first two officers: Bluebie, Salvo,
The officer core I can truly call friends that started it all: Marchioness, Linkedkube, Ninjahax, Megzy,
And not to mention: Rob/Banned/Loose, Superbob, Steazin, Poojy, Toonces, Rompido, Keppi, Khaoskalan, Coralla, Micheloblight, Nulsul, Masteri, Hottank, Lolli, Vewdew, Kloey, Festergut, Loose, Bruna, Aldox, Tirvon, Mezka, Aurie, Laman, Dx, Lasol, Daltun, Howdydoo (one of the best tanks ever), Seekereye, Mestiza, Cardboard, Galathor, Meidou, Bruduce, Pandia, Vexya, Lasol, Sparten, Ayalanya, Nineblade, Precisionarrow, and I'm sure I have left others off this list. It was a wild ride, thanks for being a part of my experience and for all the fun times we had together! I do apologize for helping you to play for so long, hopefully your real life didn't suffer like mine did.
Free to play has come and gone, and with it the wave of players that tried the game, and then set it aside for other things (maybe other games). The population seems to be dwindling compared to when F2P started. Instead of hundreds of raiding guilds, you have 50'ish. Sucks. To say "world #th" or "US/NA #th" when there are only ~50 guilds left now, I find funny and kinda sad, but whatever, that's neither here nor there. When I led my guild, the original <Virus>, we had clears/kills/hardmodes in the top 10, and there were HUNDREDS of guilds.
Checkout the current list of raiding guilds:
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I recently noticed servers were being combined again. If it's fun, then good for you, but be realistic bro. Just be honest with yourself and try to step out of that bubble once in a while. When the game negatively affects your real life, it's time to step away. This is the realization I finally had where I didn't enjoy socializing with the people around me, the officers I had promoted didn't want the same vision or direction, there was too much pushback and negativity instead of teamwork and discussion, and my real life suffered because I put things on hold or neglected them to continue to play with people I didn't even like. Bad downward spiral that I was finally able to end, so I could take care of real life responsibilities. Anyone that calls that 'bullshit' or any other negative adjective, is a loser, fake, or crazy. Your real life is always more important than any game, don't let anyone ever tell you different.
<Virus> is DEAD, I am the original founder and guild leader, I played the game for 2.5 years, and kept it going (with help from a few others) for ~2 years... (long time!), and currently I'm the only one in the guild. I remember the first day I was begging people to sign the charter in Silverwood... no one would sign it!!! LOL I had to beg people, or offer to pay them plat, but I got it done. As far as I know, none of the original members are in the newer version of the guild. I never said anyone else should stop playing, I only said that I "just didn't want to play anymore" and I listed a bunch of reasons... really all coming down to self preservation. Playing the way I was, was hurting my life and holding me back. Logging on was a negative and laborious experience, when it should have been a positive and fun one like in the past. To those that put up with me during that time, toward the end, the last 6 months or so, who know me, and know that I'm a much nicer person than I was, I am sorry for putting you through that.
I didn't do a good job at maintaining balance. Others haven't stopped playing, and are using a similar guild name. I'm flattered, they even use some of the same language I developed in recruitment posts and on their website. Heck the website's format, structure, and colors are also exactly the same. Part of the reason why <Virus> was so successful was due to the organization that I brought to the table and strong leadership we once had. People who understood and respected the chain of command, who worked together as a team to accomplish common goals. It was great having both officers and members that contributed, in a positive way, and helped enhance the game in so many ways. It is that camraderie and the relationships that were formed which I will truly miss. I wish my friends in the 'new' guild, the best of luck both in game and in real life. Perhaps they don't know this, or understand this, but I quit the game back then not because of them, but because of me. I knew things would continue, and this why I asked those at the time to empty out the bank, as well as the thousands of plat I gave away from the guild bank. I thought a new gulid would be formed, guess I was mistaken. No worries, I just hope everyone can move past that, I have, I think it's time that others do too.
The bosskill record that is on the "new" website, has kills that no one curretly in the guild even participated in... again, I'm flattered. I would say the earliest Bosskill with people that are actually in the guild, would be from Infernal Dawn, but before that? I don't think anyone is left in the guild who participated from back then. Now the record that the original members forged is just a memory... it's good propaganda though, and will probably help with recruiting... that's why I put it together in the first place. If you know where you came from, then you should have a good idea of where you're going. No one said anyone else had to stop playing, but I find it very very flattering that they use the same style, wording, colors, etc. Good for you, I wish my friends success in real life and in game if you choose to continue to play, I hope you maintain balance in your life and don't let any game eat up more time than it should like I did. No one should play any game, ever single day, not getting enough sleep, being or becoming obese, or simply not take care of themselves, for a game. It is very VERY hard to have balance, especially when you get sucked in and immersed in any game, trust me, I know. At the LEAST try to stay healthy, maintain a healthy weight, eat right, sleep right, and get up and move once every 2 hours or so, and if you can, try to exercise 3+ times a week. Even if you game every day, at least you will be relatively healthy even if you are somewhat sedentary.
To those I played with in the past, and who I would call friends, sorry I quit, but I had to. Many of my friends who were in the guild, I never see online when I occaisonally check in game, I don't see them online on the friends list either. Sorry if anyone is upset that I left, but SELF PRESERVATION took over, I had many reasons, most of which I listed in my "I quit/goodbye" letter. I could not continue. In the final months, I was really unhappy and miserable. Most could tell. If you can't understand that, and that I quit the game and guild and ended everything, to take better care of my real life, then we must not have been friends in the first place. Everyone else, even many friends that continue to play, have been very supportive of me both in game, and in real life. I have no regrets, except that I played for so long when I should have quit, probably when ID was released or when half the guild gquit in one night. However, I persevered, and kept recruiting, and kept going, and we cleared everything after rebuilding. So proud of us!
I can finally move forward with my life, and I am no longer a prisoner to random internet people I don't know in real life, who don't care about me. I workout, I sleep well, I'm studying for professional certifications for work, I'm buying music to DJ with, getting back in shape, I'm happy and I feel positive, unlike before. If anything, I would think people would be happy for me, even if they didn't agree with my decision to end 'my' guild, my experience, and the website I maintained and paid for, for 2 years. Maybe that's selfish, maybe that's self centered, but that was my decision and it felt right to me. It was also what I needed to ensure I could truly walk away and not go back. 8 months later, without raiding or playing every day, with all the things I've accomplished, I can say it was truly a success and was one of the best decisions I've made. The unfortunate part is I may have hurt or upset people in the process. To you, I sincerely apologize and I hope one day you can forgive.
I had an awakening after taking a break from the game for a few weeks, I came back thinking I could just raid being told I had been "replaced". Replaced while I was trying to fix my life and get things in order so I could continue to play? Really? haha The epiphany that occurred after this was not only refreshing, it was empowering. I had the strength and courage to quit the game I had wanted to quit for almost a year, and get past the feelings of guilt of quitting. I think one thing that kept me going was feeling responsible for those in the guild, people I had truly cared for, and a guild name I had helped build up over the years. One of the reasons people in my guild said I was one of if not the best GM they had ever had (some in any game) is because I truly cared about people, and was truly passionate about playing the game and being successful. I know now I must maintain a healthy balance, and not let my competitive spirit overwhelm other things in my life ;)
This was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and the negativity, sleep deprivation, and sadness, have been replaced with positivity, plenty of sleep, happyness and joy now that my priorities are actually in order!
What I can say now, well over a year later, is that I sleep much better, I have acquired professional certifications I put off for the game, and I am in the process of moving to a warmer climate (west coast!) and closer to my family. Everything I had neglected, I have worked on and fixed, and it feels great!
Thanks friends! Feel free to register and chat/stay in contact since some games are fizzling out, and others are up and coming!