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Racing Event for Sabine and Murray

The world lost two Motorsport Legends in the month of March. Sabine Schmitz was a Motorsport Driver and was knowns as Queen of the Nürburgring Ring. She passed away on March 16, 2021 at the age of 51 after battling cancer for the past four years. Murray Walker was a Legendary F1 Commentator and journalist. He passed away on March 13, 2021 at the age of 97.
 
As a tribute to their lives, @Trekboy101, @TG SeanTuc4, and @TG SeanTuc2 are hosting a racing event on Saturday, April 10th at 3 PM ET/ 8 PM GMT. It will consist of doing two races on Forza Motorsport 7 on the XB1. Anyone is more than welcome to attend. The event will consist of a moment of silence along with the following races:
 
Race One:
Nürburgring Ring- 2 Laps in a Ford Transit Van  
 
Race Two: 
Endurance Race in GT Cars  
 
If you wish to attend please RSVP to this event. You can also reply here.
This event will also be streamed on @TG SeanTuc4's Twitch.
Hope to see you all on the track.
 
RIP Murray and Sabine. 
Gone but never forgotten .

All Halo Live Services to be Suspended by end of 2021

343 Industries to Shut Off Live Services for Halo Titles
 
It is the end of an era for online Halo games. 343 Industries said in a statement, “We are shutting down multiplayer servers for Halo games at the end of 2021.” It seems they want to make way for future development of Halo: Infinite, by increasing the server capacity and allowing developers more time to release patches, considering COVID-19 has had a serious impact on development.
 
343 Industries said in a statement regarding The Halo Titles, “Well, unfortunately, it truly is nearly time to say goodbye to that era." In a post on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries announced that online support would be impacted for Halo 5, Halo 4, Halo: Reach, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Spartan Assault, and Halo Wars.
 

 
Halo has largely been the defining series for the creation of online gaming. Seeing that they are shutting down all live servers to accommodate their new title, seems to be an interesting decision. They are really putting all of their eggs in one basket, increasing hype of Halo Infinite and completely scrapping Halo 5.

The server sunsetting will also apply to the “Master Chief Collection” on PC. They want to drought the community to have a record breaking release for Halo: Infinite, which will be available on PC, and Xbox series X/S- “It will remain a PC and Xbox exclusive indefinitely”, says Bonnie Ross, the CEO of 343 Industries. 
 
This means a few things for TG, but mainly it means the Halo 5 Division will have to be put on pause, and re-branded for Halo: Infinite after release. Yikes!! Seems like this is going to cause a lot of problem for that division.
 
Hope everyone is having an outstanding April Fools Day- >:D
 

April 2021 Events

For more details about upcoming events check out the following:
TG Calendar
TG Public Discord (PRO Announcement Channel)
 
We hope to see you at our events in April!
 
What events would you like to see in May?
 

Netflix Password Sharing Crackdown

Uh-oh... seems they finally got fed up! This stings... especially if you're like me and have been piggybacking off of your parents Netflix for years. 
 
Netflix has never seemed to have an issue with account sharing, but it seems they are testing new warnings for select users. This isn't entirely surprising considering 33% of Netflix users have joint accounts, any company would want to ensure people do not share passwords. 
 
Costco had a similar issue come up not too long ago with their food court's hot dogs. The hot dog and soda combo for $1.50 has been unchanged for decades. The CEO made the statement, "If you raise the effing hotdog, I will kill you. Figure it out". What he means by this, is that the revenue streams the store makes, is enough to cover keeping the hot dogs at the same price. The solution was to start manufacturing their own hot dogs. This allowed them to not only keep the same price, but make more money, too. Netflix has a similar issue with regards to accounts being shared. Someone is paying for the account, and you can have a maximum of six people share that account. With this, they still make money; however they do lose the potential to make even more. I think Netflix will eventually have to figure out how to keep their platform model the same, but make more money.
 
Netflix, a household name for most families, might find that they might be better off letting the account owners do as they please with regards to who they let access their account. They can keep streams high, without turning away viewers who would otherwise boycott Netflix for geo-blocking account access.
This seems to be more of a scare tactic than anything else. 
 
Anyone remember when Netflix sent you DVD’s in the mail? I do; life was simpler.
 
Regardless, let me know what you guys think about this test warning! Have you gotten the warning yourself?
 
Sources: Did Costco Founder Say 'I Will Kill You' to CEO Who Wanted To Raise Hot Dog Prices? | Snopes.com
 

20 Bethesda Titles Added to Xbox Game Pass

20 Bethesda Titles Added to Xbox Game Pass
 
If you are a fan of Bethesda Games like I am, you might be extremely interested in what released on March 12th!
During a YouTube Livestream, Bethesda stated that Microsoft finished its Bethesda Acquisition, and twenty titles will be available on the Xbox Game Pass. Of those twenty, sixteen will also be available on PC. These titles Include Dishonored, Doom, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Wolfenstein. 
 
They also stated that a handful of these games will also benefit from a FPS boost. Thanks to the new feature released earlier this month on Xbox X/S, some of these games will now be playable in 60 FPS.
 
I play PC full time, and it's very exciting to read that these legendary titles will be available for PC. 
 
The full list of games available are listed below, from “The Verge”:
 
Dishonored Definitive Edition (Console, PC, Cloud)
Dishonored 2 (Console, PC, Cloud)
Doom (1993) (Console, PC, Cloud)
Doom II (Console, PC, Cloud)
Doom 3 (Console, PC, Cloud)
Doom 64 (Console, PC, Cloud)
Doom Eternal (Console, PC, Cloud)
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Console, PC)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Console, PC)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Console, PC, Cloud)
The Elder Scrolls Online (Cloud, Console)
The Evil Within (Console, PC, Cloud)
Fallout 4 (Console, PC, Cloud)
Fallout 76 (Console, PC, Cloud)
Fallout: New Vegas (Console)
Prey (Console, PC, Cloud)
Rage 2 (Console, PC, Cloud)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (Console, PC, Cloud)
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (Console, PC, Cloud)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Console, PC, Cloud)
Sources: www.theverge.com/2021/3/11/22325044/microsoft-xbox-game-pass-bethesda-games-list
www.theverge.com/2021/3/12/22328089/microsoft-xbox-series-x-bethesda-frame-rate-boost-game-pass

 

Interview With A Legend - TrekBoy101

Ladies and GentleBeans...
It's Story Time
 
Recently, a Knight of all things Madness, approached me with an idea... a brilliant idea, and one I really wish I could take credit for haha. Over the course of the "Interview with a Legend" series I will be reaching out to a member or staff from each and every squad within the Call of Duty Division. New, old, and returning members will have a chance to talk about their experiences in TG and in the current Call of Duty universe as well. That's enough from me so I bring you the delight that is @Trekboy101.
 
Good day/evening/morning my favorite old man, and welcome to Darkis's very own "This is Your Life, TG Edition"... I'm playing with you of course. Trek why don't you start us off with a little about your past with us here in TG?
 
I am Trekboy101, or just Trek. I joined Tactical Gaming way back in the Medal of Honour War Fighter Days. My first ever SS role was as SA of the MOH IN Squad (IS Squad as it was called back then) Cossacks, and then became the Squad Leader there before becoming Squad Leader of Crusaders. With the game's life coming to an end it was time to move on. So, I went on to join the Battlefield Division as Squad Leader of what then was the IN squad, Norfolk. I was there for a long time training new members, and then moved on to become the Squad Leader of Phantoms. During that time, I had the pleasure of leading the squad to a 2nd place win in the Game Battles TDM League. I was then promoted to Platoon Leader. 
 
When Tactical Sports opened, I also joined the Formula One (F1) Division. My passion is F1 so I stepped down from PL to do TS full time and became Team Leader of the Schumacher Team. While being Team Leader, I helped the division pass trial phase. Then I worked my way up to become the Division Officer of F1, unfortunately again, the game did come to an end and with the dawn of the next gen, I thought a change would be good. The next step in my career in TG was to take on the role of DO of the GTA Division but due to large work commitments, I regretfully had to go on leave and was honourably discharged.  I did re-join and went to Battlefield again. I become SA of Red Lions, and then SL of War Hawks, but again work meant having to leave once more. After playing with the CoD guys, I realized I missed TG so I rejoined. I am here to stay as I have more a stable work/home schedule now. 
 
Well we are glad to have you back with us, and I am certainly glad to have a man of such tenure and history in TG's various roles with us in my squad. I think I actually just missed you training me in Battlefield, I did my run through Red Lions with Lt Rios Grim whom I think took over from you after you moved to War Hawks? Not sure on timing as it was around 3 years ago, and I have slept a bit since then. As a long time gamer who has played just about every series and genre what's your current opinion of Call of Duty Black Ops and TG's battalion within CoD?
 
When I first joined TG it was always separate brigades: PC, Xbox, PS, etc. Now, we are all crossplay; I do like the idea, but I do feel that separate would be better than crossplay. I am old and stuck in my ways, but the division seems to be running well! LOL 👴
 
I know where you are coming from, thankfully we have managed to keep Verruckt Xbox only, but I can see the issues some squads may have with comms relying on discord or game chat. Discord which isn't quite working on Xbox and game chat which can argue with you a little bit on CoD haha. Thankfully the squad staff and the members in mixed squads have adapted well to the change and seem to have ironed out the kinks.  So, after your time away from us how does Tactical Gaming feel to you?
 
The same as I left it.  All good, friendly, and welcoming. It is nice to be home. 
 
Good to hear, and we are glad to have you with us once more my old friend. You said you had been honorably discharged, returned, and then on leave and back already, how did you find the process of returning from leave and coming to a new division? 
 
Very good. I do feel that returning members might have issues with crossplay as some people may not have a way to talk on discord, but my move to my current squad Verruckt was nice and easy. I would say that if people can only talk on one platform that we should look at moving them to the best squad straight away. It might be better for them, just an idea.  
 
Well as a returning TG veteran we appreciate your thoughts and are glad to have you back home once more with us. My only regret in the interview is that I could not find your original profile to grill you over you career history a bit more . We Look forward to hearing from you more, and if you ever fancy grabbing some wins in GameBattles and reliving the glory days of Phantoms you can have my job any day.
 
Ladies and gentleman, as mentioned at the beginning, this series will be continued with members of all of the squads within Call of Duty, so stay tuned for the next installment.

Thank You for Your TG Service

Recently, @TGxLadicius (Lad) sat down with our CoD Division Officer, @TG-AMP (Amp) to get to know him a little better and understand some of the things he has done over the last few years in TG.
 
Lad: In the beginning, how did you come to be a member in Tactical Gaming?
Amp: I was recruited by a member named TG-Rambo on the PS3 for Call of Duty: World at War sometime in early April of 2009. My official join date being April 20th, 2009. 
 
Lad: How have the Advanced Training Courses (ATCs) affected you in your time in Tactical Gaming?
Amp: ATCs are an amazing program the Training Office provides to our membership. Anything that provides an augmentation to our membership's gaming experience is a great value add for being in TG. It's been a while since I fully participated and prepared for one, and I'm hoping that changes when we bring back ATCs for Cold War. 
 
Lad: For other members of squad, battalion, or division staff, and their counterparts in TA, what would you say is the best approach to tackling a daunting task?
Amp: Break it down into manageable sections, and make sure they are in the right order. If one section of a project is dependent on another, use common sense and get those sections done first. Create goals out of those sections, and check them off as you progress through the task. 
 
Lad: I have always been a big believer in the Tactical Gaming Mediation Program. Have you ever felt the need to use it?
Amp: Yes, of course I've used it several times, both to resolve my own situations, and the situations that come my way from my staff. I'm glad you asked about this though, as now that I think about it, we haven't had a TGMP in CoD in several months. We must be doing something right! 
 
Lad: In regards to member retention, what are some of the methods you, or your staff employ?
Amp: I could write a book on this. Retention should be the biggest focus for Tactical Gaming Staff across the board. Recruiting is great, but imagine if we didn't lose members in the first place. The big thing here as staff is to constantly remind yourself, "Why would a stranger want to join TG, and what are the regular benefits we should be providing those who do?". 
 
I'd say first and foremost, make sure your calendar is filled with events spread across different categories. Make sure there are some competitive events, cash prizes, recruitment events, companion app "team-like" events, and special fun nights. Such that there is something for EVERYONE. Remember, tiny cash prizes for small competitions is probably your #1 membership draw. These small events, in this welcoming and sportsmanlike environment with free sign-up, is something that members CANNOT EASILY obtain outside of TG, and that's where we really shine in CoD. Creating content for the members to consume, and thereby stick around for more, is KEY.
 
Here are some of the events I created during my return to TG in mid-2019:
 
Amp, thank you so much for your time! Lad, thank you for taking the time to interview Amp!
 
As Amp mentioned, events are great for our members, and they are something we are trying to focus a lot more on for all of TG. What events would you like to see?

ATO - TG Recruitment Contest

Below are the winners of the TG Wide Recruitment Contest,  
$5 USD for every recruit each member brought into TG that completed the Boot Camp Test and was placed into a squad/section. 

Thank you to all those who participated and brought new members into our community 

@Pantoffel Shon - 41 recruits 
@XIERNAS - 15 recruits 
@PoshGirl - 12 recruits 
@TG SiouxPilot - 9 recruits 
@Cronnie - 6 Recruits
@Typicalveteran- - 5 recruits 
@GamingUnicorn246 - 4 Recruits
@PHUZZYthecat - 4 recruits 
@Killua ZLDK - 3 recruits 
 
 
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
@Pantoffel Shon (4 Instances)
 @XIERNAS (1 Instance)
  @PoshGirl (1 Instance)

I hereby award

Outstanding Recruiter Award

 
 
 
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
@Pantoffel Shon 
 @XIERNAS 
  @PoshGirl 
@TG SiouxPilot 
@Cronnie
@Typicalveteran-
@GamingUnicorn246
@PHUZZYthecat
@Killua ZLDK

I hereby award

One (1) Instance of the Outstanding Volunteer Award

 
 
To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
@TG-Mitchell
 
 
Mitchell came to the PRO with this idea which has brought Tactical Gaming together to recruit and funded the contest with 500$. Thanks for your dedication to TG and work behind the scenes to make it all happen.

I hereby award

One (1) Instance of the Outstanding Contributor Award

 
One (1) Instance of the Tactical Warfare Chief of Staff Coin

 
One (1) Instance of the Tactical Adventures Chief of Staff Coin

 

 
Given under my hand  on this 14th day of March, Two Thousand and Twenty One.


Signed By:
 

 
TG HaloHobo
Chief of Staff
Tactical Warfare
 

 
Senile Sarge
Chief of Staff
Tactical Adventures


 
TG SirMadness
Public Relations Head
Public Relations Office

 
TG HSquared
Public Relations Assistant
Public Relations Office
 
 

Overwatch 2 News

Blizzcon took place in mid-February, and gave us lots of new information about the status of Overwatch 2, although it's all still subject to change at the moment. They discussed things from hero changes, to skill trees, story mode, and new maps. Let's get into it!
 
   For starters, let’s talk about new maps and combat! Rome was one of two new maps announced and seemed to be a big favorite; it has a nice romantic feel to it and was stunning! They rebuilt some of the broken structures, such as The Colosseum, with the futuristic Overwatch feel to it! Alongside that, we got New York City, which is said to be authentic, with the Overwatch spin we all love, in an art deco style, inspired by the 1920’s and 1950’s! 
 
   The combat system has also been revamped, with role passives now! Tanks have a knockback passive. DPS have movement or speed boosts, and support get a healing passive. They changed the tank role to feel more aggressive and fighty, particularly Reinhardt. He can do two fire strikes now, along with the ability to cancel his charge, and it is more easily steered by players as well. Combat upgrades also come with more advanced and realistic recoil and feels to guns. The guns should have a more noticeable feel for when they are low on ammo, as well as having echo and different audios based on location, such as indoor, outdoor, tunnels, small rooms, etc. This comes with more active and accurate directional hit indicators on your screen for when you are being damaged. Also, much to everyone's excitement, the 2CP game mode may be replaced by a new one, that hasn’t been announced yet!
 
   Hero missions are also a new Overwatch 2 exclusive. The missions should have a personality for each hero and have lots of story! They are currently trying to make as many as possible, with one developer saying in the hundreds. Another change to the heroes will be their ability to see better in certain situations. The maps are going to be dynamic, with weather that can affect your field of vision; how much of an effect this has will depend on your hero. Also, they are adding times of day, such as sunrise, daytime, and sunset, with suns exclusive to each location. Each map will also have new routes that payloads can take, and new areas. New objective types as well, such as gather/return, an example being gathering canisters to prevent then from exploding while fighting new enemies. 
 
   There is also a skill tree system now for leveling up heroes and customizing their abilities and ultimates. Some of those being: Soldier:76 can have his biotic healing follow him and also repulse enemies who enter, or attempt to enter, the field, Junkrat can dual wield grenade launchers, and Mercy can resurrect a whole area, every friendly in that area, while at a distance. You can pick and choose which abilities to put on the heroes and fully customize them!
 
   There were also some smaller things mentioned, such as new hero makeovers, with more techy straps, more story development from where it left off with the last comics and animations, and new and exciting enemies to fight in PVE modes! Oh, and the release date is still to be announced, but I’d love to see it soon! 
 
   What are some of the things you are most excited about so far?

Overwatch Division- March Newsletter

In February, we had the Blizconline Event where we learned more about OW 2. Unfortunately, we did not get OW 2 or an exact release date. For more information about OW 2 stay tuned tomorrow for a news article to be released on the TG site by @repairedyang!
 

 
Stay tuned for February's MAR!  It should be released any day!
@LadyMercyMainreceived the DO Coin in February!
@me0wley_ received the BGC Coin in February!
 

 
The following milestones have been met in their positions:
 6 months: @TG SixString
 
4.5 years (as BTN+ in the OW Division): @TG HSquared 
 
Congratulations! Keep up the great work!
 

 
March 13th @ 3pm EST/ 8 pm GMT- Among Us Night hosted by @c_lakin on the main TG Discord
March 13th @ 8 pm EST/ 1 am GMT (on the 14th)- Scary Stream Night with @MissVendettaXO on the TG Twitch
March 19th @ 9 pm EST/ 1 am GMT (on the 20th)- PC Prominence Poker hosted by @TG HSquared on the main TG Discord
March 20th @ 4 pm EST/8 pm GMT- Community Game Night with @TG HSquared and @TG SirMadness
 

 
I am often asked "what can I do to help". Sometimes this is in regards to just helping their squad, but other times this is about helping TG as a whole. There are many ways to get involved outside of your squad that do not require you to leave your squad! The following are additional positions that you can apply for in addition to the position you currently hold:
 
News Team
Do you like to write? Do you have an opinion that you'd like to be able to share with others? We are always looking for more writers to join our News Team. 
 
Social Media Team
Are you active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, or any other social media platform? Is this something you enjoy spending time doing? We are looking to grow an active Social Media Team. (There are multiple applications for this team, so please reach out to me if interested.)
 
Stream Team
Do you enjoy streaming while you play? Are you an active streamer? We are looking for more streamers to join our stream team and showcase their gameplay. 
 
Web Team
Do you have experience with coding and other technical skills? We are always looking for people to join our Web Team to help with the technical side of things.
 
Graphics Design Team
Do you like making cool graphics? Are you creative? The graphics design team helps to create images for our website, Twitch, YouTube, social media platforms, and more! They are looking for more designers for their team!
 
If you have any questions about the above position, please feel free to reach out to me. If I am unable to answer your questions, I will find someone that can!
 

 
March 7- @Diva-Eva_
March 10- @KäptnKadaver
March 13- @me0wley_
March 14- @SushiISNTreal
March 22- @Nixyan138
March 24- @TG Gunnertop
March 28- @handsome_river9
March 31- @BerriMilk
 
***Any suggestions for the next edition of the newsletter, please feel free to let me know!***
 

League of Legends Tournament

Do you like to play LoL? Would you like to play in a Clash Style Tournament? Have we got just the thing for you! Our very own LoL Legion is holding that very tournament on Saturday, March 27th (time TBA)! 
 
   This tournament will be held on the EUW servers and is open to any member with an EUW account. It will be a bit different than others, by signing up with your rank and two preferred roles to add some randomization into it! Based on that you will get a value and be placed onto a team with all roles filled, but varying ranks. 
 
   After teams are made, there will be a clash style bracket, and then you will compete to earn prizes for first, second, and third place! 
 
   The prizes for the tournament total £50! If you want to join, go here! 
 
   We look forward to seeing all the wonderful players compete and watch this progress! Good luck everyone!
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