The Insider – Part IV

This is part four of a series of four. If you missed it, here’s Part I.

And now, the conclusion of The Insider

EWOT: Well, it’s never any sort of war we ever intended on winning.

X: Yes, it is. By telling the truth, you’re standing up for those who cannot. You’re combating ignorance, oppression, bullying, abuse, sexism, exploitation and more and you’re doing it all in one go. It’s an important war to fight. What’s the old saying about good men doing nothing?

EWOT: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke

X: Right. That’s it. And with their (Wargaming’s) policy of cover it up, ban everybody that speaks out, push on with the same old thing and sweep it all under the rug, you’re the only site I’ve come across telling it like it is. People hate you for that. But like the good Mr. Burke pointed out, somebody has to do it.

EWOT: Well, there’s only a few of us, but we do what we can. So how about you? What’s with you now where you are?

X: It’s a completely different environment. It’s still in gaming, but the attitude is just totally different. Part of what we do is surf fan sites looking at idea threads.

EWOT: No shit!

X: No kidding. We have 3 guys that do nothing but that all day long. It’s so refreshing to have someone come get me and say, “You’ve got to hear this! What if we…” and it turns out to be a brilliant idea and we start immediately trying to incorporate it. It’s early days yet, but it’s so exciting to really be in that kind of environment rather than one where people are called idiots for not understanding how a 70 ton tank can vanish into thin air as if it were equipped with a Romulan cloaking device.

EWOT: *laughing* That has been one of my pet peeves since day one.

X: Yes, it’s been one of everybody’s pet peeves since day one. Do you know why so many of the shrubs and trees were removed from the maps?

EWOT: It was to help sort out the cloaking device effect, wasn’t it?

X: Yes and no. It was done because the employees and their  hangers on, who make up the power clans, were  having problems with it as well. So certain shrubs and bushes were removed while others were left in place with their camo values modified. Now, they all knew of course where those “best bushes” were, so they could set up behind them and be nearly invisible all the time while everybody else started sticking out like a sore thumb.

EWOT: You have GOT to be shitting me!

X: Nope. That’s how far gone they are. They even modify the rise right at an opening to negate gun depression if it’s an opening they don’t use. That way, they know full well anybody appearing in that area has to pull way the hell out over that low rise before they can aim down at them.

EWOT: So that player, unknowingly, is a sitting  duck for them.

X: Absolutely. The entire game is done that way. It’s all set up specifically for them, the one percent.

EWOT: It’s like fucking Wall Street!!!

X: It’s actually worse. Wallstreet has the inside information, but they’re still at the mercy of what happens to that information over the long haul. In Wargaming’s case, not only do they have the inside information, they control the outcome more times than not.

EWOT: I’m not following you.

X: Do you really think anybody can WASD, mouse click and WASD THAT much better than anybody else on earth?

EWOT: With very few exceptions, no.

X: Exactly. So how can you explain one select group of people all having that success, almost to the point of exactly the same results and stats across 100 players in a single clan? And then duplicate that success with sister clans all the way down the line?

EWOT: No fucking way!

X: *laughing almost uncontrollably* Yes way! They program it that way.

EWOT: The patent?

X: Yes and no. Now, the patent has been in use since day one, but it originally was only used as a sort of skill based match maker. That’s something everybody has missed since day one with that.

EWOT: Wait just a god damned minute: the patent is actually a skill based MM?

X: Yes. And it sort of worked until the powers that be got sick of it and modified it. Originally, it was made to level the playing field. If you started winning a bunch of games, it matched you up against harder and harder competition…and vice versa of course.

EWOT: So that’s why there weren’t nearly as many wipeouts in the beginning.

X: Exactly. It was, sorry to say this, “Working as intended”.

EWOT: So what the hell happened?!

X: The employees and their hangers on got sick of it. They didn’t want a level playing field. They wanted to absolutely dominate completely, so they changed it. They made it to where it largely benefited them and only them.

EWOT: How the hell do you do that?

X: You’re familiar with, say, server software? Users, groups, permissions, etc.?

EWOT: Yes, of course.

X: That’s what they did. They built a system exactly the same. If you’re a user assigned to a certain group you get a certain MM – usually one that screws you over. If you’re a select group, you get not only great MM, but lower levels of dispersion and RNG as well.

EWOT: Holy Shit!

X: I told you, there is no limit to what they do. And what really adds insult to injury is that they vehemently defend this system even in the face of people leaving in droves and sales figures falling off a cliff.

EWOT: I just don’t get how anybody can let that happen.

X: Ego. When you’re all ego and no brains, this is what happens. I hate to draw this comparison, but it’s a lot like Hitler: it was his generals that really were responsible for those vast early successes, but it all went straight to Hitler’s head. Soon, he actually believed that it was all down to him as to why things worked out. What’s more, he began to believe that anything he would ever do would always work, and it would work his way.

EWOT: Yea. I see how that relates.

X: But it gets worse. Like in Hitler’s case, the hangers on see that as well. So, they tell him what he wants to hear: that they can do it their way, that they don’t have to change, that they don’t have to listen to “them”…

EWOT: Them being the customers in our case…

X: Precisely. And he drinks the cool aide and things go on and on. It’s precisely the same effect.

EWOT: That’s horrible.

X: It’s a travesty. As I said before, with a rational, thinking, empathetic individual at the helm, World of Tanks would have been bigger than Pokeymon Go.

EWOT: That’s a bold statement.

X: One I’m not the least bit afraid to make.

EWOT: So is it fixable? At all? Is there any chance?

X: The optimist in me says yes. The realist in me says absolutely not. You just can’t get past that group. About the only thing I see ever changing anything would take an act of God.

EWOT: That’s not going to happen. *laughs*

X: I’m speaking figuratively, of course. It would take an epic meltdown, but of course by then it would probably be too late…so I’m going to go with no.

EWOT: What about the new patch, the arty stun, the new MM? Any chance there?

X: No. That’s going to really piss off  SPG players for the most part. Their ability to kill, unless it’s been changed, has pretty much vanished. All SPG’s can really do now more than anything is annoy. Now, if you enjoy that, you’ll love the new stun mechanic. If you want to “blow people clear to Mars”, then arty will be, in effect, completely worthless to you.

EWOT: What about the MM?

X: Again, it depends on what they have or haven’t changed. Originally, it went a lot further than what they put on the site. It not only better balanced the vehicles, it balanced the talent. For instance, if you had a three man platoon with a 60% win rate on one team, they would sit in the queue until another three man platoon with a similar win rate could be put on the other team. The problem though was that especially in North America’s case, those folks would wind up sitting in the queue for a long time…so I’m pretty sure they would have gotten rid of that.

EWOT: How long are we talking about?

X: Two, maybe three minutes.

EWOT: That’s nothing!

X: I’m well aware. But once again “that group” sells them on, “the players will go mad if they have to sit that long in the queue”. Of course, that’s completely false as they represent less than 1% of players, so it’s not going to effect anybody but them.

EWOT: I’ve never heard of such complete, systematic, narcissistic failure.

X: Sure you have: The Third Reich operated the same exact way. They had their moment in the sun, but it didn’t last very long before the rest of the world came down on them like a ton of bricks. This will end no differently for Wargaming.

EWOT: But don’t they have other things in the works?

X: Effectively? No. They ruined the one really good thing they had going with Masters of Orion. They were really in the drivers seat with that one. It was  a turn key win.

EWOT: So what happened?

X: They ruined it. What did you expect?

EWOT: What happened?

X: The same, exact thing: those same people said, “who cares what that loyal following of players have loved for years? We know more than they do! We are better gamers than they are! We’ll do things our way for us and they’ll love us for it!”

EWOT: And?

X: They hated it. It was a complete flop. It was the deal of a century, an absolute sure thing, and Wargaming flat out ruined it. They took a game they bought out of a bankruptcy filing for pennies on the dollar, immediately set about getting rid of everything that made it a great game that loyal players had followed for years, put some bling on it, and tried to flip it for a huge profit.

EWOT: So did they make anything on it?

X: No. They’re still several million in the hole on it. I’m still shaking my head over that one.

EWOT: So what do they have left?

X: Not much. They’re hurling vehicles hand over fist at Tanks and Ships, that’s keeping them afloat for now, but it’s certainly not a long term solution to their plethora of problems.

EWOT: What is?

X: Bankruptcy. I don’t think any of them have the ability to change. I honestly have absolutely no faith in that at all. I think, like Hitler, Victor will wake up one morning, be told the inevitable is happening, and then be looking around for a phantom army that doesn’t exist, hoping against all hope that it will show up and save the day.

EWOT: And it wont.

X: No…no it wont. And it’s a crying shame.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Frau_Blooka

    Son of a fucking bitch!!! If half that turns out to be true those bastards deserve everything bad that can happen to them!!! What a fucking joke!!!

    I know, right? I’ve been shaking my head over all this for days. Literally.

    – Thing 1

  2. Gomez_Adams

    Oh my. Guess I’ll beat Alex to the punch on this one: I don’t know what to say.

  3. Insurrectional_Leftist

    So, Victor has lavishly listened to his yes henchmen, from within the company, an entrusted himself to whims of the server ‘Brats’ who have the interest of the 1%. ( Just like the current real world situation in the real world’s problems of listening to the 1% in the real world screw things up) World of Tanks is on a crash landing soon of Epic proportions.

    What I took away from all of this is that there will be no crash. It will just continue to dwindle, little by little, steadily until one day people go to log on and it simply wont be there anymore.

    – Thing 1

  4. Cigarette_Smoking_Man

    I surmise that real question is, “It is a matter of “when” rather than “If” as the handlers remain upon their current course?” Thus far, they have no show any real form of deviation from their true inner intent. Thou Victor makes philosophical remarks of long term proclamations of a 1000 year Reich as Hitler himself did ( to further expand upon your analogy used above ) it collapsed only 12 years later. Wargaming just had it’s 6 year anniversary. The question is can it make it another 6 years? Lasting the same amount of time as The Reich did? At this stage in time, I seriously doubt Victor and his handlers seem to have the situation well in hand? The question is “When”? more than “IF”? (they are in pursuit of easy money, when it dries up, WOT will then blow away with a rude awakening)

    You know, I didn’t put that together. You’re absolutely fucking right! That and the “long winter” comment he made? It’s all just like a parody of Stalingrad! Well done smoker!

    – Thing 1
    p.s. You really should quit that nasty assed, deadly habit.

  5. Speedy_DePalma

    Will it come to an end? Sure it will but I don’t see it happening like the third Reich more like the Roman empire, the west will fall but it will keep going on in Russia and China but it will stagnate because their North American goose that lays the golden eggs will be long gone.

  6. PrinzEugen85

    Thank you for posting this. I speculated much of what was happening, but to see it all in print… Just wow. It certainly give me food for thought.

    You’re welcome.

    – Thing 1

  7. Mr_Alex

    I actually won’t be surprised if Wargaming goes bankrupt within a few years

  8. FlorbFnarb

    Oh lawd. This…this is priceless.

    I have to admit I haven’t seen this much effort put into fiction on the internet in a while now. I mean, it’s not actually that good, really, and is about as obviously scripted as you could want. It does little more than attempt to push people’s buttons by confirming the existence of a conspiracy that they desperately want to be real, and it’s a fairly amateurish attempt at that, little better than Internet fan fiction.

    But it accomplished one thing: it made me laugh like hell.

    Seriously though: you people need to get professional help.

    You don’t read much, do you? From the very first part of the article:

    That said, we’re not going to say any of this is or isn’t true. We’re just going to throw this shit on the table and let you all decide for yourselves what you want to believe.

    Learn to read you fucking moron.

    – Thing 1

  9. PrinzEugen85

    Florb, you’re the biggest joke in the history of WoT, and I mean that in the politest way possible.

    The sad part is that he’s trying to get it good with the Wotlabs crowd. He’s over there sucking up their shit and acting completely different from the paranoid asshat he is on the main World of Tanks forum.

    He actually thinks it’s working. He actually thinks he’s “one of them” now. It’s fucking pathetic, because they say the same exact things about him and far worse over there than we ever did here.

    He’s just too fucking stupid to even see it.

    – Thing 1

  10. FlorbFnarb

    Aaaaand the resident lunatics respond. How’s the Thorazine, folks?

    Don’t give me this nonsense of “we’re just throwing it out there for you to decide.” Have more balls than that, please. If you’re gonna be a paranoid lunatic, OWN IT. Claiming the game is rigged to make you lose constantly and others win, for no discernible reason, is Elvis-is-alive-and-living-on-the-Moon-fighting-shapeshifting-space-Nazi-lizards-with-JFK-and-Abraham-Lincoln BONKERS.

    But by all means, continue. You are simply providing endless entertainment for the rest of us. I do suggest you stop publishing people’s personal information, however. That never leads anywhere good.

    1. I don’t even know what Thorazine is or what it does. Sounds like you do, so that is very telling.

    2. You claimed it was rigged yourself on several occasions. What’s more, you’ve claimed that people intentionally try to lose the game in a conspiracy against you personally.

    3. We never claimed the game was rigged. Ever. We’ve simply posted the asshole behavior of others, the blatant abuse and racism involved in this game, the disgusting anime kiddy porn people use, the illegal mods that are constantly used and what one person claimed was how Wargaming operated. You’re the idiot with all the conspiracy theories, not us.

    4. We don’t give a fat rats ass what you think.

    5. If you’re going to be a racist fucking asshole abusing others, then expect to be outed. The moment anybody anywhere ever looks into it, they’re going to look a shit load deeper than into what we did. Worst case scenario, we have to delete it – the racist get charged with civil rights violations, FCC violations, bullying and more. So I fucking dare you to report it, asshole. No, wait…DO REPORT IT. In fact, we’re STILL WAITING on all the hollow, empty threats Tsavo and his butt buddies made to come to fruition. I’m going to laugh my ass off when your racist buddies wind up getting slapped with thousands in fines and legal fees and several years of probation while we sit back and laugh about it.

    You know what though? Neither he nor his loser buddies ever did shit. Nor will they. Nor will any of them. To this day we’ve not received so much as a fucking email or PM from anybody about any of it at all and it’s been up for going on a year now.

    You know why? Because they’re chicken shits, but they’re not completely stupid chicken shits like you are. They know full well their own ass will be in a world of shit if they report it.

    That’s why they never have.

    That’s why they never will. They’ll just keep on talking shit, and mysteriously nothing will ever happen.

    Who’s the pathetic losers now, asshat?

    – Thing 1

  11. Gomez_Adams

    You know, the part that really cracks me up is that besides this article, there’s actual video, screen shots and links to everything posted up here, yet they claim it’s all made up.

    That really gets me. Sincerely, it does. How can they keep on saying “it’s all made up” and “conspiracy” and all that other when you have the videos right there, screen shots of them doing what they do, links to what they actually said, all of it.

    They’re all like miniature Donald Trump clones: anything they don’t say themselves is fake even if what they say is fake. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere but in the Wargaming community. You don’t see anything at all like this anywhere else. At least I never have.

    Yep. That’s about it. I hadn’t made the Trump connection, but you’re totally right. They’re just fucking like him…except not rich and too chicken shit to back up any of their talk.

    – Thing 1

  12. Frau_Blooka

    Florb calling anybody else a lunatic is funny as hell man!!! That fucking idiot is so far gone that everybody on both sides of the fence makes fun of his stupid ass. What a fucking idiot!!! LMAO!!!

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for any of us to disagree with you. 😉

    – Thing 1

  13. Thing 1

    Wow. I’m honestly impressed. It’s almost as if it wasn’t really even him posting that. I can’t fucking believe I’m saying this, but, “good job Florb”.


    You know things are bad when they start eating each other.

    Very well said!

    – Thing 1

  15. Insurrectional_Leftist

    What? Florb pulled a Rabbit out of a Hat ? Florb with a momentary lapse of conscience, and selfless defense of others? Can’t believe this? He turned on one of his own? I thought the rule was, “Labs don’t speak ill will of fellow Labs.” Dissent in the land of Labs ? A rarity to be sure.

  16. PrinzEugen85

    Wow! He just gutted that sewer rat Lacey! That certainly made my day!

  17. Mr_Alex


    This month has been a complete epic cash grab exercise for Wargaming in World of Warships, they are trying to sell the following

    Blys DD
    Gallant DD
    HSF Graf Spee
    HSF Harekaze

  18. Thing 1

    I thought they already had the Graf Spee in game? I remember Gomez talking about earning it for free during some missions shit a while back.

  19. Gomez_Adams

    Yes, they did. The new Graf Spee is the same with a new camouflage.

    In effect, they’re just copy and pasting new premiums into the game that are essentially the same ships already in the game. It’s already to a point where there are mostly only premiums being played anymore.

    They’ve done exactly the same thing with Warships that they did with Tanks: just start hurling ships into it at a record breaking pace with absolutely no consideration for balance at all in order to make a dollar.

    It’s a shame, really.

  20. Mr_Alex

    @Thing1 and Gomez

    They are also trying to hurl World of Warships with the following ships which are still work in progress:

    Graf Zeppelin T8 CV (Premium)
    Players are having a revolt after WG decided to remove the JU 87 Torpedo bombers

    HMS Nelson
    The Royal Navy’s premier Battleship with forward triple 16 inch guns was removed from the Royal Navy tech tree and replaced with a King George V BB at tier 7

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