chipv wrote:I can tell you that HighlanderAttack's notoriety has always been how brilliant a player he is, not the quantity of games played. All of the best 1v1 players who have played on the site will
tell you that not only is he damn difficult to beat, he is also not afraid to take on allcomers.
His game count is a statistic that is too easy to measure, his tactical genius is not.
I'll give you somes games, HA, if you like, just for old times sake.
Again, I'm not saying hes a weak player, I'm just saying that all I personally ever heard about him was:
A: He's played a bajillion games.
B: He's organized a bajillion tournaments.
So from the standpoint of someone who hasn't been here for more than half a decade, yeah, that's what I know of him. He's stated more than once that it's not the game itself that he has lost interest in, it's the community. I'm trying to think of reasons why that might be and one possibility is that he doesn't command the respect he may have at one time. It's not a preposterous suggestion, it's just an uncomfortable one.
See, I've gotten the impression from the little posts I've read by HA in the past that he much prefers to associate with the old school of players since they know who he is, his reputation so to speak. I've just gotten the sense in my travels that he's not interested in those newer players who look at him as an equal.
I respect HA, but I don't worship him. I could say some very good things about him and I could also say some bad things about him, but I won't do either. I think you've really derailed this thread with your theory that this is about HA's personality.
I think the truth is much closer to what you and I discussed a while back (Three months ago? four? I can't put my finger on the real time frame) when you returned to CC after a long absence and you
were the one saying, "CC isn't like it used to be." How the passage of a few months has changed your tune!
If you recall, at the time I told you it's just "You Can't Go Home Again Syndrome" and that's all it is with HA, also. Quite simply, nothing is as good as you remember it, not because it has changed, but because you have. You're older, more jaded, a little closer to the end of the mortal coil. Your friends' jokes aren't as funny as they used to be, not because they've changed, but because you've heard them before.
When I first discovered the Peanut Buster Parfait I thought I had opened the gateway to Paradise. Today I eat one and, while it's still enjoyable in its own way, objectively speaking it's just a huge pile of that plastic shit Americans call "chocolate" with waaay too much sugar and not enough cacao, and a bunch of ordinary peanuts. It hasn't changed; I have. CC hasn't changed; you and HA have.