The Gunslingers is an oasis for parent and hard working adult gamers from around the world that was formed back in June, 2007. The underlining goal of our group is to create a gaming environment that is fun yet civil and friendly for mature, casual gamers. It is a goal far too uncommon in the gaming community, and is not often honestly sought. For anyone wishing to escape the lulls of silly clan probation periods, distinct divides in community ranks, unrealistic demands of attendance, and continual ugliness of clan wars, the Gunslingers is your haven. We have attracted thousands of like-minded adults, so you are not alone in your wants.
The fruit of the Gunslingers is being continuously surrounded by folks sharing your general gaming wants and perspectives. There is plenty of obligations and negativity wishing to take up your time in your career, in your personal life, and certainly during your online travels. It doesn't need to be that way. The Gunslingers clan, however existential as it may seem, seek to inject some positivity and even escapism in your daily obligations. Come. Kick your feet up. Decompress. Be merry! Everyone deserves that, and, regardless if you are new to online gaming or a veteran, you will be welcomed by the rest of us. Share in our cheer!
The above passage is the narrative of the Gunslingers, and I hope it has helped you understand our collective viewpoint. We, however, didn't build our community overnight. If you are interested to read the history of the Gunslingers, please see the following timeline:
June, 2007 - The Gunslingers clan is registered onto the online leader boards of the Playstation 2 combat racing game, Jak X. It was formed in response to the growing number of hackers and to prove that a clan of skilled, legit players could dominate. Gunslingers, which is a reference to a iconoclastic writing project entitled American Noose, came dangerously close to being called Odin’s Einherjar thanks to McMurphy’s interest in Norse mythology. The very first member besides its founder (McMurphy) to join the Gunslingers was Mad.max.
July, 2007 - The Jak X Gunslingers get their own sub forum at a gaming forum (since closed) and its own Myspace.com page.
August, 2007 - The Gunslingers blaze a trail through competition and plants itself within the Top 10 Jak X clans in its official leader boards, where it is never knocked off.
October, 2007 - The Jak X Gunslingers begin hosting its Youtube Contests for all online players.
May, 2008 - The Jak X online servers are dropped by Sony. The Gunslingers ending roster for Jak X contained the following members: McMurphy, Mad.Max, Malcom, bloody.red.rose, Godspeed, Pasta, BLAZEFIRE, Optima, Zer0540, DJ18, and Toezer.
June, 2008 - The Gunslingers continues its focus on the combat racing genre by taking part in the Mario Kart Wii community. Responding to a need to represent mature racers who don't wish to get caught up in overly demanding MKW clans, the motto of the the Gunslingers is reformulated from being the “legit clan” to the “mature clan.” The clan’s own homepage, complete with a chatroom, is created and hosted by freewebs.com at this time. The Mario Kart Wii Gunslingers receives its first member: Whitey. LilBev becomes the first GS Leader other than McMurphy. Frosty Pints, the weekend tradition of drinking and gaming, becomes a featured event at GS.
July, 2008 - The Gunslingers become the top result for “Mario Kart Wii adult clan” on google.com.
August, 2008 - The Gunslingers start also going by the name “Shellslingers” to more aptly reflect its involvement in Mario Kart Wii and its tournaments. Vykk becomes the second GS Leader ever added.
October, 2008 - The Gunslingers start to host the unique tournament, The Underground Gambling Ring, which offered other clans representation in the races and every MKW.com member a chance to place (imaginary) bets on the matches.
January, 2009 - The Gunslingers registered its new homepage, HappyHourNintendo.com, signifying its interest in expanding the group’s scope to include all Nintendo games. The domain name was chosen to garner a tavern sense of culture inspired by the television show, Cheers. The very first design of the newly registered domain featured mock ups of classic black-and-white photos from the 1950s with colored graphics of gaming accessories added.
April, 2009 - The Gunslingers further expands its scope as a community by hosting discussions and game tags for gamers on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the PC. Its homepage addy is reverted back to a more apt URL: GunslingerGaming.com. Korchie becomes a GS leader and, later, a forum administrator. Toezer becomes website designer.
May, 2009 - A beta version of the GS Theater, where members can watch streaming television and movies on the Gunslinger Gaming site while chatting, is added. The GS Blog is added to the Gunslinger Gaming site. On May 30th, the Gunslingers became 100 members strong.
July 2009 - GS features recruiting and site support for its first involvement in a first-person-shooter, The Conduit. GS scores its first exclusive interview with Paul Gold: the Digital Leisure developer of the popular WiiWare download game entitled, “Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament.”
August, 2009 - Balki becomes global GS Leader. The Gunslingers score an exclusive interview with voice actor, Mercedes Rose, who did voice acting work on Mario Kart Wii.
September, 2009 - Webmaster, Toezer, redesigns GS Forums. The custom GS Arcade is installed. Tournament Sundays, a weekly tournament for members, and the GS Bar League, where members can create small teams and play in weekly tournaments against each other, are debuted. The Gunslinger Gaming Twitter account is created. The Time Converter reference is added to all GS Chat pages.
October, 2009 - The GS Jukebox is added to Gunslinger Gaming, showcasing music created by members. Songs by Dick Lazer’s band, So Below, is the first to be added. Uncharted 2 becomes the first Playstation 3 exclusive game to get recruiting and site section support at Gunslinger Gaming. Music, Birthday Wishes, and Promotions forum sections get added to the GS Forums. The on-site Voice Chat program is added. Azul becomes the 200th Gunslinger member.
November, 2009 - The Nintendo Wii port of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Reflex and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the PS3 and Xbox360 get recruiting and site sections at Gunslinger Gaming. The dynamic calendar feature is coded into the Gunslinger Gaming site.
January, 2010 - The first “Gunslinger Gaming Awards” take place. The Mario Kart Wii Gunslingers/Shellslingers create and host the weekly, karts-only tournament entitled K.A.R.T., complete with its own site (since removed). A.P.B. gets recruiting support and its own forum section at Gunslinger Gaming.
March, 2010 - The Gunslingers get their own GS Store complete with custom merchandise. A creative writing section is added to the GS Forums.
April, 2010 - Monster Hunter Tri gets recruiting support and site sections at Gunslinger Gaming.
May, 2010 - ModNation Racers and Red Dead Redemption get recruiting support and site sections at Gunslinger Gaming.
June, 2010 - The Gunslingers celebrate its 3-Year Anniversary as a group, now with over 600 members. A drawing for a chance to win a real Gunslinger Frosty Pints mug, which is given to GS*Bethorama, takes place as part of the celebration.
September, 2010 - The Gunslingers get their own Facebook group.
October, 2010 - The Gunslingers become 1,000 members strong. Medal of Honor gets its own forum section and recruiting support. Over 60 new emoticons are added to the GS Forums for use by members while posting.
November, 2010 - Call of Duty: Black Ops, GoldenEye 007, and Conduit 2 have recruiting support and site sections at Gunslinger Gaming.
February, 2011 - The GS Blog monthly feature, Member Spotlight, starts with an interview with GS*Balki. The idea was created by GS*Fist_of_Metal. Gunslingers get their own Steam group. KillZone 3 gets its own forum section and recruiting support.
March, 2011 - The Gunslingers become 2,000 members strong. Crysis 2 and Homefront get their own forum sections and recruiting support. New avatar settings complete with a default avatar created by GS*Misfit is installed into the GS Forums. Console icons are added as topic headers in the GS Forums.
April, 2011 - A new, dynamic version of the Master Lists for game contacts is debuted. Xbox360 GS Leader, USMC Sgt. Teufel, creates a custom GS toolbar application that members can install into their internet browsers.
May, 2011 - Brink gets its own forum section and recruiting support.
June, 2011 - The Gunslingers celebrate its 4-Year Anniversary as a group, now with over 2,250 members. The anniversary includes the first annual edition of the Gunslinger Olympics that involve a series of tournaments in a two week period. Also, another drawing for a chance to win a Gunslinger Frosty Pints mug takes place, which GS*bigbomber1 wins. The review section, Gunslinger Census, is added to the GS Forums.
August, 2011 - Gears of War 3 becomes the first game exclusive for the Xbox360 to get its own forum section and recruiting support at Gunslinger Gaming. Sections for Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Resistance 3 are also added. The Gunslingers clan becomes over 2,450 members strong.
September, 2011 - A section specifically for sports discussions, complete with a linked HTML displaying the most recent scores, is added to the GS Forums.
October, 2011 - Uncharted 3 gets its forum section and recruiting support at Gunslinger Gaming. BlastingSlick1 becomes a Gunslinger Leader.
November, 2011 - MickeyJoeBlue becomes our 3,000th member. Due to the success of Dark Souls and Skyrim, a chat specifically for role playing game discussions is added to Gunslinger Gaming. Mario Kart 7 gets its own forum section and recruiting support.
December, 2011 - The first ever program, which is a stats generator for Mario Kart 7, is coded by Gunslinger Gaming and published for download. Animation and science fiction categories are added to the GS Theater. All forum sections and subsections get new icons. The forum section, Gunslinger Loot, is added to the GS Forums so members can share their own Gunslinger themed programs, wallpapers, and other digital content.
January, 2012 - An improved version of Member Spotlight interviews in the GS Blog start back up. MikeyFromSantee is subject of the first interview. The GS 2011 Game Awards start. A new version of the GS Voice Chat, now powered by RaidCall, is add to Gunslinger Gaming. By mid January, the Gunslingers grow to 3,500 members strong. Gunslinger Gaming joins protest against proposed SOPA and PIPA internet laws. The first series of GS 24-Hour Raffles designed to give away free digital content is held.
February, 2012 - Gunslinger Gaming becomes more mobile device friendly due to a new forum installation so it becomes Tapatalk compatible. Captain Scarlet and Conbrio become Nintendo Wii Leaders for Gunslingers. Twisted Metal gets its own forum section and recruiting support.
March, 2012 - PSP section in the forums is updated to include the Vita. Gunslinger Gaming gives away a sealed collector's edition of the Battlefield 3 strategy guide. The first official Gunslinger Gaming server for Battlefield 3 goes live.
April, 2012 - A Battlefield 3 subsection exclusively for the various official and member made servers is created in the GS Forum. Forum sections and recruiting support for StarHawk and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier are added to Gunslinger Gaming. Gunslinger member, Minners71, provides first PS3 theme download.
May, 2012 - A Forum Section and early recruiting support for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is added to Gunslinger Gaming. A section dedicated to mobile device gaming is added to the GS Forums. Forum Section and recruiting support for Gran Turismo 5 and Diablo III is added to Gunslinger Gaming. These additions mark the first time that the Gunslingers operate ten game fronts at the same time. Diablo III is the first PC game to get its own forum section. On May 16th, the Gunslingers officially become over 4,000 members strong. Game Specific Chats become Genre Specific Chats.
June, 2012 - June marks the five year anniversary of the Gunslingers. The second annual event, the Gunslingers Olympics, start. A temporary section for all anniversary discussions is created in the GS Forums in effort to properly give thanks to member support, publish event information, and share memories. A HTML page providing a mini guessing game and Gunslinger trivia is added to Gunslinger Gaming. A chat for sports fans is added. Dunkaroo69 becomes a Gunslinger Leader. Gunslinger Leader, Fed Architect, makes a custom Xbox360 controller themed with Gunslinger images and starts a raffle for it. Gunslinger member, TBONEgohome, wins Frosty Pints mug raffle.
Thank you for taking a trip with us down memory lane. We have grown considerably since those beginning years! If you would like to view updates as they occur, we recommend following "gsgaming” on Twitter!