So, me leaving was cleaning house?
"Cleaning house" is when you kick out members to 'clean' the roster and make room for new members. Thus to "clean house" I would have had to kick you out which I didn't.
Rambo as someone who hasn't played GTA Online in 9 months I'm not sure why you're commenting on what's been happening...in the last 9 months. I wouldn't make broad overreaching statements if you haven't been here to fill in the blanks. To be honest lack of respect is an issue. It's a lot like America right now. In the 60's we had the Kennedy generation. People were well-mannered, modest. They didn't feel the need to celebrity worship or talk about their genitals. Slowly, as new generations came in, they became more and more crass...now if I turn on the TV I saw Kim Kardashian or Honey Boo Boo. As the generations go on people become less disciplined. The average child today has less respect for their parents and for their elders. By the same token GTA had a very respeectful generation in GTA IV. After EIC went to SAMP. the relatively "stable and respectful" crews like DPS and Mancini fell apart, they were replaced by a new beast that was comprised of little children who turned on each other just in the name of creating chaos. I'll give you an example. The mafia in our day wasn't perfect...but there were rules. If you didn't know someone, you were cool with them, always, because there was a level of realism. Today you can walk out of your apartment and get shot just so some punk can "make a name" by shooting at your crime family...even when he's never heard of you. Slowly the Gio Gigantes and the Big Papi Tigres (some new cartel leader who hides in his apartment rather than get shot) replaced the JR Rosotos and the El Jefe Satanas, people I respected. Until we create a culture that truly VALUES respect and honor (which is shorthand for sticking to your word), rather than just paying such values lip service, I think GTA Online can be fun for all, rather than a sh*t-filled free for all.
There's my take on what happened in the last 9 months. Of course I'm talking about the community at large while I'm sure you were trying to hit on Ace's point. But since you brought up the last 9 months I figured I'd fill you in. It's been hard for people who have been trying to keep orders. We had to give in a little bit. We don't do setup assassinations anymore like the BCF used to do because there's too much paranoia to accomplish such a task, say, if you don't like a guy to invite him to a game, stuff him in a car, and shoot him in the head. We tried a lot with the new tools GTA V gave us. We tried tear gassing people inside shipping containers. We tried doing assassinations the old way. In the end I decided to compromise. We outlawed assassinations with AP pistols and outlawed drivebys. It wasn't possible to follow the old ways like in IV because the year inbetween EIC/Bianco's apex and the arrival of V had ruined everything. Many of the old people who made the game what it was (shoutout to The Westies, TSA, DPS, friendly randoms, etc) were not only gone but completely forgotten. In my eyes there's nothing more noble than improving the environment you RP in. I know the BCF works hard EVERYWHERE THEY GO to improve RP standards in their SAMP games. So that's what we've been up to.
This is why Mac and I started feuding. He came back in the middle of the reform movement and was upset that he didn't like the way I was doing it. That's fine. I accept that people have disagreements and we should be able to handle it like men. The thing is though, respect is a two way street. I did everything to work with Mac. I gave him head of security and then Street Boss, a new rank just for him. Plus all the hours we spent talking out our diferences. The thing is, though, he was the most combative person I've ever talked to. How would you feel if someone like Scott or Artful started having hour long arguments with you about whether or not you were using an AK or a special carbine in a free mode for several hours, heated, screaming in front of your other friends. A little weird right? A little disrespected? He left because I told him he was being a child. There's no right or wrong answer. I was equally sh*tty to him after a while but like I said respect is a two way street and no one starts being nasty to their friends if their friend isn't putting them on the defensive. What it came down to with Mac is he has a serious authority issue. I really don't exert my authority over others as you know from being in my crew. I'm not Boss Mancini who has to put Boss in my name. If I say do something I ask nicely and even let the person argue with me sometimes. If I told Mac to do something he called me a tyrant. If I had to make an analogy, I would be Obama and he is our all Republican house of Representatives. If Obama likes something there is a kneejerk reaction to wholeheartedly oppose it and start stirring up resentment, preying on the fears of others in the crew. Mac got a lot of anger aimed at me and in the end, as Lefty (who was angry) realized, it was for no reason at all. It's because he can't stand to have someone be above him. The proof was in our last conversation, really. he was Director of Foreign Affairs for about two years. When I asked him if there was one thing I could do to change the crew to make him happy, he said "he wanted all 4 of us to be bosses again like t used to be." The thing is, he was a higher rank with more authority now than ever. He was fine with Lefty, he was fine with Ace. He just couldn't stand the thought of someone being above him. TL;DR, Mac leaving = personal and if it has something to do with respect it wasn't coming from my camp.
Ace is hard to understand honestly. He and I were a perfect team for years. When I brought back the crew three months ago there was disagreements over who should lead. People were worried I would go inactive so wanted him to leave. He couldn't decide, while I was sure, so the crew went back to me with him as Underboss. From that day on I probably saw him on GTA 3 times. If he was there at all it was to pick up hookers (no lie) and he refused to speak with any crew member. Or me. About anything - even what was going on in his real life, which normally we talked about all the time. We were bros and one day it stopped. I can't really explain this one, it's a head scratcher, but if I was cleaning house, that's bullsh*t. I did everything I could to keep him in. He looked down on and scorned everyone who wasn't his friend from outside the crew. He was like an old lady hissing at the sunlight. It was terrifying to see my best friend on here turn in to that. I did everything I could to try to keep him in the loop. When we started talking about fixing the community he seemed really excited. He was genuinely glad that we had overthrown Gigante and wanted to impose some democracy on the other mafias. This was the only time he had talked to me without me having to poke out his eyes. I was happy honestly. We talked in a game the next day about him starting small (building a crew) to work his way back up to high level crew business because he was a bit rusty. He seemed fine with it. I named someone else as acting don when I went away on vacation and he got indignant about it and basically starting dissing me a little bit here, a little bit there. I don't know what happened to him but went from the guy I consider my best friend to an absolute stranger who hated everyone in his own crew including me. I did everything I could to keep him in. I went to bat for him and made a hundred excuses when people asked where he was. Does that entitle me to his friendship? No I guess not. But let's at least set the record st raight.
I'm not really sure what happened with them. It's a head scratcher and honestly I'm a little more torn up about losing them two than they are about losing me. I would like to take their side of the story and say I'm a bad guy but the truth is all I did was try to keep everybody active and engaged in GTA V. My new administration is Lefty and white Devin who are now Lefty and Dev Faustino.They're great guys. I hope one day I understand what happened with mac and Ace but all I can tell you is they're completely different circumstances and they both seemed pretty set on not coming back to GTA V. Which is fine. I'll be active, they won't. I just hope there's no hard feelings. In the end it doesn't mean too much. Ace is probably quitting. Sad, man. But hey, I am still blessed to have Harvey, Lefty, Dev, and a whole bunch of other new guys who are really interesting in bringing the community back.
Anyway. It's honestly good to hear from you. I just wanted to set the record straight.