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PostPosted: January 1st, 2009, 5:35 pm 
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With the permission of abuse founder, and brother (citzen), I have unearthed the old clan to gear up and make a something out of it again. Having played with all of the abuse original members online, as well as at previous LAN events and abuse only LAN parties, I became an offical member in January 2004 and played Savage with the team. I previously played every game abuse played online with the team as an outsider. I recently requested use of the domain and clan name since I felt it needed to be put to use again, so here we are. We can primarily be found on IRC in #teamabuse.

A History:
At its core, Abuse was a group of real life friends who enjoy playing online games. Largely based out of the pacific northwest corner of the U.S. The team's main goal in gaming was to have fun while competing at the highest levels. Through the gainful sponsorship Abuse competed for quite some time as a professional team. As the gaming scene changed while new communities developed and others died off, the options for competitive games that interested the team diminished. This resulted in Abuse finally going inactive and remaining so for years to come.

How It Started:
Once a month in the Portland, Oregon area a group of friends would get together to game all day and night. This was back in the days where modem gamers ruled the online community. Having ISDN was beyond luxury, and having a sub 30 ping was inconceivable outside of a college campus. Yes, it was 1998 and three local friends (citizen, toxic, and wiseguy) decided to mold their real life friendship into a team. Mulling over some options, they decided on calling themselves Abuse. Quake 2 was their game of choice at the time (we agreed not to hold that against them). Their main goal in creating Abuse was to have a blast playing games with friends. Entry into Abuse would be based on friendships first and foremost. For that reason, Abuse has always grown very slowly (we don't have many friends).

Abuse started to pick up more members. We have always gone by the motto, "Friends first, Teammates second"; Abuse is still primarily composed of people from the pacific northwest, although there have been Abusers from Canada and Texas as well as Florida. Many of the original members are inactive in gaming, with plenty of real life taking up the time previously dedicated to gaming.

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