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HLG, An Alternative Way of Winning As many of you know, but most of you don't, HLG is Hidden League Gaming. The goal of HLG is to score above their opponent and then hide for the rest of the game forcing their opponent to either quit or sit through the game clock. Members of HLG are known as "Map Breakers" because the most common way they hide is to use a glitch to get out of the map, or out of the normal line of sight. "We do not hide because we have to, we hide because we can. Welcome to an alternative way of winning." Origins of HLG HLG, similar to MLG (Major League Gaming), was made popular by the game Halo. It has since spread into other online Multiplayer games such as CoD, Battlefield, and even Team Fortress. HLG, while not being an actual organization (it's more similar to Anonymous, where anyone who has skill can be affiliated by simply saying they are) was started because of MLG's rise to fame. HLG was made popular by derankers and boosters (who, in some cases are actually better players than some people in MLG) in Halo 3. HLG vs MLG The reason for HLG's popularity was the same as the reason for MLG's popularity. Players would say something like "I'm MLG pro" and such, and would get stomped in the game. So, HLG PRO was dubbed. HLG PRO is actually an acronym rather than an abbreviation. In the case of MLG pro, pro means professional. In the case of HLG PRO, pro means "******** off Randoms". Unlike MLG, HLG was made as a joke, but turned into a rather large and competitive group. Players in HLG compete against each other on occasion to find the "best" hiding spots in a map. HLG's original purpose was to "troll" those who take gameplay seriously and claim that they are "in" MLG. Considering the majority opinion of those who back MLG on HLG is that they are "camping little girls", it seems to have worked. HLG "Skills" Many are of the opinion that HLG takes no skill. This, however, is not the case. To be effective in HLG, you have to be able to take and maintain the lead in a game while also find and get in a hiding spot. A competitive HLG game has more "moving parts" than a competitive MLG game. In an MLG game, you have to use teamwork to either capture an objective while defending your own, or to kill the enemy team more often then being killed yourself. In an HLG game, you have to be able to gain and maintain a lead score, while simultaneously hiding where the other HLG players will not be able to find you. Both types of gameplay take a coordinated team effort to win, and enough skill in the game to be able to maintain a lead. HLG Evolution Over the years, HLG has evolved from "I heard about this glitch from a friend, we should try it out", to a coordinated effort to reveal glitches in multiplayer maps. These days, HLG players find glitches and make "how to" videos on how to exploit them and post them on youtube. This is thanks mainly in part to ease of access for technology, and the competitive nature of players who have decided to be in HLG. Some of the older HLG players do not like this new trend, as it reveals their secrets for all to see, and either exploit or counter. However, this boosts the "skill" required to play the HLG way, and "separates the men from the boys" as it were. The uploading of HLG videos to youtube not only gives players a chance to counter HLG gameplay, but it also gives the companies running the games the chance to patch the flaws in their maps. This gives HLG a bit more "legitimacy" than it had when it was just rumors. HLG evolved alongside MLG, so it made sense when HLG clans started popping up. For more information on these clans, and how to join, visit http://hlghq.wordpress.com/hlg-clans/ Thanks for reading, hope you learned something. -The Director