Hi guys! It's been a while. I know I've been away for quite sometime due to a busy life. I ask for your understanding. I've been very busy with work, my wedding last 05 May 2013 (Yes, finally!), and with our dedicated Philippine Playstation forum (I guess, it's high time to serve the local gamers of my country after spending 15 years of my videogame forum life in GameFAQs and Gamespot.
Anyway, I guess, everyone knows already that Gamespot is going for an overhaul, they decided to shutdown the union system for good. On October 11, our beloved FINAL FANTASY EXPERIENCE (FFE): http://www.gamespot.com/pages/unions/home.php?union_id=FFEXP, will make its final curtain call here at Gamespot, our home for more than eight (8) years. We have our ups and downs, but like what our motto says, "curahee"! We stand alone together. This community has braved so many challenges no other Gamespot union has ever experienced. Yet, we persevered even if, at times, the future seems so bleak.
It all began at the backyard of the Metal Gear Solid Network Union. When the leader, deathseeker, went AWOL for some time, the officers, then, felt that they were abandoned and made a nice plan, which eventually led to the creation of one of the most successful unions in GameSpot.
The officers mgatson, Cloud_Soup, B1wfdz33, pvtvaladez, storm1110, LIK, videdeogamegirl105, BMO999 and Jumbo120788 sharing the same interest not only in the Metal Gear Solid series, but also in the Final Fantasy series decided to this union. After days of planning, finally, on May 25, 2005, the The Final Fantasy Experience Union (FFE), was established with Cloud_Soup, B1wfdz33, pvtvaladez, storm1110 and mgatson as founding members; the latter being chosen as the union leader.Few hours after the establishment of FFE, LIK, videdeogamegirl105, BMO999 and Jumbo120788 were promoted to officership.
Since then, we've gone to so much: 2000+ posts per day period, the "SPAM Fiasco", FFA-FFE merger proposals, bolting out of some members to create their own FF unions, being chosen as Gamespot's official endorsed FF union, officers and regulars leaving and coming back happeneing left and right, becoming one of the biggest and most successful communities around here, among others... But the most important thing that happened is the creation of bonds of friendship which broke the barriers of age, gender, nationality/ethnicity, religion, and character.
I, for one, coming from the small country, the Philippines, had made a lot of friends here, which go beyond my life in Gamespot. True, FFE is the sole reason why I sticked with Gamespot, but the people and friends I met here made my stay with our beloved community meaningful. Starting with mgatson/TheONeAndOnlyMG, who entrusted me with the leadership of FFE; to the very hyperactive natiko, to my trusted lieutenants and buddies, Jumbo120788, SQUALL20XX, Orasion_Seiz, shoots18, storm1110, maa4208, RedNEXUS, KnowledgeOrCred, Gamer4life, and NeoGen85, michelle_moraes, to name a few; to the rest of the community who shared in the contributing to the betterment of FFE, I WILL MISS YOU ALL.
BUT WAIT! FFE is not to bow down that easily. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we always stand up. FFE will always stand up. For as long as one or two people gather in love for the Final Fantasy Series, FFE will be there.
Thus, in order to serve you better and to continue being "connected" with each other, I have created Final Fantasy Experience (FFE) @Facebook:
Why Facebook? Facebook is widely used by people around the world, including gamers like us, it is very fast and reliable, the notification feature is very useful in knowing if there is something new going on in the community, you can bring it anywhere through your mobile phone, and most of all, you can "add" good ol' Fantasy Gamer a.k.a. FG as your personal friend. lol :P
Let us continue to journey together as we seek and gain more Final Fantasy experience.
Thank you Gamespot. Thank you FFE, SEE, and KHE. Thank you officers and members. Thank you dear friends and acquaintances. You all made my stay here worthwhile. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! I will miss FFE@GS :cry:
Fantasy Gamer / FG
Leader, Final Fantasy Experience (offcially endorsed)
Leader, Square Enix Experience
Leader, Kingdom Hearts Experience
P.S. I requested GS to convert FFE and Square Enix Expeirence into ordinary GS forum in memory of all of us. I hope they would consider it, but if not, I hope I'll see you there at Facebook. I may still log in here from time to time, but it would be more on a guesting basis.