We've been witness to a lot of things in the last two years. Scorsese finally won an Oscar, there were at least 3 good episodes of Lost and we saw the fall of the Berlin Wall (not really, but as a Cold War kid I'm legally required to include that in every flashback). Nestled in there, somewhere, I came to work for GameSpot. While working at GameSpot will never compete with something as momentus as the release of Doomsday, the last two years have been among the most important and fullfilling of my career.
This Friday ( 05/09/2008 ) I produced my last GameSpot show, our Guitar Hero 3 Tournament TV. I'm happy to say that it was as fun, out of control and rewarding as anything I've done here in the last two years. I feel really good moving on with GameSpot where it is today. I've always been a user of GameSpot and when I finally landed my job here I tried my hardest to add a little something to one of the classiest places on the intertnet. Through the fun times and not so fun times my feelings for GameSpot, and the people that work here, have never changed. This is still one of the greatest sites on the internet manned by some of the greatest people in the business.
I got to work with folks I had spent years reading and laughing with as a user and then got to meet and work with all of the other people that make GameSpot tick. And though the GameSpot machine has many important pieces that you rarely see, like Frank, Jim, Tyler, Takeshi, Jan, Wernher, Dan, Dave and so many more, the essential gear that keeps it all working has to be Ryan MacDonald. I cannot say enough about his enthusiasm, trust and dedication, both for the site itself and its employees.
Then there are all the people I have to thank for letting me point a camera at them. When I think of the things they've agreed to do, and the energies that they've put into those projects, it really makes me appreciate what lack of sleep can do to a person's inhibitions and common sense.
I still get a kick out of a lot of the stuff we did. Below Stupid? Boss of Bosses? Bliss Island? Les Wampas? Why Naruto? Why Now? I'm pretty sure my girlfriend thought I was crazy because I sat at work and cracked myself up all day. Personally, I think I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world.
As always, thanks for listening,
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http://www.mindcavity.com (Currently on hiatus. To be updated after the next election)