Well, life's been so brutally busy lately that I almost didn't realize it, but yesterday was officially the 10 year mark of my joining this website. I honestly wish I had more time or energy to reach into myself and pull out something profound to say, but things really have been busy for me. Life is at a very interesting point now and I'm making great strides towards my future. In a way, it's sort of bittersweet to celebrate this anniversary because when I look back, I see a lot of things that I've come to miss. The innocence, the intrigue, and even the sweet amounts of free time I had. Things are different now. I was only 15 years old when I joined this website. I feel like I grew up simultaneously while being here. And it's been quite a journey I'll tell you that much.
There were 2 boards that I'd like to tip my hat to, and those are the World Wrestling Everything Union, and the Gathering of Stalker (or SKS) Union. I'd like to say to anyone from either union still around that it was a pleasure getting to know you and I enjoyed the journey.
And sadly, both of these boards were wiped out when GameSpot decided to change everything up. I guess that's a sign of the times.. everything I knew around here is gone. Perhaps that's my cue to finally hang it up. This place changed without me and it didn't even skip a beat, even though to me it meant a lot more than that.
The thing is, that despite my busy schedule now, I still am and forever will be a gamer at heart. I know that because I still play video games today. I still go out and buy the ones that mean something to me. I still get excited at the thought of playing them. Make no mistake, this is not goodbye. I am not leaving GS. I am simply.. I guess you would call it scaling it back. You see without a home (like the 2 boards I mentioned earlier) I feel like a ronin now -- a wandering samurai. I don't quite belong to any particular place. I will stick around and post occasionally on game boards where I feel I have something to contribute, but even those are basically empty since GS split the GS/GF communities. It's turned most boards into desert towns.
Long story short, I'll be here. I am after all a veteran here at GS. I can say that now. I've earned my keep. I just don't think I'll be around as much as I would've liked. GS has changed a lot during my stay. I have a feeling it'll keep changing. For now though, I'll be a wandering samurai. Perhaps one day I can find another home, and more people to keep me interested in this place.
It's been a hell of a ride. If I had one last thing to say, it would be this. Keep gaming.