Well, guys, I've given it a lot of thought, and it didn't come lightly.
After tooling around with the "new and improved" GameSpot, I have come to the conclusion that whomever was responsible for all of these changes pretty much eviscerated the last remaining remnants of a website I used to call my second online home. To be brutally honest, the changes are disappointing and unnecessary. You know, I thought I was willing to accept it, but God help me---I can only take so much. The removal of the Unions means people have no safe havens to discuss their favorite games anymore -- they must share a public forum with fanboys, trolls and haters who will pounce on any worthwhile discussion like a pack of wolves on a helpless lamb. Profanity and vulgar language is no longer regulated or filtered, giving griefers and blue-ribbon free-speechers the power to "embolden" their opinions and flood chat and comment boxes with cuss and filth. I came to GameSpot many years ago because I thought it was one of few safe places for me to make friends and chat about video games. The community was a nice one, and those who would cause trouble were kept in check and under control by means of moderations and hard-working moderators. I may lose friends because of this blog. If you think of me differently, I understand completely. Yet, I need to be honest, because if I told you I liked the changes, I'd be lying. And I never lie to my friends.
Anyhow, I'll use this opportunity to announce my departure from GameSpot after six years of being a member. This blog will not only be my last blog, but also my last official contribution to the website. It will also mark my last time contributing or being a member of ANY gaming website.
Like most things, it's time for me to focus on my life's endeavors outside of video games, but I will remain a gamer for as long as I still have an interest in it. The gaming industry will continue to evolve and change -- invariably, it will transform into something I can no longer recognize. Having lived through the golden age of the 16-bit era and survived the Sega/Nintendo wars, I can attest to all the fun times I had playing games as a kid with my friends. We can never relive those days again---at least, not anytime soon---but we will always have the memories.
Before I ride off into the sunset, I wanted to fill you in on some last updates. I am no longer a 360 gamer, and have devoted my allegiance to both Nintendo and Sony. I've given up the 360 because I want to focus on one platform. As of now, the PS3 and the PS4 have more interesting exclusives, and nearly every game to be released (or has already been released to this point) can be found on both competing consoles. I can't say I'm super-duper, first-kid-on-the-block excited to have the PS4, but there is still plenty of room for it to grow and develop overtime. The XBox One also has time to flourish and grow into a great product, and that's good for competition. Give or take five years, the PS4 and XBox One will have a strong library of games to choose from. No matter what side of the fence you choose to be on, be happy with your choice and have fun with it.
I'm looking forward to Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U as well as the Legend of Zelda Link Between Worlds on my 3DS. Don't worry about Nintendo -- those cats are going to be just fine.
Also, I downloaded my first season pass EVER. Bioshock Infinite. It means I get both the Burial at Sea DLC Chapters for free, plus a few other nifty perks. It's prompted me to replay the game again so I can nab all the Infusion bottles (including the five free ones you get with the Early Bird pack included with the Season Pass)
Lastly, for the PS4, I picked up KillZone and Knack. Knack is a gorgeous game, but it suffers from a deluge of missed opportunities and wasted potential. It's like having the ingredients to make the perfect pizza, but you end up making it lousy and undercooked. Still, I tend to see Knack as a precursor to what Ratchet and Clank might look like on the PS4 -- with Pixar-quality production values. Killzone is a showcase of the PS4's power. Graphically, the game looks amazing. It may not be the best FPS on the market, but it's gotten me interested in the Killzone series in general.
So, yeah, that's it.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to read my blogs and reviews over the years, and became my GS friends because of them. zinoalex, pokecharm, kjfl, widdowson91.....the list is too long to count; you have all been so good to me here and I hope we meet again in the stratosphere. A lot of you guys have already gone on to other websites, or gone on to other things, and that is understandable. Those who choose to remain here at GameSpot, I hope you'll grow accustomed to all the changes and make the most of your time. In other words, I hope you'll like GS a lot more than I do.
And most importantly, I hope that you will game on in spite of everything.
Good-bye, game on and may the Force be with you.
Asagea_888 signing off.