Well, it's been quite some time.
Haven't been actively around here for years, ever since the majority of the Virtual Underground, my online peers, jumped board when Gerstman got fired. Can't say I cared much for all of that back then though, I hardly read or followed anything on Gamespot that didn't happen in the forums. But hey, when all your friends were mods and ex-mods, who knew a lot of the Gamespot team on a more personal basis, that doesn't matter. You just follow with the tide.
In the beginning it didn't matter much. Most of us migrated to www.thevirtualunderground.net. But over time, people left, branched off towards little start-up sites of their own, or even died. Without the steady influx of quality posters that the GGD used to provide us with, our community was dwindling. Now, it's just the same old debates with the same old people and the same old arguments. Having searched the web, meeting up with some old friends in different places, I can't say I think we did ourselves a favour by leaving GS.
Over the years, I checked back here a couple of times. The GGD was plagued with new members, posting the same pointless, thoughtless questions over and over again. It seemed as if what was left wasn't worth returning too. But lately I'm feeling this urge again. This urge to fulminate about all things videogame related. Time to let go of the past. It seems that the PGD board has got itself together again, as I've been enjoying the topics at hand over the last couple of days. All the old folk are scattered over the web, discussing thing in their own little communities. The Wii hype has died and taken along with it all my 'real life' friends who I could talk about videogames with over the last couple of years. This time, I'm back to stay..
On a sidenote, I'd also want to mention me stumbling upon Oilers99's farewell post. We may never have met. We may never have spoken to eachother for over 5 years. But when somebody like Oilers99 mentions you twice in his lengthy farewell, that stands testimony to the strength of the internet and the conversations it enables. I was moved and honnoured. There are dozens of people who used to frequent this place I'll never forget. They might still be gaming, they might have kids by now, living a calm and happy life somewhere out there in the world. But to me, they are beyond my reach and will only ever occupy a warm place in my memory. Here's hoping that as I spend more time on here again, that selection of fine forumites will be joined by new faces, who I'll happily disagree with over the course of the coming months and years.
To the forums!