Jim Sterling left Destructoid. In case you didn't know. Which is to me kind of like Mr. Destructoid leaving Dtoid for another website, so intrinsic is Jim to this place. And I'm still baffled by the lack of fanfare.
My head has been awhirl all day wondering if I even want to stick around this place now. Up until this morning when I happened upon the news mentioned off-handedly in a c-blog, everything at Dtoid was great for me. The rise in melodramatic posts as of late about the site becoming less and less fun left me unfazed, because I can only dedicate so much time to this shit, and as far as I'm concerned, the news, and personalities and content, in the capacity I have to digest them, are enough for me. But now without Jim, it's a whole other equation, and all of a sudden the front page does seem a bit dry to me. And I remember when my favourite editors left the last gaming site I used to browse, how hollow an experience it was to stick around afterwards as long as I did.
Anyway, since the best explanations of the situation seem to currently be found through such means as wading through Twitter posts, and Deadly Premonition let's plays – for the part where Jim talks about what happened for a bit before getting distracted by a cutscene – I will briefly post my findings.
- There seems to have been some sort of disagreement between Jim and Dale about the type or capacity of content Jim was to contribute, which he thought they could compromise on, but apparently they couldn't (wth) and decided it was best to get a divorce. But they're on friendly terms and mommy and daddy both still love you.
- Podtoid is now "The Dismal Jesters" and you can find it here for now. And it was just added to iTunes apparently as I was typing this. It's like, a regular episode of Podtoid.
That's about all I've got. Anyway, I did scout some other gaming sites today, but ultimately my conclusion is, I love Dtoid, and it still meets my needs as well or better than any other site out there, and it's crazy early to think about jumping ship. And I can still follow Jim separately on Youtube and the Escapist and the new podcast. And I'm encouraged by Dale North's words in a reply on another cblog, about the direction of the site and wanting to liven up the front page. It sounds pretty good. And there are still plenty of great people, in the staff and community. I'll stick around awhile yet, friends.
But now, Jim does deserve a proper Dtoid farewell.