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Hollie Bennett avatar 3:56 PM on 08.22.2010  (server time)
Open letter to the editors, gamescom team and to the community.

So it is now the end of gamescom, I had the luxury of 6 hours sleep last night and today has been spent fixing up those loose ends from both the video and blogging team and I look forward to a nice hot shower later this evening (saying that it is already 10pm, another late night will defiantly be taking place).

To the Editors, the home team, the weekend team and the gamescom@Destructoid team -
Where do I even start to say thank you? You cannot even start to understand how thankful I am for the opportunity I have had from you guys to be allowed to do what we have. The support you have given has been amazing, from being there when we need you (we have been running on +1 to GMT), for the constant support in the form of editing and proof reading and of course not wanting to choke slam me when I send you constant and annoying emails.
I understand this has been a bit of an experiment, after all if you saw my video from E3 you would probably be terrified of the S**T I would be producing while here at gamescom. The team here and myself have loved this beyond all belief, even when everything is going tits up, it has been brilliant. Everything from the simply organisation of appointments, to directing the teams, to pushing content through to thinking on our feet. F***in’ excellent.

More than anything I hope you guy will continue to support the European team, I hope I have proven that we are capable of but I assure you, we can do so much more. I hope we have done you proud, I honestly do.

To the team here are gamescom - Jake, Roy, Pew, Ian and Dan.
Jesus Christ boys, talk about personal sacrifice. I never expected any of you to give me as much as you have over this past week. You have never complained even once, you stayed up every night pouring yourselves into everything you do, constant 8am till 5am days would kill most people, but not you.
For most of you, you have never even come close to doing something like this, the first insight into the ‘games industry’, to how it works, what it asks of you and what you need to give. It’s alot, isnt it? I am proud of you, so fucking proud of you. You have excelled yourselves. You understood that what we do here will directly effect if we ever do this again, each and everyone one of you for-filled your job 110%. Above all, I am proud of you for being friends and being team mates. This is a high stress and demanding environment, you saw it first hand. My schedules, my constant pounding across the halls of gamescom to make sure the right people were in the right place at the right time with the right equipment. You were able to differentiate between me as ‘team leader’ and me as your friend, thank you for understanding the stress I have been under and how this effects the way I interact with you. Thank you for completing the tasks I give you to such a high standard despite how tired and over worked you already are. Thank you for just not smothering me in my sleep to get me to shut up.

Never could there have been a better team, I hope you will look back on this positively. Remember: Haters gonna hate. Winners gonna play games early and drink free beer.

To the Destructoid Community.
I know I said something similar in one of the wrap up videos, so excuse me for the slight repetitiveness. I just want to say thank you, thank you for the support you have given us. This team is entirely new, they are not 'games industry' folk. They are community members who have proven themselves, who are skilled or willing to learn, they are loyal and caring with more passion that I can ever explain. We have NEVER done work like this before and if you saw my videos from E3, we really are being forced to hit the ground running. Gamescom is the biggest even in the world, it is bigger than E3 and we have worked it with a team of only 5 people. You are been so patient with us, you have been so damn supportive of all the work we have done and douchbaggery has been almost non-existent. We do this for you. I eat, sleep, live and breath Destructoid. I cannot begin to explain how this site and all of you mean to me. Thank you guys.

Also, cocks.

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