From PAX Prime 2010, one of my all-time favorite Destructoid group photos
Yesterday was officially my last day at Destructoid.
I've been happy and proud to call this place my Internet home for the past four-plus years. I still remember writing my first post -- impressions of the demo
for MLB 08: The Show
-- in my dorm room. It heralded the arrival of serious sports gaming coverage on Destructoid, and although some of the words make me wince now, I remain proud of it because it was something unique on this site, and because it reflected a major part of who I am and the kinds of pieces I like to write. In a different way, my most recent and final Destructoid article -- a summary of Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 tech demo
-- was also very much a "Samit post," as Jordan likes to call them.
In the 1,569 days -- that's 4 years, 3 months, and 18 days -- from February 22, 2008, through June 8, 2012, I brought Destructoid readers
coverage of sports games, simulation and arcade; editorial and on-camera content; on-the-ground coverage from E3, PAX Prime, and PAX East; a talking-head appearance
on national television; incredible stories
on over 60 weekly appearances on Podtoid; and previews of all kinds of games from press events in New York. I've loved it all.
But most of all, I've loved the people
, whether they're staff, behind-the-scenes, or readers. Destructoid has always felt unique and special because of its community, and I don't know any other website like this -- where writers form real-life friendships with readers, whether local or across the country. I know a lot of Destructoid readers by name; that comes from spending time with them at events like NARPs and PAX, through groups like Dtoid New York
The PAX Prime 2011 group photo, courtesy of Chanh Tang
I will miss Destructoid's people the most, and I will miss working with them. I can't yet say where I'm going from here, but if you keep up with me on Twitter
, you'll find out very soon. You can at least rest assured that I'm staying in the gaming industry.
I don't want to list specific people here, because I'm sure I'll forget someone, so I'll just say this: I want to thank...
(A) all of my Destructoid co-workers, both past and present, for making this awesome job even better, and for helping me to become the best writer I can be; and
(B) anyone who has ever read, commented on, linked, and/or responded to something I've done here -- whether it was an article, a podcast, a photo, or something else -- for making me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile.
Keep being awesome, Destructoid. I'll try to do the same now that I'm gone.