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A message to Anthony

I am not really good to whatever this cblog post might be: a message, a confession or simply a note to a person that I know only from reading his texts and watching his crazy videos.

It's not one hour ago when I opened up the site and see that smiling strawberry with the vibrant yellow "yes" slapped all over the site, puzzling me for what marketing fad this may be. I had to scroll down to see Anthony's goodbye post, reading it until the end causing my eyes water a bit and see the conclusion to find out what's going on.

All I want to say to Anthony is "thank you" with all my heart. He, along with Jim Sterling, has impacted me not only as a gamer that got informed by his posts, but as a person from the ground up, giving me that essential ideas for my brain to process and enchanting my views and perceptions over our much loved industry of videogames.

Realizing my dream - being a gaming journalist at my country- all my editorials tend to have that Burtch essence because I got affected by his views. I didn't copy him though - it's impossible! But he gave me all the material to process and make out my own views on the industry and communicate them to the readers of Greece. In his own conscience, I loved the indie gaming scene, a scene yet untouched by the majority of the press here.

So, I look forward for Anthony, to take his ideas for games that go deep in our minds and souls while they are awesome at the same time, while I feel that an essential element of my everyday life - essentially Anthony's writings- are going to be so missed from our dearly beloved Destructoid.

So, dear Anthony Burtch. Best wishes for your new life as a member of Gearbox and as a Husband. I'll still follow you from afar, but this time through the games that have your name in their credits. I salute you as one of my personal best videogame journalists and I really wish I would meet you in personal one day. I would also like to send you a gift for your wedding but, there's not much gaming things that a guy that used to work in the biggest gaming sites don't have.

BTW if you ever DARE to visit Greece (honeymoon in a scenic Greek island maybe?), please contact me.

You rule!

P.S. Please make a last episode of HAWP with your crazy sister acting unfittingly during your wedding :P
I can't stop thinking of her face stuffed with wedding cupcakes :P

p.s.2 I am currently playing Sleep is Death for review. It's kinda hard to be the storyteller
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About Mariolandone of us since 7:35 PM on 02.04.2008

Hey! I'm a 24 years old man and I'm living in Greece. Video games aren't banned in Greece.

Here's another update to my blog description.
Hi, I'm Marioland and I'm a gamer for a long long time. Greece sucks in general. I'm still practically unemployed. We have a VAT rate at 24% for everything except milk and the cost of living vs the salaries are so unequal, that it is needed to have two jobs in order to run your own house. We are the generation that grew up and stays in parents' basements.

My angst for the lame gamers in Greece is now silenced. Everybody plays as they want. I don't care. I have enough friends to play with so, random matches are a stranger to me.

Younger gamers still can't afford to READ the solution for a game. Let alone play it themselves.

And, yeah. Somehow I feel happy. Also, I kinda like gaming on iDevices, as long as it's not an iPhone.

I am growing old to the gaming journalism, but I still count my self as a newcomer. I contribute to a greek gaming site called Game 2.0 where I post news, reviews and editorials. It's all in Greek so, it will be kinda Greek to you.
I still believe that gaming journalism is a harsh place. Everything you do gets a lot of negative attention (that's kinda good in a cynical point of view). But, now I know more of the people in other sites, I could see that some of them are actually good people.

Anyways, I own a DSi, a PSP, an Xbox 360, a Wii and an iPod Touch 4G 32GB. Feel free to ask me for friendship on these platforms. It would be nice to get my ass handed to me by someone from Dtoid.

Keep Gaming!

Update kinda lame. But I had fun changing it!
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