I never was one to be sentimental. Too lazy to put forth the effort, really. But I’ll give it a shot. Before I came across this site, I had never participated in online communities. I had never found one that wasn’t full of jerks. Then one day, I found this place while looking for a review of a Mini. I watched from a distance for a while, as you all likely did at one point, and after I determined that the forum was composed of reasonable people, I posted my first comment and got into a heated debate right from the jump. Just my luck, I guess. I decided to stick with it, admittedly awkwardly, seeing as I didn’t want people thinking I was the kind of person I was trying to stay away from. But I eventually assimilated myself into the group, becoming arguably the greatest member this site has ever known. Not surprising, seeing as I am one of the best in the world at what I do.
It’s not just the community that makes this site so great. It’s the dedication they showed to the Minis program. Jeremy, Jasper, and the other reviewers and writers who have come and gone over the years, they have prided themselves on informing us. They kept us in the know by providing us with unbiased and informative reviews, kept us playing by giving us opportunities to win games, kept us excited with news about future releases, and provided us with a home to have developers and publishers come over and converse with us little people. They have tried to do the same with PSM, but the current state of the platform has made that a very difficult task.
For all this site has done over the years, I didn’t hesitate when opportunities for me to help out arose. My name is in the credits of a freaking video game thanks to this site. I organized and hosted the PSPminis.com Community Choice Awards, as well as provided gameplay videos for some of the better-looking PSM titles. Those things made me a candidate when the time came where the site needed new reviewers. I reluctantly accepted the job, and had I known that we were on our last legs, I would have been more productive. I am truly sorry about that, but I hope everyone enjoyed what I did produce and found them helpful. I am very thankful for the faith that Jasper and Jeremy had in me to do the job. Even though it literally pains me to say it, I want to thank onmode-ky. I’m sure his job was tough enough without my reviews thrown at him like an eroded brick. A few more thank yous go to the developers and publishers that came through and shared information with us, got feedback from us and genuinely cared about what we had to say. I felt as though I was helping to bring a better gaming experience to the people, and I was proud of that. Finally, thanks to Chris. I don’t know much about him (anything, actually), but he made all the good times happen, and that’s all I need to know.
Wrapping up, I just want to say that this site is a getaway for me. I come here knowing that I am with friends. Those who have long since gone, those who come here often, those whom I have exchanged words with, and even onmode-ky. You all have been great. I have learned a great deal in my time here. I have experienced new things here. I hope to continue that. As long as the forums are here, I’ll be here. Doing what I do best. Talking crap, raging, and helping as best I can.
So, until we meet again. Persnickety.