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Worth Reading: 06/21/2013

It's not goodbye, but it's definitely change. Patrick looks back at the last two years by looking back at the years before that, hops on his personal velociraptor, and heads towards the future.

Change is weird, but it’s been a weird couple of years. Giant Bomb was bought by CBS. My father passed away. I got married. What’s one more thing? If only moving from San Francisco to Chicago was “one thing.” It’s so much more, and it’s hard to unpack the future without the past.

There were a couple of reasons I came to San Francisco in the first place. 1UP offered me an opportunity to take Luke Smith’s position as news editor (he’s now a designer at Bungie). I was graduating from college, and while San Francisco was in my future, it was going to happen...later? That fall? What’s the rush? Instead, 1UP said “if you want the job, come to SF really soon.” It was a real job, so I grabbed it. Soon turned out to be a few weeks after graduation; I wasn’t around long enough for a family party to celebrate college being over.

Two, leaving the midwest was important to me. I’d spent my whole life in the Chicgoland area, and I didn’t want to get stuck there and never see the world. It’s not uncommon for midwest folk to never leave their hometown, and that terrified me. I’m sure there are plenty of people who stayed rooted and are perfectly happy, but in my mind, how could they know for sure? If they hadn’t given the rest of the world a chance, weren’t they making a calculated gamble that their current situation was the ideal one?

Off to San Francisco I went. I’d been dating my wife for a little over a year, and tossed her a big question: wanna go with me? In any other situation, I doubt we’d have made the leap to quickly move in with one another, but we didn’t have family outside of the midwest. I wasn’t going to ask her to come out to the Bay Area and get her own place because I was a commitment novice. We moved into together, it was great, and we were married six years later. Even in hindsight, I wouldn't have done it any other way.

All of my jobs have been formative, in one way or another.

1UP was my first salaried gig, and I was in charge of a whole section--crazy for a relative newcomer. That meant dealing with freelancers, paying invoices, and coming to grips with the title “news editor.” It was easy to talk high ‘n mighty about journalism in a college course, it’s altogether different when you’re tasked with running a section yourself. I learned some hard lessons during that time. One of my sources was almost fired because a story ran early for reasons that aren’t super important, and the studio he worked for ended up searching the network for proof of his communication with me over instant message. They found him/her, but several other employees had also made the same “mistake.” Crisis averted.

1UP is where MTV News editor Stephen Totilo noticed me, and reached out about the chance to write for his games-focused MTV Multiplayer blog as a west coast correspondent. I'd only been at 1UP six months, but this was too big. MTV is where my “interest” in journalism became something more, and the first time felt comfortable calling myself a reporter. I have MTV to thank for everything that came after.

Then, the recession hit. MTV laid off all its freelancers, which included me. I was being paid a salary, but blah blah, technically, I was a freelancer. Not sure where to go next, G4 came up. Los Angeles sounded like the worst, but it was already clear how important video was becoming to games coverage, and what better place to go than a television station dedicated to covering geek topics? I’d met Adam Sessler before, but I’d hardly call us friends, at that point. Even though I was hired to work on the G4tv.com web team, my angle was about getting on TV. Sessler saw enough in me to provide me with that chance, which was both an honor and supremely weird. When I was doing fancy TV stuff for E3, G4 bought me clothes. (When I quit to leave for EGM, the clothing department secretly gave me those clothes in a box, since my wife loved them so much.) G4 is where I broke the news about the split at Infinity Ward, a personal milestone. G4, as a channel, became dedicated to covering that story for roughly a whole day, easily a top ten weirdest moment in my life. It’s the kind of story you spend your years after chasing, and knowing you might not ever have anything like it again. Also, Los Angeles really wasn’t that bad.

I left G4 for selfish reasons. There are precious few spots for men to be on camera at G4, which should come as no surprise to anyone who was familiar with some of the programming decisions there. I don’t even disagree with those decisions, based on what the aims of the network were, but to become a personality, I was looking at another few years of writing for a website I didn’t really have my heart in.

A chance to be a higher-up within EGM’s reboot came up, and it was impossible to ignore. Who’d turn that down? I grew up reading EGM--it was a dream. In retrospect, I wish I had. That’s not totally true. The less said about that period the better, but I don’t regret my decision. It was the right call at the time, and everything about it informed what I wanted from a job after that. I wanted to care about the work I did.

That’s where Giant Bomb came in. I’ve known Brad since I was, I don’t know, 12-years-old? Something stupid like that. I’d met Jeff at events. While in Los Angeles, Ryan had hung out after E3, and we got really drunk and went to an 80s cover band one night. We were good friends soon after. I didn’t know Vinny or Drew. I’d met Alex a few times. I quickly connected with them, and it didn’t take long to realize I’d found the home I’d been looking for all along. Great friends, respectable content, and a dedicated community that provided one with equal love and hate. Giant Bomb has been a place where I’ve been able to, sometimes painfully, figure out what I want from my job, both personally and professionally. Giant Bomb has been a place where I’ve been given the opportunity to do whatever I want, so long as it felt right.

All of that has made the past two years such a blast. No regrets. It’s what makes the move to Chicago so bittersweet. It should feel that way. It feels right being that way. You want these choices to sting a little. It means I’ve spent the last two years doing work that meant a damn, and that's all you can ask for.

This isn’t goodbye, but it’s change. It’s not going to be fun being left out of I Love Mondays, TNT, the podcast, Unprofessional Fridays, and everything else that makes each week here at Giant Bomb so weird, satisfying, and completely random. I have to find a new path for myself on the site, and we’ll find that together. Like anything else, it’ll probably be a bumpy road, but I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Thank you.

(I ran out of time to format all these links. So, here’s a link dump. Sorry. We’ll return to normal soon.)

  • http://caas.raptr.com/case-study-halo-4s-spartan-ops-content-updates-successes-and-failures/
  • http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/3/4391736/real-life-battlestar-galactica-larp-could-be-coming-to-america
  • http://kotaku.com/one-author-breaks-down-the-reality-of-violent-games-in-511024873
  • http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/31/as-tv-falls-apart-tumblr-and-twitter-aim-to-pick-up-the-pieces/
  • http://jamesgunn.com/2012/05/29/my-rules-on-spoilers/
  • http://agameofme.tumblr.com/post/52044232919/after-before-midnight
  • http://www.psmag.com/culture/are-video-games-the-next-great-artform-58300/
  • http://derekdaniels.com/blog/2013/6/4/god-of-war-devil-may-cry-love-letters
  • http://www.edge-online.com/features/youre-playing-it-wrong-the-danger-of-writers-reading-too-much-into-the-wrong-game/
  • https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kickstarter.com%2Fprojects%2F617502838%2Fshadow-of-the-eternals&ei=7kquUd29L4WKiQf00IGwDg&usg=AFQjCNHSChCbjSrrpfI4L0yeO5Rdjsy5hw&sig2=i6YGihl3-Gf4vMZ5VXd6yg&bvm=bv.47244034,d.aGc
  • http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/06/hyper-mode-anita-sarkeesian-and-the-trouble-with-m.html
  • http://www.macworld.com/article/2032847/a-5-app-isnt-expensive-customers-need-to-help-fix-the-app-store-economy.html
  • http://www.spyparty.com/beta/
  • http://gameological.com/2013/06/apples-folly/
  • http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/06/six-of-the-best-free-games-about-sex
  • http://kotaku.com/three-short-comic-strips-about-being-a-female-game-jour-511873087
  • http://kotaku.com/investigation-a-video-game-studio-from-hell-511872642
  • http://prospect.org/article/triple-games-pretty-and-brain-dead
  • http://www.unwinnable.com/2013/06/07/hustler-and-my-first-e3/
  • http://tinycartridge.com/post/52624986197/crossing-a-line-gender-identity-in-animal
  • http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/194421/From_the_Editor_Leaving_E3_with_a_sense_of_hope_optimism.php
  • http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/playing-outside/
  • http://www.theonion.com/articles/stunning-e3-announcement-reveals-new-video-game-co,32832/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=standard-post:other:default
  • http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/TynanSylvester/20130602/193462/The_Simulation_Dream.php
  • http://theamericanscholar.org/playing-at-violence/#.Ub-rzfnrzNS
  • http://killscreendaily.com/articles/articles/defense-shooting-people-face/
  • http://thelimitlessmag.com/kanye-wests-yeezus-and-microsofts-xbox-one-match-made-in-hubristic-heaven/
  • http://www.paste.com/issues/week-97/articles/hyper-mode-battle-of-the-brands-at-e3-2013
  • http://www.freeindiegam.es/2013/06/will-you-ever-return-in-da-hood-jack-king-spooner/
  • http://www.unwinnable.com/2013/06/14/its-a-little-bit-sad/
  • http://www.brainygamer.com/the_brainy_gamer/2013/06/a-humongous-adventure.html?
  • http://kotaku.com/the-creepy-side-of-e3-513484271
  • http://www.reactionzine.com/an-open-letter-to-games-media/
  • http://mor-game.com
  • http://www.polygon.com/features/2013/6/20/4441680/how-games-are-made-defense-grid-2
  • http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/06/20/the-sorry-saga-of-skulls-of-the-shogun-windows-8/
  • http://kotaku.com/shigeru-miyamoto-and-the-damsel-in-distress-520259897
  • http://www.penny-arcade.com/2013/06/19/twiiter-sucks-sometimes
  • http://thefullbrightcompany.com/2013/06/21/why-we-are-not-showing-gone-home-at-pax/
  • http://www.falsegravity.com/?p=555
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xj-KxebLFlQ
  • http://vimeo.com/67501143
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=f7oOG9qP0uA
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=unRldLdllZ8
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6RtSGFryKwo
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02w-veHf5Tk
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=O3ssBHhl2OU
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WhwRdDGAnoA
  • http://indiegames.com/2010/11/browser_game_pick_but_that_was.html
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481 Comments
Edited by MooseyMcMan

Totally unrelated to anything in this article.

But I would ride a raptor cross country.

Good luck Patrick!

Edited by Brackynews

FIRST PAGE ON FAREWELL THREAD. :D

Massive linkdump is massive. :O

Glad you found your way, Tricky. Glad I first saw you on G4 and The Co-Op Show, glad I subscribed to EGM's re-debut (I know what you're getting at...sucks), glad you brought some real deal news reporting to Giant Bomb AND gave us typo nerds something to have fun with, and especially glad to have asked for your autograph at California Extreme.

All the best and enjoy your return home.

Posted by Coreus

Later Pater!

Edited by hustlerlt

This makes me sad :(

Edited by poisonmonkey

Best of luck sir, they say a change is as good as a rest!

Edited by JoshuaN

Take care and good luck!

Posted by frythefly

Edited by graboids

sad to see you leave the office, but look forward to seeing what happens next and to have a Giant Bomb Midwest correspondent.

Also weird/cool to see my photoshop image on the front page of the site....

Posted by Oginam

SKYPE PATRICK FOR THE PODCAST!

Seriously, Skype works fine. I'm talking to you, Ryan.

Posted by mden2013

Sad to see ya go but good to see ya stay. <>

Posted by ManiacMaysin

Good luck, man! Looking forward to more spookin' with scoops and interesting video game articles from your new location.

Edited by Sgtpierceface

NOW WHO WILL QUICK LOOK OBSCURE INDIE GAMES!?!!? WHOOOO?!?

Posted by Amafi

Beautiful picture. And I hope you keep streaming stuff once you get situated, I'd love to watch more spookin with scoops or anything else you come up with.

Edited by Rasrimra

It always touches me to hear a man's life.

Please do well and be well.

Posted by Residentrevil2

We'll miss you on the Bombcast!

Posted by omdata

Keep up the good work, Patrick.

Edited by Mister_V

Farewell Scoops, good luck with the move, and make sure the east coast show with Alex happens.

Posted by CJduke

Totally unrelated to anything in this article.

But I would ride a raptor cross country.

Good luck Patrick!

Who wouldn't?

Anyway, sorry to see you leave the office Patrick sometimes I feel like there would never be any content without you

Posted by AdventOblivion

Bye Patrick. Even though you're not technically leaving you will be missed.

Posted by Milkman

Posted by Unequivocable

You will be missed on the live streams--but I'm glad you'll still be around and creating content!

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Posted by Aska

Patrick you're such an awesome guy. Sad that you're leaving the offices but I personally can't wait to see what kind of dumb shit you can get up to in Chicago.

Posted by TheThirdRLM

PATRICK!! SCOOPS!! KLEPTOK!! MECHAMOTHRA!! YOU WILL BE MISSED!!


Edited by D43M0N

Another great read from a great guy. Safe travels duder.

Edited by gbrading

Be sure to Bombcast visit, even by Skype. Looking forward to more homemade video content!

Edited by PlayPaul

Keep on scoopin' and spookin'. It's gonna be weird not seeing (and hearing) you around but can't wait for the stuff you'll be doing.

Edited by CaptainTightPants

Dat link dump.

Wish you well, Patrick.

Edit: I hope that Spookin' with Scoops doesn't take that long of a hiatus!

Edited by SlashDance

Posted by TyrellOCP

Gonna miss your regular video appearances, Paddy.

See you on the other side.

Edited by Borp

I know you're not going away completely but i'm going to miss you man :(

Posted by bitterpants

Godspeed, Scoops.

Edited by MrMazz

Man to think MTV who we have to thank for you being a journalist. Maybe they are good for somethings.

It'll be a bummer not seeing you round the office videos but hey random morning show with alex where you call Ryan and Jeff and possibly get them into car accidents sounds super dope.

Heres an interivew by Charlie Rose with the founder of Tumblr from like a week a go it fits with that TechCruch link

Edited by PollySMPS

Love ya, Patrick. Hope you have a safe and fun trip and can't wait to see you dive full-time into your passion of breaking big news and writing great articles. Gonna miss ya in the offices, man. :(

Edited by FinalDasa

Thanks for all the hard work Scoops. Can't wait to see what you can cook up in Chi town.

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Posted by Tober

Great read indeed. Keep being awesome Patrick. ScoooOOoOOpS!!!

Posted by Jensonb

It's been an honour and a privilege checking out your work, Scoops, and it will continue to be so.

Also, GO BEARS.

Posted by Eaxis

I didn't think anyone could come in and become part of the crew, but you sure did. You brought a lot to the site and i'm glad you're still gonna be around. Thank you Scoops.

Edited by Lanceuppercut

Good luck Patrick safe travels.

Posted by Fistfulofmetal

Dark Souls solo endurance run!

Posted by kensei423
Posted by Neurotic

Best of luck, Patrick. You will be missed but I have faith that you can make this work.

Posted by warley

I got a bit misty at the end of this weeks bombcast. Best of luck Patrick.

Posted by buckybit

I remember reading your journey from your home to SF/1UP on your 1UP blog, when you started there? Good times! You are the only one, who could have filled the Luke Smith hole at 1UP at that time. :)

Growing up is learning to ... let go ... of things and people ... and places.

All the best, Duder.

Edited by mrfluke

@patrickklepek i linked them for you, doesnt look the best, but figured it would help users, i believe you can just copy paste this and throw it up in your article if you wish

best of luck in chicago.

Posted by Domar_DK

While I was sceptic at first, you quickly learned how to fit in and feel like a natural part of the GB squad. You'll definitely be missed on the bombcast and live shows. A big thank you for the last two years and I'm looking forward to see what you'll contribute with from Chicago. All the way from Copenhagen, I wish you good luck and keep on bringing the scoops!

Edited by PoToSkull

While it is a bummer to see you move away, I have faith that it'll work out and Giantbomb will be even stronger. The day you return for a live stream, quick look or podcast will be an awesome one. Good luck in Chicago!

Posted by ragbag