Some stuff about parenthood and websites... and puppies!

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Posted by snide (2671 posts) -
We recently bought a Dragon modal for above the crib.
We recently bought a Dragon modal for above the crib.

Duders. Today is my last day at CBS Interactive, and as such this ends my reign of terror running Giant Bomb / Comic Vine. The reasoning is very simple and quite boring. I love Jeff, the team and the community here all very much, but a few months ago I decided that I'd take some time off once my kid rolled around. So actually, I guess I just lied to you. March 29th was actually my last day. The past three weeks I've secretly been rearranging my garage, doing some gardening and downloading Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen. After 13 years of weekends, nights and twitter replies it's been a pretty drastic change. Mostly I've just been hanging with Veronica and saying shit like "And this Veronica is Icewind Dale II, Daddy's favorite game".

I'll leave the sappy stuff out of here but put briefly, thank you for these amazing sites. You have no idea how much fun it is to be a tool-builder and then see people use your tools. More than that, it's been fun having the dialog about what to build and why things are built the way they are. That just doesn't exist anywhere else on the Internet, and I've enjoyed all the PMs, emails, twitter replies and skype call-ins over the years. I know I've helped inspire people into the profession and that's been pretty fucking rad for me because it means I know that others will help mold the Internet away from the shit-storm of crap that it sometimes seems to move toward.

So, why the long wait for the announcement? Basically because I knew CBSi was in talks to hire someone to take over a lot of the community management and product issues I maintained. That person needed to understand how and why the community works, not just be able to steward an engineering team. I was hoping they'd pick someone in particular, so I waited a bit so you guys knew this wasn't some random decision. We had a plan damnit!

Matt Rorie is now the Product Manager for Giant Bomb.

I just blew your mind. I know. You're in shock. But then you're like... but Dave, Rorie isn't a designer? I hate to break it to you Internet, but me being a designer/coder was more a product of us being a 2-person company back in 2006, that's never the way it works on sites of this size. Usually the guy who manages the web site has no more skills than being friendly and buying engineers drinks in exchange for code (Tip to Rorie: @ltsquigs likes Vodka gimlets). Also know that for all intents and purposes, Alexis has been the designer of these sites for the past two years. I mostly just built the CMS and moderation tools. It's been that way for awhile because Alexis is a much, much better designer than I am.

More importantly having Rorie join the team means that I know there's someone in charge that can do more than just file bug reports and make wire-frames. It's still a small site and it's better to have well-rounded people that can be on camera, chat up users at PAX and chip in with the occasional review. Selfishly I'm also pleased that Rorie knows how to fill the gap of totally obscure PC game coverage. If you sit and think about it, this totally makes sense.

As for me. While I officially don't work here anymore I've decided to take a page from Gary Whitta's playbook and show up anyway. I'll still be popping in on podcasts, quick looks and the like as usual. I just won't be getting paid for it. All my friends work here, so it's kind of impossible to really leave.

If for some reason you need to contact me I'll still be on the boards and reading PMs, but you can also find me on twitter @enemykite or by email at I have no idea what I'm going to end up doing for a job down the line, but for right now I'm just digging making goofy faces at my kid.

Thanks for everything duders.

PS: You should totally freak out the people at CBS and buy a subscription. They'll think Rorie is some kind of business genius, and as I've mentioned before, it's the best way to help the site moving forward. Then maybe we can get him on Survivor or something.

One last note

Jeff, this one's for you buddy. I never thought I'd get to build a video game website again. Thanks for making that happen.

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#1 Edited by KarlPilkington (2809 posts) -


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#2 Posted by louiedog (2388 posts) -

WHAT?! This is amazing and sad and amazing and weird. I don't know how to feel.

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#3 Posted by Tofin (184 posts) -

Really going to miss you, Dave. Hope those guest appearances are frequent as hell!

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#4 Posted by TehJedicake (959 posts) -

.... I don't know whether I should be super happy or extremely sad...

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#5 Edited by e2kelley (30 posts) -

A sad day for the internet. Best of luck Dave.

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#6 Posted by Robopengy (596 posts) -

Dave! Duder! D:

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#7 Posted by Daveyo520 (7744 posts) -

Cya Dave! Hope all is well in the world of being a dad.

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#8 Edited by Winternet (8395 posts) -

What is this INSANITY?

Explain yourself Mr. @rorie

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#9 Posted by YOU_DIED (712 posts) -

Sad to see you go man, I hope you'll be back on Flight Club as a guest some time. Thanks for the memories!

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#10 Posted by SupernormalStep (224 posts) -

Godspeed Dave! So much to take in right now.

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#11 Edited by supercubedude (568 posts) -

Matt Rorie truly is the BOSS OF BOSSES

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#12 Posted by granderojo (1899 posts) -


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#13 Edited by SharpShotApollo (164 posts) -

NO WAY! Good luck Dave. Gonna miss you!

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#14 Edited by phizzle (16 posts) -


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#15 Edited by ultraman324 (25 posts) -

Oh man this like like the textbook definition of bittersweet. Good luck in the future Dave.

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#16 Posted by JayDee (446 posts) -



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#17 Posted by andrew2696 (591 posts) -

You win Dave. You have shocked the internet. Hope you have nothing but luck in whatever future endeavor you do.

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#18 Posted by mistersamman (377 posts) -

You'll be missed.

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#19 Posted by Prometheum5 (40 posts) -

We will miss you for sure, but glad to hear you will still appear from time to time. Congrats on the kid, you've certainly earned the time off.

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#20 Edited by fokker23 (5 posts) -

Good Luck Dave! You will be missed!

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#21 Posted by MethodMan008 (1005 posts) -


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#22 Posted by Milkman (18871 posts) -

The range of emotions in this post...I can't.

First off, you will obviously be extremely missed, Dave. Flight Club and Random PC Games will never be the same without you. I hope you can drop by every once in awhile and say hello.


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#23 Posted by Dalai (7866 posts) -


I mean, NO!



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#24 Edited by Xevabis (165 posts) -

Rorie is back, but at what cost?

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#25 Posted by DBrim (135 posts) -

Holy fucking shit.

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#26 Posted by coribald (336 posts) -

Oh my god. All of the emotions in the universe are happening to me at once.

We're gonna miss the shit outta you Dave. But we're also gonna love the shit out of @rorie, just like we always have.

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#27 Edited by DJJoeJoe (1422 posts) -

Rad, keep on being happy and we all wish you good fortune and good friends in the future!

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#28 Posted by Bullitus (140 posts) -

Didn't see that coming. Thanks for everything.

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#29 Edited by redcream (821 posts) -

Good luck Dave and thanks!

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#30 Edited by Asky314159 (79 posts) -

Thanks for the awesome website, Dave! Good luck on whatever you end up doing next!

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#31 Edited by atrox (81 posts) -

Holy shit.

EDIT: Thanks Dave and good luck!

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#32 Posted by JunkHype (383 posts) -

Dammit, we're going to miss you Dave! Random PC game and Flight Club will never be the same. :'(

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#33 Posted by Sevith (26 posts) -

I... welp. Didn't see this coming. At all.

Godspeed, man. Godspeed.

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#34 Edited by BenL (19 posts) -

Wow. Thanks for all of your hard work Dave!

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#35 Posted by Dekkarra (65 posts) -

Think my mind just 'sploded. Best of luck to you in fatherhood and the professional life Dave!

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#37 Posted by viking_funeral (2533 posts) -

Huh. So that bomb has been dropped.

I'll miss you, duder!

Seriously, though, good luck with your adventures in parenting, and thanks for all the joy, knowledge, and feelings of old-school PC camaraderie you've given us over the years. Also, thanks for making sure the website doesn't blow up like one of Ryan's FTL ships during its maiden voyage.

P.S. Rorie?!! That almost makes up for you going. Almost.

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#38 Posted by Evelgest (133 posts) -

This is definitely bittersweet. Best of luck in the future, Dave. Thanks for all the hard work.

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#39 Posted by MooseyMcMan (12528 posts) -

We'll miss you Dave!

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#40 Posted by posh (643 posts) -

holy shit! dave you will be missed so much! please make cameo appearances all the time!

and at the same time, I love matt rorie!

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#41 Posted by Pixel_Kaiser (62 posts) -

Gosh this makes me incredibly sad. But you're doing it for the right reasons. Hope your baby grows up great, best of luck to you.

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#42 Posted by FLStyle (6237 posts) -

All the best Dave, thanks for the fun times.

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#44 Posted by amlabella (375 posts) -

Okay, you successfully blew my mind Dave. It's sad to hear you're stepping down, but at least you'll still be popping in from time to time - I need more Dave appearances in quick looks! Thanks for all your hard work with the site!

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#45 Edited by ChaosTony (110 posts) -

Whooooooah!!! Are you passing the torch on Eastern-Bloc games too?

later on Dave! Good luck in the future duder!

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#46 Posted by RavenDark (26 posts) -

best of luck to you Dad, always be gaming.

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#47 Posted by NapTimeSleeper (349 posts) -

Best of luck to you Dave.

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#48 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -
Mother of god.
Mother of god.

I totally understand your decision, Dave. Best of luck to you and your new kid, and don't be a stranger!

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#49 Posted by ZironZ (114 posts) -

Damn I wanted Rorie to join the crew but it is a real shame to see you leave :(

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#50 Posted by OneManX (1710 posts) -

Wow! I dont know how to feel...

Wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors?

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