:( Kleptok [I'll never forget that role]
Very sad to see you go Patrick. And I'm guessing you'll probably read this since you're that kind of guy so I feel it particularly worthwhile to write something meaningful...
Although I didn't know your work fully when you joined, I was tremendously excited when you did from what I had seen. It was obvious that you'd be different from the others who had formed such a close knit group already but I knew you'd bring something of quality to GB with your news specialism. It also became quickly clear that you would bring an awareness of and champion other games that weren't always so up the alley of the other editors and it felt like GB became more rounded as a result. And as to becoming one of the group I was impressed with how that really became true and natural over time - obviously that's not just down to you but due to the other guys as well. You've clearly charted your own independent journey as well in the meantime with things like Spooking with Scoops and figuring out the whole Let's Play space. I think I remember you giving that as a motivation at the time, to purposefully figure out a new thing you weren't so good at. I mention that because you're clearly a driven person who goes out of their way to make themselves better at what they do and I think that's highly impressive. I'm sure those character qualities in addition to your skills will make you succeed in whatever you do in the next phase of your career and the phases after that too.
You will leave a genuine hole at Giant Bomb with your leaving but that'll be another story. I'll keep at least half an eye out for what you do in the future and I wish you all the best for it. And also for you and Katie and your family in case the new thing requires any particular upheaval in your general life.
Bye for now :)