I'm...honestly a little bummed I guess? Not for Patrick, if he's happy that's all that matters. But when he came here he started something totally new and brought a fresh set of talents and fresh perspective. Kotaku hiring a reporter just kinda feels like another addition to the meat grinder over there. I was hoping he would go and do something radical like starting his own site or joining a company that wants to use him to shake things up. Oh well.
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I know this sounds super pretentious and arty and weird, but honestly I think it's the opposite: David OReilly made something kinda cool and people are trying to read arty and pretentious weirdness into it. Check out this collection of shorts and these t-shirts to get a better idea of what this guy's work is like.
@LevelUpTodd Thanks so much! I'll be back at it at the new gig in about a month.— Dan Ryckert (@DanRyckert) May 30, 2014
Just, you know...
I really hope they don't just hire someone because they are friends of the guys rather than they are the best fit for the job.I wish people would stop just naming any friend of giantbomb, honestly, would be interested to see someone new or someone who hasn't had much association with Giantbomb in the past, so it feels like they were really hired on merit rather than because they were friends with the right people.
Gonna be honest, as much as it "makes sense" for Dan Ryckert to get the gig like the latest rumor implies, I agree with this dude. I'm not saying that Dan isn't qualified, hasn't paid his dues, isn't funny enough, shouldn't be there because he's just another white dude, whatever; I just know that the job market today is all about being friends with the right people, and that'd be a bummer if it extended to Giant Bomb too. Why even bother with the whole hiring process, getting so many people to apply, when you're just gonna go with a friend?
There's a good reason for the "hire a friend" trend though. In any workplace it's important that whoever you hire is somebody that you know will fit into the corporate culture well. One shortcut to determine that is if you hire somebody you're already friends with, thus you already know you get along with them. Hiring a friend is not at all a magic bullet but it definitely raises your chances. Of course the importance placed on personality will differ from company to company, but at Giant Bomb it's of critical importance. So it makes sense for them to go to friends first.
I'm gonna be terrible and stoke the conspiracy flames a little bit...
I heard Justin talking about his job recently (I'll wrack my brains to try and remember where, it was an interview I think), and he said something along the lines of not really feeling like he knows what to do at Polygon anymore. His job is managing editor, but he rarely writes and his job as manager doesn't involve a whole lot beyond hiring people. Now, it definitely sounded more like somebody who was just talking normal concerns about their job (I've felt similar things at jobs I was plenty happy at), but that could also be sowing the seed of discontentment, or at least a desire to move on to something else.
Then again, he does have a baby on the way and it sounds like he has very little desire to leave West Virginia any time soon (where his wife has a very nice job at a hospital there), so that could all mean nothing. But I can't imagine they wouldn't at least talk to him. I DUNNO.
Sadly I don't think so. I believe Justin is expected to deliver his first baby this year!
He should probably let a doctor do that