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It's official


By Blackwalt - Posted on 22 December 2010

So some of you may already know, some of you may not, but I took the buyout package offered up by my company.

In October.

I was feeling like one of the Walking Dead over that past two months. Exacerbated by the official goodbye party last week. Yet I am still here.

After intense negotiation and a meeting with the Editor and HR we finally got everyone on the same page.

Friday.

"This friday?" as the Editor asked.

Yes, this Friday. Christmas Eve.

I am walking away from eighteen years. Eighteen years with four owners, two divisions, two companies(!), 1 newspaper launch, 1 central newsdesk launch and numerous redesigns.

And I am leaving happy.

Am I walking away to a new job? No. Is the website going to see more content? No. Is my Xbox Live gamerscore going to improve drastically? No. (Well... maybe).

But I am walking away. I am planning to take 2-3 months off. Just off.

That's the plan. I'll let you know how it works out.

So there you go. Bought out. As of Friday. And happy about it. Anything else? No? Well then, goodbye.

Guba's picture

Until he pulls it all out in to fund a massive going out of business Xbox 360 game sale at [insert name of failing entertainment chain here].

At least Rolly and Guba will live in the lifestyles they have grown accustomed to.
Don't worry Rolly, the Lego tap will not dry up in the foreseeable future.

Coxxorz, the daily shopping spress (err walkies) will probably continue uninterrupted. He does have to leave the basement occasionally.

Ice's picture

Maybe I'm confused about your 18 years there, but wasn't that most of 18 years?

Stormblade's picture

n/t

Coxxorz's picture

2-3 months of nothing, and he posts a serious burn! Well done.

Should put some Ice on that, Blackwalt.

Coxxorz's picture

Congrats. As your reward for 18 years of superlative service, allow me to buy you a coffee.

Personal Game Reviewer's picture

Would you be so kind to inform me about what this means for my employment??

You're going to leave the damn key to this here closet at least, aren't you?

Blackwalt's picture

I'll drill some air holes before I leave.

Coxxorz's picture

I'll need someone to deliver my coffee now.

Swag's picture

there will be a HUGE LAN Party* in your honor?

And the Walking Dead is a good show btw.

*Location to not be determined by swag, I've gotten into enough trouble over that.

MauriceRevek's picture

As mentioned here. For the sendoff, post X-Mas / New Years Turkey Shoot.

Location is my place, time is to be determined. It should be towards the end of Jan.

Stormblade's picture

Q-Bert's place at the beginning of January. Got it.

MauriceRevek's picture

There is a little spot just for you in the back before the barn. There is no electricity or heat so bring a generator and propane heater. I think we can arrange for a dialup connection.

Stormblade's picture

I don't have to play Dork's Quest VIII or whatever other obscure game you have that no one else plays.

Swag's picture

I'll bring the Farmboy snacks...

And I now have a nice new computer monitor, so I won't need Q-bert's 17 inch CRT.

Q-Bert's picture

... on joining the ranks of the unemployed. This is site now seems to collect them.

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