Friday, 24 May 2024

A New Chapter Begins: Reflecting on a Decade at Game Informer

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It is with mixed emotions that I bid farewell to my time at Game Informer. Over the past ten years, I have had the privilege of working in a field that many consider a dream job – writing about games. From my early days as an avid reader scouring bargain bins for Game Boy Advance cartridges, to now, it has truly been an incredible journey.

Embracing New Opportunities

Ten years ago, fate led me to a letter from the editor, Andy, who was in desperate need of a PC expert to join the team. As someone who met all the criteria – the ability to write, being over 18, possessing extensive knowledge of PC games, and a willingness to relocate to Minneapolis – I took a leap of faith. Little did I know that this decision would shape my future as a professional writer.

Unforgettable Moments

Throughout my time at Game Informer, I have had the privilege of interacting with some of the industry’s greatest minds. I have been in awe of the raw intellect of visionaries like Gabe Newell and Sid Meier during interviews. It has been an honor to introduce groundbreaking games such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls Online, and The Witcher 3: Assassins of Kings through our cover stories.

But it hasn’t just been about the blockbusters. I’ve relished the opportunity to use my platform to shed light on lesser-known gems like Tropico and Disgaea, sharing my passion for these hidden treasures with the gaming community.

Standing Firm in the Face of Challenge

As an outspoken critic, I’ve had my fair share of encounters with game publishers who disagreed with my assessments. I’ve even had management stand by me when publishers accused me of not understanding their games. On the flip side, the support and kind words from readers have far outweighed any negativity thrown my way.

Looking Ahead

While my time at Game Informer comes to an end, I am excited to embark on a new journey. I will be joining Stardock, known for their acclaimed titles like Fallen Enchantress, Galactic Civilizations, and Sins of a Solar Empire. My role will involve helping them create even better games and spreading the joy of turn-based, zoomed-out, hardcore strategy, among other things. While I may not be writing as much directly, you can expect to see my influence in how you discover and learn about Stardock’s upcoming releases.

Gratitude and Farewell

Before I conclude, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone at Game Informer and within the gaming industry who has made the past decade such an incredible experience. Andy and Reiner, in particular, have played a significant role in my growth and development, and for that, I am forever grateful.

To the readers, your unwavering support and kind words have meant the world to me. It is your passion and engagement that have made this journey so rewarding.

As I say my goodbyes, I am filled with a mix of emotions. This chapter of my life has been nothing short of amazing, and I cherish every moment. I leave with no regrets and a heart full of gratitude.

FAQs

Q: Will you still be active on social media?
A: Absolutely! I plan to remain active on Twitter, where we can continue discussions about PC games, politics, baseball, or anything that sparks your interest. Feel free to reach out to me anytime @abiessener.

Q: What lies ahead for Game Informer’s PC coverage?
A: While I may be moving on, rest assured that Game Informer’s PC coverage will remain in good hands. The editorial staff, a talented and passionate group, will continue to provide insightful content to satisfy your gaming cravings.

Conclusion

As I take this leap into a new adventure, I am filled with gratitude for the experiences, memories, and connections forged during my time at Game Informer. I am grateful for the opportunity to have shared my passion for games with all of you, and I eagerly look forward to what the future holds.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey.

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