Hey everyone! I'm typically not one for self-promotion, but I wanted to take some time today to celebrate my 10th VGChartz anniversary with you all. Back on September 18, 2012, I decided to make a VGChartz account, after a few months of lurking. I was living overseas at the time, and was especially eager to talk all things video games. I'm glad I finally took the plunge, because the last 10 years have been really special for me. Being surrounded by like-minded video game enthusiasts has been huge, since I don't really have that community around me in person. Plus, I've discovered ways to express myself creatively and made some great friends along the way.
To that end, I'd like to thank the following folks:
@spurgeonryan for welcoming me to the site and sending me my first friend request
@RolStoppable for consistently keeping me honest, and being a pillar of this forum
Some folks who haven't signed on in a long time, but made my early years so welcoming: amp316, lllllTHE1lllll, smeags, DanneSandin
Great members and leaders from my time on the mod team: @Raven @Leadified @Spade @Carl @axumblade @Kresnik
@TruckOSaurus for all the time and energy you've put into this site, and for your amazing friendship. I look forward to comparing our top 50 lists later this year :)
My fellow writers and admins, for putting in the time and for inspiring me. I'm proud to work with you.
@trunkswd for your incredible work ethic and prolific output. Your sales and news articles are essential.
@Machina for taking a chance on me in April 2015 and making me a site writer, and for supporting me ever since
My fellow collectors: @OTBWY @QUAKECore89 @WoodenPints
@ice for being an awesome Sea of Thieves teammate
To my fellow Zelda Thread enthusiasts, thanks for keeping the conversation going: @S.Peelman @Mar1217 @Wyrdness @CaptainExplosion @HoloDust
Finally, thanks to a bunch of members I'm always glad to see on the site and in Discord: @curl-6 @mZuzek @Ryuu96 @d21lewis @green_sky @Player2 @BasilZero @tbone51 @Wright @brendude13 @SpaceLegends @AngryLittleAlchemist @BraLoD @VersusEvil @Jaicee @Proxy-Pie
This list represents only a fraction of the generous, kind, funny, weird, and passionate people I've had the pleasure to meet over the last 10 years. If I missed any names, I apologize.
In addition to all these "thank you" notes, I wanted to share a few things from the last 10 years for which I'm particularly proud:
- My official Zelda thread, which will celebrate 10 years in January. Zelda has always been my favorite franchise, and I feel lucky to be able to host a platform for an endless conversation around it. Big thanks to all the members who have kept it afloat over the last nine years.
- In the same vein, my Zelda replay series. This one has sputtered a bit (don't worry I'm playing Majora's Mask as we speak) but I am committed to seeing it through to the end.
- And a few of my favorite reviews: Ikaruga, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, and, unsurprisingly, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Finally, for those who want a blast from the past: my first ever thread. In hindsight, my methodology was far from perfect :P
Thank you to everyone who's made the last 10 years so memorable and meaningful!