Mods, if you see fit to merge this with another thread, then that's okay. I thought it might be nice to start an official mourning and moving on thread.
All of the following assumes that these ConsoleGold people will continue to be as accomodating and kind to us as they have been.
GoneGold: An Epitaph
And so it has come to this. Based on the latest information we're all getting, GoneGold is never to return. I believe the good majority of us accept this fact, if not willingly, then at least readily. We have known that this moment could be coming for a very long time.
I was by no means well-known on the GoneGold message boards, but I was certainly a regular. I began visiting Rich's site in 1999. It took me much longer to register for the forums, but I've been hanging around for a good while, as a lot of us have. To say thatGG was just a website is both true and false. It was
just a website. However, it was also a uniquely special online community created by an incredible man, and frequented by above-average clientelle. It was once a premium source for information on cames coming to market. In years past, you would be hard-pressed to find more up-to-date information on games in development.
Even after this aspect of the site went past its prime, GG remained a wholly worthwhile visit in many respects, due to Bill, the Gold Guide, and many other facets of the site, but probably primarily, its message boards.
I'm not sure if a lot of us ever thought that Rich's absence would become permanent, but it seems this has happened. I think everyone agrees that this is what is best for our Chief Knucklehead, and he will make contact with us if he wishes. I believe that will eventually happen. But I also believe that it will take some time.
You may never again type in "www.gonegold
" to see it completed with ".com/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi", but that's not the point. This will survive. And how appropriate for it to do so at ConsoleGold.She has seen me changing
It aint easy rearranging
In truth, it was just a website, but also more. I mean, come on. The Meal and Metalhed's Sister got married! What more proof do you need that this was good?
You may not like the way this happened, this ended. But you don't have to. While so may argue that this was a slow demise, I'll disagree. GG was the same great place when I visited it Thursday afternoon. By evening, the site was unreachable.
It happened this way. It was quick, it was unexpected. But it was done. So, to quote another GG message board favorite in Great Big Sea, I say to the GoneGolders:Let it go, Let it go
This is smaller than you know
It's no bigger than a pebble
lying on a gravel road
Let it go, Let it go
Got to leave it all behind you
Give the sun a chance to find you
Let it go.
We make a clean break. Not disrespectfully, just conciously. We choose this path, even if it is from a lack of option. ConsoleGold....what a place to welcome such rabble as us. But you know what? I say, let's keep doing it.
More threads on Elisha!
Get teh Drazzil over here!
Somebody, quick! Find U2K!
Somebody else, have a major medical issue so we can all lend our support!
And finally, msduncan is NOT
a woman, and his wife is HOTT
Frowns upside down or whatever you need to do to move on and accept. Bring it on.
It's fiesta time, baby.
Race to ten pages.