Saying goodbye is, when speaking in terms of someone you care about, probably the most difficult emotional interaction two human beings can share. It isn’t so much the idea that you’re never going to see this person again, because chances are that’s not true. What hurts is knowing that someone who has been a staple of your life for years will no longer be there in a communal sense, that the companionship you’ve grown so accustomed to will be missing. When you care about someone, either romantically or platonically, you give them a piece of yourself, a piece they take with them when they leave.
Sometimes though, we get lucky, and our goodbyes are formed out of hope and optimism rather than loss and grief. Chris Grant, Justin McElroy, Griffin McElroy and Arthur Gies are walking into a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones; we know this because these are men who truly adore what they do, and the only thing that could pry them away from Joystiq’s embrace is the promise of an even better tomorrow, which we hope they find as soon as humanly possible.
This is the transition between Joel and Mike, or Jason and Tommy. It’s scary, but everything is going to be okay. We promise.
Ice World (Brawl in the Family)
Fungible Assets (Penny Arcade)
Skyrim’s Most Wanted (Virtual Shackles)
Tall Order (Extra Life)
Videogames, am I right? (VG Cats)
Modding (Nerf Now!!)
The Sky’s The Limit (Awkward Zombie)
Rattatattack (Life in Aggro)
Sacrifice (The Gamer Cat)