Thursday May 05, 2011
“Has it really been three years?”
Watching the crowds slowly pass amidst the sunlit bustle of the Cherry Blossom Festival last month, it was hard not to think back to just how much has changed since I first started here at SEGA, then a young man of only 19, who had just dropped everything to pursue his lifelong dream.
I still remember sitting down at my new desk, bright-eyed and full of excitement, and writing one of my very first blogs. I called it “So you want to work at SEGA?“, and inside detailed, from my own perspective, what it was like getting to work at the place I’d always wanted to be.
It seems fitting, then, that what began as a message from one fan to others should, ultimately, end in the same way.
This will be my final blog as a member of the Community Team here at SEGA. I’d like to thank each and every one of you out there, as fans, for always being there to support us, and for making these last three years some of the best and most rewarding of my life.
But this bittersweet news is good, not bad. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be assuming a new role here at SEGA, as an Associate Brand Manager assigned to Sonic Generations. This means that while you won’t see as much of me here on the blogs or in the forums, I’ll be working with our teams behind-the-scenes to help the greater efforts as we work to make all of our Sonic games even greater successes. Personally, I’m honored to have this opportunity, and excited to see what new challenges lie on the horizon in the world of the blue blur I once idolized as a child.
The original team during our first big community event, PAX 2010.
I feel that it’s always important, especially when moving forward, to stop sometimes and appreciate the past, and everything that brought you to where you are now.
On that front, I find myself immensely thankful to have two of the best teammates and mentors I could have ever asked for: Clumsy, who has helped guide and support me since the first day I set foot here, and Kellie, who was always there to help, regardless of when or where. The lessons learned thanks to these two have helped me grow and improve more than I’ll probably ever realize. Thank you, both, for all of that – but moreso, and most especially, for being true friends.
To those reading the blogs, the fans supporting us, and the many, many people I had the pleasure of meeting these last few years, both internally and also as fans – thank you, sincerely, for always being there to give us feedback, to yell at us about Sonic’s eye color, or even just to cheer us on and support us.
To those who one day dream of working at SEGA, regardless of your age – I challenge you to never stop pursuing that goal. With enough work and a little luck, you might just be surprised at how quickly you find yourself, resume in hand, at the company’s front door.
Writing this entry ended up being a lot harder than I thought it would. But this is far from a farewell; only a change in paths, all ultimately heading in similar directions. This is not the end of an era, but rather of a chapter in a book which holds countless chapters. I’ll also be around still, here and there. (…even if it requires sneaking into the background during Free stuff Friday filming!)
Thank you, all of you, for making these last three, blast-processing fueled years something that was, truly, at the next level.
Until next time!
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