Friday Jun 27, 2014
The following blog was written by Aaron Webber, aka RubyEclipse.
That morning, I walked in through different doors – ones that that led away from my desk. This side of the building had just been renovated to a lounge, and it was next to Legal and HR. I thought quietly about the Green Hill Desk which had been torn down to make way for that lounge, and was filled with nostalgia about both people and a time that had long since moved on. That was four years ago, I realized.
My heart was beating a little faster now, as I walked into the room of the HR director. I’d been debating this moment for an entire month, and even now I was a little unsure if the time was right. After a smile and a few pleasantries, the heart of the matter arrived. They were some of the hardest words I had ever had to say to anyone at SEGA, but I knew that today I had to face them:
“I think it’s time for me to put in my two weeks,” I said.
I started at SEGA when I was 19.
I had a big dream, and lots of passion, and spent way too much time playing SEGA games. It was thanks to this combination, but particularly that passion, that new doors began to open. I was given the chance to leave my entire life behind me to work at SEGA, living in San Francisco. Without even knowing where I would stay or if I could make ends meet, I said yes.
I left everything – my family, my friends, and perhaps some rational thinking – behind me in order to pursue that dream. In hindsight, it was one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life.
I still can’t believe how surreal it has been. To go from being a fan to representing the fans, to representing SEGA – and now, with my final day on the horizon, I find myself filled with a desire to write one more journal in this series. A snapshot of my life at this exact moment, and a message of encouragement to all of you out there who seek to live for your dreams, too.
Thank you all, as fans and as friends, for always being so supportive. Meeting you at conventions, greeting those of you who came to our lobby, and seeing you at events like Sonic Boom were the moments that rejuvenated every aspect of the job for me. I posted your fan art at my desk and read each letter with a warm smile, happy to know people out there really cared. I’m humbled and honored to know each and every one of you.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll state it one more time: Never give up on your own dreams. (Far too many people in this world do.) It was Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist that initially spurred me to send in my resume to SEGA years ahead of schedule, and I recommend the book to anyone out there who has an evening or two to read it.
Finally, it’s important to remember one’s roots: A huge thank you to Julian who believed in one of his moderators enough to interview him, and then offer him a job. My life would have taken such a different turn if not for that, and I’m eternally grateful.
Each of you reading this from SEGA: thank you all for making my six years here so wonderful, and full of so many amazing memories. I will always look back fondly upon my time here. I know you all will do wonderful things in the future, and I can’t wait to see what it holds.
To all of the fans out there: I’m sorry I couldn’t stick around longer. Sometimes, we know when it’s time to move on – and that day finally arrived for me. Against all logic and sane thinking (once again), it’s time to follow my dreams in a new direction entirely, this time outside of the industry.
But, before I do that, I’d like to announce an all-new-possibly-fictional SEGA game, releasing in 2025 exclusively on the Game Gear Mark IV:
Take care, everyone, and thank you all, once more.
– Aaron aka RubyEclipse
Posted by Julian in SEGA on 12:04:28PM Jun 27, 2014
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