In the last week or so Click Nothing has taken tens of thousands of hits and generated a couple dozen comments. I have received dozens of messages through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and have seen my inbox flooded with dozens more emails of support, of congratulation, and even of thanks - along with not a few condemnations for those respawning checkpoints from the forum kiddies who figured out I was the one responsible.... It's extremely flattering to know that so many of you would read my sentimental goop, nevermind take the time to comment or drop me a line.
I've been pretty irresponsible in getting back to many of you whether simply to thank you for a kind word or to respond to any of the numerous job offers that have been extended. I hope you'll please consider this post to be the thank-you that you may not receive personally, as there is just no way I am going to be able to get back to everyone. So thank you all so much for your kindness.
I'd also like to take a moment to address a couple of points. It seems that there are some misunderstandings and rumors floating around that I might as well clear up.
First, I am not planning to leave the game industry behind. Maybe the overwealming melancholy of the previous post left the impression that my departure was more extreme or more permanent than I hope or expect it will be. I apologize for any misunderstanding. I still expect to spend the rest of my life or so making games, it just might take me a little while to get that mission back on track. That said, I am not in a hurry. I am going to take the time I need to make sure that the decision I make is the right one. I promise to let you all know in due time when I know where I am going and what I am doing.
Second, as you can probably now guess from the point above, I am not currently employed. You thought respawning checkpoints were bad, but in a time where respawning banks have fucked up the entire economy, some may rightfully think it is nuts to jump without a parachute. I assure you that, as foolhardy as it may seem, my decision was taken neither quickly, nor rashly, and I have been uncharacteristically prudent in my evaluations and actions. For reasons far, far beyond the scope of this post to enumerate I felt the best path forward for me was to go parachute-less. I am not at all worried that I have the time for a little freefall while I figure things out - so please don't worry about that.
Third, if you are one of those people offering a job, or just trying to touch base via LinkedIn or another social network to discuss different opportunities - thanks a million. As much as the support and encouragement of friends and well-wishers nourishes the soul, ultimately it will be the nourishment of a hot meal that I am going to need to sort out in the long term. I am currently in the process of gathering my options, but I am taking it slow and I am leveraging my most direct contacts first, so it might be some time before I get back to you. This certainly does not mean I am not interested - only that I have limited bandwidth now that I am without my army of personal assistants and hot secretaries.
Finally, I am not fat anymore:
So while I truly appreciate all the coverage in, and links from, the actual press (which have generated the hits and consequently the offers), please feel free to contact me for an up-to-date photo. I can even provide Speedo shots, or me in fireman gear if the price is right.
Once again, thank you all so much for your support.
More news soon.
More games to follow.