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It’s good-bye from me…

21:4707/08/2013Posted by Simeon PaskellOne Comment

There’s a good chance you have no idea who I am.

You might vaguely recognise my name having spied it on some of the pages of this here website, but I’ve remained fairly anonymous (I’ve seen what life is like for Justin Bieber…all those groupies following him around; really not my style). So, for those of you who don’t know me – which, as we’ve just established a few seconds ago is probably everyone – my name is Simeon Paskell, and for the past five and half years I’ve been writing for and (for the past 3 or 4 years) editing www.dpadmagazine.com. It’s been a fun ride. I’ve got to work with some very lovely, very talented and wonderfully enthusiastic writers and (in my horrifically biased opinion) the site has been able to offer consistently high quality coverage and critique of the latest videogame releases.

Any ride must come to an end however, and it’s with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to move on to pastures new. Though you can probably chalk this particular article down as a vanity piece, it didn’t feel right to walk away completely unceremoniously, not when D+PAD has been a part of my life for so long.

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has played a part in helping me out along the way: Zoheir Beig; who got me writing in the first place. Dave Scammell who created the site and who has been a constant source of support and guidance. Chris Morell who has been my wing man for a long time now, and a great one at that.

Then there’s the developers who have taken time to speak to us, the PRs who kindly fire review copies our way (even if we’ve rubbished any of their games in the past…for which I make no apologies; [insert title of game here] was rubbish), the readers who click that link and read the reviews and, on occasion, give us feedback. The world of games journalism is a highly competitive place with hordes of quality gaming sites competing for a limited number of clicks and eyeballs, so the attention of all of the above have given is hugely appreciated. If you’re reading this, I hope that I – and we – have managed to stimulate (or, if I’m honest, maybe even irritate…) your gaming nerve just a little bit.

Finally – and most importantly – I’d like to thank the writers who have put pen to paper and finger to keyboard, driven solely by a passion for gaming (who needs paying, right?): I hope they won’t be too offended if I say that they genuinely are just a bunch of gamers who fancied having a crack at writing, a fact belied by the quality of the content they produce and the professionalism with which they do so. A great, great bunch of guys.

As for what’s next for me…well…who knows; I’m not planning on turning my back on writing for good, but that’s as far as I’ve got with ‘Plan B’ right now. I do have every hope however that D+PAD will continue though, and look forward to popping back as a reader to hear what we – sorry, they, the D+PAD writers – have to say.

Anyway, thanks for reading; it’s been a blast.

Simeon Paskell
Ex-Editor, D+PAD

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One Comment »

  • Chris Morell said:

    Round of applause to the man whose passion and dedication helped turn a bunch of fledgling writers into super critiquing bad-asses!

    A huge thanks to you, Sim. Good luck… and all the best for the future.

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