— Adam Sessler (@AdamSessler) April 2, 2014
Just like that, on an unassuming Wednesday in April, Adam Sessler announced he was no longer the Editor-in-Chief and host for Rev3Games. Even further than that, it may be one of the last game critic/journalism roles we ever see Sessler in.
While I would never say no to doing one more review, interview or opinion piece, the time feels right to explore new avenues inside of gaming that help further the medium. – Sessler’s blog post.
Since it seems to be all the rage these days, I’d like to write an open letter, or maybe I’m better served calling it a thank-you note, to Adam Sessler.
Dear Mr. Sessler,
While it makes me all blue and sad on the inside that I may not ever see one of your intellectually inventive game reviews, or one of your understated yet incredibly engaging interviews with industry pros again, I understand.
I don’t mean I understand your perspective, as we’re different people who’ve led different lives, but I understand sometimes people need a change. Change is exhilarating, refreshing, enlightening, frightening, and all sorts of other-ing’s.
I first saw your work shortly before the TechTV/G4 merger. Like so many of your younger fans, I got hooked on X-Play, and loved watching you and Morgan Webb talk about games. I became infatuated (not like that – don’t worry) with the idea I could talk about games, make videos, write stories, tell people how I felt about them, and have them actually care what I had to say.
However, through a series of self-inflicted unfortunate events, and some parental dissuasion, I fumbled with my dreams. Going off in different directions, skirting around what I wanted in life. Years later though, I landed back at my original goal. The same goal I came up with all those years ago sitting in front of my TV watching X-Play. I wanted to be a games journalist.
I had an educational renaissance. I crammed every media and journalism class I could down my throat. I did TV, Radio, wrote, read, and watched.
Then I had a gaming renaissance. I started to feel more like myself every time I turned on my console. Happy, invigorated, amazed – life burst back into me like a bat out of hell.
I met a girl. I fell face-first into reading, writing, and breathing games. I crammed my brain with as much Leigh Alexander, Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty, and of course, Adam Sessler, as I could fit. I consumed like a madman, I listened to advice, read columns, and watched videos. I was (and still am) hungry to break into the industry.
My obsession grew and exploded into a practically full-time job. I started writing here at n3rdabl3, took what I learned and made a podcast, started making videos. Despite the hours upon hours a week I sometimes spend doing this on top of my other full-time job and life, I manage to stay driven.
So what does this thank-you note have to do with you? Why am I telling you my life story?
You were one of the first people that showed me what I could be. You unknowingly set me on this path, and while there will always be others that come-and-go to push me and give me something to look up to, I’ve always tried to do it like you, while still being me. Your moral and ethical practices and fervor for this industry are something to be admired, and it would serve everyone right to take a little bit of the way you do things and inject it into their daily routine. You’re a fantastic critic, journalist, and most importantly a fantastic pseudo-figurehead for this industry. But you already know that.
I wanted to thank you for the things you might not know, or are too humble to admit. You’re a fantastic motivator, a great mentor and an even better person, and I can tell that without ever having met you. I’m looking forward to whatever else you decide to take on in life, as is most of the gaming community.
So, Mr. Sessler, just know you’re one of the good ones. Not only is the gaming and entertainment industry better for having you in it, but so is the world. I know you’re not leaving it forever, but I hope whatever reason it was you decided to move on to greater things, you don’t ever forget the impact you had on hopeful kids like me. Even if I never make it in this industry (although I’ll never stop trying), It’ll be OK, because I got the chance to consume things amazing people such as yourself have created.
I remember watching one of your Rev3 videos where you talked about reviewing and the toll it takes so often on the more relaxed, enjoyable aspect of playing games. I hope you find that again, and that it comes to you in spades.
“The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
– Mark Twain in a Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888. I’ll be waiting for your next flash of lightning, Adam.