First of all, the Staff apologises to you all that there have been no new posts these past two weeks. However, yes, you read that correctly. Game-Flush.com is officially closing its doors. It’s an extremely sad day for me, but before the Corporate Ninja signs off once and for all, I felt an explanation needed to be given, and I have a few thanks to make.
First know the decision to close Game-Flush did not come from me. Teach and The Farr recently made it clear that they no longer wish to be a part of Game-Flush.com. This came as a shock when we’ve been talking about what more we can do with the site and especially because we just registered Flush Entertainment LLC in February of this year (to give us more street cred, as it were). What’s more, just last month we came extremely close to getting 10,000 clicks to the site and are on pace to tie that number again this month.
I’ve wracked my brain for ideas for how to keep the site going. I’ve even tried to convince Teach to stay on (since we were the ones, for a time, keeping the site alive after Koz and Kosh left in 2010). Unfortunately, none of it has worked. The decision is, ultimately, their own, and to be fair to them, of all the founding members, I was the only one trying to make a career as a writer and illustrator.
That said, I can’t run the site by myself. As it is, fiction writing and illustration is my main profession and part of the appeal of getting involved with Game-Flush in the first place was that there were other people involved, and I wouldn’t be doing it alone. It was also the fun we were having and the specific people who were involved which made Game-Flush so special. So, for me, without them, it just wouldn’t be the same.
For myself, I had big plans for Game-Flush.com since the beginning, and honestly took this little side project very seriously, hoping, over time, to build it into a fun place for gamers to get some alternative, entertaining and often funny perspectives on video games and the industry itself. And, all around, the staff had a lot of great ideas of where to take the site and some new content we could begin to introduce.
What’s more, this year I was finally going to finish the “Who Killed Koz and Kosh?” storyline in the comic (the idea was inspired by their departure at the end of 2010.) Unfortunately, I do have to admit, doing one comic a month was not enough to keep things moving at a good pace with a detailed, on-going storyline, but it was supposed to introduce the Game-Flush rivals.
I’d planned (humourous) villains for the comic very early on and was trying to figure out how to introduce them. This story arch seemed the best way to do it. So, on that note, I do apologise to everyone who was looking forward to seeing what happened next. (As for this month, the comic was going to feature a humourous two or three panel comic of Belford bragging about how he got his job back, thinking Kid-D was crying in a corner somewhere only to find out he was “re-hired” as well–all inspire, obviously, by the recent announcement of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate.)
I do believe in Game-Flush (I always have–I think it’s a tremendous idea), and as such I don’t quite want to let it go. It holds a special place in my heart, and there was still so much further to go with it (with content, with the site’s design and even user features). Over all, I’m very sad and disappointed to see it go.
That said, I have considered creating a tribute section (of sorts) on my website for those who enjoyed Game-Flush.com where the characters, antics and some select content can still live on (you will find it at www.jmdesantis.com/game-flush.com.html, though not much is there now and I’m unsure when I’ll be able to start building it). And of course, I have to keep the F’VII Remake Final Fantasy VI petition going for all of you who have, thus far, signed it. Unfortunately, I just don’t know what else to do or what else to offer you all. Well there is one thing: my sincerest apologies for this sudden turn of events.
It has been a pleasure to work on this site. I’ve always wanted to be involved in the video game industry in some way and to have a platform for writing articles and opinion pieces, and Game-Flush gave me a little bit of both. What’s more, it was fun to actually have the chance to write a little more freely and in a style completely different from the one I typically use when writing stories and comics. I have a wicked sense of humour, after all, and Game-Flush was a great outlet. For that, I will always be grateful.
I want to thank Teach (despite his part in the decision to close Game-Flush) for his tireless efforts in keeping Game-Flush going all this time. You wouldn’t know it, but he’s worked harder than many, if not all of us. My thanks to The Farr for being one of the funniest ranters I’ve known, and making his comeback last year after a few months off. My thanks to The Orange Tasty-Mint (Testament), Frendo and Zook the Terrible for coming aboard and helping us fill content when our own schedules didn’t allow for us to post as much as we would have liked (and so we didn’t have to cut down content again like we did after Koz and Kosh left).
Also, thanks to Alexander O. Smith (who I am a huge fan of and somewhat of an e-acquaintance with) for being so gracious as to accept doing the interview with us almost two years ago, and my apologies to his Kajiya Productions partner, Joseph Reeder, for the interview we never got to do.
Most of all however, I want to thank all of you who are reading this (even if this is your first time to the site) and our Flushers for coming back again and again. Hopefully at least a few of you will continue following my other writing and illustrating projects (although none of them are anything like Game-Flush.com).
If ever there is a time in the future that Game-Flush.com can be given a 1-Up, I will be the first to sign on. Unfortunately, for now and maybe forever, this is goodbye. It’s been a blast. I hope you’ve had fun too.
J. M. DeSantis – The Corporate Ninja
Writer, Illustrator and founder of Corporate Ninjutsu
Official Website: jmdesantis.com