Everybody's favorite News Editor and PR Managing Editor break out to form their own website, and they take their women with them.
As you all know, Nick DiMola and Neal Ronaghan have been prime contributors to Nintendo World Report over the past year or so. Along with Nick's wife Chessa and Neal's fiancé Lauren, they've provided a constant stream of great content including game marathons and lots of expertly-written news and reviews. They're a talented bunch, and that's something that cannot be denied.
Some of you may have been wondering why this foursome hasn't been around very much lately. That's because they're leaving Nintendo World Report to start their own (professional) site called Pixlbit, and they've been working feverishly over the past month in order to get the site up and stocked with content. Nick is responsible for the coding, and I must say it's damn impressive. Check it out, and be sure to give them your support in this bold move! I can assure you that NWR has their back.
On a personal note, it's been an absolute pleasure to work with Nick, Neal, Lauren, and Chessa. It's unfortunate that I didn't get to meet them all at this year's E3, but I'm sure we'll cross paths in the future. I'd like to thank Nick and Neal for their passion, work ethic, and dependability, and Lauren and Chessa for their excellent E3 coverage and great reviews. You will all be missed. On the one hand I'm sad to see you all go, but on the other hand it makes me extremely proud to see more NWR staffers venturing out into the world of professional video game journalism. I think it's a testament to the level of talent we have always had on the site, and will continue to have in the future.
That's enough of my rambling. Nick and Neal have some final words to share with NWR's staff and readers, so here they are.
Well, I'm not quite sure how to say this, so I guess I may as well just say it: I'm leaving Nintendo World Report.
For the past year and a half I have lived and breathed this site. I started as a basic News Writer, learning the ins-and-outs of the game industry with the guidance of previous News Editor Carmine Red and various members of the NWR staff. As time went on and I learned more, I came to accept larger and larger roles, doing more and more important tasks for the site. Of course, all of this has culminated with my final role: PR Managing Editor, a role I have greatly enjoyed.
I am saddened to step down from that post today, but excited to start on my newest venture. Because I've long desired to do game journalism professionally, I had no other choice but to start my own website. So for the past month I have built a site from the ground up called PixlBit (www.pixlbit.com), a multiplatform video game website.
I am taking on this endeavor with my wife Chessa DiMola, and fellow ex-NWR staff members Neal Ronaghan and his fiancé Lauren Lewandoski. We will be providing extensive coverage and will be doing so with the principles of NWR in mind: professional and timely coverage.
Though I'm leaving, I will still remain a part of the staff contributing on occasion, and slowly handing off my PR duties to a ready and willing soul. I will also continue to frequent the forums and hopefully retain the friendships I have forged there.
Nintendo World Report has taught me a lot, and without my experience here, I doubt I could have ever gone and followed my dream. I thank each and every staff member I've ever worked with here, and I hope in the future we can continue to work together in some capacity.
It's with a heavy heart that I say this, but I'm leaving Nintendo World Report. It's been a fantastic year and a half and I've learned so much, including what I want to attempt to do with my life. That's the main reason why I'm going to form my own web site, PixlBit, along with Nick, Chessa, and Lauren.
But seriously, thanks so much to everyone who I worked with at NWR. It's been an absolute pleasure. When I showed up around these parts I was a slacker college student who was doing all of this for the hell of it. Now, I'm still a slacker college student, but I've become a better writer, editor, and arguably a better person (maybe). That's all thanks to the people that edited the crap out of my work (TYP, Jonny, etc.) and who gave me the opportunity to do many different things (Lindy, Jonny, etc.).
I would not be the writer I am today if it weren't for NWR. I have learned more about writing in my time here than I ever have before, and I'm a freaking English major.
I won't completely disappear, though. I'll stick around and help out with editing from time to time, and I hope to still talk to and work with the staff of NWR in the future. I've been following this site since 2001, and I don't plan on stopping now.