An Escapist Farewell

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One by one, the heroes fall T^T

I'll be sad to see you go Mr Butts. Thank you for all the hard work you've put in.
Good luck in the future.

Now theres a quote to go down in the "Big Book of Internet Quotes (that are actually meaningful)":

a website is an extension of the people who make it, a sort of manifestation of their own idiosyncrasies, values, and relationships

Good luck fella, you've done a great job around here.

Daystar Clarion:
Sad to see you go, Steve, I hope you have the best of luck in all your future endeavours.

See you space cowboy.

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Bam....

Farewell Steve. You shall be missed.

You did a great Job sir, good luck in your future endeavours.

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Here's looking at you, kid.

:/ I had fun semi-memorizing you guys when I saw posts from each of you relating to articles/reviews/pod-casts and so forth. I don't even know you that well and this feels kind of crappy. Hell I remember reading Russ leaving and was depressed afterwards, too. Not a clue why. I'll miss you, even though I can't explain why, so take that for what you will.

Maybe I'll actually get an avatar or something and act like a decent person around here.

Have a good one, above all else.

Susan Arendt:

DeepComet5581:
First Russ, now Steve.

Good God - Who's next? Graham?

That leaving speech is full of cliche and conjecture it's actually slightly funny.

Well, one must do what one must do - Have legs, will travel and all that.

God knows I've been through quite a few jobs in my time.

Fare thee well, Mr Butts and rejoice in your future endeavours.

Graham? Kind of a random next choice, there.

That was the point. I can't say as I'm too sure whether someone's going to leave so it might as well just be anyone.

Also, if I'd said Yahtzee, I'd have gotten SOOOO much hate.

I wish you the best of luck for the future, and thank you for the effort helping make this place what it is.

Sad to see you go Steve you did a really good job here.But kinda worried on who is going to be taking the reigns at the escapist now.

Spygon:
Sad to see you go Steve you did a really good job here.But kinda worried on who is going to be taking the reigns at the escapist now.

That'd be me.

I remember it like it was yesterday when Russ left, I'm sure it will be the same thing for you whenever the next editor-in-chief leaves, no matter how long that will be. Good luck to you! Maybe you won't need it but still!

Caramel Frappe:

Steve Butts:
An Escapist Farewell

Our Editor in Chief bids farewell.

Read Full Article

.. .. Wow, where to start. I want this to be significant so i'll just do my best posting.

There's a lot I have you to thank for. Those fun quizzes you've developed for us, the way you've managed The Escapist, setting up events for us Escapists to attend, how you reached out communicating with us treating us like actual people and along with the staff- keeping this website in top notch shape. You've obviously done more, but I wanted to notify how you've directly influenced and impacted me on those segments.

Not sure how many would feel about this, but I can ensure you that .. the staff, and me, shall miss you. Wherever life takes you, do take care and note we won't soon or ever forget you man. Here, as a contribute to you leaving I made this picture. It's not much, but hopefully it'll bring a smile on your face. God Bless you Steve.

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I'm so happy to see that you're such a big Steve Butts fan! I myself am very fond of his reviews and his Podcat commentary.

However, just and fyi so credit is given where it's due... Paul Goodman handles the all the quiz content, and Janelle Bonanno and myself run most of the community outreach, including promotions, giveaways, contest and the like.

I'll never have that epic of a mustache though, sadly...

So much of what an EIC does is behind the scenes, really. It's a lot of strategy, meetings, networking, analysis and team building to execute an overall vision.

So long Steve, you did good work. Won't be the same without you.

Susan Arendt:

Spygon:
Sad to see you go Steve you did a really good job here.But kinda worried on who is going to be taking the reigns at the escapist now.

That'd be me.

So does that mean the site will now focus more on adorable baby animals?

Because I'd be cool with that.

Irridium:
So long Steve, you did good work. Won't be the same without you.

Susan Arendt:

Spygon:
Sad to see you go Steve you did a really good job here.But kinda worried on who is going to be taking the reigns at the escapist now.

That'd be me.

So does that mean the site will now focus more on adorable baby animals?

Because I'd be cool with that.

Oh, yes. The overall Cute here will go up at least threefold. There will be baby otters, my friend. Holding hands.

Wow ... Another one? ... The Escapist is surely burning through content creators as well as managers recently.
Best wishes to Steve, of course, and ... we'll see where this shifts the magazine now.

Captcha: happy blessings
Indeed, happy blessings to you, Steve.

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Steve, you were probably my favorite on the podcast, super bummed to see you go. I hope your personal issues turn out alright though and that you continue being awesome in the future, man!

Just in case:
In the short year you have been Editor-in-Chief, you have been monumental in the transformation of this site into the intellectual and civilized paradise it has become as a gaming medium.

I as a person, gamer, and ultimately escapist, must give my supreme utmost appreciation, and thanks to you for this. Through the innovative views, opinions, and insights given through your articles and podcasts, you have given a clarity to me that has helped me find a spectacular appreciation (and a new-found drive for a career) in the future of games and the gaming industry as a whole. Trust me when I say that. Through the Escapist, gaming has become one of, if not the, biggest aspect of my life and I am fully comitted in the support and growth of the industry. It has given me shelter as a lover of games where that love is rarely found, and has shown me new and exciting areas and fields that I would never have known before. I personally thank you for delivering this, not only to me, but to the hundreds of others on this site.

Know that I will support your future career in gaming journalism and I wish nothing but the best of luck to you.

I'll see you in Sovngarde.

Susan Arendt:

Spygon:
Sad to see you go Steve you did a really good job here.But kinda worried on who is going to be taking the reigns at the escapist now.

That'd be me.

Fantastic news.

Do us proud! (and with more partying!)

Nasrin:
"It is, quite literally, a site named after you, the Escapist, the person who is searching for an alternative to the ordinary."

Is someone cutting onions in here?...

That is exactly what I thought the day I came in for my interview: I can't believe this place is real.

As a kid, my mom would say the word "escapism" to me accusingly very often. She would come home from work and I'd be playing the new WoW expansion or working through Xenosaga on my PS2. In her mind I was wasting opportunities to be living a "real" life. Now my real life includes being surrounded by people that don't think my passion is a waste of time. Quite the contrary, my love of games is probably one of the most positive things in my life.

You were a great EIC, Steve, and your mustache would make Hulk Hogan jealous. Best of luck to you, my friend!

/salute

*While trying to fight back the tears*
Yep. Someone is cutting a LOT of onions.

That was great Nasrin. You know, I think the one thing I'll miss the most about Steve is his laugh in the podcast. Guy has a great laugh. Good stories too.

We'll all miss ya Steve. Good Luck!

Susan Arendt:

Irridium:
So long Steve, you did good work. Won't be the same without you.

Susan Arendt:

That'd be me.

So does that mean the site will now focus more on adorable baby animals?

Because I'd be cool with that.

Oh, yes. The overall Cute here will go up at least threefold. There will be baby otters, my friend. Holding hands.

Congratulations! I can't think of a better candidate. Not that there arn't some great choices in the ranks of the Escapist.

Long Live Steve!
Long Live The Nerd Queen!
Long LIve The Otters!
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Your moustache will live on in my dreams forever, farewell fine sir

Godspeed, Steve. Thank you for your contributions to this awesome site.

Good-bye! Be good, take care of yourselves - and DON'T LEAVE THE PATH!

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But... who's going to fill the designated quota of awesome manly facial hair? :(

Seriously, though: it's always sad to see an important member of staff leave, but it's been good times. Best of luck with whatever comes next, and thanks for all you've done here.

Susan Arendt:

Spygon:
Sad to see you go Steve you did a really good job here.But kinda worried on who is going to be taking the reigns at the escapist now.

That'd be me.

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I'unno, a kitten seemed appropriate for some reason. This is brilliant news.

(EDIT: okay wow, I just noticed I'm two days late on this. My excuse is that I've been too deeply entrenched in Skyrim this past week to even notice what day of the week it is. At least I finally got around to finishing it...)

Steve Butts:
An Escapist Farewell

Our Editor in Chief bids farewell.

Read Full Article

See ya, Chief. It's been fun, ya? Take care of yourself.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

Susan Arendt:

Spygon:
Sad to see you go Steve you did a really good job here.But kinda worried on who is going to be taking the reigns at the escapist now.

That'd be me.

So how do you plan on making up for the lack of a make-fun-of-able last name? I mean, Pitts, Butts... Arendt!?

I mean, if you were keeping with tradition, your last name would be a minimum of "Slimes" and a maximum of "Fartdribbles".

DeepComet5581:
First Russ, now Steve.

Good God - Who's next? Graham?

That leaving speech is full of cliche and conjecture it's actually slightly funny.

Well, one must do what one must do - Have legs, will travel and all that.

God knows I've been through quite a few jobs in my time.

Fare thee well, Mr Butts and rejoice in your future endeavours.

If Graham left I think I'd be out >_>.

Susan Arendt:
Oh, yes. The overall Cute here will go up at least threefold. There will be baby otters, my friend. Holding hands.

I was wrong...I think Susan has won my loyalty to the website.

Powerful design plans!

Cya Mr. Butts

I'll miss the little chuckle your name produced during the credits of every video

Fappy:
I figured as much. It was the logical choice from the outside looking in, anyway. Be prepared to get an even bigger inbox every morning! XP

Good luck!

I still think Narsins cat was the better choice...no offense of coarse

Nasrin:
However, just and fyi so credit is given where it's due... Paul Goodman handles the all the quiz content, and Janelle Bonanno and myself run most of the community outreach, including promotions, giveaways, contest and the like.

Apologies, truly.. I feel quite embarrassed and guilty over this. Props to you and Janelle for most community events and planning while Paul does a seriously fine job at making quizzes (they're so fun and good, plus with badges I am sold lol.) Thank you guys, and again I am sorry. Still, going to truly miss Steve and hopefully I can grow a mustache that slick.

While sad to lose a member of the family, I am stoked to see Susan will be moving up!

Farewell and best of luck in your future endeavours.

I will definitly miss you on the podcat; I found your insights and sense of humour some of the most entertaining content on the site and you were always my favourite (Shhhh...).

Question before you go; with all this free time on your hands, can we expect to see your paper on your pee theory published in the next couple of weeks?

Sad to see you leaving, Steve. You will be missed.

All the best.

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