Here we are. There was no reason to think that Videogum would be around, the way that it has been for the past six years, forever. It is a blog on the Internet, which already puts it in a precarious position, and it is a blog that has done its very best to not be garbage, which removes a few more fingers from its loose grasp. Still, this feels very strange! Not to make this all about me, but what will I do every day now? Not endlessly refresh an RSS feed looking for stories about celebrities falling on their little butts? What kind of a life is that?! Before I go, I want to say thank you Scott Lapatine, Gabe Delahaye, and Lindsay Robertson. They built an incredible site and an incredible community that — I’ve said it before and I will say it forever — I can’t quite believe I was able to be a part of.  Scott has always fought for and believed in this site in a way that is so inspiring, and he has been an incredible joy to work for. You guys, the Videogum Community, could have easily rejected my addition to Videogum, but you didn’t. (And those of you who did almost never angrily told me so, which is in itself something to be grateful for, and something that helps demonstrate just how much better this community is than the entire rest of the Internet.) I never worked with Lindsay, of course, but her writing was half of what made me fall in love with Videogum in the first place. And, finally, Gabe: Gabe is a jerk and I hope I never speak to him again. Hahah. Is that a good joke or a bad joke? Well, too late now! Gabe is obviously the best. I’m not sure if any of you have had the opportunity to write a blog alongside one of your favorite writers, but it is very intimidating! But Gabe was always (and still is) kind, thoughtful, and encouraging. I am incredibly lucky to have been able to work with him. This was truly my dream job, which I can only believe that I somehow wished into existence, and then somehow wished myself into obtaining. Videogum was, and is, and forever will be, the greatest blog. It will be sorely missed.

R.I.P. Videogum. You’re in heaven now, blogging about the angels’ trampoline accidents.

PS: You Can Count On Me is one of my favorite movies.
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Comments (277)
  1. Thank you for everything, Kelly.

  2. This last year has been unlike any other in my life. I’ve gotten divorced, tried (unsuccessfully) to change careers, and as of next week my mother is selling the house I grew up in. It’s been an emotional roller coaster, and you guys have been a real source of stability and continuity all those times when my heart was in my throat.

    I’m so glad that back in October of 2010 I decided to start commenting here. I’ve made real life friends, and feel awfully attached to so many of you who I’ve never even met. Thanks for every funny comment, every smart comment, every gif, and every upvote*. Thanks to Kelly, Gabe, Lindsay, and every other contributor to this site for making it my favorite place to hang out on this enormous internet.** I’m gonna miss this a whole lot.

    *downvoters are just jealous haterrrzzz
    **my Twitter is @r2d2esq if you’d like to ENHANCE our connection

    • gnidrah  |   Posted on Feb 7th +34

      I hear ya. You all got me through the worst break-up and the year of hell that followed. Couldn’t have done it without everyone.

  3. Well, goodbye everyone! You’re all great. Very smart and nice and funny and generous. I don’t know how a weird pop culture blog managed to bring together the cream of the internet crop, let alone maintain that kind of quality commenting for this long, but it did, and a cursory glance at literally any other part of the garbage-web is a testament to how amazing and unlikely that was.

    Seriously, good luck with the rest of your lives.

    So long!

  4. Guys, I’m on Twitter (@taylorswift13) if you want to follow me.

  5. stu  |   Posted on Feb 7th +44

    I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
    A man blowing bubbles in -45 degree weather.
    I watched Kirk Cameron celebrate his birthday with Subway and a small grocery store cake.
    All those… moments… will be lost in time, like…comments in Monsters’ Ball.

    Time to die.

  6. topknot  |   Posted on Feb 7th +42

    What, no Monsters’ Ball?

  7. Still don’t believe it’s true.

  8. lolwut  |   Posted on Feb 7th +93

    Have fun at dinner, everyone.

  9. Keep in touch with us, Kelly. And thanks.

    • Yeah, best of luck, Kelly. Hope you stick around with us in NYC and write a screenplay about an alternate side parking day that goes bad.

  10. Wow, Gabe finally fired Kelly. So cruel. Et tu?

  11. Bye Kelly! It took me a lot longer to find this place than most monsters, but I’m glad I eventually did. Thanks for everything.

  12. Later Pogs!

  13. Thank you Kelly, Gabe, and Monsters! This place really was the best trampoline blog out there.

  14. aloha ‘oe videogum
    until we meet again

  15. lawblog  |   Posted on Feb 7th +49

    Thank you Kelly, Lindsay, Gabe, Scott, all the guest writers and all the monsters for this great community. I’m really going to miss it and it makes me sad that it’s ending.

  16. Thank you again for everything, Kelly. Good luck out there!

    It’s as if millions of Monsters suddenly cried out in terror and were silenced.

  17. So long folks, and thanks for all the fish.

  18. RIP, Kelly. See you at that crossroads


  19. And it goes without saying, today we’re all Kelly Conaboy.

  20. So we can trade our accumulated upvotes for bitcoins now, right?

  21. First.

    • You still got it.

    • Your tumblr post really really hit home with me, Gabe. Just wanted to tell you I’ve shared it with like every person I know. Glad you’re doing so well.

    • Well well well well well… Look who comes crawling all the way back to the web-zone he hath forsaketh low these many years ago, only to plagiarize my precious commentator meme. If this is your subtle way of apologizing for the inherent hypocrisy of endorsing the execrable tv program LOST while hating on the equally atrocious Benjamin Buttons the Movie (2008, never forget!), then I’m afraid I have no other alternative but to close out this web blog commentator note with a patronizing “Apology Accepted!” and bid you all adieu. Case closed. Sleep tight.

  22. This is very sad. I can’t believe it’s actually over. I suppose it will hit me more on Monday when I log on and nothing is here. Thank you Kelly, and thanks again to Gabe, Scott, Lindsay, and everyone else who posted and commented on Videogum and made me laugh all day. This site made life easier to deal with at times for me and this community is unlike anything else I have encountered on the internet. I am going to be done with the sentimental posts after this, but I will miss everyone, thanks for all the great times.

  23. solid  |   Posted on Feb 7th +37

    You guys, maybe we can take over the Stereogum comments! We can just hijack the “Bright Eyes albums from Worst to Best” or whatever, and start chatting about celebrity urinary problems like nothing even happened.

  24. ephcee  |   Posted on Feb 7th +43

    Goodnight sweet blog.

  25. Ian  |   Posted on Feb 7th +50

    All apologies to Michael Stipe

    That’s great, it starts with Topher Grace, Birdie and
    Goop a trampoline and Joe Mande is not afraid.
    To take one of the teem, listening to Brokencyde makes him churn – world
    serves its own needs, Videogum serve your own needs. Feed
    it off an aux speak, grunt, no, strength, Ladder
    start to clatter with fear fight down height. What do you mean haven’t wathced Wire
    in a fire, representing seven games, a government
    for hire and a combat site. Left of west and coming in
    a hurry with the furries breathing down your neck. Team
    by team reporters baffled,local news is so awful.
    Look at that low playing! Fine, then. Uh oh,
    overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do. Save
    yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs,
    listen to your heart bleed Videogum with the rapture and
    the revered and the right, right. You vitriolic,
    patriotic, slam, fight, bright light,I don’t give a care
    psych.

    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it.
    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it.
    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it and I feel fine.

    Six o’clock – TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign
    towers. Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself
    churn. Locking in, uniforming, book clubbing, Videogum
    letting. Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
    Light a candle, light a votive. Step down, step down.
    Benedict Cumberbatch is our crush, crushed, uh-oh, this means no
    fear cavalier. Renegade steer clear! A tournament,
    tournament, a tournament of lies. Offer me solutions,
    offer me alternatives and I decline.

    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it.
    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it.
    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it and I feel fine.

    The other night I dreamt of Juggalos, gathering at Cave-In-Rock. Mountains sit in a line,Violent J. . Aaron Paul, Frieda Pinto, Benedict Cumerbatch, and Jessica Alba (she’s pretty) Videogum Birthday party, cheesecake, jelly bean, boom! You
    symbiotic, anamericanpatriot, slam book neck, right? Right.

    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it.
    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it.
    It’s the end of Videogum as we know it and I feel
    fine…fine…

    (It’s time I had some time alone)

  26. #RIP everyone. Except the LA monsters, please continue to invite me to your birthday parties because you guys are great. Meet up soon?

  27. Kate  |   Posted on Feb 7th +67

    I feel like I’ve been spoiled by this site. Until Kelly got this job, I didn’t know a thing about blogs or commenting or posting. I’m afraid to go to any other such sites because of the great disillusionment possibility (probability). I am so thankful to know all of you, and that Kelly got write for such a wonderful group of people. It’s been a perfect beginning to her career. Hugs and kisses all around!

    • Kate – my mom is straight up crazy, but you seem like a really great mother, andI don’t know anything about you, really, but I hope I can be supportive and a part of my kids’ lives without being weird about it, like you seem to be on this blog. Kelly, give your mom a big hug for me.

    • Thanks for being such a great blogmom. Blom.

  28. this really sucks.

  29. wait wait wait. GABE was gossip girl?!

  30. Fun times. Thanks, Nerds!

  31. njoy  |   Posted on Feb 7th +29

    <3 <3 <3

  32. mikaela  |   Posted on Feb 7th +33

    Really, really hoped somehow this wouldn’t happen after all.

    Thank you so much, Kelly. I think I wished your recaps into existence and I will cherish them forever.

    I’m sorry to repeat myself, but: Videogum has been my favorite site for years and, even now, I treasure so much about this place. Three of the smartest and funniest writers alive. The cleverest and sweetest group of bloggies (they’re like groupies, don’t worry about it) in existence.

    I will continue to keep a videogum tab open in my browser in your honor. I just can’t keep it open to this page, because it’ll be too sad.

  33. artdork  |   Posted on Feb 7th +37

    Sigh. So long and thanks for everything Gabe, Kelly, and Monsters. You guys are awesome and I’m going to miss this so much. I know it’s a silly little pop culture blog, but you all made it the most awesome place to hang out. I know I said this when Gabe left (oh, wither Gabe?) but because of this site I have real life friends, and I talk to seriously amazing online friends. So thank you VG. Thank you for making us laugh at love, again.

    Love, artdork.

    One last Benedict gif for my homies….

  34. Kelly, I hope this means you and Kate will come into our Friday chats now (http://tinychat.com/videogum). I’ll miss this site more than I have any decent right to miss a blog about farts and True Blood. The trend in comedy these days seems to be a mean-spirited one (these days?? Settle down, Fatima, you’re only 30), and your gentle, upbeat voice and well thought out posts were so incredibly helpful.

    All the wine tonight, ladies. All of it.

  35. First!

  36. lolwut  |   Posted on Feb 7th +25

    Hey p.s. come to chat and commiserate with us: http://tinychat.com/videogum

  37. This is all I’ve got. It’s weird not being able to explain how I feel to real-life people, because so few understand it. I’m glad I’ve been able to read this for all these years. There really aren’t any blogs out there like this, that somehow remain troll-free (or have the best trolls). Most everywhere has at least a few assholes, but somehow not here.

    thanks, guys, for not being assholes.

  38. I love you dumb dummies. Have a cool summer

  39. You’ll be missed.

  40. suddenly my stupid job feels much more like a job.

    i will miss this place so much. rip.

  41. Damn it… Videogum was the best part of the internet, the best part of the internet. I lurked for a long time before ever trying to add my own ‘funny’ comments. The Monsters are the best, the best monsters. Always felt like getting to see that actual cool kids from school riffing and cracking wise. I am sad. Just wanted to say thanks for the all the greatness. There’s never been a better time to get a Videogum tattoo, I should consider that, so I can tell my non existent kids/grandkids that I was there, or there adjacent. I experienced Videogum. Love you guys.

  42. lawblog  |   Posted on Feb 7th +33

    They’re playing “Crossroads” in the VG chat (tinychat.com/videogum) and I’m genuinely getting a little teary.

  43. Yesterday was my birthday. One of the people at my party was someone I met on this site who I now consider a very good friend. This place was special. And it was full of special folks.

    The ball is Videogum. Gumby is harsh reality.

    (Now I have dust in my eyes)

  44. I don’t think I’ve said this, but I love you guys. I haven’t been around, but I always planned on coming back. I’ll miss this place and all of you.

  45. lawblog  |   Posted on Feb 7th +57

    Ok, so Gabe was definitely winwood, right?

  46. I love you all. I regret not being more proactive in getting to know you Monsters. Any Bay Area Monsters want to hold a vigil?

  47. this is sad! i dont like this!

    • it also made me look back at my past comments. i have had A LOT of “Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see”-stuff happen to my comments. and my first comment ever was lowest rated that week. i guess i loved you more than you loved me, videogum.

      doublesad.

  48. I came here during school to not think about school. Farewell you beautiful Bastard:(

  49. Woo boy, my stomach actually hurts.

    I won’t repeat what’s been said by so many other, better, funnier writers. I’ll just say, thanks from the bottom of my heart. This silly site and its commenters have come to mean a whole lot to me and I will miss it more than a person should probably miss a website.

    RIP Videogum and thanks.

  50. By the time this posts, it will probably be on page 98078676, but I had to come by to say goodbye. I haven’t been around in a couple of years, but during the years I was commenting, I made legit real-life friends here. How many blogs can say something like that? I gained confidence in my everyday life (seriously!) because the other commenters taught me that the people worth liking think I’m fine just the way I am (if perhaps a little too grabby and smelling of booze). I wrote and published a frickin’ novel because of encouragement from people I met right here. That seemed worth resurrecting Baby Friday for today.

    Thanks to everyone involved in making Videogum awesome. You’re one of the good ones, and you always will be.

  51. Videogum was perfect and all the writers were perfect and everything was perfect and nothing hurt until you fell off the trampoline.

    I hope everyone involved in this site (writers, editors, friends, family, Monsters, etc.) goes to find their bliss.

  52. Thank you Gabe, Lindsay, Scott, Max, all the guest bloggers, and all the commenters that made this site so enjoyable, warm and welcoming throughout the years. It truly was a special blog, full of hilarity, hearty chuckles, and sweet, sweet trampoline accidents, which are the best kind of accidents.

    That’s a wrap, guys. It’s also a rap, a rap, a-rap a-rap rap.


    RIP Videogum. Your science was TOO tight.

    • SHIT! And KELLY! I can’t believe I forgot Kelly. I screwed up my last comment. GOD. DAMMIT.

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, KELLY. You brought us across the proverbial finish line.

    • lawblog  |   Posted on Feb 7th +14

      Yay! It wouldn’t be a goodbye without one last rapping monk.

      • ^_^

        (I’m going to post my comment again down at the bottom of this thread, because I am SO UPSET I forgot to put Kelly in there. All the while when writing it I was like, “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. This is my thank you to Kelly. She held the torch. She delivered us.’ So I’m going to post it down there so that it reads proper and Kelly gets her due of credit and inclusion)

    • Upvote :(

  53. So, I’ve been reading this site kindasorta daily for 5 years. It took me too much time to sign up for an account and then I never really bothered commenting. I just want to say thank you to everyone who made this the funniest, cleverest, coolest, bestest weblog on the webternet. This place was one of the only examples I ever had of a comment section that was worth more than the e-paper it was e-printed on. Just thanks everyone, again. I will miss this place.

  54. We’ll miss you, Kelly!

  55. It’s hard to make a joke when I just feel so sad. So I’ll just say thanks. I don’t want to go TOO far, but, I need to say, that my brother told me about this site. He was a brilliant young man with a masters in journalism from an amazing school. He wrote blogs too, and so much else. I loved him very much. He passed away unexpectedly last year at age 30 of a heart attack. His absence has been part of why I stopped commenting so much. I just didn’t know how to engage the world in the same way as before he was gone. But, I still read this site daily. And it helped, it really helped, to see the other Monsters laughing and talking and Donna Darko-ing away. I will miss that. And thank you, Kelly, Gabe, et al., again. This was a special place.

  56. This is a bummer.

  57. Goodbye Videogum! Thank you for everything. Hope to see you all at http://vgum.wordpress.com/

  58. me “Hey, you ever coming back?”
    Videogum “You kidding? I am Queens Boulevard.” (Fade to Black)

  59. gnidrah  |   Posted on Feb 7th +31

    Thank you Kelly, and Gabe, and Lindsay and Scott.

    In my job I see the worst side of the internet on a daily basis. I read comments that contain the worst slurs and abuse. I’ve had death threats myself via the internet. I’m sure the people who post them are just normal folk, but they don’t think about the person sitting there, reading it all.

    That’s why Videogum means so much to me. Because it proves that the internet doesn’t have to be a nightmare. You/we’ve built a wonderfully strong community here, that values opinions and humour and takes itself just the right amount of serious.

    I’ve had a lot of laughs here, got through some very bad times personally and met some great people, and next time I get across the Atlantic, I hope to see some of them.

    I wish you a whole heap of luck in whatever you do next. And I hope we all stay in touch as best we can.

  60. Farewell!

  61. I keep typing things about how much I love everybody and how bummed I am but none of it is coming out right and I tried to make one last Blingee that would pay proper tribute to this wonderful place but it came out really ugly but WHATEVER YOU CAN DEAL ALSO I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!

    You know you love me, XOXO, catweazle :(

  62. Kira  |   Posted on Feb 7th +29

    RIP. YOU WERE THE BEST. XOXXO

  63. Jeb  |   Posted on Feb 7th +60

    May you always remain popular in syndication.

  64. Bye, Kelly. Thanks for the comedy jokes.

  65. I just can’t quite believe this is really happening. I guess the Internet isn’t forever.

    I saved a few html’s of the Worst Movie of All Time, plus a couple of other highlights. It was all I could do. Tell them I did everything I could!

    Nearer My Blog to Thee.

  66. Thank you so much to all of the editors and commenters for everything. I’ve only commented a few times because I’m too lazy to log in, but this site has been one of my first stops every morning (and countless times during the day) for the past 3 years. Thanks especially to Kelly, whose weekly Petting Zoos and other sweet and clever posts helped get me through a rough senior year in college, a huge move to NYC from the South, countless job rejections, and eventually the long days of office work.

    I will miss this place more than I am comfortable saying out loud. Thank you everyone for being so wonderful and funny and supportive. Kelly, I hope you find another job very soon, and if you would like a strange woman in NYC to buy you a beer, let me know.

    If anyone would like to twitter follow/stalk me (as I have many of you), my twitter handle is @MAHGAHN.

    Goodbye, sweet blog. You were too precious for this world.

  67. Man. This sucks. I know I was only a lurker and occasional poster of gifs a few years back, but my life was all about this site during those formative end of college years. I can honestly say this blog is like no other blog on the internet and it’s due to Gabe and Kelly and Scott and Lindsey and the Monsters. Oh you monsters. Some of the funniest, kindest, goofiest people I’ve never met. Goodbye Monsters. Goodbye Videogum. I hardly knew ye, yet this is the saddest day I’ve had in a while.

  68. All you guys made the internet that much better.

  69. I have no words

  70. 2-ish years ago I wandered over to this site from Stereogum out of curiousity. I don’t recall what I read, but I know it wasn’t one of the site’s signature pieces (WMOAT, True Blood recap, etc). Whatever it was, I was really pleased with what I saw. I loved how the writer, probably Gabe, could take this straw-like video and spin it into gold. But what really impressed me was the comments section. Like, holy shit. Not only were there a ton of replies, but they were hilarious! Lord knows anywhere else, it’s an achievement just to have a comments section not full of bigoted assholes.

    At first, I was apprehensive about commenting myself. The commenting quality was high, and I didn’t know if I had it in me to hang with the Monsters. But man, I am really glad I took the plunge. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: this is far and away the best community I’ve ever seen on a site, and I’m really glad I can be at the very least a bit player.

    I want to thank Scott, Lindsay, Gabe, and OF COURSE Kelly for creatng and maintaning this site, all of which made the internet a less shitty place. I hope that Videogum continues in some fashion, and hope to continue to be a part of this great community!

    I will forever feel this way here

  71. cassie  |   Posted on Feb 7th +30

    God, I’m still not ready to say good bye. I don’t know what to add that other people haven’t already. I never thought that I would make real life friends through a mutual agreement of Gwenyth Paltrow being the worst and schadenfreude reading about Gabe’s TMZ tour, but that’s exactly what happened. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some fellow monsters in real life and others that I’ve only talked to online, but who have become true friends. I’m so glad that I got to be part of such an unique place because I think it might have been the only thing that kept me from thinking the internet was a bottomless pit of racist garbage people.

    Hopefully we’ll be able to keep the Videogum spirit alive, but for now, I guess we have to say goodbye.

  72. This was fun. Thank you.

  73. So, no Videogum intern this year?

  74. I honestly believe that videogum has made me a better, more well rounded person. I’ve read so many things, given weird shows a chance, found cool podcasts, found the courage to speak up and attempt to be more outgoing, hell I even lurker did the monster’s fit club a few years ago over on mobfd and lost weight because of you guys. I don’t really know what else to say at this point other than ‘thank you’.

  75. powlsy  |   Posted on Feb 7th +23

    That’ll do, pig.

  76. wi_ngo  |   Posted on Feb 7th +23

    Thanks, Kelly, Gabe et al. I have enjoyed my time here, and it is a sad day for all of us.

  77. htpo  |   Posted on Feb 7th +25

    Stay gold, all you beautiful people of videogum

  78. Thank you all for making my life more fun.

  79. lizzing  |   Posted on Feb 7th +42

    NOW I’LL NEVER GET AN EGOT.

  80. I haven’t commented in some time but I just wanted to drop by and say that I’m incredibly grateful for this community. I’ve made a lot of friends through this website, directly and tangentially, online and IRL, and I can’t imagine my life without those people. So thanks for the laughs, thanks for the memories, thanks for the friends.

  81. dude  |   Posted on Feb 7th +27

    I’m so bummed right now. My workday is going to suck so hard now. Scott, please don’t let this site disappear! It’s bloated corpse should be forever splayed across this weird system of tubes we call the world wide web so we can show future generations that the internet was not always a repository for human garbage monsters in digital form. There was a paradise once, where people were not judged by the color of their skin, or the size of their bank accounts, but rather by the content of their comments. We knew it wouldn’t last forever, and we’ll cherish the time we were able to enjoy the internet utopia that is and was Videogum.

    Videogum is dead. Long live Videogum.

  82. Thank you Gabe, Lindsay, Kelly, Scott, Max, Soft Gabe & all the guest bloggers, and all the VGum Monsters that made this site so enjoyable, warm and welcoming throughout the years. It truly is a special blog, full of hilarity, hearty chuckles, and sweet, sweet trampoline accidents, which are the best kind of accidents.

    That’s a wrap, guys. It’s also a rap, a rap, a-rap a-rap rap.


    RIP Videogum. Your science was TOO tight.

  83. Damnit, I’ve never been sad about a website before. Maybe sad BECAUSE of a website, but not ABOUT a website.
    However, I am sure, had he even know of the existence of Videogum, my employer would be dancing on it’s grave, considering the amount of time I spent here during working hours. Between the stories, the comment section, monster chat & my twitter feed (which is about 87% monster)(and 19% Lakers & 24% surfing related)(my math isn’t great), I think I’ve worked approximately 4 hours since 2008.
    So although my boss says good riddance, I will actually miss this website greatly. What a weird thing to say! All things must pass, flew to close to the sun, Videogum is Dead, Long Live Videogum etc. etc. etc.

  84. steph  |   Posted on Feb 7th +28

    Well, I have “One Sweet Day” running through my head now. This has been great, you guys. Kelly, hope to see you doing more quality work in different places. Monsters, I’ve gotten to know a lot of you over the last couple years and feel very grateful for that. I’m going to miss the shit out of this place, and I hope we can all stay in touch.

    HAGS. Much love from me, gentlemansteph, and Duke.

  85. I’ll never be able to have a trampoline accident without feeling sad again. Catch you on the flipside.

  86. Thanks for the memories, everyone! The coutless hours I spent on this blog were pretty fucking awesome. I made some great friends and had a hell of time. Also, thanks for letting me guest blog that one time. It was pretty fun, and a lot of work. It made me appreciate even more what you guys do.

    That’ll do, Videogum, that’ll do.

  87. manners  |   Posted on Feb 7th +27

    I will remember you… de de doh doh dehhh. You will remember me. Nah, jk you won’t. Ha!

    VG. I love you. Sometimes I wish I could keep loving you but to die young is to die fast. That’s not really encouragement. I’ll miss the shit out of you. I’m tearing up with that last sentence. So heartfelt. Where’d you go, VG? Where’d my precious baby go!

    Best of luck to you, Kelly. I hope life after VG is still all that it can be. Jeez. Is this an Army ad now? Fuck. Just go peacefully, y’all. Sorry I’ve been absent. But I guess it’s time to admit once and for all:

    Kelly! I’ve had a crush on you since you joined. You are amazing! I laughed every day reading your posts. Never change!

  88. Thank you Videogum and monsters.

    Love is forever fan love you

  89. It is hard for me to say just how much I will miss Videogum. I started reading five years ago and I’m so sad to see it end. Nowhere on the internet can you find a more wonderful and hilarious group of people. Thank you to everyone for making it so special.

  90. The persistent melancholy that has clung to me all week led me to finally pick up and read The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. “Why not?” I mused. “I’m in the right frame of mind for it.” For those of you who have not read it, it claims to be an account of Narnia’s final days. There are some lovely illustrations by Pauline Baynes such as this one:

    and some racism. It is not a perfect work of art by any means (for so I have chosen to regard it, in the belief that the demise of a true, living world would be slightly more nuanced than what is presented here) but it does end rather beautifully. “Further up and further in!” Queen Lucy and King Edmund and all the others cry as they race without tiring to the furthest limits of the new country in which they find themselves, only to discover that it is not a new country at all but a larger, truer version of Narnia, and that there are an infinite number of Narnias beyond its borders, each one more real and vibrant than the one it encloses.

    While I suspect that The Last Battle is perhaps the earliest known example of Fan Fiction masquerading as journalism in Spare Oom, that does not strip it of all its validity. While we are often forced to let go of people and places before we feel ready, that does not mean they are lost forever. Every new room, every new world we enter is informed by what we have left behind. Just as Aslan’s song brought Narnia into being long ago, every change, if we let it, can be a song of joy expanding into the future, a song in which all of our past worlds are lovingly encoded.

    I believe that my experiences on Videogum Dot Com have made me a better person. “How can that be?” you are no doubt asking yourselves. “Is it possible for a Faun to be even more temperamental and strange?” “Yes,” I would meekly reply. Not a much better person, I should hasten to add, but very slightly better. And I honestly cannot think of any higher compliment to pay a website and a community than that. I find myself sorrowful, but also eager to explore the World of Greater Videogum opening before me. “Further up and further in!”

    If a certain Monkey weren’t so uncomfortable expressing his feelings, and the affection he feels for a group of people he’s never met, I’m confident that he would agree with me.

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