Time To Close Up Shop (For Now)

If I have instilled anything in my readers, it’s that you should have seen this coming just months after promising that everything was fine.

Today’s announcement was much harder for me to write, let alone tag and hit that publishing button than many of you may understand. Over the next couple of months, I will turn 30 years old and MMO Fallout simultaneously will turn 10. I have been working on this website as its sole custodian for ten years, literally one third of my existence on this Earth and a great majority of my adult life. It’s time to bring that saga to a close.

I can’t keep MMO Fallout running, definitely not in its current iteration. Last year I announced that I was entering law school. I did last Fall, and you may have noticed that the last ten months or so have seen a dramatic drop in the amount of stories being published. It’s gotten bad enough that WordPress now congratulates me when I don’t take upwards of a week without posting any new pieces. Simply said, I don’t have time. School is taking up a lot of my free time, preparing for internships, classes, exams, student club meetings, etc, everything has been taking up more and more of my time and I ultimately committed the cardinal sin that I have talked about for over ten years: I let this website become a burden, and as a result it has gone through periods where it has simply stopped being enjoyable.

I want to continue talking about legal issues in the industry, but this is a double-edged sword. MMO Fallout is not a big website and it never has been. My other blog is even tinier, but it’s in a unique area where I can go 5+ months without an update and the traffic does not change. MMO Fallout suffers without regular updates, and that means leaving out the news and publishing an editorial every week, every two weeks, every month, would be a nearly worthless endeavor as nobody would see it. In that case, why even bother writing it? If I keep writing about legal issues in the gaming industry, it will either be two years from now when I’m out of school, or as a semi-regular piece on a larger website. Maybe you’ll see my face at your favorite MMO website.

MMO Fallout has been a huge part of my life and I’m proud of everything that the website has accomplished. This website will be forever entombed in several corporate biographical books, in the Arizona court records (as well several other courts), and in the archives of GDC China, among other places.

To my readers, I want to thank you for an awesome ten years. For my contacts in the industry, I will throw another blanket apology for not responding to your emails as quickly as I should have. To my fellow MMO websites, I’ll still be lurking. In fact, my email will still be up and running [contact[at]mmofallout[dot]com].

So long and thanks for all the fish, and here is my favorite editorial header for one final time.

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