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Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Reflections
Thank You, Everyone!

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 31st, 2015

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Well, here we are – the final post on Toronto Thumbs. It’s funny, but I have been so busy editing all of the final content for the site that I have neglected my own writing – go figure. That’s really the story of the site, though – one of sacrifice and endurance. As of this post, I am on record as having written 1,341 articles on this site. The funny thing is that there is really a lot more to it than just the writing. For that, though, we’ll have to start at the beginning.

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Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Reflections
From the Desk of the first Editor-in-Cheese

By Shaun Hatton - March 31st, 2015

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Shaun is where Toronto Thumbs really started. I won’t get into it here, as he gets into it below – and his telling of the story is dead-on. Suffice to say that Shaun has always been my inspiration for the site. He has admitted many times that he becomes aimless – but as I have always said, there’s nothing wrong with taking a small break before setting your sights again (you get the best headshots that way, after all). I owe this whole endeavour to this kind and awesome man. Shaun is a severely talented dude that throws himself into everything he does. Make sure you follow him on whatever platform you can – if only to know who to flock to when the zombies finally arrive for the apocalypse. – ed.

There’s not much I can say about Toronto Thumbs that hasn’t already been covered by everyone else’s goodbye post. It’s a little weird the goodbyes have been so many and have gone on for so long. But then again, it’s a little weird that Toronto Thumbs has been around for so long. Also a little weird: Everyone who has ever been associated with this site. Some more than most (read: Aggies).

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Thanks, Jorge and Goodbye, Toronto Thumbs

By Rituro - March 30th, 2015

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Where do I start with this guy? I could write a whole blog about how amazing he is. I met Rituro at another website a long time ago called Videogamey. It was there that we traded witty repartee and became fast friends – albeit, electronically. When I began my role as Editor-in-Chief of Toronto Thumbs, I needed help – and Rituro was one of the first people that sprung to mind. He was decidedly nervous at first – but man, when he writes, it’s truly amazing. When he started doing video work, I knew that he was destined for greatness. – ed

It feels like there should be more of a fanfare to accompany the gentle goodbye of Toronto Thumbs – wistful reflections on other blogs, poetic tweets, a big gathering of fans for one last gaming session or podcast. It feels like it, at least, to me, since the Thumbs crew have had such a huge hand in helping me develop myself to the point where I want to branch out into a new media career. Truly, without Jorge inviting me to try my hand at writing for an audience back in 2010, I would not be here today1 hawking my mediocre gaming abilities online. But no, it’s just a simple, plain goodbye as the site winds down and Jorge gets a well-deserved rest after his years of faithful service. It feels so…wrong. Maybe we should crowdfund a statue or something? Maybe? What about a fireworks display over the 401? No? All right, fine, we’ll do it low-key. Hmph.

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Reflections
Evan Bergstra

By Evan Bergstra - March 29th, 2015

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While Evan was not with Toronto Thumbs for as long as some of the others, he became an integral part of the site. He’s one of the most well-rounded people I know; a great writer, an exceedingly talented photographer, fantastic at event coverage, and just an all-around great dude – Evan’s positivity is infectious. Within a short space of time, Evan surpassed his role as that of a writer and became part of my brainstorming group – the Thumbs Illuminati, if you will. We always have so much fun (seriously, if you missed our Instagram takeover for the CVA’s, you suck). – ed.

Hi folks!

I was brought into the Thumbs fold just over a year ago; an unsuspecting, bright-eyed journo-virgin fresh from a role in gaming PR and excited to see what was next for me. While chatting with me over Facebook, Jorge casually mentioned that he might post a piece of mine if I was up to writing one. Encouraged by the suggestion I took up the challenge and dove into my first game review with gusto.

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Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Reflections
Malcolm Inglis

By Malcolm Inglis - March 27th, 2015

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Malcolm is one of the “youngest” members of the site – but his coverage of E3 last year earned him two thumbs up. His perspective is always fun to read, and I hope he pursues and refines his craft! – ed.

I got on board with Toronto Thumbs just under a year ago and what can I say other than it’s been a great experience! I got a chance to play and review some amazing (and not-so-amazing) games, and I also got to go to some awesome events as a representative of Toronto Thumbs – the most notable being E3. Above all though was the chance to communicate with fellow gamers through my writing (and in person) about our passion: videogames. Jorge definitely has a passion for gaming and the industry, and it comes through in the hard work, time and dedication that goes into running something like this. I’d like to thank him and the rest of the team for making me a part of Toronto Thumbs and I wish everyone all the best in their future endeavors.


Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Reflections
Dana Russo

By Dana Russo - March 24th, 2015

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Dana has been a part of the site for quite some time. I have always enjoyed reading her writing, and fighting over my excessive; use; of; semi-colons. Though you might not always see her work regularly published, she is exceedingly helpful behind the scenes, working on angles for social media and helping brainstorm ideas for directions for various articles and the site. – ed.

I met Jorge in the winter of 2010 at the Sony Holiday Party in Toronto, Ontario. I was still somewhat new to Canada, having arrived only in the summer of 2008, and was pretty lonely. I sought other writer friends to connect with by showing up to various events, one of which was Fan Expo, a regular convention held in Toronto every summer that just seems to get bigger and bigger each time it happens.

It’s a blast – if you’re ever in the area while it’s going on, I highly recommend purchasing a ticket. There are cosplayers, chiptunes artists, and other fine geekery to indulge in. If you’re reading this site, I’m assuming that’s your thing, so go! Anyway, I spied some name badges at Fan Expo, one of which belonged to some writers for the late Game North. It was through Game North that I received the invitation to the Sony Holiday Party and I jumped at the chance to go.

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Reflections
Cody Orme – The Last ‘Ormed and Dangerous’

By Cody Orme - March 21st, 2015

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Cody joined us back at the end of 2012 with an article about his pick for the best Mario game in the series. When we started out, I liked to give people a fair shake (as I said at the beginning of that article) – but I have to say, more recent examples of writing have been abysmal, and make me fear for the future of humanity. Cody’s writing, on the other hand, has always been insightful. It started with passion and evolved to be something greater. Eventually he did a few reviews and I always appreciated his point of view. – ed.

Wow, it’s kind of hard to believe that this is my final Toronto Thumbs post. It seems like just yesterday I was a second year college student looking for a place to write, pitching an idea about Mario to a website I admired quite a bit. Now, two years later here we are.

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