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HairyArse
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As some of you may have noticed, there hasn't been much in the way of AATG updates recently. Well there is a reason for that and I feel it's probably time to tell you all why.

When I first set up the site, it was mainly in order to practise my PHP and MySQL skills, but was also a form of portfolio for me personally, to try and help me get a job within the games industry. A few weeks ago I found a job advertised on GI.biz and applied for it. Well I only went and got it didn't I!?!

On Monday the 3rd February I start my new job as content manager for a new up and coming website at GamersUniverse.com.
However, in order to accept the job I have to sign a contract declaring that I will not, and cannot, contribute anything to a website or entity that might be deemed as competition to my new employers. No matter how small. And of course this includes AATG.

So what does this mean for AATG? Well as I can no longer run this site and write about games full time and professionally for a living (man I'm so gonna have to learn to proof read much more thoroughly) the AATG domain is being transferred to my new employers and the site's content from the past year will be imported in the GU website.

I hope you'll all check out the GU website when it launches properly on the 15th of February. There will be tons of new exciting features and services and hopefully the content will improve once I start working full time. I say that because all current content on the site has been written in Greek or Polish and loosely translated into English. It's my job to manage a proper team of English speaking writers.

It's absolutely gut-wrenching to have to do this as I have grown so attached to AATG and all of you guys, I'm proud of all the work I've done but also that of countless others.

I must say a massive thank from the bottom of my hear to Peej as without his continuous help and contributions, this site would have probably died a death a long time ago. It's ultimately served its purpose and got me the job I've dreamed about so long, it's just an awful shame that I have to make such a sacrifice.

Finally, if you all look in the EG AATG group, I have a final comment to make.
#1 at 23:00:17 - 06/01/2008
Rhythm
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Woo! Congrats!!!!!
#2 at 23:05:08 - 06/01/2008
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Oh and don't worry, one of the things I try and do will be to get rid of that HUGE flash menu.
#3 at 23:06:01 - 06/01/2008
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Aye, full congrats Hairy. Enjoy your new profession :)
#4 at 23:11:42 - 06/01/2008
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Waydago!
#5 at 23:15:30 - 06/01/2008
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Well done, Hairy, I really do wish you luck :)
#6 at 23:22:18 - 06/01/2008
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Selling out rules.
#7 at 23:27:44 - 06/01/2008
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disusedgenius said:
Selling out rules.

I can still shun you to hell!
#8 at 23:31:11 - 06/01/2008
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Aww, and just as version 2 of the site went up :)

Good luck with the cool-sounding job, Hairy ;)
#9 at 23:38:43 - 06/01/2008
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Congrats :)
#10 at 23:38:49 - 06/01/2008
HairyArse
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NewYork said:Aww, and just as version 2 of the site went up :)

Tell me about it! Just as I'd spent weeks working my bollocks off making the site and forum much improved , this happens.

I sincerely mean it when I say it's heart breaking for me, because even though the site makes fuck all and costs me time and money every month, I've still loved every single minute of it.
#11 at 23:43:38 - 06/01/2008
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Bugger.. I'll miss this place, but congratulations all the same.
#12 at 23:56:49 - 06/01/2008
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Congratulations once more, Hairy. GamersUniverse better treat you with respect, or da AATG crew will come knocking :)
#13 at 00:00:21 - 07/01/2008
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Well done!

Question. Is there a forum on the other site and are you in charge of it?
#14 at 00:01:51 - 07/01/2008
disusedgenius
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HairyArse said:
disusedgenius said:
Selling out rules.

I can still shun you to hell!

Hey, if you'd fixed the backslash problem you'd see that I was being serious! ;)
#15 at 00:04:17 - 07/01/2008
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GIVE THE SITE TO PEEJ!
It is the only way!

/very dramatic death of AATG
#16 at 00:24:12 - 07/01/2008
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Fuckin' A.

I'll still have a double digit ID right?
#17 at 00:35:42 - 07/01/2008
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I feel like the Futurama guys in that episode where they discovered they were to be punished with "death by snoo snoo".

Yay! Noooo! Yay! Nooooo! Yay! Nooo!

Good look to you HA, but I'll really miss this place.
#18 at 00:40:23 - 07/01/2008
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Wh...wha...what?

/sobs into coffee.

Well done then, moving up in the world ftw.

Shame it means this place has to go.

Wish I'd made more of it whilst it was here, I never did get round to submitting any articles and should have posted more in the forum and commented more on the articles.

Thanks to everyone for the fantastic articles, sorry I didn't leave more comments. Thankyou hairy aswell, I really appreciate the work thats gone into this place.

Aurevoir AATG

/Oh, I hope you'll be appearing on some of their weekly shows, good luck.
#19 at 00:44:55 - 07/01/2008
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will the new site have the same 'say what you like {fuck ubisoft}' integrity? i cant believe it will :(

well i'll miss this place
#20 at 00:55:40 - 07/01/2008
d0ugi3
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Just had a look at that gamers union website, and after reading a few articles I just think that it's another institutionalized gaming site.

What I mean by that is they don't write with the flair or passion of the people in this place and inevitably (Did i spell that right?) the forums will be splattered with the unholy mess of 'teh no0bz'.

This place compared to GU (giving it its own abbreviation already ): ) is like Top Gear campared to Fifth Gear.

Will sadly miss it.

Oh and Hairy how much do you lose on this place a month?

/contemplates death of self
#21 at 00:55:47 - 07/01/2008
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Heh, the sad music from terminator 2 is playing in the background, almost brought a tear to my eye...

We can't let all this go to waste though...I know we'll never have as site as good as this one but maybe we could set up a simple site to host the reviews and previews?

Seems a shame to let the community fizzle out and lose the great sense of individuality the articles give the place. It's so different from most gaming sites.
#22 at 01:02:32 - 07/01/2008
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Inquisitor, wasn't your only contribution to this site to have a pop at it on EG? Or am I confusing you with someone else?
#23 at 01:05:21 - 07/01/2008
Furbs
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Whoa...I get a Russian popup warning when I go to community, and they work on GMT+3.

Hairy has defected!! Better dead than red!
#24 at 01:08:25 - 07/01/2008
Inquisitor
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repairmanjack said:Inquisitor, wasn't your only contribution to this site to have a pop at it on EG? Or am I confusing you with someone else?


No, you've got me. In my defense I wasn't having a pop at AATG, T.G asked me what I thought of the place and at the time I thought the forum was somewhat of a clone of the EG forum.

I think people misinterpreted what I said abit aswell, I never said it was designed to splinter the EG community just that it appeared to have that effect at one stage.

I still loved the articles though. I'm older and wiser now, I think it's a great place and even the forum is unique in its own right.
#25 at 01:15:02 - 07/01/2008
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Is there a forum on the GU site?
#26 at 01:20:16 - 07/01/2008
Furbs
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Yup, I'm currently settling in...

There goes the neighbourhood.

Oh and Hairy, before this place gets absorbed by the Ruskies, can we have a final post count league table please? I'm hoping for top 5, but I think I'll be just outside.
#27 at 01:24:09 - 07/01/2008
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I tried using my AATG username and it's in use apparently. That meant to happen?
#28 at 01:30:23 - 07/01/2008
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So is everyone moving to GU or EG or someother site for their general gaming news feeds?
#29 at 01:32:07 - 07/01/2008
Furbs
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I was able to use Furbs just fine.
#30 at 01:32:31 - 07/01/2008

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