Today Is My Last Day At Kotaku

Today Is My Last Day At Kotaku

Yes, that is a giant Gummi Bear (although I believe its official name is “Party Bear“). Yes, that is a Game & Watch sitting in the belly of the bear. And yes, today Kotaku AU says goodbye to Elly Hart and myself!

As Elly wrote this morning, she’s moving to Vancouver. She’ll still be Kotaku’s night editor, she’ll just be doing the job from the other side of the planet.

Today is also my last day at Kotaku. I’ll still be in Sydney and I’ll still be writing about video games; I’ll just be doing it for a different media outlet. I cannot say where I am going, but the announcement will come very soon!

I do feel a bit sad about leaving — Kotaku has been such a wonderful place to work. I have written more feature articles in my nine months here than I ever did in my years as a freelancer, I have never encountered a more wonderful and friendly online community, and I have never worked with an editor as funny, as Scottish, or with a good an eye for detail as Mark Serrels.

Earlier today someone asked me about my highlight of working at Kotaku. I answered that working with Serrels is probably the most fun I have ever had (that man knows how to whip an article into shape! He is like that scary drill sergeant who yells at the fat people in The Biggest Loser, except he is not scary and I am not fat (yet)). The other highlight that I should have mentioned is the regular interaction with the Kotaku readers, particularly the ones who haunt Talk Amongst Yourselves (TAY). You guys are awesome and I appreciate everything you have done for me.

I’ll still have a few posts coming over the next week and my Tasty Tasty Grandpa developer diary will continue to run until it’s done.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my time at Kotaku because it has been an absolute pleasure working here. Do stay in touch! You can follow me on Twitter where I will flood your feed with news about what my dogs are eating.

Tracey

Comments

  • WHAT NO BUBBLE-T WHY
    WE’D JUST COME UP WITH COOL NICKNAMES FOR YOU

    Take care of yourself Tracey! Thanks for being a fantastic journalist! You’ve put a lot of heart into your work and I’ve enjoyed it immensely. I hope the future is just as rewarding for you!

  • :'(

    All the best to you both. Thank you for the laughter and the tears.

    Looking forward to hearing where you end up Trace.

  • You’re awesome Tracey. Wish you all the best.
    Gonna miss your witty banter about the office!
    Though, on the upside, now I can leave my mail on your desk. 😉

  • :'(
    This made me genuinely sad, I was actually thinking earlier today how much I always enjoy your articles. Thanks for this poorly-timed kick in the balls! 😛
    Good luck for the future.

  • all the best Tracey. Sad that you’re leaving. Your articles on Kotaku AU have always been interesting and wonderful to read.

    Best regards to Elly as well.

    p/s: will be following you and Elly on twitter as i want to know exactly what the dogs are eating 😛

  • Bye Tracey, good luck at your new job.
    Your articles will be missed. You will be missed =(
    I am going to miss seeing Humphrey and Isabella most mornings D=
    Also, what are they eating? My dog is eating skittles.

  • Thank you for covering our maiden game on Show And Tell and then again on release. It really meant a lot to everyone involved to have coverage alongside AAA titles.

  • Woah.. talk about being blindsided!

    I am sinserrely sad to hear this news 🙁

    We’re going to miss you, trace-face!

    Best of luck and thanks for everything – you’ve been absolutely awesome!

  • But… but… D-‘:

    I’ll miss you Tracy! And Elly, I’ll miss you too! Sort of. Well, we’ll probably have the same minimal amount of contact, but it’s sad to know you won’t be in the same country. Well, it’s Canada, so that’s awesome then.

    BUT I STILL SAD TO SEE YOU TWO GO. The dose of oestrogen you gave to counteract Mark’s… Scottish… was great, and I don’t know how we’ll cope without you.

    I expect within a month Kotaku will be like Lord of the Flies. The question on everyone’s mind: who will be Piggy?

  • Good luck an’ a’ th’ best! The place won’t seem the same without you. Our mail will go unreplied to, our kudos noms missed. Farewell Bubble T!

  • Awww where did this come from? Where are you going? Can I come too?

    Now we’re just left with Mark and he hates me that’s why he still hasn’t accepted my PSN request after all these years *wipes tear*

  • Well, in that short time you’ve produced some *outstanding work*, Tracey.
    Looking forward to reading of your next step.

    AND… HEY! BLOG SOME MORE ANECDOTES FROM “MUN”, WILL YA?
    (Can’t get enough of that stuff.)

  • Good luck with whatever new venture you’re embarking on, I’m sure the entire kotaku community will miss your presence, hopefully you can still find time to comment occasionally.

    I think what I’ll miss the most is the fact that you actually update Remember This!

  • Thanks for being awesome, Tracey!!
    Take care and hope to see you across other Australian gaming news outlets : )

  • Same sentiment as the others above me.
    I’ve really enjoyed the well thought out articles you have brought to Kotaku AU. Actually, the first article I read at Kotaku was one of yours, I believe.
    Good luck on your new endeavors!

    P.S. I will most likely follow your articles under your new employment, if they are about games. >.>

  • So very sad for us readers who loved your daily posts and interactions but I’m happy for you nonetheless. I really enjoyed your articles and I think you’ll have a great career where ever you go.

  • So dawn goes down to day,
    Nothing gold can stay.

    Good luck in your future role, Tracey. Hopefully you’ll keep an eye out for meats and you’re always welcome to post in TAY, I’m sure.

    Both you and Elly will be missed.
    Thank you.

  • Is this because we spammed you with perm movie titles on Twitter today?

    Sad news indeed. Thank you for writing some excellent articles and being awesome. I hope you intend to come along to future Kotaku Meats still. Hey, maybe you should join TAY as a regular!

    All the best with your new adventures!

  • Is this because that fan gave you that letter on the train? You were like, “That’s it. My cover is blown. Time to vanish, like smoke in wind…” and then you smashed a smoke bottle?
    You’ll be well-missed, Tracey! Great articles, full of insight, great writing, and a real sense of humour.
    Who will tell Serrels what to eat now? I fear for the future*.
    (*the future will be excellent!)
    Good luck with everything!

  • Noooo!
    All the best guys. Keep us posted. I especially want to hear about how the app development goes.

    • I’m too lazy to ponder among the grammatical aspects of this sentence. But Tracey, your articles are great and I hope to keep following you and your endeavors. And I hope you follow mine maybe too :))))))))))

  • Well this is news,
    Best of luck with your new gig Tracey, don’t you forget us now y’hear? 🙂

  • Wow…didn’t see that coming
    Say it isn’t so Tracey, amongst an ocean of terrible articles (in the media generally not kotaku) yours were among the best, well thought out and appropriate, sure will miss them.
    But I’m sure wherever you are writing for (my money is on a more ‘mainstream’ venue like ign, sadly) I’m sure you’ll succeed and I wish you only the best

  • Aww no 🙁 Really sad to see you go Tracey, but I’ll never regret getting that cyndaquil for you :). You’ve been a great part of the KotakuAU team and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors :).

    I may end up getting a twitter just so we could keep in touch. Agreed with Cakesmith, I hope you still drop in every now and then in TAY and meats. I’m really going to miss you Tracey, farewell! 🙂

  • NnnnnnoooooooOOOOOOOOoooooooooo!!!

    Thanks for everything. You will be sorely missed! Funnily enough, this is my last day at my current job.

    Happy travels, Elly!

  • I WILL MISS YOU, MISS LIEN. YOU BOUGHT A RAY OF LIEN-NESS INTO MY LIFE.

    Caps lock is cruise control for Good Luck.

  • This is really sad… Kotaku Australia stands head and shoulders over the USA Kotaku in terms of the quality of it’s content, and most of that is because of you Tracey!

    I wish you a very successful future!

  • D:
    Awwwwww man, ’twas fun having you join our nutty community, and you seriously fit in so well, but i can’t have anything nice, so have fun on your new adventure, and in my most grandma like voice, “come back and say hello every now and then.

  • “…I have never encountered a more wonderful and friendly online community…”

    Funniest shit I’ve heard all week. We are talking about Kotaku trolls, right?

  • Wha…? But… NOOOOO!!!! Who will respond to our emails? Who will write awesome stories. Ok I guess Mark can do that too, but the point stands. We will miss you too much for words Tracey. Good luck with your new job. I’m sure twitter will help us stay in touch.

  • Aha! Just what I needed! An opening so I can weasel my way into kotaku HQ and complete my takeover! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Wait, what? I obviously meant to say goodbye and wish you good luck at whatever it is you’re doing next. And that we’ll miss you. Obviously. 😛

    Also, don’t forget to drop into TAY every now and then! But not too much though. Too much and you could end up being just like me…TAY, it changes people…

  • Now no emails will ever be responded to ever again! D:

    Good luck in whatever it is you are doing, Tracey!

  • Goodbye and good luck on your next endeavour.Hopefully you’ll still pop in once in a while and say hi.

  • Farewell Tracy, you were one of the better people around here.
    Now why can’t Luke do us all a favour and leave?

  • Well damn Tracey. As long as you are happy with where you are going and we can all continue to read your work then all is well.
    Though I never ended up getting you to raffle off those Zigurat paintings of yours ><

  • I know that I seem to say this whenever anyone has to leave, but…

    *Stands on chair*
    Oh Captain, My Captain!
    *Falls off chair*

    Damn, I knew I should have stood on my desk.

  • While I’m all for moving on in the world and doing what you love, it’s always sad to see someone leave. I’ve loved reading your articles, your writing style appeals to me so I’ll be awaiting the location of your new dominion. Good luck in the new job and thanks for all the fish.

  • NOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Did April Fools come late? I hope so….
    Good luck in the future and thanks for the great work you’ve done!

  • Noooooo!
    :'(
    Oh, well.
    All good things must come to an end. 🙁
    I’m sad to see you go, Tracey.
    Between yourself and Mark, you guys had this place running like clockwork.
    You will forever be missed.

  • I fear Kotaku will be somewhat lesser without you, Tracey.
    I hope you having fun making your new workplace as great as you’ve helped make this place. 🙂

  • Nooooooo!! Tracey! You have written some of my favorite articles on Kotaku over the years, and it’s such a shame to see you leave 🙁

    I hope your new haunt is as good a place to work as the Kotaku offices, and that your new readers value your fantastic work as much as we all do!

  • I am sad to see you go Tracey.

    I, Batman, have greatly enjoyed your articles and what you have done for this community.

  • Noooooooo!

    Well, best of luck, and I hope to read more interesting articles from you in the future. Based on past experience, I’m certain you’ll deliver just that.

  • All the best Tracey – always a fan of your pieces, especially the recent goading in Remember This 🙂 All the best with the move!!

  • Dammit, whatever they’re offering you, we’ll double it!!! You can’t go, you just can’t!

    Hope everything works out well for you in the next step of your journalism career, don’t be a stranger, y’hear?

  • Yes, that’s a much better use for the gummy bear than holding paper clips.

    Oh and we’ll miss you Tracey!! You’ve really brought some class to Kotaku. Without you I guess we’ll just have to put up with smelly old Mark again.

    All the best at your new job. I hope to read you somewhere in the future again!

  • It’s a great shame to see you leave this site. I, like many others, shall await for news of where you show up in the near future.

    Finally, may I wish you the bst of luck in your future Tracey.

  • 🙁

    This makes me sad. its because of that terrible food court, isn’t it!?

    Good luck and best wishes to where ever you head. hopefully see you around!

  • Tracey, I mean it when I say “Grats!!!!!” because this is clearly something you wanted to do so I apologise for the guilt trip I’m about to lay (or attempt to); Kotaku is a name being dragged through the dirt 24/7 by the US team. Mark works hard to reverse that with ridiculously awesome quality in his articles, you came along and did the same…you guys were a dynamic duo! (Don’t tell Mark, but I’ve pictured you as the Bats and him as Robin.) Also, considering the male domineering aspect of gamer culture you have done a fantastic job to give a positive image to women in gaming, especially with the Lisa Foiles’ of this world trying to ruin that with excessive makeup and tight tanktops. So it’s really sad to see you leave so soon.

    Regardless, I wish you nothing but the best and hope your new job is everything you want it to be and more!

    P.S. Now “Remember This” will go back to being solved in 2 minutes everytime! THE TRAGEDY OF IT ALL!!!

    P.P.S. Happy Easter!

  • Soooo. In the time you’ve worked for kotaku, how many times has Luke sexually harrased you? Does he shower every day? Does he still type with his index fingers?

  • Damn it – you’re the reason I come to Kotaku. Well, you and Mark Serrels. Kotaku wont be the same without you Tracey – thank you for the many wonderful articles you’ve written and I look forward to seeing where life takes you next. 🙂

  • Good luck with your next adventure! May your push bike collect many scoop-stars and you highlight many words in your interview speech bubbles. That is the gift of journalism. Take care!

  • Nice work scoring a spot at Polygon! Sounds like it will be the dream team…if only Serrels was there too, I wouldn’t have to come here anymore 🙁

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