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.