Ever since he began freelancing for IGN at age 18, working with them full time after college, Colin Moriarty has been one of the most polarizing figures in the video game industry. Yet after a controversy arose regarding one of his tweets, not only did he quit the gaming company he co-founded, Kinda Funny, he stopped reporting on gaming news altogether.
Ah. Peace and quiet.#ADayWithoutAWoman
— Colin Moriarty (@notaxation) March 8, 2017
A short time after his departure from Kinda Funny, Colin Moriarty opened up a patreon entitled Colin’s Last Stand. In April, the program began – following plenty of funding and support – and was dedicated to The Pride of Long Island’s opinions and knowledge regarding politically or historically focused topics. In that time since its launch, the show has covered a variety of topics from the aforementioned landscape, from the California’s Harebrained Secession Movement to 9/11.
In 53 episodes of the show there has been little to no talk of gaming related topics though. From the outset, Moriarty made it clear he wanted to head in a different direction, having written about video games professionally for over 14 years already, focusing on his love of politics and history instead.
But in a recent blog post on the Colin’s Last Stand Patreon, Moriarty addressed the fact that his love of games has not subsided, and that after continuous feedback, he plans to cover games again in the near future.
“Every day, I receive messages from folks telling me how much they miss me covering games. Every CLS video has at least a few comments about the same. People in the industry have told me privately and publicly that they’d wish I’d come back; I’ve had two meals with two prominent developers that told me just that in the last two weeks alone. Combined with the fact that I now finally have time to breathe, think, and reflect, and taken in conjunction with the thousands of messages I’ve received, I’ve started to come around to doing something with games again, some day, at some time. But questions remain. How? What? When?
Unbeknownst to many of you, I wrote a message to my Patreon community last week asking if I should return to games, even if it meant I had to shutter a CLS episode every week to make it happen. 1,276 paying Patrons voted in a poll on the subject; 91% said I should return. Hundreds gave detailed feedback on what that comeback should look like. I didn’t expect that resounding level of support, at all. It simply cannot be ignored. And so I will not ignore it. Truth be told, I was actually dashing down a particular comeback path for a short time very recently, but things didn’t quite square the way I had hoped, so I’m figuring out alternatives. That’s where you come in, and where your feedback becomes essential.”
Moriarty goes on to explain that, while he doesn’t have an exact barometer regarding exactly what gaming topics he will cover, or even the format and start date, it will all be done under Colin’s Last Stand. To read the full post, head over to Colin Moriarty’s Patreon linked here.