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James

James

7/20/2012 3:36:43 PM
When I first joined this website in February 2008 I was 13. My parents had just got divorced and I was having a real -blam!-ty time at school, so I spent a lot of time on my xbox playing Halo 3; I always loved the game. I saw some guy with the septagon next to his name and decided I wanted it too, leading me here. In the years I have been here, I've been in various communities, notably Owners of the Katana, Minecrafters and #bungienet. There have been good times and bad times, but always a place to go and hide from real world problems. This may be a bad technique for dealing with things, but I doubt anybody can stand being in utter loneliness all day every day. I really believe that private groups are the best things about this website. They give users the opportunity to form close bonds with one another; at least as close as the internet allows. Exposure to these forums and different communities has led me to become a true cynical bastard, and I relish that. For the most part bungie.net has been a part of my every day life for the past 4 years. This, of course, is excluding study time where I take a temporary leave of absence in the knowledge that I will return when exams are done (this works by the way, plus you get a trust rating boost when you get back ;)). Every year I spent on this website I perceived it in a different way as I grew up into adulthood. These days, it is simply a website where you can talk to people with similar interests. However, back in the day this was not the case. I'm sure many younger members reading this can relate to how special the site is to them. It will always irk me that I never got to meet anybody from the website IRL or that I never went to PAX, but I guess that can't be helped. Most people who have never been exposed to internet communities simply will never understand what they mean to those who are engrained into them. Sadly, my girlfriend is one of them and has decided that I have to choose between her or the website and it doesn't take a genius to work out what decision I made. IRL comes first, it just has to. I don't know if it will ever change, but I doubt it will. This means I have to say goodbye to everything here. I thought I'd post it here rather than anywhere else because this was my favourite forum. I will miss all the people and all the groups. I never thought that I'd actually be saying goodbye to this website because of somebody else. I wish everyone well in their future lives and hope that they achieve whatever they want to achieve. Goodbye :( - Coxx153/The Storm/Gravemind/Tornado/Cweggz/That Blue Guy/Fean00b/Qbix90 [Edited on 07.20.2012 7:40 AM PDT]

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