After five years, Arcadian Rhythms has reached the end of its road. It is a wistful moment when something that has been part of your life, however peripherally, comes to an end.
I never got around to writing as many pieces for AR as I meant to. The chief reason was that I rarely felt like I had something interesting to say. My dedication to procrastination played a role, too: I started more projects than I finished. I rarely found the time, energy, and motivation to get them to the point where I felt comfortable having them read by an audience of strangers. Because of my meagre contribution I always felt something of an outsider, and as a consequence, I’m not sure it’s my place to say much about the late Arcadian Rhythms. Once again, I feel like I have nothing to say.
I did appreciate having access to this platform to publish some of my musings on digital games. It might have always been a bit of a niche site, but it was still a step or two up from a personal blog. I also appreciated having Shaun for an editor. His feedback helped clarify my thinking and arguments, and I wrote with more confidence knowing he would smooth out my grammar and awkward phrases. I don’t write professionally—with my output I would starve—so having somebody fill that role for me was a privilege.
Mostly, I think, I liked the idea of Arcadian Rhythms. I liked the variety of articles it published. There were long stretches where I basically didn’t follow games news or discussions, but I always read AR. That diversity of viewpoints and voices also reassured me that when I did manage to write something games related it would more than likely find a place here. I guess I took the site for granted to a degree, expecting it would always be here for me, no matter how much I neglected it at times.
I will miss this site. I always thought I would get around to writing all those articles, one day, but with the demise of AR that looks less likely. Well, it was fun while it lasted, and I will no doubt come view Arcadian Rhythm’s digital corpse now and again. Rest in piece.