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This is kind of a short and out of the ordinary blog but one
that I felt was necessary. I battled over whether to do it or not...some might
say I'm kissing butt or polishing the apple of the Game Informer staff, but I don't
really care. In the end, right is right and as long as I know in my heart the
intentions are honorable, then that triumphs what anybody might say or think.
Oh, and while I don't (normally) use big boy language in my daily vocabulary
(unless I'm driving), I say "BAMF" as a sign of respect and admiration. If you
don't know what it means or can't figure it out, then I will provide you a
couple of examples (I'd hesitate telling you to look it up).
Chuck Norris is a BAMF.
Nathan Drake is a BAMF.
Masterchief is a BAMF.
Snake Plissken is a BAMF.
Jeff Marhiafava is a BAMF.
(Funny...BAMF is also the sound Nightcrawler makes when he
teleports. He's kind of a BAMF too.)
The world is run by different kinds of people. Some are
politicians that tell you all of the great things they plan to do and others
are workers who show you what they're going to do simply by doing it. Of course
each of these categories can be further divided. You have some workers who need
to be praised for every little thing they do, where something as simple as
taking the trash out or making coffee means everybody should pause for a moment
of silence and pat the individual on the back for saving the office from a dead
coffee pot or trash overflowing onto the floor. Then you have those "behind the
scenes" workers who don't need praise or recognition...and honestly, they don't
really want to be in the spotlight. They do what it is they're supposed to do,
not for glory and riches, but simply because something inside of them...whether
it was inherited, instilled by solid parenting, magic, luck, faith, coincidence
or a combinations of all of these, they do it because something inside of them
compels them to do it.
We enjoy something at Game Informer that many other
communities don't, or don't to the degree that we do...and that is a relationship
with the staff. I've seen them everywhere...from the website to Twitter, and they
chat with the community. Some of you all chat with them frequently...and have
even gamed with them. That's pretty cool, don't you think?
I'm going to step out of character for a minute to share
something with you all.
Most of you know (or should know) Jeff Marchiafava is a
member of the Game Informer staff. You've seen him post articles online and in
the magazine day in and day out. I don't need to tell you that.
Others of you know a little bit more specifically what he
does around the website that contributes directly to the community. Without
going into all the details, let's just say if the team of moderators were
deputies, Jeff M would be the sheriff. He is actively involved with maintaining
good order and discipline around the website and for making sure the moderators
are trained and equipped to do their jobs...and when one of them inadvertently
deletes a user's account, let's just say he's there to sort out the mess and pick
up the pieces; pat him on the back and tell him to get back to work...and never
do it again or he's fired...AHEM...but let's not dwell on that, heh heh. Moving on
(it wasn't quite that bad).
When I was allowed (and I say allowed because it really is a
privilege to do it) to take over Blog Herding I knew I was undertaking a huge
responsibility and I had some concerns. One thing I told myself early on was to
never let it go to my head. I believe in the word, "pride comes before the fall"
and as a result there are certain things I never talk about because I think it
can be perceived as haughty. But something happened today...something
specific...and it was the genesis of the blog. The details don't matter...Jeff knows
what he did, but the important thing is to recognize him for his efforts; his
behind the scenes efforts that most of us never get to see. And not just what
he did today, or what he's done in the past, and what he will probably do
tomorrow when he rolls out of bed at noon (I'm kidding Jeff) and heads off to
work with a smile on his face and good will in his heart....but for all of it.
(To give you an idea the kind of things Jeff does, since this one
doesn't involve me, many of you may recall the 50th episode of
Member Herding rewarded Jon Keyes with a copy of Game Informer autographed by
all of the Game Informer editors - Jeff M facilitated that.)
See, the thing about Jeff is he goes above and beyond...often
times behind the scenes and without mention or credit. I wouldn't be so
arrogant to think that I "know" Jeff M, but something tells me a lot of what he
does to keep the force in balance, he does without anybody knowing he's even
doing it. I've been blogging here a couple of years now and I've been
supporting the community in a variety of capacities in this time. I'm not going
to lie...there have been perks here and there... compensation if you will. And Jeff
M has been behind it all. I know what he's done for me, and I know what he's
done for a few others. But the real reward has been working with Jeff week
after week to bring you all Blog Herding. Without him and his assistance, it
wouldn't be possible, or at least not like it has been. He's far more involved
with the community than what most see or realize and he truly goes above and
beyond in the performance of his duties.
Jeff M, thank you! Not for what you did today, or
yesterday...but for every day. I know you don't do what you do for the
recognition, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth recognizing; and I know you
would never want me to do this, which is exactly why I am. Kings to you!
NOTE: The December episode of Member Herding and perhaps the
final episode of Guess that Gamer are in the works. I hope to have them to you
Without people like Jeff, this little community would not exist as it is. (Although you already did a great job of conveying that Saint:)
Thanks for letting us play around in the sandbox known as GIO, Jeff.
Nightcrawler was the first thought to enter my mind when I started reading this!
The real draw to this site is the interaction between everyone, including the staff...
different blog than usual and definitely not your normal stuff. I kinda thought of you and Mojo and all the mods at the start there. You guys do so much that we don't know about. Jeff is a pretty awesome guy and I would love to get to know him more. As for the BAMF Nightcrawler is definitely not a BAMF and I might go so far as to name you a BAMF...
Cheers as usual.
Hmm... I'm curious to know what the genesis of the blog was, to be honest.
But yes, Jeff is amazing. I've been meaning to get dialog between he and I on Twitter for a while now, but the everyday antics there prevent me from doing so.
As far as BAMFs go, you left out Katie Couric.
I agree this praise is well earned and long overdue. Jeff has been providing tremendous support to mods and the community in general, though his assistance to me has been immeasurable. I am in his debt. (Also I'd be remiss to not acknowledge Joey Guerra's tireless dedication to ensuring this site runs well in support of all members.) Well said, Saint, and a well deserved tribute.
Great blog. I really can't think of anything that hasn't been said, so I'll leave it at that.
Jeff M. a BAMF
Very cool. Thanks for sharing this information with us. I can't say I was aware of how involved Jeff M is in the Game Informer community. That's awesome!
Great blog! From what you've said and from what I've seen, Jeff Marchiafava truly is a BAMF.
Gotta love GI's staff. Thanks for the look behind the scenes, it's nice to see that Hangtime's getting some recognition for things he normally wouldn't.
Thanks for bringing Jeff's significant contributions to GIO to light, Saint. We really are fortunate to have someone like him in the Game Informer staff who not only recognizes the importance of our community, but is willing to go the extra mile for us too.
BTW, I know I'm being anal, but I have to point it out—there's no ellipsis at the end of your title! Somehow it just doesn't feel...Saintly, you know? :)
Wow, this was certainly a surprise! Thank you for the kind words, Rich. Honestly though, not a day goes by at Game Informer that I'm not grateful for all the hard work you and the mods do. You guys and gals, along with everyone who contributes to the blogs, forums, and comment sections of the site, are what make Game Informer such a strong community – and a fun company to work for!
Add Isaac Clarke to that list Saint. :P
Great blog! More recognition should go out to the staff at GIO.
It's great when anyone puts so much devotion into the community. But when it's one of the staff members, that is truly something. I have seen some of what he does, and he does earn this title.
I think Jeff tends to be a little underrated since he isn't on podcasts, replays or test chambers as often as the others, but I can certainly trust his reviews and appreciate the work he does for the community.