Okay guys, I've got my account activated and up and running. Apologies for the delay in replying, I wanted to jump in last night! Allow me to rapid-fire respond to a bunch of what I've missed.
I’ve got some news I’m both excited and sad to share with you at the same time. I’ll be leaving the Digital Video Games team in Mid-March to join the marketing team for Amazon.com’s Loyalty and Rewards program, Amazon Coins. My boss and I have talked extensively about how to maintain and continue our presence here and across the other communities we’ve created in the past couple of years. To that end I’d like to introduce you to Josh, who take over monitoring, updating, and responding to this thread. Josh will be ramping up over the next couple of weeks, he will be posting shortly to introduce himself.
Now that the “what’s going on” part of the message is out of the way I want to tell you all how much I love CAG and the posters here. This was the first community I joined when I started this job (anyone still remember that first thread?) and all of you have had a huge hand in shaping how we think about and execute Community Development and Management here at Amazon, which has in turn shaped my career these last two and a half years.
I started to write out a section calling out the regular posters and realized the list would be both overly long and incomplete at the same time. Instead I’d like to thank you all again, you all have my deep and sincere gratitude. I’ll still be around and my gaming accounts aren’t going anywhere so feel free to hit me up anytime you want to chat. I’ll probably still hang out in the thread too .
Thanks again everyone, let me or Josh know if you have any questions!
Thanks so much, Tony. It's been great to work with you, and I'm excited to continue where you left off. If I do my job right, in a few weeks these people will be thinking, "I wish we had Josh ages ago."
I'm representing both the physical and digital sides of Amazon games, so I'll be bringing you physical deals as well. I'm going to create a new thread so I can manage the title, have something more manageable, etc. Question for all of you folks, would you prefer to have separate threads for digital / physical deals, or should I consolidate into one monstrous "Amazon Deals Extravaganza" thread?
*I'll probably eventually leave, but hopefully not for a long time*
@Tony AKA T-Money
Damn, T-Money....You're gonna get this Cylon and Toaster all choked-up and stuff. I don't know - can Cylons and Toasters cry? Man, I wish you the best in your future endeavor at Amazon! I'm gonna miss all the posting and crazy deals you and Amazon DVG concocted. We had some great times here! Hope to keep seeing you pop-in + chat here!
@Josh AKA J-Money
So, now - hey Josh! J-Money, welcome to the CAG Party! Hope you're ready to drop some killer and often groundbreaking deals like Tony did! And, oh yeah - we also expect lots of awesome deals, off-topic chatter, code-drops for games.
Thanks for the warm welcome! It's going to be a good time, Tony prepped me on everything. You guys like full priced games and corporate PR-approved statements, right?
Amazon rep requirements for posting on CAG:
1) Thick skin
2) Sense of humor (morbid helps)
3) Mascot (pet or otherwise) as tool to distract/deflect/divulge
4) Thick skin
5) Ability repeat oneself
6) Ability to withstand repeated items
7) Thick skin
8) Be one with the meme
Fluent in tebonics (no longer a requirement)
10) Thick skin
1) My skin is like leather.
2) I legitimately have a note in my Notes app on my phone where I keep track of every stupid joke I come up with, many of them really bad puns. Check.
3) Meet Zack.
4) My skin is like leather.
5) See above.
6) See above the above.
7) Ugh, stop listing the same thing over and over.
8) That's pronounced may-may, right?
9) I'm a quick learner.
10) Despite my leathery skin, I have been told I have overly soft hands, which allows for deft keyboard movements, bringing you deals ever so slightly faster.
Grats on the promotion Tony, I'm sure you'll do a great job. Please stop in every now and again and let us know how things are going. And welcome to Josh. You've got big shoes to fill though.
Tony's done a great job here, I look forward to living up to your expectations, riding that line for a while, then blowing past them so you like me much better than Tony and I can rub it in his face.
(Post was too long, second post incoming.)