My friends, we observe today not a victory of one blogging platform over another, but a celebration of freedom – symbolising an end, as well as a beginning – signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty Whedon the same solemn oath that we observed those many years ago when the great cultural pillars called Lack of Faith and Imperium were founded.
The world is very different now. Then-unimagined treasures are now within the grasp of man. No Country For Old Men, and Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog have graced our DVD players and hard drives. And yet the same principles and beliefs that we have always fought to defend and uphold are still at issue around the internet – the belief that the value of entertainment stems not from marketing or advertising, but from the opinions of fans.
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to fan and Hollywood Studio alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of blogger – born in radness, tempered by Company of Heroes, disciplined by Portal, proud of our ancient heritage – and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those consumer rights to which the blogosphere has always been committed.
The old ways now are behind us. No longer can we be separated by petty differences of genre or media. Let this new blog be a symbol that the realms of gaming and film, television and literature will from this day be made one. For united there is little we cannot achieve. Divided, there is little we can – for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.
And so the trumpet summons us to blog again. With good writing our only sure reward, with our readers the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth and review the films and games we love in hopes of honoring the great critics and fans that have gone before us, and of inspiring those that we will leave behind.