It’s the end of an era.
After five years of daily updates, the time is right to draw the curtain on The Black Panel and celebrate our achievements.
I’m proud of the work we’ve done and incredibly grateful to everyone who has visited the site to read a review, listen to a podcast or provide us with feedback. Your support has been invaluable.
My sincere gratitude to my editorial team of Karen Jacobson, Peter Nickless, Joel Guttenberg and Matt Hewson, whose contributions (both visible and behind the scenes) were the lifeblood of the site for so many years. Thanks too to David Walden who helped us launch The Black Panel way back in September 2009.
I also want to acknowledge everyone who has contributed on a freelance basis. The site has benefited greatly from the talents of Dylan Burns, Jennifer Christodoulou, Jamie Dalzell, Alaisdair Dewar, Stephen Foote, Chad Habel, Cha Holland, Jason Imms, Stevie McDonald, Adam Rorke and Zorine Te.
We’ve had the chance to run articles from some of the local scene’s most talented and enduring writers. We’ve also served as an incubator for some of the industry’s leading brands, with our writers going on to contribute to the likes of GameSpot, AusGamers, Games.on.net and Hyper.
Thank you also to the many publishers and developers who have granted us access to review code, provided us with interview opportunities and invited us to attend preview events throughout the country. You’ve been a pleasure to work with.
I hope everyone reading this will join us in a month or two for one last podcast to celebrate five years of gaming goodness.
In the meantime I encourage everyone to keep an eye out for a new project from the hardest working man in the business, Matt Hewson. He recently purchased www.player2.net.au and he’s already assembling a crack team of contributors.
I always planned for The Black Panel to be about sharing the experience of playing games rather than splitting hairs over whether one game was marginally better than another. I feel like we’ve been true to that philosophy and I’m glad we had a chance to share our thoughts with a wonderful audience.