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I Am Legend – What I meant to say

Friday, 16th October 2009 09:43 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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I won the Games Media Legend award at the Games Media Awards in London last night, as well as Specialist Writer (Web). VG247 won the Games Blog award. By the end of it, I got up on stage and genuinely had no words. I’m better at writing than speaking (clearly), so here’s what I would have said given the benefit of hindsight and not having 400 people cheering at me.

I am, as my wife keeps pointing out this morning, a “legend”. I have an award that proves it. I am also, apparently, the best specialist online games writer in Britain. The website I launched with Eurogamer’s Rupert Loman last February is the best games blog in the UK. It’s all too much. I didn’t sleep a lot last night.

There are so many people I want to thank. I’ve been involved in British games editorial since 1998, and I’ve met a great many people on the way who’ve inspired me, pushed me and moulded my career for a variety of reasons.

Some of them: Fiona, Johnny Minkley, Rupert Loman, Ellie Gibson, Tom Bramwell, Colin Campbell, Mike Bowden, Greg Ingham, Nick Loman, Gavin Ogden, Nick Grange, Tina Hicks, Kristan Reed, Jon Fargher, Alex Simmons, Paul Davies, Paul Loman, Barbara Loman, Oliver Menne, Tanja Menne, Rob Purchese, Martin Taylor, Matt Styles, Tim Ponting, Jerry the Crobar, Stephany Nunneley, Rob Fahey, Matt Martin, Oli Welsh, Gareth Ramsay, Simon Byron, Richard Leadbetter, Gary Harrod, Gary Cutlack, Tony Horgan, James Ashton, Cat Channon, Jonnie Bryant, Hugo Bustillos, Simon Smith-Wright, Shaun White, Jodie Van Hibb, Amy Wright, Stefan Walters, Hamish Brown, Alex Ward, Nathan Grayson, Johnny Cullen, Steve Fulljames, Dave Woods, Rhianna Pratchett and many, many others. I’m sorry if I missed you out. I could go on all day.

I remember sitting next to a river in Glossop near Manchester over ten years ago getting drunk with Colin Campbell, telling him I had no respect for anyone in the games media. It didn’t mean anything, and it wasn’t “real”. I was glad to be writing for a living, but all I wanted to do was be better than games. I wanted to be a novelist – and still do – and the whole thing seemed so Mickey Mouse to me then. It wasn’t the Guardian or the Times; it was chancers grinding out random horseshit about polygons, something I knew very little about.

I was right and wrong, arrogance aside. A decade on, I love this industry. Despite still being in its infancy, games editorial is maturing, as are the products we write about, the journalists that write about them and the people that play them. The enthusiasm and passion involved in the games media is incredible, but we’ve got so far to go. I stopped wishing I was “better” than games many years ago. I’m very proud to be a part of this and to watch it evolve. It’s an honour, in fact.

Last night was a stand-out life moment. I’ll never forget it. I’m still buzzing. Thank you so much for voting for my team and our site, and for me personally, and thank you to everyone that hugged me or shook my hand. I’m completely overwhelmed.

I love you all.
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77 Comments

  1. _Sikamikanico_

    Awesome Pat. You the man.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. ChrisPilote

    Congratulations, Pat! You deserve it

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mart

    /stands up and claps

    xx

    #3 5 years ago
  4. G1GAHURTZ

    BIG UP YOU CHEST!

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Spiral

    Hugz.
    Well done.
    /Hugz.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Dralen

    I wish I had a trophy that said I was a Legend. :P

    #6 5 years ago
  7. slayernl

    We all love you two just keep on doing what you are doing and again congrats on the awards again :)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. spikeymike

    Yeah, yeah, whatever. When’s GT5 coming out, eh?

    Just kidding – well done, it’s quite an achievement!!

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Tonka

    Congratulations!Well deserved. I know I mock your “reporting” here on VG247 from time to time but I keep coming back.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. gorman

    Congrats!
    Be happy to live in a country where good work in this field is properly recognized. :)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. satsugai

    Congratulations Pat. :3

    #11 5 years ago
  12. JonFE

    Pat, get a blog, will ya???

    :-D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Mike

    It’s all you, mate. It’s all you. Well done.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Johnny Cullen

    I nearly shed a tear reading that.

    The keyword though folks is “nearly”. ;)

    Anyways, I can honestly stand here and say thanks for coming and reading all the hard work all of us like Steph, Mike, Nathan and myself have done over the past year and a half. I could, but I wont.

    Because the truth is if it wasn’t for Pat, all of us wouldn’t be here at all, as writers or posting comments. You couldn’t ask for a harder working journo then him. Although you already knew that.

    So heres to Patrick Garratt – the biggest grammar nazi you’ll ever meet. But also the best person you could ever have as your boss.

    Here’s to you, Mr. Bossman. :)

    #14 5 years ago
  15. rrod360lol

    “I love you all”

    Bender ;)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. SplatteredHouse

    Congratulations Pat. :)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Robo_1

    Awww, I’m really thrilled for you – but where do you go from legend… gamings chief overlord perhaps. :D

    #17 5 years ago
  18. sonny

    Congratulations m8!
    This page rocks,
    you rock!

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Roybott

    /Raises a glass as a salute to Pat
    /Realises its 10am and hides glass

    Incredibly well done and well deserved Pat, keep up the legendary work! :)

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Blerk

    Well here’s a lovely surprise for my first day back. Congrats Pat, you really do deserve it all! And congrats to your associates and minions, too. :-)

    #20 5 years ago
  21. wz

    Wtf I was expecting a gaming article here so many words wtf I quit bai.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Aerschtuner

    Congrats Patrick! A well deserved portion of recognition! Well done and good luck in the future.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. SticKboy

    Get a badge made up and plaster it across the site!

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Freek

    Achievment unlocked: “Legendary Status”

    Comes with Legendary Armour:
    +5 charm, +50 atack bonus
    Unfortunatly of no use in the games journalist business but it looks nice.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Herlock

    Nice Job, Pat :)

    #25 5 years ago
  26. ShakaCarnage

    Good job I saw you before you starting winning EVERYTING. Well done, sir. I’m jealous.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. SniperWolf

    well-deserved
    Congrats Pat

    #27 5 years ago
  28. evilashchris

    Can we have a video of your eyepet in your trophy please?

    Congratulations Pat :D

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Quiiick

    Congrats Patrick!

    Nowadays it’s … “legends grinding out random horseshit about polygons”. ;-)

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Detale

    Well done chap.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Sid

    Congratulations for Pat and all the team. Great work accomplished for one year, and VG247 has become one of the most reliable games blog of the Internet. Thanks! (a professional from France)

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Michael O'Connor

    Last night was pretty surreal, even for us outsiders. But its a success that’s well deserved, and you deserve to be eternally proud of it.

    Back in the infancy of this place, you were willing to let me help out here, writing news. I might not have been able to stick around long, and I do hope it’s not the last time I’ll ever get to help here… but still, it was a big deal (and it looks nice on the CV) to have been able to assist a site that was clearly going big places – places which last night more than aptly proved it has finally reached.

    If I achieve even *half* your success ten years down the line, I’ll be impressed with myself.

    Congrats Pat. It really could noy have gone to a better person.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. JonFE

    Quoted from EuroGamer’s relative article:

    “…perhaps the best story about Pat is that he’s the only games journalist ever missing, presumed dead off the coast of a Spanish press trip…”

    Pat, you Sir are truly a Legend!

    /salutes

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Bertie

    You’re an inspiration, Pat – you always have been.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. The Hindle

    Nice one Pat keep up the good work dude

    #35 5 years ago
  36. OrphanageExplosion

    After reading that I really am genuinely gay for Pat now.

    Previously I was just “gay for pay”.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. BillyBatts

    Gratz Pat ;-)

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Tobinishi

    Congrats Pat :).

    #38 5 years ago
  39. endgame

    we love u too man! :D

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Brian Taylor

    Congratulations Pat – well deserved.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. David Sarkisjan

    Legendary journey, Pat. You leveled up, you’re lvl 80 now. Good work! Keep up the good work, because I guess new expansion pack will be coming out soon!

    #41 5 years ago
  42. ReeceHeywood

    Awesome man, well done!

    #42 5 years ago
  43. mojo

    as ive writen in the other news about it, this site (and in a major way u in particular) pretty much nails it all the time.
    hence i learned to love this blog so quickly!

    Keep up the good work and stay the way u are!
    All of u lads and lady :)

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Eregol

    Insert Wayne’s World Not worthy picture here.

    A legend in every sense Pat. We are in the presence of greatness.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. David Sarkisjan

    So happy: http://twitpic.com/lpvuy (via johnnyminkley)

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Len

    Would just like to add my congratulations as well.

    Great site written by what seems to be a great geezer who I don’t even know…lol!

    More please… :)

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Alan Ng

    Congrats Pat!

    Keep up the hard work :D

    Alan Ng

    Product-Reviews

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Mugwum

    GO PAT!

    #48 5 years ago
  49. JamieSI

    Congratulations Pat, well deserved =)

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Jadeskye

    yes yes mah breadbin!

    #50 5 years ago
  51. ybfelix

    Congratulations!

    #51 5 years ago
  52. El_MUERkO

    much woo!

    congrats pat, as a reader from day 0 i had good vibes about this place, glad to see i was right :)

    #52 5 years ago
  53. pracer

    Well done, I have been enjoying your site for a long while now. Its part of my every day. And because I didn’t get a chance to ring in on yesterdays question/answer piece of IW, wanted to say thanks you asnwered a couple of questions I had and got a couple of thoughts to chew on out there for them. Good deal.

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Scyrenn

    Congratulations, well deserved, you’ve got a great site going here… :)

    #54 5 years ago
  55. Cort

    Just make sure you don’t get all Gwyneth fucking Paltrow on us, Garratt…..

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Hunam

    Another congratulations from me pat, well deserved awards all round. I’ve been a one site man for quite a few years over at EG and yet you managed to wrangle daily visits out of me a day after I was aware of this sites existence. Keep up the good work pat and team!

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Centipede

    Congratulations…. you clearly deserved this in my opinion.

    #57 5 years ago
  58. Syrok

    Well done, Pat.

    One last photoshop: http://img203.yfrog.com/img203/9756/jwx.jpg
    :D

    #58 5 years ago
  59. JonFE

    Syrok, great work there as well, although IMHO the Halle Berry one cannot be topped :D

    #59 5 years ago
  60. blackdreamhunk

    dear vg247 always give factual news and have high creadability. Always be fair with news and you will go places. I agree with the award.

    #60 5 years ago
  61. Insodp

    congratulations :D

    #61 5 years ago
  62. No_PUDding

    Very good speech. I kind of wish I’d been there to experience the epic.

    #62 5 years ago
  63. reask

    Just to say congratulations Pat.
    Well deserved.

    #63 5 years ago
  64. doctorstrange

    Congrats, definitely well earned

    #64 5 years ago
  65. Roybott

    LOL, Syrok have to give you credit for some great photoshop works! :)

    #65 5 years ago
  66. freedoms_stain

    I used to be subscribed to RSS for a whole bunch of games news sites, now it’s pretty much just vg247, there’s a reason for that and it’s cool that you guys are getting some industry recognition for what you’ve done here.

    Bravo and keep it up.

    #66 5 years ago
  67. notpill

    Here is a nice quote that perfectly describe the moment
    (straight from the vg247 live blog during the event):

    Pat wrote:
    Oh fuck.
    I’ve won it.
    Holy shit.
    I’ve got to log off. Later.

    #67 5 years ago
  68. Zarckan

    Well done you Khunt! ;-)

    #68 5 years ago
  69. Suikoden Fan

    good on you pat

    #69 5 years ago
  70. Lutz

    Cor, missed this! Well done Pat. You are teh w1nnar! :)

    #70 5 years ago
  71. campbellofsantacruz

    I have only a hazy recollection of multiple drinking sessions with you in Glossop ten years ago, and none of the particular conversation you mention. But since it’s being reported on Britain’s number one games blog, it must be true :-). Congrats again.

    #71 5 years ago
  72. ShiroGamer

    gratz ,pat
    nice 1
    innit
    :D

    #72 5 years ago
  73. Edward Cullen

    shit pat, i cried.

    #73 5 years ago
  74. Edward Cullen

    anyway gratz. to you pat and the team!!

    #74 5 years ago
  75. Gekidami

    With a user name ‘like Edward Cullen’ i bet you did cry to. :p

    #75 5 years ago
  76. lovemoose

    We love you too, Pat :)

    #76 5 years ago
  77. tfot1

    lovely

    #77 5 years ago

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