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[What you see below was an April Fool's Joke! I am still an MVP and was already re-awarded for the year back in January!  I'm still laughing at how many people this fooled (although I did feel a little bad when I saw all the nice comments being made) It was kind of like faking your own death, I got to read a so many wonderful things about me and it was really quite touching just how many people reached out to me or got really upset or angry about this news. Thanks for the concern, but I am still an XNA MVP and plan to be for a very long time! Sorry for any confusion and Happy April Fool's Day!]

Really only one note I’m going to bring up today because it’s all that’s been on my mind this past week.

In the MVP world there’s an ebb and flow. New MVPs come and old MVPs go. Microsoft, in recognizing that the old batch of XNA MVPs had gotten a little stale (and probably too whiny and annoying) appears to have brought in a new crop and discontinued some of the old. It was a good 5 years. I had a lot of fun with the community and I’ll probably still be around.

Losing my XNA MVP status has made me take a step back and re-evaluate just why it is I’m so involved like I am. I never thought it was because of the tag that Microsoft gave me, but when I got the email that my XNA MVP status had been discontinued, I have to admit I feel like throwing in the towel. So here I am sitting with a ton of good memories but also looking at a LOT of time that I wasted doing things for others and not for myself. And honestly I’m not sure it was worth it.

I also want to say that I’m really sorry I let the XNA community down. I feel like I kind of failed you as an XNA MVP and maybe it’s a good thing that Microsoft has swapped me out.

Anyway, I don’t want to take away from those new XNA MVP awardees, this is me passing the torch and I want to say best of luck to you guys. Maybe you guys can find the right words to appeal to Microsoft to make the changes I never could. Most of all congratulations for your new award, you guys really deserve it!

Really looking forward to seeing what these new batch of guys do for the community. Good luck everyone and it’s time for me to figure out just what exactly I want to fill the hours of my free time with now. It’s been fun.

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2011 9:59 AM | Back to top


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oh no! why you?! You're one of the best George! You certainly have not let ANYONE down so please do not take that feeling away with you even if you do step back for a while - you've alot to be proud of and nothing to regret when it comes to that!
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With great power comes great sacrifice. Thank you for being the voice or reason and delight throughout the forums. Now how about joining forces to conquer the world? Or are you settling down finally?
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if this isnt an april fools joke (and if it is, youre sick) - then this is the biggest mistake MS has made so far. Its probably because u actually mattered - u were more than a fanboi. you tried to make things happen. Its not you who let us down, its microsoft.
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The embedded rick-roll pretty much says, 'This is an april fools joke".
Left by Rick Naegele on Apr 01, 2011 10:15 AM

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That really sucks but I think the MVP program has taken a bit of flack over recent years and there are a TON of awesome XNA goodness out there.

I've watched you transition from XNAdeveloper.com which had more XNA samples to kind of an overseer that took up more big picture scenarios like the community at large, writing the book with Chris (if that isn't points for MVP I dunno what is) and a couple of other things that while awesome, probably don't reflect where you started out.

When MS kicks your puppy, it hurts and I won't deny that. When they do it repeatedly you start questioning the entire relationship.

Then part of me thinks, is this a 4/1 thing and I sadly hate that this day brings up questions of is it real? Oh x happened because it's 4/1 duh! I did get rick roll'd in the last sentence so... :P
Left by Jeremy Brayton on Apr 01, 2011 10:16 AM

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So sorry to hear that mate, you've done so much for XNA, not just for us as developers, but for Microsoft PR.
Left by Liam Duffy on Apr 01, 2011 10:17 AM

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I admit, right after posting my own joke, I fell for this and got all pissed until about 30 seconds later I remember the date. Which also brings up why on earth does MSFT announce MVPs on April 1st? Seems like an annual hell for an MVP to be waiting for an important email on this date, lol.
Left by Michael C. Neel on Apr 01, 2011 10:23 AM

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Well, way to make me look like a tit in multiple places on the internet George! We'll get you for this one xD (but honestly im relived its an april fools - that darn rick roll xD)
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Finally, did they can that pretentious Zman as well?!!! I cant say you guys didnt see it coming, your too soft and nice to the community. You need to ban more, lock more threads and generally crush the hopes and dreams of noobs.
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Nice one George :-)
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You got me good! Looking forward to the real notes!
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My Evil plan is working... first Ziggy, now Clingy.... soon I will be the only one left ha ha ha ha ha ha (in evil tone) ha ha ha
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I may be one of the less vocal people in the community but I think I can speak for those of us with a quieter disposition when I say: YOU BASTARD!! XD
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