In late February of this year, MTV Multiplayer Blog lost 50% of its staff when Patrick Klepek departed. Now the games + entertainment site will lose it full, primo editor, Stephen Totilo, according to the farewell letter posted this afternoon on the blog.
In the honest, short, and prideful goodbye letter–I think he said “proud” 10 times–Totilo says he isn’t going into games development, but instead will remain in games journalism.
My guess is he’s going to NewsWeek to take over for the post left open by former NewsWeek tech writer, N’Gai Croal. By doing so, Totilo can stay in New York and take over the NewsWeek technology beat, a big part of which is now games, assuming the publication offered him the job. And since Totilo and Croal were such good friends, it wouldn’t surprise me if Croal recommended him.
I joke a little about the pride factor, but Totilo does have something to be proud of. The MTV Multiplayer blog started in obscurity and was essentially looked at as a light-weight extension of the MTV pop beat. But because of the MTV moniker, there were vague expectations of professionalism. Over a four-year period it ascended into a well-respected source of news and often times presented a keen observation on the state of video games. It hit its stride when Klepek joined in and gave the site an extra shot of youth, news, and zing.
And oh, Steven, it was the Super NES and the N64 power connectors that worked in each other’s systems.
In all seriousness, Totilo will be missed in his current role. Thanks to him for keeping games journalism well reported, topical but deep, and geeky yet professionally done.
UPDATE: In this article, I speculated that Totilo would land at NewsWeek. Turns out Kotaku confirmed he has joined its staff.