During the Summer of my sophomore year of high school, I was bored out of my mind. My Wii console had shown me just about everything it had to offer and having just quit my high school football team but still being too young to work, I was looking for something new.

It was during this time that I stumbled across IGN.com, more specifically, Podcast BEYOND, the website’s playstation focused program. Having owned a PS2 until a combination of my dad’s poor placement of the console on a high ledge and my clumsy sister tripping over a cord broke my gaming world, I was intrigued by a Playstation focused show.

Hosting the show was the talents of Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty, two men that would literally change my life and help set me on a career path I’m actively chasing today.

I learned that there were jobs out in the real world that payed you for professional coverage of the nerdy topics I nagged my friends and family with every day. I learned that the gaming industry was one of breaking news but also one of opinion and subjective reviews. Essentially Greg and Colin introduced me to the world of Games Journalism, and that’s something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay them for.

Colin Moriarty specifically struck a chord with me. His interests in games and politics aligned heavily with mine, and his sense of humor and showmanship was something I truly admired. Even more impressive was the strength of his journalistic integrity and his willingness to write and talk about topics and ideas others wouldn’t touch or would all collectively fall to one side on.

He wasn’t afraid to openly criticize a publisher, developer or fan-base if they had done wrong, and he wasn’t afraid to commend people and companies when they had done right either.

When Greg Miller, Colin Moriarty, Tim Gettys and Nick Scarpino made the leap from IGN.com to form Kinda Funny, Colin continued to offer a diversity of views and opinions on the gaming industry and beyond. As time passed, I found myself disagreeing more with Colin’s opinions, but still respected his right to those opinions, as any sensible person would.

Over the past two years there has been a visibly growing divide between the opinions of Colin and his Kinda Funny co-founders, one that seemed to hit a peak last week with a tweet that set the Kinda Funny and Gaming community ablaze with differing opinions.

In my personal opinion, Moriarty’s tweet was a joke meant to make fun of the hypersensitivity of the internet that was poorly timed with International Women’s Day and as such, attracted spite from the very groups he was attempting to troll.

Was the tweet ill-advised? Perhaps. But Moriarty wasn’t being briefed by a PR or marketing team. There wasn’t a gaggle of editors who foresaw the backlash that would come his way. The Tweet might have been in poor taste, but as someone who has digested Moriarty’s content for years now, I can say with certainty that Colin Moriarty is not sexist.

While the Kinda Funny co-founders may adamantly deny it, I believe this tweet was a catalyst to the flames that were already becoming stoked within the company. I thought Kinda Funny was better for the ideological disagreement the shows contained, but a viewing environment and work environment are two different things, and I imagine there were unforeseen complications on the business end of these arguments as a result.

But enough business speak.

Colin Moriarty set my life on a new path without ever meeting me. Podcast beyond and Kinda Funny inspired me to strive for dreams of being a games journalist.

As of now, I’ve written and seen had published multiple game reviews and introspective articles on the industry. I host my own gaming and tech talk show every week and I write weekly for my own website, the one you’re reading this article on right now.

It sounds cheesy but none of this would have come to fruition had it not been for that Summer of sophomore year when I was first introduced to Colin Moriarty.

Whether Moriarty remains in the games industry is yet to be seen. His tweets and farewell letter to the Kinda Funny community on Facebook lead me to believe he’ll be stepping into the political analysis arena full-time.  

Regardless of where he lands, I want to thank Colin Moriarty for everything he helped inspire me to do. Colin was one of the reasons I pushed through when my family didn’t understand my fascination with the gaming industry. I can’t imagine what I would have done if Podcast Beyond and “The Pride of Long Island” hadn’t helped me through every awkward explanation of what I wanted to do with my life.

I truly wouldn’t be where I am today without Colin Moriarty. 

(featured image courtesy saveasgames.com)