Time to Move On

Hey, I’ve got something to share with you:

Today is my last day as editor of GamePolitics.

Although the public announcement may seem sudden, the decision to move on is one that I’ve been considering for some time. While I’m enormously proud of GamePolitics, after four-plus years of continuous coverage of a tightly-focused news genre, my heart tells me that I’ve said all that I can say about the intersection of video games and politics.

I let ECA president Hal Halpin know of my decision last month and I’m grateful that Hal – as always – has been supportive. My departure also means, of course, that GP will have a new editor. We’ll have that announcement in a separate post today. As for me, I’ve made the decision to step away from journalism and will be moving into another opportunity.

While there will be days on which I miss the daily challenge of editing GamePolitics, I am quite certain that I will miss the community of GP readers even more. Some of you have been around since the earliest days of the site. It has always been your passion about video games and your interest in the politics surrounding the medium that energized GamePolitics and made it one of the most unique destinations on the web.

Play on.

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  1. HarmlessBunny says:

    Dennis, I am proud to say I’ve been a reader of your work for the last couple of years. It is a surprise that you are leaving and one I am sad over. However what ever you do in life from here on out, good luck πŸ™‚ Despite any arguement any of us have had with you, there is one universal thing we will admit: We all respected you.

    Take care, and hope to see your comments in the upcoming stories from the new editor. Oh and enjoy the peace from a lightened load of Jack Thompson spam-mails πŸ˜›

  2. Elegant says:

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your editoring of the site.  I’ll miss your comments and work.


    — XboxLive Tag: JuiceLayerJihad

  3. Magic says:

    I’ve been reading the site for under a year now and you’ve certainly done a fantastic job. I love reading GP and hope to continue doing so in the future. Thank you for establishing this great source of news. πŸ™‚

  4. mdo7 says:


    Dennis, It’s been nice of you to be our GP editor.  I guess it’s really the time for you to move on.  thanks for making us gamers happy by keeping track of what’s going on in gaming controversey, politics, and keeping track of politicians pulling double standards.


    I wish you good luck, Dennis


    Michael Do, Fellow gamer and defender of games and anime/manga 


    *cue JT saying he considered Dennis departure from GP his own personal victory in 3…2…1.*


    PS-GP was my place for research for video game controversey.  Without you, I might not heard of Olson and Kutchner’s book on video game.  That book helped me with my research on video game in my English class. 



  5. Clever says:

    Best of luck in whatever you’re moving onto Dennis. It’s been an absolute joy watching GP grow with you – you’ve done a fantastic job over the years and we can’t thank you enough.

    Cheers mate!

  6. mr_mlk says:

    Good luck.

    A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin

  7. tallimar says:

    ’tis a sad day indeed.  you will be greatly missed dennis!  will you at least pop in once in a while and say hi?

  8. Bigman-K says:

    We’ll miss you Dennis. Hope the future holds something great for you.

     "No law means no law" – Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

  9. michaelleung says:

    I’ve learnt so much reading GamePolitics and it’s really opened my eyes to the things that are happening to the industry, and I’m only 14! I hope that you drop by and make a few guest posts from time to time.

    Good luck and I hope you keep the gaming dream alive.

  10. Zerodash says:

    Good luck, Dennis!

    Seriously, though- you do realize that Jack Thompson is going to try and take credit for you leaving GP. He will likely spin this as your departure is a result of an impending lawsuit and leaving is an "admission of guilt" as he is wont to do. Not that what he says matters anymore.

  11. KayleL says:

    Cure you Jack Thompson!!!!

    All jokes aside, we will miss you Dennis. If you are heading into politics, please let use know so we can vote for you.

  12. E. Zachary Knight says:

    Wow. I am sorry to see you go. I wish you luck in your ne endeavor. The site won’t quite be the same without you but i hope it doesn’t lose anything.

    I can’t wait for the John Bruce press release where he lists you with 2 Live Crew and Howard Stern as porn to kid businesses that he has shut down.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA

    E. Zachary Knight
    Divine Knight Gaming
    Oklahoma Game Development
    Rusty Outlook
    Random Tower
    My Patreon

  13. Pixelantes Anonymous says:

    Well, that’s bit of a bummer for the GP readers, I think, but as someone who also recently changed course, I can certainly understand.

    Good luck Dennis! Don’t be a stranger…you know, you can still write here, even if in comments πŸ™‚


  14. Mattsworkname says:

    It’s sad to see you go after so many great years GP, but there comes a time when we have to chose the path we want to follow.

    Best of luck to you, and be sure to stop by now and then to say hi. The place just wouldn’t be the same without you.


    Yukimura is still here. "When he’s at his best, he’s little less then a man, and when he’s at his worst, he’s little more then a beast." W.S

  15. cppcrusader says:

    Whoa!  I was finally getting up on all the stories I missed while I was on travel last week and this was not something I was expecting to see.

    Good luck in what you’re doing next Dennis.  I’ve been coming to the site for nearly as long as it’s been around and I can definitely say that you’ll be missed.

    Also, let me know if you start a new Twitter account, us guys with eerily similar avatars gotta stick together.

  16. JC says:

    Sorry for not being around often enough to wish you a farewell Dennis. You will be missed, and I hope GP survives…


    You take care and have fun in your future endeavors. πŸ™ I don’t know what else to say now, it’s been so many years that I never considered the fact you may leave…


    Farewell Dennis.

  17. Soldat_Louis says:

    Sorry for being so late, but I wanted to tell Dennis how much I will miss him, and how much I thank him for the creation of GamePolitics, which is not only my #1 information source, but also one of the best gaming websites I’ve ever known. I wish you best, although I’m sad to see you gone.

  18. LoopyChew says:

    Wait, you mean I step away for a few weeks and come back to this?!

    Dennis, you’ve been absolutely fantastic as editor of GP, and I’m still having trouble of thinking of this site being you, with a few other people contributing.  Thank you so much for one of the sites that has been one of my routine visits, and best of luck in your new venture!

  19. networkingyuppy says:

    Thank you for creating a foundation where video game legislation can be discussed on common ground. Hats off to you Mr. McCauley.


  20. Inimical says:

    Wow, I haven’t been reading the site for very long but I’m definitely sad to see you go. I’ve learned a lot from the site and it was great to find a place that reported on the many issues you did.

    Not to mention the fact that it’s a great place to waste time when you should be working.

    All the best, Dennis. The site won’t be the same without you.

  21. AgnostoTheo says:

    So long Dennis. It’s been a pleasure. Good luck.


    Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

  22. Gift says:

    Sorry to see you go, but I wish you all the best. Thanks for all the fish etc. πŸ˜‰

    I hope you have as much, if not more, fun in your new job.


  23. TBoneTony says:

    Good luck Dennis, though I never really liked how you tend to portray games like rapelay while defending other games like GTA and Manhunt, but I guess anyone can have their opinions like that.


    Other than that, I felt that you have been well balanced between not getting your own opinions mixed with the news and that is how a real journalist should be. Also trying to cover both sides of the argument and not favoring either end.


    Good luck Dennis and well done in your time running Game politics.


  24. Veritas says:

    I’ve been a reader for about three years, and it’s sad to see you go, but good luck for the future and I hope all goes well with what you decide to do in life.


    ‘Asking for a horror game to tone itself down for the kiddies is like sending an order of spaghetti back to the kitchen and asking that it be made less Italian.’ -Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw

  25. DannyLedonne says:

     Best of luck, Dennis!  You did such great work here and you’ve created something very valuable for all of us to ensure continues.

  26. Father Time says:

    Good luck Dennis with whatever you decide to do, the site’s been great, here’s to the new owner being good at the site as well.


    Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it’s over they have the same positions they started in.

  27. MartyB says:

     you know Jack Thompson is like…  I WIN, I BROUGHT YOU DOWN!!! muahahaHAHAHA

    debating with him is like playing chess with a pigeon, knocks all the pieces down, shits on the board, flies to his friends and claims victory.  saw that in youtube comments once..lol

    Anyways, Good luck with your new opportunities.

  28. PHOENIXZERO says:

    O_O As a reader since nearly the beginning this is certainly a surprise. Goodluck with whatever it is you’re moving on to.

  29. Capgun says:

    Well damn, just read this now. Sorry to hear you go, but I understand. Its better to move on while its something you still enjoy to an extent, then for it to become a hassle. Good bye, And good luck with whatever you end up doing. I’ll be sure to watch out for your name

  30. beemoh says:

     Well, blimey. Good luck, Dennis! (And thanks for letting me spout my nonsense in article form from time to time, way back when)


  31. BrandonL337 says:

    Goodbye and good luck

    There have always been motherf*ckers, there will always be motherf*ckers, but what we can’t do is let them control our motherf*cking lives. -John Oliver, December 1st, 2008

  32. Ratros says:

    Although I haven’t been around as long as others, it is still sad for me to see you go.  I wish you luck on your new path Dennis.

    I once had a dream about God. In it, he was looking down upon the planet and the havoc we recked and he said unto us, "Damn Kids get off my lawn!"

  33. Ryno says:

    Happy trails Dennis. It’s a bit of a sad announcement, but at least we can look forward to a certain loudmouth proclaiming how he got you kicked off the terrestrial internets.


    Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They’ve got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however…

  34. Pominator says:


    see ya Dennis, good luck with whatever you will be doing next!

    chick chick chick chick chickeeeeen lay a little egg for meeeeee!

  35. ematuskey says:

    Hard to believe it’s been 4 years.  Kudos for what you built, Dennis–sites don’t become web successes by happenstance.  They are the result of tireless effort and work, which is evidenced by the constant stream of updates you provided us over the years–that above everything else made this THE destination for gaming-related political and legal news.  Take a break–you’ve earned it–and good luck with whatever endeavor you pursue next.  If you pour even half of the effort you put into GP, it will surely be a success! 

  36. SS says:

     Sad to see you go Dennis.

    This site was a great site, and even though i didn’t comment often i enjoyed this site and your professional journalism.  

    Good luck in future endeavours.


  37. Thomas McKenna says:

     You’ll still receive emails from Jack Thompson most likely.

    Sad to see you go.  Very πŸ™ moment.

  38. Wormdundee says:

    Sad to see you go Dennis, I’ve only been reading GP for about a year but it’s the one blog that I’ve made sure to read every single day. I’ve had a lot of fun through all the wacky stuff that’s happened here, but I know it will continue.

    You may be the editor, but I think we can all agree that it is the community of commenters that really make this place special. I hope your replacement can fill your shoes well enough πŸ™‚

  39. Fedule mk II says:

    In my official capacity as a reader/lurker since the very early LJ days…




    But seriously though, it’s been fantastic, good luck to you in whatever it is you’re ditching us losers for, and good luck to GP’s new editor, who will have a hell of an act to follow up on.

  40. Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Congrats: your prayers have been answered. JDKJ posted something in the forums about the Southern District of Florida pulling his Federal license, so now both his State and Federal law licenses are gone. Guess this is one of those "good news, bad news" kinda days.


    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  41. Cecil475 says:

    I got to be the person to use the computer for the demonstration in my SGD 116 class and we were making a webpage. My computer was being displayed on the overhead projector. I made a link to GP as a secret page. When I clicked the link. I had pressed back as I realised what the top news was and went back. I almost yelled ‘WTF?!’ or make a statement about how its a few months late for an April Fools Day joke.

    On that note, I hope you do well in whatever project you start doing next. Don’t be a stranger. IMHO, Gamepolitics isn’t Gamepolitics without ya.

     – Warren

    R.i.P GamePolitics 2005-2016

  42. Arcanagos says:

    Whoever the new editor is had better unplug his fax machine for the next few days, because JT’s going to have a field day.

    "Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of Heaven, Jack Thompson’ll justify it in the end." – nightwng2000

  43. Tavin says:

    Wow, good luck to you, Dennis! 

    Thanks for making GP one of those rare places on the web where I could read and discuss matters of importance (to me, at least) with like-minded adult (and mature young-adult) gamers.  You will be missed!


  44. Icehawk says:

    Peace and Long life Dennis. 

    Besides its not like you will not pop in now and again to share some of your enlightment with us right?  I mean is it even possible to go cold turkey from GP? 


  45. Speeder says:

    Goodbye, I will miss you, I am reading your site since you started it (I bumped into it by accident and got stuck :P)


    Also, Jack Thompson will miss you too.



  46. gamadaya says:

    Bye Dennis. You were pretty damn good.


    Believe in something! Even if it’s wrong, believe in it!


    -Glenn Beck

  47. Rennie Davis says:



    I am very sad to see you go, but understand you need to do what is best for you professionally and for your family.


    You have built GamePolitics into an influential source of news that is relied on by those who represent and cover the industry. (It has not gone unnoticed how many other game sites "repurpose" your work, both with and without attribution.) In the process, you have done a great service for the community, both by creating a greater appreciation among gamers for the importance of civic engagement and by debunking many of the myths about gamers held by politicians and other opinion makers.


    I always hoped you would write a book about the "great video game wars" of this decade. I suppose that will be left to another, but when it is written it should have a chapter dedicated to the importance of GamePolitics in the public policy debate.


    Thank you for creating this site and providing such an engaging forum. Best wishes for continued success as you move on to the next phase of your career.



  48. vaminion says:


    I started reading GP back when it was an LJ community.  Back in the era of Squirrel of Wrath and his owl posts, Ogg Thompson’s "Fire bad" replies to JT posts, and when JT threatened to sue us all for emailing him because he forgot to turn off LJ’s comment notification.

    Good times.

    You’ll be missed.  Good luck,


  49. Arcanagos says:

    Good luck Dennis, sad to see you go : /

    "Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend. Do it in the name of Heaven, Jack Thompson’ll justify it in the end." – nightwng2000

  50. magic_taco says:

    After reading this, I’d promised myself i wasnt going to cry…but here it is..After a year of being with this site and you…I’d have to say these are the best years.

    Good luck with new opportunites and a nice retirement dennis.

    You earned it.


    Magic "Jwm" Taco.

  51. silversnowfox says:

    May the road rise up to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    The sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your fields
    And untill we meet again,
    May the Gaming be with you

    Rich – AKA – SnowFox

    "Ok, thats enough.  Stop trying to turn every crazy theory me and my collegues throw out for fun, into something religious.  Seriously, the nanites fiasco is where I draw the line.  Nanites over ten billion lightyears away causeing random people to dissapear?  That would be like saying that you could kill someone in China by shooting your gun in that direction."

  52. Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    …No…Noo…No, it can’t end this way! I won’t let it! I’ll-I’ll…I’ll bolt a journo pad to your hand, and-and bolt you to the seat in front of your computer! I’ll do it–don’t think I won’t!

    …Por que, mi amour? Por que?? *deep breath*


    …But seriously, this sucks. This news, just…wow, came out of the blue. Good luck on whatever you’re going to do next, and thank you for your wisdom and comprehensive news stories. I’ve been following GP since the end of high school, and became a member a little more than a year ago, and I’ve loved the stories and articles posted and published on this site. Thank you, Mr. McCauley, for all the memories, and Godspeed. Don’t be a stranger, ‘kay? :*)

    P.S. Loved the JT articles. Though I’m sure he’s spamming your inbox every day, I hope that he’ll lay off or pull back some of the crazy a bit. If he’s still an item of bother after all this, I’ll pray that bugs eat his eyeballs from the inside out.


    Game on, Dennis McCauley.

  53. chadachada321 says:

    *Drumrollllllllll* For some reason I feel as if the new editor announcement will be soon, like within the next hour or two.

    I’m excited, fo sho.

    -If an apple a day keeps the doctor away….what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

  54. SithLibrarian says:

    Aw, hell.

    Dennis, thanks for all the work you’ve put into the site and delivering onto us some great posts about politics and video games. I wish you all the best in your future activities.

    Thank you.

  55. GoliathWon says:

    Thanks for everything. Your dedication to this site has been truly remarkable.

    And seriously, you should really consider writing a book about some of your experiences here. Even just the stuff we do know about is incredible, and I can only imagine that is only the tip of the crazy iceberg. You must have mindboggling stories of what went on behind the scenes.

  56. JustChris says:

    It’s been good reading your articles and staying here with the GP community. Good luck on whatever pursuits you have.

  57. Vake Xeacons says:

    I wish you the best. We have had our differences, in the past, but you have been a faithful and (typically) non-biased reporter. I salute you, and hope to see you in your next venue soon.


  58. Dragoon1376 says:


    Best of wishes to you in your next endeavor.  Hopefully you can relax a bit and catch up on some good ol’ gaming.  

    First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. -Greek Proverb

  59. insanejedi says:

    Ouch man. Well I hope that I speak for the rest of us that GP was one of the few sites that has done real game’s journalism.

  60. BearDogg-X says:

    He’s naming a new editor today, so the site will still be updated.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  61. Weatherlight says:

    I cant say I am really surprised, the more recent GP articles seemed to be more and more influenced with personal opinions, so you knew something was up, just not what.

    But, best of luck in your future endeavors, you will be missed.


  62. ezbiker555 says:

    Hey Dennis, thank you for bringing us the word around here. We all are truly going to miss you. Also, if JT starts gloating, well we will just bring him down like we always do.

    Thank you again Dennis, and good luck!

  63. Ormick says:


    I have been reading GP since my Senior year of high school, and it is this site that got me through my current event assignments in my History class that year. I have been hooked ever since. We will miss you.

    "Bon voyage, and best of luck in your future endeavors."

    GP won’t be the same without you.


  64. black manta says:

    I’m sad to see you go, Dennis.  I’m sure whoever replaces you will be just as competent, but it won’t be you.  GP under your guidance provided some of the best political coverage when it came to gaming.  And of course for better or worse was our go-to source for keeping track of all of Jack Thompson’s antics.  In fact, I would like to think this site had a big hand in contributing to his downfall, as no other news site was able to document such a consistent pattern of behavior that could be tracked which ultimately culminated in the authorities giving him his long-overdue disbarment.  And it was probably also for this reason that you were so frequently the target of his ire, as he realized you were a threat to his credibility.

    Unlike others, I doubt Jack will take credit for your leaving.  You weren’t being pressured in any way by any outside forces he could even tangentially link himself with, and GP will remain after you’ve gone.  If anything, he’s probably furious as he will now be deprived of one of his favorite punching bags.  Though he’ll probably move on to a new one soon enough, knowing him (I feel sorry for Hal, BTW.  This means his inbox is going to be spammed twice as much now!)

    As with all the others, I wish you best of luck, Dennis.  Here’s hoping I’ll see you at the next VGXpo!

  65. Valdearg says:

    Thanks for keeping us informed over the past few years, Dennis. Make sure you come back and comment! Don’t just leave the community behind!

  66. vellocet says:

     Best of luck Dennis.  I’m sure we’ll see you more in the discussions on the site, looking forward to having some intense debates that are removed from the need for objective journalistic neutrality πŸ˜‰

  67. PHX Corp says:

    I’ve been here since the GTA sex scandal hoping That the moron in miami would get disbarred from the State of Florida and the Federal level

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

  68. tollwutig says:

     Wow this is like the end of an error.  Being here since the first days back in Live Journal GP just going to be the same without you Dennis.   I wish you the best of luck on whatever endevors you choose to go through.




  69. Firebird says:

    I believe, that I speak for everyone when I say;


    Good riddance…… and don’t let the door hit you on the way out, $^&hole!!!

    (In case you’re wondering, it’s to stoke all feelings of abandonment the American way….. with anger and a tone of resentment)


    Still, good luck, Dennis…

  70. ShadowDragon28 says:

    Best of luck to you Dennis. We’ve enjoyed having you here and you will be missed.


    Wouldn’t it be a kick in the pants if Jack-o is the new editor?

  71. GoodRobotUs says:

    So long, and thanks for all the fish πŸ™‚

    Good luck in the future Dennis, as someone who’s been a regular for a good few years, the place won’t be the same without you.

  72. CyberSkull says:

    Say it ain’t so GP! ;_;

    Well, good luck with your next endeavor, I have to say that you are the gaming journalist I respect most!

  73. Jarrod from Australia says:

    I didnt see this one coming. Anyway mate, best of luck to you and we appreciate all the work you have done on this site over the years.

  74. chadachada321 says:

    Total shock to me, but everyone moves on eventually I suppose. You’ve been a great editor (well, the only editor) that has kept this site as interesting and informational as it is fun and informational.

    Best of luck in your new career, and thank you. Without you, I wouldn’t know nearly as much about gaming politics as I do today.

    -If an apple a day keeps the doctor away….what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

  75. BearDogg-X says:

    That’s a bit of a surprise, but good luck.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  76. Shahab says:

    Well, I guess the only thing I can say is I prefer the devil I know to the devil I don’t. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  77. MaskedPixelante says:

    Oh, that would be bad. And yet, strangely, funny at the same time.

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

  78. nightwng2000 says:

    "…will be moving into another opportunity."

    So is this something that anyone from ANY state can vote for you on or just your city/state?  πŸ™‚

    Good luck with whatever it may be, Dennis.

    P.S.  Set him loose for today.  I wanna see his ramble.  Not that I can’t already guess.  But just one day of hilarity.  Pleeeeeeeease?


    NW2K Software


    Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

  79. Andrew Eisen says:

    Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors, Dennis.  It’s been a hell of a lot of fun.  GP won’t be the same without you.

    Andrew Eisen

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