Mad Echidna, on 24 September 2011 - 10:35 PM, said:
This is what happens when interviews are handed by amateurs. It's really a shame you guys didn't have the retro staff handle this.
The way this "came off" kinda bugged me, because it seems almost like a thinly veiled insult. I'm hoping Mad didn't intend it that way, so I'm gonna kinda, try and set things straight here, just so we're all awesome, etc.
#1: First of all Tweaker and co. were a huge part of handling the interview
#2: While in this particular instance things weren't ideally organized, stating that the SAGE staff is automatically amateurs is a rather asinine thing to say. I was not there for the Naooto interview personally, but myself and many people who've worked with SAGE have handled more than a few interviews, quite successfully. I myself ran one of the very first SAGE "celebrity interviews" with Ben Hurst with a great deal of success. That said, no offense, no hard feelings, but "This is what happens when interviews are handled by amateurs" was a pretty rude and insulting thing to throw out there when you don't know the facts.
#3: Retro staff was quite directly involved in the interview. Are they the amateurs then? Of course not.
That said Mad, I'd like to ask you, in a gentlemanly fashion of course, to please refrain from making such crude and unfair statements in the future. Granted, as I said, I myself wasn't involved in this particular event (not saying I could or couldn't of handled it better, I wasn't there so I don't know for sure), but these are still people doing their best and working hard here to bring you something neat. Telling them, "Oh you're amateurs you should have had someone else do it for it" is a pretty dickish thing to say to someone who's been trying to hard to put something like that together. Why would someone EVER try to put in that sort of effort ever again if they're expected to hand it off to someone else as soon as things really get rolling?
Like I said, I'm not upset or saying you're an asshole or anything. Maybe if I wasn't as cool as I am, I might get offended but eh. My point is Mad, your statement could be taken as something quite insulting directed at someone who worked REALLY hard to try and do YOU and the community a favor. While I trust and sincerely hope that it wasn't your intention to come off that way, fact is, that's not really a cool way to act. It would be really awesome if you resumed proper coolness operations in the future, instead of acting in such an uncool manner. No one likes being uncool right?