Greg Vederman Leaves PC Gamer

Greg Vederman Leaves PC Gamer

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Greg Vederman, former Editor-in-Chief at PC Gamer (U.S.), has announced his resignation from the magazine effective this past Friday, August 24.

Vederman has taken a position with the Hewlett Packard-owned VoodooPC, a Canadian manufacturer of high-end gaming and media center systems, where he will serve as Business Development Manager. In a statement explaining the move, Vederman said, "HP has a bold, electrifying vision for the future of PC gaming that I couldn't help but want to be a part of. Several months ago, Rahul asked me to come aboard and lend a helping hand, and though the decision to do so was not an easy one (choosing to leave a job you've poured your heart and soul into for nearly a decade is never easy), it was unequivocally the right one."

Rahul Sood, Founder of VoodooPC and currently Chief Technology Officer of Hewlett Packard's Global Gaming Business Unit, wrote on his personal blog, "I have known Greg for many years, and somehow I always hoped we would end up working together. Well, the stars finally aligned - and Greg has joined our team working out of the Cupertino office."

Vederman, also well known among gamers as "The Vede," first joined PC Gamer in 1998 as a technical editor, and took over from Dan Morris as editor-in-chief in January 2006. He described the magazine as "completely re-envisioned and redesigned" at the beginning of his tenure, but he also attracted his share of controversy; most recently, he earned the ire of the Penny Arcade team and many of its fans with a negatively-toned editorial in the July 2007 issue. His replacement has not yet been named.

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People who use the word "electrifying" without irony need to be slapped around.

But Penny Arcade is polarizing and adventure games are typically unpopular because they're often full of "read the designer's mind" puzzles or "use random objects on each other until you make the dog in a suit and manic rabbit STOP TALKING."

J.theYellow:
People who use the word "electrifying" without irony need to be slapped around.

But Penny Arcade is polarizing and adventure games are typically unpopular because they're often full of "read the designer's mind" puzzles or "use random objects on each other until you make the dog in a suit and manic rabbit STOP TALKING."

As a teenager reading PC Gamer, I always thought The Vede was kind of a hack; I nerded out over Michael Wolf's column instead.

I never had the intense dislike for the Vede that some (most) of the internet seems to, but I always felt he compared very poorly to "real" tech editors like Loyd Case and Dave Salvator. I was surprised when he was handed the EIC reins, but I'd stopped reading PCG well before, so... I didn't care! Still, as far as I know he ain't never killed nobody, and that's gotta count for something. Best wishes, Vede!

@Malygris

Did you read it long enough to acquire a giant CD case filled with demo discs?

I actually only read PCG for about three years, after Johnny Wilson left Computer Gaming World and the schmuck who took over made it quite clear he wasn't up to filling those shoes. But prior to that I'd been a long-time CGW fan, so while my PCG demo disk collection is thin, my catalog of CGW disks is what you might call "extensive."

We should do a forum feature where we break out old demo discs and play/discuss some of the crap that was filling up our precious polycarbonate plastic back then. If it will run on our machines without Dosbox, that is.

I remember PC Gamer discs had this ludicrous front end where you'd go into some seedy techno-warehouse to play the latest Cannon Fodder demo. It was so neat at the time.

I think CGW had the same thing, although it's been awhile. As I recall, it didn't take very long before I (and probably everyone) started navigating the cd manually via Windows Explorer.

Man, there's some great stuff on these. Warcraft 2 demo, anyone?

Malygris:
I actually only read PCG for about three years, after Johnny Wilson left Computer Gaming World and the schmuck who took over made it quite clear he wasn't up to filling those shoes.

Aw, man, that "schmuck" is Jeff Green! I like Jeff Green.

No, it wasn't Green, I like him too and he seems to have some clue about what he's doing. The schmuck I'm talking about is George Jones, who took over from Wilson. Admittedly, stepping into that role would be a tough job for anyone, but George never seemed able to even break past the "I wish Johnny Wilson was still here" point. Jeff Green took over from George a couple years later, but I'd moved to PCG by then.

Oh yeah, you're right. I forgot about George Jones. I guess that pretty much proves your point right there. :)

 

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