Friday, October 01, 2010

Goodbye, Ngee Khiong...

I'm completely distraught at the moment, I've just heard some terrible news. Ngee Khiong, one of the most popular blogs for Gunpla news, has just announced that it will be shutting down for good. You can read the depressing post here:

I visited this blog religiously, checking it at least twice every single day. It updated every day, and always had the very latest in Gunpla, Gundam, and figure news. There was really nowhere else to go for the latest in the Gunpla scene. Ngee Khiong is actually the reason I started a blog in the first place, and I actually used to try and post Gunpla news just as often as Ngee Khiong (I failed miserably and gave up of course). So you can see why I'm so distressed.

At the end of his final post, Ngee Khiong explains that he's not quitting because he doesn't have the time, but because he has lost interest. This part explains it all, "The truth is, I'm extremely disappointed with the development of the Gundam and Gunpla community as I see it now, so tired I don't want to share my interest in Gundam and Gunpla anymore on this blog. I used to think that things would be better with more timely information on various products and news, but the segregation, discrimination and general perception of many so-called Gundam and Gunpla fans is worse than 5 years ago, despite my effort of showing objectivity in whatever I say through the blog, and I don't want to be part of this anymore."

I'm not completely sure what he means, but I think I can understand. There is a huge disparity between Gundam fans, and it is mainly due to the generation gap that resulted from Gundam's long, 30 year history. UC fans, Seed Destiny fans, etc, are just some of the conflicting groups. I don't really participate in the community so nothing has really bothered me, but I just want to say that I've also been losing interest in the Gunpla scene. You may have noticed that I rarely post anything related to Gunpla anymore, and have a Gundam post every once in awhile. My focus is mainly on my other interests, mostly video gaming. This isn't something I want to get into now though.

All I can say is, I'm really gonna miss checking Ngee Khiong, and I'm really going to be out of the loop in terms of plamo news now...