Reporting gaming news is a tough and often thankless job, especially if you’re endeavoring to get information out as quickly as possible without misinformation. On Twitter, a website constantly moving at the speed of sound, where signal and noise are one and the same, one of the few masters of this was Nibel (@Nibellion), always quick to post announcements from Nintendo Directs and other such news events, recognizable by his distinct icon of Mob from Mob Psycho 100 on a yellow background. Well, after over a decade on the platform, he’s hanging up his gloves — moving on from Twitter and dedicating himself elsewhere.
Gaming Twitter just lost one of its best members and news reporters
Thanks for your service Nibel pic.twitter.com/ebnkQmlY2T
— TheNCSmaster (@TheNCSmaster) October 31, 2022
The otherwise anonymous Nibel cited a couple different reasons for this. For one, while he opened a Patreon to help finance his Twitter activity after professional difficulties, he did not raise enough to live sustainably, with a lot of Patrons dropping off in just the first week of activity. “It is not me who is popular, but it is that work that is useful. It is not valuable by itself, but a comfortable timesaver, and I get that now.,” said Nibel in a conclusive Patreon update, where he also promised to refund payments wherever possible.
He also mentioned the recent acquisition of Twitter by Guy-Whose-Greatest-Aspiration-In-Life-Is-To-Be-Upvoted-On-Reddit Elon Musk. Nibel has criticized Twitter as a platform in the past, and seems less than optimistic about the new leadership: “I don’t think that Twitter has yet experienced good leadership, and this trend will not change with Musk either. I do not trust the platform. I do not trust Musk and his seemingly infinite immaturity. I do not think Twitter will fall apart instantly but that it could die a slow death. Why waste more time?”
With Nibel’s departure, his partner in speedy and on point gaming news @Wario64 (often joked to be the same person) remains, continuing to tweet out deals and newsbites. If he were to ever depart as well, it would be a huge blow to gaming news on Twitter, after the grievous departure today. And can we trust a guy with “Wario” in his name as much as a fellow who had eternal good boy and protagonist of his own life Kageyama “Mob” Shigeo as an icon? (Disclaimer: this is a joke, thank you for each and everything you do, Mr. Wario.) Happy trails, Nibel, and best of luck in your next endeavors.
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