Here’s what IGN editor Jeremy Dunham has to say about this sad situation…

It has been said that it takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and to embrace the new, and I can attest to how true that is with the following announcement. After more than 10 years of service and tens of millions of your letters, is officially retiring its multi-channel mailbag.

Of course, the most obvious question is, “Why? Why remove a proven method of communication between editor and reader?” and “What does this mean for the future of audience/ staff interaction?” The answer to all those questions is one that typically dictates such amendments — progress.

IGN is has justified the end of Mailbags with the addition of Digg and various other bookmark links? … sigh.

The good news is that Matt and Mark are going to continue to answer reader mail through the Wii-k in review podcast.