The announcement of 1up’s final closure is what made me realize that I’ve been blogging there for nearly nine years, which just blows my mind. It’s hard to even encapsulate everything that’s happened in my life, both offline and online, since I got my start blogging there.
I was still a teenager when I made my first post at 1up, and am now not that far away from 30. All of college, an entire console generation, countless discussions and arguments. I’m pretty sure my entire outlook on gaming wouldn’t be the same were it not for 1up.
Today I don’t hold loyalty towards any particular gaming news sites but a decade ago I hopped around. I remember starting out on older, long-defunct sites like Daily Radar in middle school, moving on to IGN64, and eventually settling on 1up. 1up has probably been my favorite.
For a very long time I felt like 1up was one of the only places I could go to for gaming editorial that felt honest, like the writers actually cared about the industry and tackled its issues head on, even the ones that had to do with gaming editorial itself. Its features are still some of the best I’ve ever read on the internet, and don’t even get me started on podcasts. I’m still sad that no online video about gaming has come even close to what the 1up Show was. I’m sure there are already archival torrents out there.
Possibly the bigger shocker for some people is the closure of GameSpy, one of those sites that’s been around freaking forever, and one of the ones I remember reading just as I started high school. Truly the end of an era. What makes it suck even more for me is that I’d just started writing freelance articles for that place.
Of all the old 90’s staple gaming publications, I think only IGN and GameSpot now remain (unless you count the resurgent EGM). Oh, and Ziff Davis was able to save AskMen.com.
What really set 1up apart for me though was that it was the first place I saw that tried to be a social network for gamers. It let me connect and share my gaming life with other people whom I knew would be interested. For me it really was “where gamers call home.”
I know this conclusion was foregone as of the big exodus of 2009, but for some reason I held on and kept blogging there. The blogging community itself has gone through several shifts over the years, and I’m glad to have been there for nearly all of it.
I’ve tried to follow all the friends I made on 1up as they scattered to the winds and still keep in contact with many of them. The Squadron of Shame for instance recently set up a Google+ circle where we’ve kept doing our thing. One of my favorite bloggers, Cody Winn, has gone through several page changes.
Even after moving to WordPress I kept cross-posting with 1up and updating my page. As for my blogs, I’ve backed up basically everything I deem important in the form of screenshots and word documents. I’ve been keeping the original offline drafts to pretty much every blog I’ve written since April 2008, and just went back to save a lot more, so I think I’m good.
You can be sure that I’ll keep writing somewhere as long as I’m able.
- So the new Brain Age has Solitaire as one of its exercises.
- If I haven’t talked about it yet, there’s this thing coming up on March 9th called Bit Summit. It’s supposed to bring Japanese indie game developers to the attention of western media and digital PC game distributors. Mielke is running it.
Japan clearly has the superior Assassin’s Creed Revelations box art: http://shar.es/YNkIq