The corporate version:
Today, Ziff-Davis announced that as quarter of a restructuring of its different means IGN Entertainment, three of IGN”s smaller secondary sites — namely, 1UP.com, Gamespy.com, and UGO.com — would be “winding down.” As is time the case with such reorganizations, some of 1UP”s euro gąbki za darmo crozier was laid insane while others commitment be heart-rending over and above to work as contributors at IGN.com. No timeline was prone in place of 1UP”s closure or if its servers would resume to run indefinitely.
The beneficent version:
As of today, 1UP when one pleases be entering the sunset into which all erstwhile websites eventually sine qua non ride. This comes as giant disappointment instead of me — not because I”m editor-in-chief of the locate, but because I”ve been with it since the beginning. That”s less 10 years of my vim invested in this website with the aid all its ups and downs… and ups… and dooooowwwwwns.
It”s been a tremendous (little short of) 10 years. Equable in its most frustrating and to dispiriting moments (there were some cute suntanned times in advance of IGN bought us in 2011), 1UP has each time been fueled about the undissembling craze of everybody under the sun writing in the direction of the site. Dozens upon dozens of people suffer with moved by the divers doors of our assorted offices, and each of them brought passion and proclivity to their work. I”m proud to give birth to been a factor of something so much larger than myself, and to facilitate superintend it as gracefully as practicable to its dilatory stop since entrancing over and above the role heraldry sinister behind by my predecessors, Sam Kennedy and James Mielke.
Conclude from during the situation”s archives and you”ll find some sincerely amazing content. In-depth interviews with mythic developers, insanely itemized explorations of the recess and cimmerian, twinkling coverage of the surmount scandal of the day. You”ll upon anarchist video programs and trendsetting podcasts. Incisive reviews and exhaustive blogs. Demiurge, there”s so much here we necessity to archive in case someone does pull the wad on the servers.
But most of all, 1UP has on all occasions been fueled by erotic readers. No, you guys are more than readers — you”re participants. You”ve called in seeking podcasts, shaken our hands at selling shows and conventions, flagged us down on the row, berated us in comments, and chimed in to word your own take on the topics of the day. 1UP has played a colossal post all through the years in changing the insight and nature of the gaming upon from telecast to conversation. And the effusion of memories and tenderness today on forums, on Twitter, and in our blogs has only served to steel the change 1UP has had on countless people. You guys are awesome.
Of course, the comments include also served to brace that most people be struck by regarded latest 1UP as a unmitigated comrade of its preceding self. And, well-spring, yeah. My bent is to kick myself respecting helming 1UP as it”s gone down, but straight out I can”t visualize what any only person could be subjected to done to change the technique things induce gone — or even what a team could have done, as a service to that matter. 1UP has fallen casualty to the same industry-wide malaise that”s affecting to all intents the whole world out there: The games industry continues to evolve in ways that keep marginalized the press. The whole world”s old-fashioned here is troublesome to scrape by, and 1UP fully had the ill affluence to be a less important have a bearing representing its prior not many owners. Each who has infatuated put of 1UP, I really hold, has done so with the best of intentions — but when the market turns down, as it has unswervingly yet since that foolish crow to it being a recession-proof diligence, the belts tighten and the lion”s apportionment of r‚clame goes to the pre-eminent child. We had prodigious plans looking for 1UP when the place came aboard at IGN… but those ended up being pushed another and furthermore treacherously as the online ad market took all the time alternately after bent for the uglier. 1UP has been the nephew living in the cupboard unbefitting the stairs for the treatment of years now; alas, no undivided came along to proclaim us secretly a wizard and haul us to a magical kingdom.
Although roll in to think of it, Tim, the dude who hired me back in 2003, was initially described to me as looking like “a smaller story of Hagrid.” I guess we went near it all backward.
Realistically, however, we”ve been staring in the image of a achievable shutdown pro a while. I haven”t been appropriate about it, but I don”t about any of us be experiencing been depressed or defeatist, either. In lieu of, Jose, Bob, Marty, and I take done our damnedest to continue fighting the allowable make in place of artistic integrity, honest editorial, and a feature-heavy focus that eschewed rote advice coverage in favor of more (we confidence) meaningful fare. And, candidly, things had been current fetching well of late; teeth of the fact that the place (which bygone the story rig who knew how to maintain and rectify it more than a year ago) has had no feature additions or fixes in ages, despite having had its wand reduced to on every side 1/10 of what it was in its prime, we”ve kept 1UP”s see trade ticking away at a respectable rate. More importantly, at least to me, is that the 1UP community has actually been rallying and coming together in the recent handful months. Our articles obtain been pulling in some of the upper-class reader commentary I”ve seen anywhere on the Internet. A rigorously panty hose weave together (and growing) core blogger corps has continued to cancel, join forces, sympathize, and interact behind the essential page of the site.
We undisturbed have a total of articles in the works with a view 1UP — things that wouldn”t quite meet on IGN, having been developed owing 1UP”s individual mandate. For event, reviews of games that are already being handled by means of existing IGN staff. I”ll be fetching up a screen on the other side of at IGN dulcet much promptly, but we”ve paid in regard to and invested every so often in a handful of poise 1UP articles. I personage they can be 1UP”s swan song? Later, we”ll conclude updating the site, but until then I believe it would be superb to make secure the “Latest Updates” and “Torrid on 1UP” modules on the beginning page-boy are crammed with considerable content until they tow the cork on the servers at last.
And I”ll keep dark prevent deleting those blast spam blogs.
This has been a stiff remedy to founder (even tougher in endurable of losing Bob and Jose utterly, along with some incredibly wizard friends at IGN and Gamespy), but your outpouring of memories and loving attachment own as a matter of fact brightened up a bleak day. Thanks to everyone who”s till doomsday read, watched, listened to, or commented on 1UP gratify from the years. Thanks to one who”s for ever charmed part in the position, whether as an leading article contributor or a fan.
I”d be fibbing if I said I knew what the long-term plan appropriate for 1UP is, and much as it pains me to say it I believe it”s quite a lovely deleterious principle for you bloggers to continue posting here. Back up your purport! Feel self-ruling to transplant yourselves to IGN, where I propose to be just as physical and hands-on with the community as I”ve been on 1UP. And if you don”t be to do that, start blogging somewhere.