I don’t promote my 1UP writing here as often as I used to, mainly because I feel like it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that anyone who reads GameSpite already knows what my day job is (since these days more people seem to come here from 1UP rather than the other way ’round, as in the olden days). And I never mention this site on 1UP, just because I enjoy the freeform, non-corporate approach that having my own site allows and worry that if I draw too much attention to it the powers-that-be might decide that I’m no longer allowed to spend my free time on evenings and weekends doing something that vaguely bumps up against my day job. (Never mind that they exist in harmony rather than competition, and I practically never work on my personal projects during work hours; corporate decisions rarely involve common sense or the “spirit of the law” or other such humane considerations.)
That being said, I insist you spend more time reading 1UP’s editorial blogs, since, well, it’s pretty much anything-goes over there. In other words, I’m basically applying the same “screw what gets traffic and write something we find personally satisfying” philosophy there as I do here. In fact, the most recent thing I posted there — a new column that uses Blu-ray releases as an excuse to explore the connections between classic films and classic games — was originally designed as a GameSpite feature, but I decided to take a chance and post it as a Retronauts column despite the fact that it’s really too long to fit comfortably in the blog format. Ultimately, I decided it’s worth the format clash, because it’s a heavily-researched venture that offers a unique spin on a potentially tired topic. So why bury here when I could bury it in 1UP blogs instead?
Yeah. Not surprisingly, I get the impression — though I don’t have any hard numbers to confirm this — that the blogs are one of the less-trafficked sections of the site. Part of that, I think, is because kids hoping to see a Top Five Largest Breasts in Video Games list are sorely disappointed by people writing in depth about the nuances of RPGs and the history of old games that may never have made their way to the U.S. But another factor is that (for the time being) finding the blogs is a giant pain in the butt to begin with. That’ll change next month, but for now you kind of have to know they’re there before you can find them, which isn’t exactly the key to pulling in a casual browsing audience, ya know?
So let me remind you that they are, in fact, there. Currently I’m overseeing three myself, and we’ll be adding a new one in the next few days, too. We’d have several others already, actually, but the section’s budget reflects our current economic times… which is to say that the extant blogs are already crimped by financial limitations. Such is the world we live in.
- Retronauts: It only took like four years, but my pet classic gaming venture (which actually began here) has finally found a loving home. In a perfect world it would be a magazine, but not even one of the world’s biggest and most successful print publishers wants anything to do with gaming magazines these days. I guess that’s what GameSpite is for….
- The Grind: Our RPG blog, and the first editorial blog I’ve given over to someone else’s control. This is very difficult for me, you see, because I am a complete control freak. But I think it’s moving along quite nicely.
- The Tilt: This was supposed to be an iPhone gaming review site, but I haven’t been very vigilant about keeping my personal obsessions in check, which is why it’s more like a mad expression of my more than two decades of love for Macs, with some iPhone commentary as well.
Anyway, if you read this site, you should be reading these blogs, too. Not only will you see some familiar names in action, but the simple fact is that in giving me this section to manage as I see fit, 1UP has basically given me free reign to warp a portion of the site to my own tastes. The blogs have basically become a full-time and topic-specific version of this site — for better or for worse.
I figure if you’re reading this, you probably won’t mind. So! Please to bookmark or add to your RSS feed or whatever. It would warm my tiny heart.