Hope everyone that got fired gets a job soon. This is fucked up. :(
This is not terribly surprising news. Ziff Davis bought IGN for the name, and there is no reason for them to keep open so many video game websites when you can just consolidate. Matt Rorie was a victim of terrible timing. He was hired a couple weeks before the buyout, and unfortunately the new guys are the easiest targets.
It makes you appreciate what CBSi is doing. They understand that Giant Bomb and GameSpot serve two different needs, and are letting the two exist in their own worlds.
The most shocking firing of the day was Colin Campbell, I would have never seen that one coming.
Aw man, it feels really sad to see 1Up go. I really like most of the people there; Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Jose Otero, Marty Sliva and Kat Bailey are all cool journalists. I hope they find work elsewhere, preferably together, so they can still make Retronauts. Great podcast.
1UP and Gamespy closing down is now confirmed.
Bad news all round, lots of decent writers (including the freelancers) having to look for someone else to write for and at some point gamespy.com and 1up.com will just redirect to IGN and their archive of years of work move to only being accessible through what was cached by Google and places like web.archive.org. I'm not sure when archive.gamespy.com was taken down but that used to go back well over a decade.
GameSpy were the first company to send me a foreign (for me) money pay cheque when I freelanced years ago and also to ship me out to meet developers. Very different times but I got to write about some cool things and meet some inspiration guys, not to mention getting dragged up to a passable standard of writing via the kind direction of my editors. It was almost 12 years ago I got to write about WoW. I'm sure a lot of PC gamers remember using the planet network of sites as a source of news and great articles.
It's a shame to see all that old content is going to vanish.
1UP going away is crushing. The site's been slowly dying for a long time now, but seeing it actually shut down still hurts. It was so far ahead of its time, it's a tragedy Ziff Davis couldn't figure out how to make money off all that insanely good content they were making.
Ugh this sucks. Rorie's a gentleman and a scholar! I miss the Whiskey Media Happy Hour, but really I just miss Rorie and Ryan bullshitting about movies. His Dark Souls blog convinced me to give that game a shot, and I'm glad I did. The quick look for Dark Souls is still awesome. I just re-watched it. More Rorie in my giantbomb.com please.
This is really too bad as 1up was a really sophisticated source of gaming articles and reviews, a less shitty version of IGN. Their reviews were well done and many times contradicted the mainstream opinion with thoughtful prose. Their podcasts were intelligent as well, something that was certainly a labor of love. It was a smart polished site and its really sad to see it go. Gamespy was another long time site, something I remember from back in the day when they were associated with all the planet sites.
R.I.P., lets hope zombies are real so these can come back.
I know its a bit non sequitur, and I also wish Rorie the best... but in going thru 1up before it all goes away, I found something I hadnt noticed before... that Patrick was the one who wrote 1up's article on Jeff and Gamespot years ago.
Giant Bomb didn't hire him the first time, and they won't hire him out of feeling sorry for him.
No. I wish they'd never mentioned having "Interview Rorie" in the office on that Radio Hour. It got everyone's hopes up, only to be crushed by... businessmen, or something.
I thought they said that he stopped by after/before an interview. Not that he was interviewing there.
That is what happened, but don't let the cruel nature of reality get in the way of their cries to hire him, oblivious to the whole "small team" thing being a core concept of GB business plan
I don't care about the Gamespy shut down one way or the other, but this sucks for 1up. I never actually read any of their articles, but I used to love listening to Active Time Bauble, Legendary Thread, In This Thread, 1UP FM, 4 Guys 1UP, 1Up Yours, The Oddcast. And of course, their best podcast every, GFW Radio.
Guess I'm gonna have to download a bunch of episodes before the site goes down.