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Welcome to PixlBit!

Come in, kick your shoes off, and set a spell.

Hello there. I’m Julian, and I’m ostensibly the previews guy around PixlBit, but lately I’ve been doing a lot of reviews, podcasts, and features, so that’s kind of a less than truthful title. I’m writing this piece, and it’s a bittersweet thing to do. On one hand, we’re seeing an influx of new members to PixlBit, and I couldn’t be happier to see that. So, welcome, one and all! I just wish that influx wasn’t the result of 1up getting shuttered. With that being said, I’d like to explain a little about our roots in 1up, and take you new readers and contributors on the grand tour. Please, join me.

I think it’s okay to say that 1up was one of my favorite gaming websites. Our small staff is comprised of some huge game fans, and we spend a lot of time checking out other sites and listening to other podcasts. I normally don’t participate in gaming communities, because I tire of the hyperbolic rage that seems to permeate them. It’s something I actively strive to avoid doing at PixlBit, and I hope that comes through in my writing. But 1up was different. I started blogging on the site a couple of years ago at my then-girlfriend’s suggestion, because she knew how passionate I am about games and that I like to write. At the time, 1up was moving away from the 24 hour news grind and attempting to foster unique and interesting features and reviews, and the community was doing the same. I fit right in. Then a fellow 1upper, Jesse Miller, suggested I apply at this website, and the rest is history.

I go back with games—way back. Electronic Gaming Monthly was my monthly dose of gaming nirvana, and unlike Gamepro or Nintendo Power it seemed to grow up with me. EGM delivered mature content and truly excellent articles, and when the original magazine shut down in 2009 1up became my safe haven, since a lot of the magic of EGM still lived there at the time. When I heard that 1up was closing, it was, at least for me, the final nail in the EGM coffin. Sure, the magazine came back, but it’s never felt right, probably because it had its roots in the Dave Halverson (GameFan, Play, Gamer’s Republic) school of video games writing.

Anyway, 1up was a great place to be as a gamer that was interested in reading thoughtful articles and reviews. The community was always polite with my blogs, even when I wrote something that wasn’t a popular opinion (which seems to happen a lot lately). I’ve met some really excellent people because of 1up, including Matt (toomanywires), Ben, (BrokenH), Michael (Michael117), and of course the wonderful people here at PixlBit.

So, let me show you around. We’ve been in a little bit of a downturn lately, thanks to real life stuff interfering with writing. I think we’re also trying to find our voice. For a while we were trying to compete with the other sites and cranking out tons of news every week. But I don’t know about you, but most of the headlines of the day are just that, and it can become a real grind trying to keep up when you have a day job. We pride ourselves on reviewing some of the smaller games alongside the bigger ones, and we’re this close to getting into Metacritic. Yeah, yeah, I don’t much care for it either, but getting onto Metacritic means we get access to more games to review, which helps the site to grow. So you can actually have a large impact on the growth of this site by telling your friends, blogging, and commenting. How often can you say that about IGN or Kotaku?

I encourage you to get to know us, because that’s important when it comes to reading reviews and opinions on a gaming site. We recently wrapped up our 2012 Game of the Year deliberations, which is a great way to see what we’re into. I spent a large portion of 2012 researching and writing a 25th anniversary retrospective on the Final Fantasy series, so feel free to check out all five parts of that. Our own Jesse Miller spearheads a lot of our features. He’s juggling a job and a pregnant girlfriend at the moment, but we should have some new installments of Missing in Action soon. In the meantime, check out some of our older ones.

You want podcasts? We have a ton of them. I won’t sit here and tell you that they’re going to replace Games, Dammit! or Retronauts, but we’ve been putting out some fun shows. Every Wednesday you can listen to Jason Ross talk about the news of the week with his own spin with PB & Jason. Every other Friday brings with it my show, Nerds Without Pants. We take a gaming-related topic and expand on it, but save room for discussion of comics, movies, and our obsession with Jason Statham. Angelo Grant hosts Backloggers Anonymous. He’s on vacation right now and probably hasn’t heard about 1up yet, but his crew is currently playing Darksiders, so get caught up while you can! Last but certainly not least is Push Start to Continue, a show hosted by Mike Wall and Jesse Miller. They’ll bring you news, rants, indie game talk, and more, so check it out.

That brings me to you, valued readers. Dive in and communicate with us! You can make use of the blogs of course, and I encourage you to fill out your gaming collections, which is a pretty handy way of tracking your games. Comment on our stuff and let us know what you think. We’re not like your normal games writers—we’ll join in on the conversation with you. We’re generally not defensive about our stuff, and enjoy seeing both sides of any discussion. We’re also open to ideas and feedback—throw them up in a blog or a comment, or hit us up directly through our Twitter feeds, which you’ll find on the right side of the home page.

Whew! I’m rambling a bit at this point, so I’ll wrap it up. Once again, welcome to PixlBit. I do hope you’ll stay a while. Amongst the members of the staff we have RPG junkies, gaming historians, Nintendo zombies, Sony fanboys, and Xbots, so you’re pretty much covered. Thank you for taking the time to read this. The staff will be saying hello in the comments, and feel free to introduce yourselves as well, either here or in the blogs.




02/22/2013 at 09:51 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome for all us shell-shocked refugees from 1up. Looking forward to joining your community.

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

02/24/2013 at 03:51 PM

Awesome to have you over here now! You and your crew are all highly valued, community members. 


02/22/2013 at 10:00 PM

Gaming historians? I think I might like this place. Seems pretty chill so far. If it wasn't for Michael constantly commenting about it I wouldn't even know of Pixlbit lol. Thanks for the welcome!

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

02/22/2013 at 10:06 PM

I'm really happy to see a lot of familiar names (and avatars) over here, although I wish it was under better circumstances.  I love seeing all of the blogs going up and hope they continue. Let us know what you would like to see out of your (hopefully) new home and we'll do our best to help you out.

One final and important note:  I have no idea where and when that picture of Julian and Mielke is taken, but I have the same shirt the Milkman is wearing.  My family hates it.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/23/2013 at 12:56 AM

That was taken just outside of The Pantry in L.A. during E3 2010. Milky was amazingly cool. I just stopped to tell him how much I loved what he had been doing with EGM before the end and he asked to take a picture with me. It was also taken by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, who I had a total brain fart over until the next day.

I messaged Milky after I wrote that EGM blog I linked to and he remembered me and told me to keep writing. Awesome dude, and that was one of my best E3 memories.


02/22/2013 at 10:29 PM

You referred to me by name,Julian. I'm flattered! I actually wish I could have been more active at pixlbit even before the "Great Crash" but real life makes multitasking a cruel mistress! lol.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/23/2013 at 12:58 AM

You were always one of the most awesome people to comment on my blogs, even when what I wrote wasn't that good. I've always appreciated that. I like having feedback on my stuff, and I hope we get a lot of great comments from all of these wonderful new/old friends.

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

02/24/2013 at 03:52 PM

I remember you, too, BrokenH. We are going to have some good times ahead, and I'm so glad that you came over here. Can't wait to read your new blog entries for our website.


02/25/2013 at 01:42 PM


I missed you a lot after you left but I was also happy you got a nice job with good people!


I look forward to it,Patrick! It was either here or IGN and it's obvious which place has more soul!

Our Take

Nick DiMola Director

02/22/2013 at 11:45 PM

Welcome everyone and thank you so much for coming! The circumstances of your arrival are no doubt grim, but as Director of a budding site, it's absolutely invigorating to see so many new faces descend at once. I can't wait to establish a rapport with you all and have you as an active part of our community.

If there's anything at all that I can do to ease your transition (including site enhancements), please, feel free to let me know. I've added a follow system that I hope works out well tonight and I predict a number of other enhancements will come in the near term to improve our organically grown blog section.

In any event, welcome once again, hope to see you all around!


02/23/2013 at 12:23 AM

Yes! Love the follow system! I was looking for something like that when I migrated over here! THANK YOU!!!

Nick DiMola Director

02/23/2013 at 03:01 PM

Glad you like it and happy to help! I actually just went back in and made a few more improvements, so be sure to refresh the profile page the next time you look at one :).

I hope to add some more good stuff for you guys to continue helping you settle in. So glad to see a bunch of happy people!


02/22/2013 at 11:58 PM

Hello, do the accounts have a delete button? those things scare me!


02/23/2013 at 03:41 AM

Thanks for the great welcome!  Pixlbit sounds interesting and like there is more content to explore.  It's also great to see people I've been reading from 1up here.  There were so many great bloggers there, I hope we can continue the community here.  1 up will be greatly missed.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/23/2013 at 04:00 AM

hey thanks for the welcome!  From the ashes......   :)


02/23/2013 at 09:25 AM

Howdy, everyone. You guys look familiar. :)


02/23/2013 at 11:23 AM

Hello all. Gee i don't recognize anyone. Especially those guys from 1UP. :D

Matt McLennan Contributing Writer

02/23/2013 at 11:33 AM

psst psst... I'm one of the historians actually, about Mario games. Just throwing that out there...

Anyhow, welcome to Pixlbit everyone! Try to be nice and friendly to other peoples' likes and dislikes, but any flame wars and talking down to people won't be tolerated by me. Ok? Ok. Have fun everyone!


02/23/2013 at 11:58 AM

Thanks Matt.  We are way past all that nasty stuff. But I do have a complaint about Ranger Girl, I think she is stalking me. Or maybe Im stalking her? I cant remember..just forget it.

Our Take

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/23/2013 at 01:02 PM
Hey guys. Wow, really sorry to hear about 1up. I'm still not sure how to respond exactly. That site was pretty much what got me started with video game writing / blogging. I'm at a loss right now. Anyway, the browser I'm on REALLY sucks. It's some custom one at the hotel and it apparently hates rich text, but I'll be back home sonn and I'll get to following folks and what not. I just wanted to say I'm happy to see so many people here, a lot of whom I remember from 1up. I'll have our final Backloggers Anon done pretty soon, but if you like video game music, I did do an hour long special recently that's all about that noise, so check it out. (sorry, can't link, but it's on the home page.)

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/23/2013 at 01:02 PM
Also, it apparently doesn't process returns / paragraphs, so that looks like crap. Sorry


02/23/2013 at 03:23 PM

Hello all. I will be dropping by more often to keep up with old 1up friends. I'm sorry I sort of got away from coming here before. I think I even posted a blog once. It is just hard to keep up with multiple sites. With 1up gone I should have more time.


02/23/2013 at 03:33 PM

Thanks for such a warm welcome! Glad to be here :)


02/23/2013 at 03:36 PM

Very glad you came over!

Kayshire Cat

02/23/2013 at 04:21 PM

Nice to see the staff here is friendly. Hopefully you don't ban me too soon :P No seriously I'm not too sure if the type of stuff I posted at 1up is completely okay here yet. (I was Kays Addiction there in case you can't tell)

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/23/2013 at 05:18 PM

I'm not the big man in charge, but if you tag your blog with an NSFW heads up in the opening paragraph I'd say you've done your due diligence.

Kayshire Cat

02/23/2013 at 07:10 PM

Thanks I'll remember to do that then :)


02/23/2013 at 08:54 PM

Oh thank god. I was having that same thought haha

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

02/24/2013 at 03:55 PM

You'll be amazing for the community over here. Just ease them all into it before you get into the heady stuff!

Kayshire Cat

02/25/2013 at 06:42 AM

Thanks. I'll try that approach then. Look forward to seeing what I can come up with to post here :)

Our Take

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/25/2013 at 12:15 PM

Well helo Kay! how have you been?

From what I remember, you should be fine. I don't remember you posting any nudity, which would probably be an issue. Just make sure the naughty bits are covered amd mark it NSFW like they said.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/25/2013 at 12:17 PM

I'd just like to say that I'm pro nudity all the time.

Kayshire Cat

02/25/2013 at 03:08 PM

Heh I could be better, but I've been making it. The warm welcome you guys having been giving us has helped ease the pain of losing 1up. Maybe blogging again will help take my mind off of things.

Also i agree with Julian's stance on the nudity, just saying :P

Julian Titus Senior Editor

02/25/2013 at 03:40 PM

We'll get along just fine, you and I.


02/23/2013 at 06:04 PM

Thank you. This is a cool place. I am sure I will enjoy it here.


02/24/2013 at 09:07 PM

I feel the same way, it's cool place.. but hope you're not feeling stomech sick as I am right now. I had too much cooking oil on my popcorn this morning, making me wanna puke. 


02/23/2013 at 06:57 PM

Thank you for adding the follow button! Custom URLs... can that be done? That would be spiffy and I was sad when 1up did away with them. x(

I'm also a huge fan of clubs from 1up! I'm wondering if there's plans for that sort of things in the future. :3

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

02/24/2013 at 03:56 PM

Hopefully those clubs won't mostly crumble after the first month or two though. Great idea, I say.

Jamie Alston Staff Writer

02/23/2013 at 07:30 PM

Thanks for such a warm welcome.  This certainly helps to make the transition from 1Up a bit easier.


02/23/2013 at 08:06 PM

Thanks for holding out your umbrella for us during a downpour!


02/23/2013 at 08:15 PM

as a 1up-refugee, I'm excited this site is welcoming!  it looks like its gonna be a good new home.  and a good gaming site as well


02/23/2013 at 09:15 PM

Thanks for the welcome.  I look forward to getting to know everyone.  


02/23/2013 at 10:04 PM

Thank-you from another 1Up refugee. Gotta say I think I took for granted just how close that community was. I'm a little inspired at the moment and can't wait to see what happens with Pixlbit!

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

02/23/2013 at 10:41 PM

I. I'm overwhelmed... I'm not used to this kind of thing. I hope I can keep up.

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

02/24/2013 at 03:56 PM

I'm here for you. ::Hold out arms for hug while crying::

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

02/24/2013 at 09:13 PM

Hahahaha thanks Patrick.

Angelo Grant Staff Writer

02/25/2013 at 12:23 PM

You're gonna make Rob jealous.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

02/25/2013 at 12:27 PM



02/24/2013 at 12:10 AM

Looking good! This almost  looks like a blog directly from 1up considering the number of faces in the comments I recognize!


02/24/2013 at 12:42 AM

I wasn't really planning on going to another site after 1up but seeing how do many of my fellow 1up folks are here I figured what the hell, lol. Thanks for warm greeting.

Jonathan Drake

02/24/2013 at 12:47 AM

One more refugee coming.

I have seen some nice comments about Pixlbit from some 1Up folks and decided to check out. The warm welcome tells me they were right about you guys.


02/24/2013 at 01:05 AM

Zumafire is in!!! Can't wait to create an account but right now I'm in my kitchen, on my phone and about to pound down some Oreos before bed time ... Those help you get a restful sleep right??!! 


Catch you asses on the flip! 

And thanks for the welcome wagon...




02/24/2013 at 02:12 AM

im in


02/24/2013 at 03:10 AM

What's up Zuma

Blake Turner Staff Writer

02/24/2013 at 01:07 AM

Thanks for the welcome person! Since most of the 1up community is her there is no way it can be terrible!


02/24/2013 at 02:12 AM

im in


02/24/2013 at 01:11 AM

Corpse Party and Crimson Shroud are featured on the front page here. I'm home! :-)


02/24/2013 at 02:35 AM

Thanks for the welcome!  Looking forward to catching up on the articles and blogs


02/24/2013 at 04:11 AM

Thanks for the open arms to all of us 1up-ugees! Decided to join seeing so many familiar faces from 1up here, and I like the feeling you guys have of the small team, who does this more for a love of games than an actual job! Probably gonna transfer my meaningful blogs over tomorrow, and hopefully can settle in well to this place! And glad to see there's people here who love RPG's, and seeing VLR reviewed and on your main page makes me so happy. Niche games getting the attention they deserve, and not being hated on for no reason! I already am a fan, haha!

Super Step

02/24/2013 at 05:04 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome, and I'd say this is pretty much the new home for us old 1uppers!

And Mielke was one of m favorites, nice picture.


02/24/2013 at 10:45 AM

I'm so glad I found this place, would like to thank genresrforposers for mentioning this site. It's truly sad to see 1up go but I'm glad there's still a place on the net that's different :). Looking forward to the future articles and features.

Chris Iozzi Contributing Writer

02/24/2013 at 12:21 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome :)

I'm still in shock over the news, I been weighing a few options as to where to set up camp, Looks like this might be a comfy spot.


02/24/2013 at 12:54 PM

So sad to see 1up get killed : ( but thanks for the welcome! Pixlbit is now my source of gaming news :-D

Patrick Kijek Contributing Writer

02/24/2013 at 03:58 PM

Glad to see you, no matter the circumstances. Remember, we're just as interested in your own gaming news.


02/24/2013 at 01:29 PM

Glad to be here. I think us 1up'ers will fit right in. Nice too see all the familiar faces and look forward to getting to know the resident Pixlbits.


02/24/2013 at 02:54 PM

I migrated over from 1up!  Checking out video game sites for jrpg information and stuff is always the first thing I do in the morning.  That EGM cover from 1995 brings back some good memories.


02/24/2013 at 05:24 PM

Here from 1up, my gaming addiction shall be carried over here :D

long live pixlbit~~~~



02/25/2013 at 01:38 AM

Thanks so much, guys :-)  I feel welcome already!


02/25/2013 at 04:41 AM

Sounds great! I have been playing games since the NES, and have always kept up with the hobby. I also have a knack for writing, and have recently gotten back into the blog scene. It figures that a couple months after I went back to 1up, Ziff Davis would kill the site. heh My first magazine was of course Nintendo Power. I quit that magazine after the SNES days, since I was getting into the Playstation more and more. I didn't know about Metacritic, so I wish you the best of luck with it. I'll do my part as well.


02/25/2013 at 11:53 AM

Thank you.  With the closing of 1up I wasn't sure where I was going to go.  So, I'm grateful to everyone who directed me here.  That said, it's time to pore over the site to see what it's all about.


02/25/2013 at 12:52 PM

Thanks for warm welcome, It's weird to not have 1up as my gaming website, but this place seems pretty cool! I already like the handful of articles that I have read.


02/25/2013 at 01:28 PM

So late to the party. lol But I'm glad to scroll down the comments and see all the fine peeps who've made this place home now. Thanks!


02/25/2013 at 03:44 PM

Just want to add my thanks for the welcome!


02/26/2013 at 03:13 AM

Yeah, I'm a 1up'er. It's super sad. I said often that I was going to leave and never did.

Oh, and if I see Daron Amos, aka Gamemaster4747, ghost of gamemaster4747, I will be forced to troll him.


02/26/2013 at 09:03 AM

Ha@GM4747  You know he's gonna show eventually


02/26/2013 at 09:25 AM

loving this pixlbit site and seeing all the familar faces..


02/26/2013 at 09:39 AM

Thanks for the most gracious welcome, glad to be here. Also want to thank Dandichu for spreading the word about this place.I am ashamed to admit I was not aware of the existance of Pixlbit until a few days ago. So far I realy like what I see.

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

02/26/2013 at 09:43 AM

No shame necessary. We're more of a "grassroots" kinda gaming community over here.


02/26/2013 at 11:10 AM

Wow it is so awesome to see everyone from 1up over here! Thanks for laying down the welcome mat for us! I just heard about 1up going dark a few days ago. I'm glad I've found a new place that feels right at home. I haven't been very active at all on 1up in a long while but I have met some of my best friends from there and I'm glad to see most of them here! Love all the rpg coverage I'm seeing on here as well! Looking forward to blogging at Pixlbit! ~Lauren (previously KHZeldaMariofanatic)


02/26/2013 at 02:51 PM

Well, here's to a new home for those of us who have been left out in the cold. Thank you for the warm welcome that Pixlbit is giving us refuges migrating from 1up. Looking forward to a great time and expience with you all.


02/26/2013 at 08:56 PM

From 1up here. Looks like a nice place. Think I will stay a while. Smile


03/03/2013 at 03:45 AM

Im so far, really liking my new game blogging home, I was shocked to come back from being MIA a while to find all this going on. Ill miss 1up but whats done is done. Thanks for the welcome!

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

03/03/2013 at 04:18 AM

Glad to see a continuous stream of new members saying hello.  Like we've said before, we're happy all of you guys are choosing PixlBit as your new home.  

Ryan Bunting Staff Alumnus

03/05/2013 at 11:14 AM

Thank you for the warm welcome, it wasn't easy for us 1uppers to say goodbye to our second home, but to know that you here at PixlBit appreciate user generated content as they did over there makes me feel a whole lot better.  I'd have to thank Aaron B and of course my co-host JoeyG329 for telling me about the exodus, and I'm looking forward to filling your "Latest User Blogs" feed with my gloriously sarcastic sense of humor!

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