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Celebrating Five Years of PixlBit

The staff of PixlBit commemorates five years of the site.

It’s absolutely dumbfounding to think that PixlBit has existed in this world for five years now. I can’t even begin to tell you all how many times Chessa and I considered hanging it up and just moving on with life. But we never did and I’m not sure why that is. The early days were grim at times; visitation was extremely low, the hours invested were high, and my day job was absolutely soul crushing. I guess we always felt there was a light at the end of the tunnel – a point at which it would all pay off. And boy has it.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the initial intent of PixlBit was to make some money doing something we loved; writing about games. The naïveté behind that drive became quickly obvious. The internet is an enormous place, and go figure, it’s extremely tough to stand out in a sea of competition. But our hearts were always in the right place, I think, which was to produce quality content and a healthy community.

We wanted PixlBit to be a place where people came to talk about something they loved and could rely on the staff to provide insightful and meaningful content that wasn’t clickbait drivel. We refused to cop to the blog standards set by nearly all other gaming publications at the time. We wanted people to expect professional quality reporting from us, despite being just a small group of amateurs. I’d like to think we’ve lived by these standards for five years now and will continue to live by them no matter how the tide shifts in the market of gaming journalism.

While I think we’ve delivered on the journalistic side of things, we still haven’t fully realized the community aspects we’ve wanted to include since drawing up the original spec for the site. But we’re working to amend this in the next redesign of the site. It’s only fair, of course – now that we have the amazing community we always hoped would one day arrive, we owe it to you fine folks to make PixlBit the best it can possibly be.

To help celebrate the achievements of PixlBit, I’ve asked the staff to talk a bit about what PixlBit means to them. These fine folks have played a crucial role in converting a silly dream into a reality. Their volunteer efforts are unparalleled and the dedication and time they’ve invested in PixlBit is enormous. PixlBit wouldn’t be here, or what it is today without their contributions.

And just the same, PixlBit wouldn’t be the same without all of you out there reading, commenting, and blogging. You have transformed PixlBit into something so much bigger than I ever thought it could be. The reality is, PixlBit isn’t Nick and Chessa DiMola, PixlBit is all of us together. While Chessa and I may have had the privilege of getting the ball rolling, it’s all of you that keep it moving forward.

In celebration of five years of PixlBit, please click through and read the proceeding pages from the impassioned staff and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you everyone for five amazing years.

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Comments

Captain N

09/24/2014 at 04:54 PM

As a 1up survivor, I too was looking for a new place to call home while frantically trying to save my blogs. I'm just glad I was able to call this place my new internet home. Alot of the people I knew from 1up move here so I was glad I was able to see some familiar faces, but I met some new ones as well. I'll write something about this hopefully today so I'll keep this short. But congrats Pixlbit and congrats everyone!

Cyberxion

09/27/2014 at 08:36 PM

Pretty much my experience too. Turned out that Pixlbit was pretty rad, so it worked out for the best. :D

I think the coolest thing about the place is that after being gone for a year or so due to various things and whatnot, I come back and the place is still the same. Same great staff, same great community--along with some new faces--and it's just as welcoming as it ever was. I'd like to say that I never doubted it, but I did. This is one of the rare times I'm glad to have been wrong.

Michael117

09/24/2014 at 06:36 PM

Happy Birthday Pixlbit Cool

I suppose I could stick around and bother you guys for even longer.

Here's to another five years of M-117 dropping walls of text to tell you things that could definitely be articulated better in less than half the space by a better writer.

P.S.  Golf got no limits. PGA Tour 15 is still the truth.

Our Take

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

09/24/2014 at 10:40 PM

One thing that needs to be mentioned more publicly than in this comment section, is how much we owe to you, Michael117. I think there were a few other rumblings around 1up from people thinking of coming here, but as far as I could tell, we mainly owe our transferred community to you. Just look at these final two blogs over at (the very unstable 1up). Somehow we got a great cheerleader for PixlBit long before 1up shut down, and things wouldn't be the same at all without your kind words at a crucial time.

Thanks, Mikey! Keep the walls of text coming, we love 'em.

mothman

09/24/2014 at 07:02 PM

Happy 5th Pixlbit. I'm happy to be a part of this community. Great people, great (if often silly) conversation. :)

Vice's Assistant

09/24/2014 at 08:27 PM

I'm still very happy I came to PixlBit. Its wonderful place to be at. I regret that I haven't been on here as much because my 3rd shift job and schedule are so irregular the last few years. Still I do try to check on it daily, and I'm happy to see it thriving.

xDarthKiLLx

09/24/2014 at 09:42 PM

Happy birthday Pixlbit....this is indeed an amazing group of people we have here.

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

09/24/2014 at 10:40 PM

HOORAY!

Super Step Contributing Writer

09/24/2014 at 11:11 PM

Happy 5th Anniversary Pixlbit! Just in time for Nintendo's 125th! Coincidence? I think so!

Julian Titus Senior Editor

09/24/2014 at 11:19 PM

I have one other regret: that we will apparently never know who won the Shitty Game Review Contest.

Michael117

09/25/2014 at 12:03 AM

What actually happened with that? Did that contest ever come to a conclusion? *spoilers* I voted for you.

Master Chief and Samus teamed up and fought the Reapers together in order to earn us the freedom to vote on community polls at Pixlbit. I demand a recount, we can't just ask Chief and Samus to fight the Reapers all over again.

mothman

09/25/2014 at 01:37 PM

I thought it was Yargz last time I checked with Snee in second place. 

mothman

09/25/2014 at 01:46 PM

Nope it was Snee who won with you in second place Julian. Yargz was way back,

http://www.pixlbit.com/sitefeatures?action=showPollResults&pollId=55 

Cyberxion

09/27/2014 at 08:37 PM

I once wrote a review of Little Big Planet after seeing a single screenshot and reading like three sentences of a larger preview. I totally would have won if I'd entered it. :P

KnightDriver

09/25/2014 at 02:48 AM

Pixlbit's been a total blast for me. I started blogging at 1UP back in 2010 and found it very addicting. I love putting together photos and text and having even one person comment on it. When 1UP folded, I listened to Rangergirl and came to Pixlbit.

I love the design of the site. It's very visually attractive and well organized. I see some bigger sites that are too busy with images and popups, and have a really careless design that looks like it was just thrown together. I'm a sucker for good design, I guess. Everyone here has been civil and wonderful too.

I've told many people I work with about this site now. I keep thinking it would be cool to have a bumper sticker so I can "sell" the site to everyone on the road as I work. The more the merrier they say. I only wish I had had this kind of place to go when in High School. I was really lonely then and could've used a community like this.

So as I always have to say, Happy Bidet Pixlbit!

Travis Hawks Senior Editor

09/25/2014 at 10:03 AM

Remember, if the ads on the site do bother you, feel free to use an ad blocking extension

KnightDriver

09/25/2014 at 02:57 PM

That's another thing, the ads here aren't intrusive at all unlike a lot of sites that bring a whole screen pop-up to interrupt whatever you're doing. Thanks for that.

FAF101

09/25/2014 at 06:52 AM

Happy 5 years!!! I know I started out blogging heavily on 1up and then came here and it started to dwindle down. But it's nice to know I have a place where when I do feel like writing I can and it can be about whatever I darn well please to write about lol. But the staff and members in the community is great and thank you everyone for writing some new for me to read every day!

jgusw

09/25/2014 at 09:16 AM

Happy 5th!  Congrats!  Can't wait to see what happens in the next 5 years.  Pixlbit staff does good work. Cool

Justin Matkowski Staff Alumnus

09/25/2014 at 10:35 AM

Happy 5th Birthday Pixlbit! Congrats to Nick for bringing his dream brought into the world, and to everyone who helps make this site the awesome place that it is!

Alex-C25

09/25/2014 at 01:55 PM

Great texts guys!

Like 90% of people here, I came after the sad closing of 1up, but fortunately thanks to Michael, I discovered this site and i've been enjoying every moment of it (though I made an account here much more later than the closing of 1up).

Anyway, Happy Anniversary Pixlbit!!!

NSonic79

09/26/2014 at 12:48 AM

In all honesty I shouldn't even be here. This site breaks one of my pet peeves with 90's spellings. Pixlbit, not Pixelbit. Because poor literacy is kewl! It's why I won't drink MTN Dew or fully appricate the RWBY web series.

Yet i have not found a gaming site that has a robust blog set up as this ones. Most sites either have forums or just comment sections. That's not enough for me. Though I haven't been one for community due to being so busy and antisocial, I hope stick it out here till my blogs eventually get banned. 1up.com will be missed but looking forward to sharing in the fun that is this site. Here's to five years with more to come on pixlbit. (I feel so dirty saying it. =P)

Nick DiMola Director

09/26/2014 at 07:53 AM

Ha! We actually wanted the site to have proper spelling, but couldn't get the domain! We thought it was a cool name still, so we stuck with it. Figured nobody would miss that silly "e."

Pacario

09/26/2014 at 05:51 PM

Five stars for five fine years! Congrats. (Even though I've personally only been here for the fifth one!)

Blake Turner Staff Writer

10/07/2014 at 11:15 AM

Wow. This was beautiful and awesome and other words meaning superb. Seriously, this is a great site with a great - no, the greatest community on the internet.

 Also, lol Casey, are my Blogs really that offensive?

Coolsetzer

10/24/2014 at 06:13 AM

Well hi! Happy anniversary to everyone. I came here after 1Up and haven't been disappointed. I regretfully disappeared from the blog scene for awhile because, hey, life and poverty. But now I think I'm getting my life back on track, so hopefully I can start interacting more. Here's to five more years!

Dandichu

11/15/2014 at 09:39 PM

Cheers, this is great.

"What particularly convinced me to stay was a nice little post Nick DiMola had put up welcoming the former 1Up bloggers to this site with open arms.  It was like biting into a warm chocolate chip cookie of community friendship."

Couldn't agree more. I'm just thrilled to have been "the" Ulala on 1up- and that lots of people were able to come here from my friends list. I love you guys!

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