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Celebrating Five Years of PixlBit

The staff of PixlBit commemorates five years of the site.

Chris Yarger Celebrates Five Years of PixlBit

When I was first approached about writing an article about what PixlBit means to me, I was a bit hesitant at first. I feel bad for saying that, but it’s the truth. I was afraid that it would simply turn into a ball-washing ceremony for me in which I sputtered what I thought people would want to hear, and not what I personally felt. However, as I sat and stewed over the question, I realized that PixlBit means a lot more to me than I ever truly realized, not that I ever took it for granted.

To start with, I found myself placed within the staff as a larger-than-life trust figure. As an orphan of 1Up, it seemed odd for me to be labelled as the community manager and to essentially be the one to try to keep everything flowing around here. With some ideas that came and went, I’ve been slowly coming to terms with how I can and should operate. And when ideas fell short and I needed something to do, Nick was always able and willing to supply me with a game or five to review for you all. Though I occasionally got hit with two massive NIS games at once, I still kept pushing onward. It was never an obligation of task though as much as it was a sense of dedication towards my own personal sense of honor as well as a high degree of respect for the site and the community I wrangle.

And that leads me to my next point; integrity.

It wasn’t until Gamer-Gate that I realized just how special small sites such as PixlBit truly are. People are able to come here and are free to read and write as they want without the feeling of justification and benediction, nor the ideology of being force-fed drivel that’s solely based on opinions instead of hardworking journalism. There’s something polarizing about being able to go to a site and see a small group of individuals who fight tooth and nail for a hobby they love, and knowing that even though they have their own lives to live, they still find a way to pursue a passion in the most honest and best ways possible and produce content that’s truly meaningful in their own eyes. There’s an amazing sense of accomplishment behind the scenes that many of you may not be aware of as we, the staff, find ways to work around everyday life to supply you all with the best we can do, without ever feeling the need to sacrifice ourselves or sell ourselves short simply to ‘boost ourselves in the gaming world’.

And this leads me to my final point; friends.

Sure; some of you may see Jesse Miller and I exchange jabs every so often on Twitter as we argue who the better Spider-man is (Andrew Garfield is better, so you all know), but each verbal uppercut we induce on one another is coated with a strong sugarcoated feeling of love. Plenty of times you can see me mentioned within Snee’s blog, as we talk and exchange crazy ideas and general mental meanderings nearly every day. Hell; I’m even driving all the way to New York City to meet Nick to see a concert in December. And it’s just not the staff in which I’ve bonded with either, for many of you have actually come to know me as more than just a staff member, but as a family man, a worker, and most importantly, a friend who can easily be reached on Facebook/Twitter for a chat about damn near anything imaginable. PixlBit isn’t like other places where you often feel the need to hide behind a false picture to conceal your identity. Quite the opposite, actually, since you can see many users utilizing their personal photos, unashamed and proud, and trusting, and this is truly a remarkable thing for something online.

So where does this put PixlBit in my heart and what does it mean to me exactly? Well for short, it means a hell of a lot to me. I sweat and bleed over the articles and reviews I horribly slap together for you all, but the patience that’s exerted from the staff as Travis whips out his red crayon to correct my grammatical errors and the community who unwearyingly awaits for the next article to drop makes this all worth the while as I trudge onward, trying to better myself one step at a time to provide the best work possible. If it wasn’t worth the effort, I definitely would’ve given it up by now and moved back to blogging. But with every piece I push through somehow, I feel a bit closer to you all as the feedback comes in, and the personal messages pop up within my inbox. Each contact is a propeller that pushes me up and beyond my limits. Travis always tells me I need to end on a stronger note than I typically do, and I honestly think there’s no stronger wording than this:

Thank you all for everything.

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


09/25/2014 at 01:37 PM

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


09/25/2014 at 01:46 PM

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


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


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


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.


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!


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!


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!!!


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. 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."


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?


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!


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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