If you travel in gaming circles at all you've no doubt heard about the blow up yesterday at 1Up.com. They've announced a "merger" with the UGO Network, a network that -way back in the mists of time- paid me for the occasional column at the old Gamepen.com website. (Anyone remember their Gaming Therapy stuff?) I haven't been back to a UGO site since I stopped writing for them, which pretty much sums up what I think about their content. Unfortunately, instead of injecting their daily tripe with a lot of talented people, what they're doing with 1Up isn't a merger, it's a bloodbath (that has also swallowed EGM Magazine, which is being shuttered). Here's the list of 1Up.com staffers laid off yesterday:
Andrew "Skip" Pfister
James "Milkman" Mielke
I don't, obviously, know a lot of names on that list, but if you listened to their PC gaming podcast (GFW Radio/LAN Party) or the 1Up Show, you'll recognize several of them. For the first time I'm glad guys like Jeff Green, Sean Elliott and Sean Malloy got the hell out of there when they did. UGO has bought the brand and dumped everyone that made the brand what it was.
Hats off to everyone on that list and my very best wishes that you all land on your feet.