A Brief Blog Profile: 1Up
by Thomas Hynes
The video game blog 1Up really knows their audience. As you might expect, the blog writes reviews of games, news, features and previews of what's coming next from the gaming industry. But there are also cheats! That's right. Reading this blog might actually improve your high score. The site also bolsters a community and awards points to frequent visitors. So it's like a video game itself. Pus, I'm pretty sure you can access actual video games through the site, too.
I also really dig the name 1Up. It's one of those ubiquitous video game terms. And for those non-gamers out there, it means extra life, continued playing. It's a good thing. To that end of giving a nod to the early days of gaming, they've got a great series on here called The 90s revisited. Truthfully, the 90s were the last time I really played video games. I'm guessing the writers here came up playing around the same time as myself. I'd go on to wager that writing about this subject matter is a passion and not so much an obligation, even if they do get paid for it.
But it's not all nostalgia here. It's not all wistful memories of games and consoles past. (Though, there is some of that.) 1Up also looks forward. After all, as great as the 90s were, there are still so many more video games left to play.