As many of you now know, the face of 1up has drastically changed over the past few weeks. Some of the best people in the gaming industry lost their jobs when UGO stepped in and took over. And with those people we also lost access to some of the best gaming media available on the Internet. I’ve been a huge fan of 1UP for the past three years, and it all started with the sites podcast, 1UP Yours.
1UP Yours set the standard long before iTunes and the Zune Marketplace were flooded with gaming podcasts. I’m sure many of these podcasts we see now were directly influenced by it.
I can still remember the first time I downloaded 1UP Yours. Not being a huge podcast guy at the time, I wasn’t really expecting to get much out of it.
From left to right: Garnett Lee, John Davison, and Luke Smith
However, I soon found out that I was listening to a show that was going to be very special. After a couple of months spent shuffling through lineups, they finally found the pieces that fit with Garnett Lee, Luke Smith, Shane Bettenhausen, and John Davison — it was a perfect blend of personalities. There was something about this group that clicked right from the beginning — I was hooked. Having 1up Yours there every Friday marked the beginning of the weekend for me.
How would Luke taunt Shane this week? Why is Garnett playing devil’s advocate again? Is Denis Dyack going to appear and bludgeon us with his thesaurus?
From Left to Right: Shane Bettenhausen and Andrew "Skip" Pfister
It was time to sit back, relax, and listen to some guys who were not only colleagues, but really good friends. That’s what made 1up Yours so special; friends sharing their opinions and stories about a hobby that we all love. I don’t know any of these people personally, but after listening for so many years, I felt like I did. It was like having a special window into the inner workings of the gaming industry — I was in the invisible fifth chair.
Thanks to all the people who made 1UP Yours what it was — especially Skip Pfister, who produced and edited all of 1UP’s podcasts. If you are interested in downloading a torrent that has every 1UP Yours episode, follow this link. For those who aren’t aware, Garnett will be hosting a new show soon. While it may never replace 1UP Yours, I have no doubt our weekends will still be confirmed.