Good day MP-heads!
Today is a most excellent day as it is MP1st’s very first birthday.
A brief bit of history: A year ago, my partner, Fahed Jaradat, and myself set out to create a cool, hip and happening place that gamers just like us could gather to keep up on everything multiplayer. That meant providing the latest intel on some of our favorite games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Counter-Strike, Halo and much more. Yes, this means that our coverage is primarily centered around multiplayer first-person shooters, but expanding into other genres has been a goal on the table for quite some time now and is slowly being reached thanks to the help of others, which we will gladly acknowledge below.
What inspired us? Mostly our favorite YouTubers of which there are way too many to name. MP1st was born from countless hours of Skype conversations recalling our favorite videos watched throughout the week. Commonly in discussion was the latest development rumors, DLC news, balance issues, patch notes, tips and tactics, and of course, our own passionate opinions about the games we love so very much (including fierce debates regarding which FPS is king.) Essentially, we had a lot to share and felt that we could provide some valuable insight to the gaming community, insight that we had a hard time finding in some of our own favorite gaming websites.
Frankly, multiplayer in gaming deserves to be covered and deserves to be covered well. We believe this cannot be done properly if one’s focus is spread too thin. The depth found in most multiplayer games today is astonishing, especially when we live in an age where patches, mods, downloadable content and constant post-launch support is the norm. Not only this, but when we’re talking competitive online gaming, the slightest “buff” or “nerf” of that “overpowered” or “weaksauce” assault rifle in Call of Duty or Battlefield can simply not go unaccounted for. You need to know about it in order to stay on top of your game and we want to provide you with that valuable intel.
Upon settling on the name, MP1st, which we think clearly speaks for itself, we were off! The rest, as they say, is history.
Needless to say, it’s been a great year. MP1st has grown at an unexpected and almost uncontrollable rate, but we think we’ve managed to keep things under wraps. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the help of some amazing people. We’d like to specifically thank Jorik “Niosus” De Waen, who’s managed to keep us online and functioning all this time, through thick and thin, as well as James “Nitrowolf2” Lara and Shawn “Pr0tential” Kegarise who’ve put a huge effort into creating the MP1st forums, along with Niosus, which only went live last May (which we hope you guys are thoroughly enjoying). In fact, if you head over to the MP1st Forums today (and sign up if you haven’t already), you will be awarded with a nifty little birthday treat. Cake might be involved.
Along with all our current staff and moderators whom we’d like to thank below, from the bottom of our regenerating health-bars, we especially want to thank you guys, our readers and fellow gamers who’ve made all of this possible and have made this ride as thrilling as it has been.
Here’s to even more amazing times ahead. Cheers!
Current Staff and Forum Moderators
Jorik “Niosus” De Waen
James “Nitrowolf2” Lara
Joel “Beanz3” Santana
Gavin “CourtRoom” McBride
Mat “NuckFuggets” Houchens
Alex “Boss JediZohan” DiFiori
Shawn “Pr0tential” Kagarise
Jacob “JaketheSnake” Kim
And now, we’d like to leave you guys with some statistics we’ve accumulated over the past year as of today, August 19, 2012.
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