Many moons ago, I used to spend a lot of my free time running a videogame website named Gamestyle. The site focused on reviewing, previewing and publishing feature-length articles about video games.
Over time, it achieved a reputation for its rigorous reviewing policy and efforts to establish itself as an unbiased and reliable source of gaming opinion pieces. It got quite popular.
Nintendo used Gamestyle’s favourable review of Metroid Prime to promote the game in it’s launch campaign and writers and contributors to Gamestyle have subsequently pursued careers in video game journalism, going on to work for like likes of IGN, gamesTM, Retro Gamer, News Corp, The Guardian, Forbes.
I was very proud of what we achieved and then it all came to an end.
Come 2023, the site was long gone but the domain kept renewing. Every year that bill had to be paid, I felt a little sad that the site no longer existed, until one day I found myself sketching out a new logo for Gamestyle on the back of an envelope.
I jumped into Adobe Illustrator and turned that sketch into some digital art (pictured above) and that set the spark for reviving the site.
The initial goal is simple, but time consuming. When I find myself with a moment of free time, I’ll take an old article from any available archive I can find, tidy up the formatting, and publish it online.
Maybe one day in the distant future, the goal will change. But for now, all I am looking to do is restore the many hours of writing to the Gamestyle domain and make the content available once more.
2024 will be the 25th Anniversary of the site and it might be nice to have something to look back on.