After seven years long and fun years, I have the responsibility
to announce the closing of Into Liquid Sky. I wouldn't say
that this is a sad announcement, but one that was an inevitable
decision. While we had managed to take a hiatus previously
to "recharge our batteries" and take a break from
the site, there are many reasons why this decision was a long
First and foremost, as an independent site run by amateurs,
we had to try an establish our niche in the market as not
only a videogame review site, but a site that covered other
media that would be of interest to the same crowd. This left
us with a ton of content that we had to regularly update.
Unfortunately, it also left us with a lot of sections that
we just didn't have the time to cover, both financially and
time wise. To be honest, we could never compete in terms of
quality content with the big sites and because of that, even
being a niche site never generated the level of interest to
make the investment in time worth it.
If you look at the landscape of videogame sites on the internet
as of right now, you'd need to bring a shotgun to shoot your
way to the few good sites. There is good quality content out
there, but you have to dig through a lot of crap and me-too
sites to get to it. Of course, there's the big dogs like Gamespot
and IGN, but they've become so advertising and revenue driven
that you have to take their reviews with the same grain of
salt that you would print media.
As of today, I can only say that places like eToyChest (http://www.etoychest.org/)
and Hardcore Gamer Magazine (http://luv2game.com)
seem to have the true videogamer in mind when providing quality
and unique content. Do yourself and check both out.
I would certainly like to thank everyone who helped out around
the site and helped with proving us quality content over the
Bluezero, Kid Spatula, Chris Rivera, Miss Tiger, Darken Rahl,
Missionhockey, Earl Ferrer, Mr. Disturbed, Fox the Sly, Rise
of the Phoenix, FREEQZ, Teresa Clare, Grand Admiral, THAguyINgta3,
Grandlethal, Vane, Jeff Light, Justin Celani, and I'm sure
a number of others I've forgotten. Also, thanks goes out to
everyone who contributed to the Ephemeral Fantasia mini-site.
Jack Niida and Nao Zook from NIS America
Jason Madhosingh and Terry Goldman at ElectricArtists Inc.
Jon Lenaway and Neil Wood at Step-3
Everyone at the Hypecouncil
I could say that this is a sad announcement, but it's really
just an inevitable event. The current content available on
the site will remain as I intend on using the ILS brand for
a personal side project that I've been building over the past
few months. It's been an enjoyable experience to see a whole
videogame generation start and end as a gaming site, but now
it's time to sit back and enjoy what the future has to offer.