When I read that No Hype Reviews was "packing it in", being a fellow an independent site owner who also focuses on game reviews with integrity (there aren't many of us out there), I couldn't help but feel sympathetic towards his plight. It's a situation that I'm all too familiar with.
I love how successful entrepreneurs will all say "follow your passion" and "do something you love." But what do you do when your passion (game criticism) happens to be something that most of the world doesn't give a shit about? How do you monetize that?
The idea of paying someone to play a video game for 20 plus hours and write an intelligent and thought-provoking review about that experience may have sounded brilliant in 1999 when we first launched GameCritics.com during the dotcom boom, but in today's noisy RSS-driven sensory-overloaded blogosphere, it's a pipe dream. No Hype Reviews reminded me that if your game reviews aren't filled with dick jokes or if you aren't pissing off legions of fanboys, you have little hope of standing out.