With the recent departure
of Editorial Director John Davison to start-up web portal What They Like
, Ziff Davis has done some behind-the-scenes shuffling
of the staff behind its gaming properties. According to a press release (partially re-posted on James Mielke's blog
), the online and print sides of the operation have been merged together and re-split into three new groups: "Videogames," headed by Electronic Gaming Monthly
's James Mielke; "PC games," headed by Games For Windows
' Jeff Green; and "Video," headed up by GameVideos' Demian Linn. Each group will funnel content into Ziff's magazines and online properties, including 1UP.com.
More apparent to the average reader will be the change to Ziff's grading system, from a 10-point scale to an A+ through F letter grade. The change isn't just on a going-forward basis either -- according to the release, "all previously scored games on 1UP.com will also be converted to the new letter scale." Historical revisionism at its finest!