In 2014 I had a dream of creating my own digital publication with some of my closest friends. It was a way for all of us to stay connected and share in the one thing that brings us together day in and day out, video games. When we originally launched The Citizen X, I was young and incredibly busy with a job, but with a core group we were still able to regularly publish content and even attend a couple events as a team. It was a lot of fun to haphazardly publish whatever content we could get out the door, but as time went on it started becoming more of a chore for the contributors working on the site and less of a way for us to connect to each other and to other gamers from all over the world.
Unfortunately that model just became unsustainable, we had to shut down the website in 2016 ultimately loosing all of the work that we had contributed to the site. In someways, it was a tough pill to swallow to have to let the site fall. I probably could have logged into our CMS and saved what I could, but I decided to let it all go. I knew that one day we would be able to come back to this idea with a fresh set of ideas, a new attitude, and a whole lot of learning that we gained from our first go at it. The thing that never died was the idea of what “The Citizen X” meant to us, and that we still believe there is a space for the wild and reckless outcasts of the internet to have their own website to express themselves around who they are and the games they play.
When Paul and I met up in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago, he had mentioned bringing back “The Citizen X” and it was the first time since we let it lapse that I felt like this could be possible. Luckily the domain was still available and within 48 hours we had a website again. This is a new chapter for the website and a new chapter for us. We are the Phoenix rising from the ashes.
So What is The Citizen X?
We are a diverse collective of bastards that form a singular voice to engage the gaming community with our ramblings and ideas from our small military bunker outside of Aspen Colorado. We bought the ticket, we took the ride, it scared the shit out of us, and we are back to do it again. We are a platoon of pseudo journalists, forever stuck in the basement of an anime convention looking for drugs at a Hatsune Miku concert.
We are The Citizen X