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1:30 PM on 09.27.2013

Destructoid alumnus Aaron Linde joins Gearbox Software

Destructoid alumnus Aaron Linde is now with Gearbox Software, reuniting the famed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time hater with his longtime Podtoid co-host. "I've been hired specifically to challenge Anthony...

Kyle MacGregor


1:00 AM on 09.08.2013

HUGE: Destructoid rolls out ad-free memberships

Many of you had said that you enjoy what we do, but you don't enjoy ads.  We get that. Likewise, we wish we could just concentrate on chasing the best stories, not pageviews. We want to offer more, but also respect our r...

Niero Gonzalez

8:00 AM on 05.04.2013

Browse Destructoid with your arrow keys like a boss

Would you like to browse Destructoid posts by just using your arrow keys? Here you go. The tool was created by the folks at Nextly, a cool browser app that lets you skip from one post to another at the click of a key, and also lets you import your social feeds (or explore other favorite feeds, like Reddit). They're currently in beta and are curious to know what you think. Do want?

Niero Gonzalez

3:32 AM on 04.25.2013

Dafoe Returns: Try Dtoid's new darker theme

Yep. Try it right above our logo. You will need to Refresh Page to see it affect comments. For those of you blinded by our stark summer redesign I now bring you a fully-featured dark theme, complete with alternate button styl...

Niero Gonzalez

12:00 PM on 04.21.2013

Hide your kids, we're going to Nashville next weekend!

Giddy up y'all! There's a Destructoid Hoe-down a-comin' up and you better grab whatever you southern people use to party. I'm going to admit, all I know about the south comes from The Dukes of Hazzard re-runs. That's right, o...

Spencer Hayes



Penny Arcade Report on ad-blocking, breasticles photo
Penny Arcade Report on ad-blocking, breasticles
by Niero Gonzalez

[Minor update: I moved my CPM real-world stats from the comments to the post so that its more visible]

Whether you're an aspiring writer, an established games critic, or a hopeful webmaster building your first gaming site it would behoove you to read Ben Kuchera's piece on the business of pageviews and ad-funded content publishing, and why posting a photo of breasts to headline this story makes more business sense than attempting to write anything remotely intelligent. You needn't look further than the much-chastised gallery of "40 hottest women in tech" to understand how low some writers will go for pageviews. But I digress. 

Web publishers are at an impasse: the terms that the advertising industry and ad-block users demand from each other are completely at odds, and small web publishers like me who rely on both are caught in the crossfire. It's refreshing to see the issue get a little more visibility. 

Last week I was invited by NPR's show On The Media to discuss my story. I thought it was going pretty well until Brooke asked why I don't just turn off annoying flashing ads. I truly wish it was that easy, dear readers. I really do. After mumbling what I'm sure was an unremarkable response she then pressed: "So, how long do you think you'll continue to be in business?"

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11:30 AM on 03.16.2013

Bloggers Wanted: What's your favorite Destructoid memory?

[When we're looking for blogs on a specific topic, we'll put out a Bloggers Wanted call. Check out the blog prompt, write a response, and you may see your blog promoted to the front page! --Mr Andy Dixon] Did you know that to...

Mr Andy Dixon

6:45 AM on 03.16.2013

Destructoid turns seven

Our old readers know that I've been wanting this job long before websites existed, so to be here and celebrate 7 years of living the dream really just fills my heart with every passing year. I'm blessed. They still haven't ba...

Niero Gonzalez

6:00 PM on 03.14.2013

Dtoid Memories: Fo' Da' Shawties

[Destructoid turns seven this Saturday, and all month long Dtoiders have been sharing their favorite memories from their time in the community over in our Cblogs. Here's Swishiee's... what's yours? --Mr Andy Dixon] It's hard ...

Swishiee

3:30 AM on 03.09.2013

Community poll: What membership perks would you support?

As our esteemed founder has revealed, online advertising as we know it may dry up in the long run, so in the near future we will be accepting reader donations to keep Destructoid, Japanator, Flixist, and Tomopop exactly ...

Mr Andy Dixon



Half of Destructoid's readers block our ads. Now what? photo
Half of Destructoid's readers block our ads. Now what?
by Niero Gonzalez

[Webmaster Dojo is a column where I share my experiences running Destructoid, one of the last sites not owned by a media conglomerate or venture capital velociraptor. I'll sling exotic coffee bean water to keep servers on.]

Relax. We're still friends.

Last month, I learned that the primary way we support Destructoid was quickly shrinking due to a browser plug-in: the ad-blocker. On the bright side, it brought some closure on why our ad checks never quite kept up with perky site traffic or growing bandwidth bills.

No, I'm not going to chainsaw your face for installing an ad-blocker. Chances are, though, you understand that blocking ads denies us some coffers and you probably feel a little bad about it, but all ads intrinsically annoy you. That's okay. Still, it is enough for me to say that it's a problem facing my site and other sites like it, and a few weeks ago, I started to appeal to readers to whitelist us -- that mostly failed.

Is asking for nickels the best way to future-proof a gaming site?

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12:30 PM on 01.08.2013

There is a well in Africa named Destructoid: PROOF!

[Update 2: Hey, remember that time we raised $5,494 to build a well in Africa? Well, it's done! CharityWater sent along some photos of Ethiopia's first Destructoid-branded water well, along with some cool and downright heartw...

Tara Long

10:30 AM on 10.12.2012

Where are they now? Ex-Destructoid editors in the biz

Webmaster Dojo is an editorial column about my experiences in running a videogame site.  If you enjoy this sort of diatribe, please suggest a topic for my next article in our super-cool new comments system below. Saying ...

Niero Gonzalez

6:30 PM on 08.18.2011

Check out Meetup.Destructoid.com

All over the world, Dtoid community members gather to hold NARPs (No Apparent Reason Parties) to get to know each other outside of the internet. Well, the community team here at Destructoid wants to make it a bit easier for e...

Jesse Cortez

8:53 PM on 06.23.2011

Mr. Destructoid seeks San Francisco editorial intern

In the city?  Have some free time during daylight hours?  Can you write good well?  Contact us!  We pay interns in yellow dresses and Rice-A-Roni.  Send samples of your work to interns@destructoid.com.  

Niero Gonzalez

5:00 PM on 06.16.2011

The Official Destructoid Review Guide

It's been quite a while since we've updated our reviews guide from 2011, and now is as good a time as ever to set the record straight once again, and keep our readers informed of the review process. Please read this (or at least skim it over) before you send us hate mail over a high or low review. To facilitate that process, I'll keep things brief and focus mainly on the major points.  

Chris Carter