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How to get your blog on Destructoid's front page photo
How to get your blog on Destructoid's front page
by Mr Andy Dixon

Believe it or not, many of the wonderful writers you see every day on the Destructoid front page got their start in our very own Community Blogs. Chris Carter, Kyle MacGregor, Tony Ponce, and many other Dtoid staffers (including yours truly!) can trace our humble beginnings to writing Cblogs for nothing more than our own pleasure and the simple joy provided by the occasional "fap". (Dtoid's version of upvoting.)

You see, unlike a lot of other sites, Destructoid prides itself on our record of promoting writers from within, which is why we strive to give our top Cbloggers all the attention we can. Every month we promote well-written user blogs to the front page, and when it comes time to bring on more staff, those are often the people we hit up first.

So how does it all work? What can you do to start seeing your work rewarded with "the front page treatment"? Here's Mario with some tips for getting started!

*The fortune part is a lie.

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7:00 PM on 02.01.2013

Communitoid 006, featuring special guest Cataract!

Finally, Communitoid is back for the long awaited sixth episode! Sorry for the delay ladies and gentlemen, but between MAGFest, babies, family priorities, and all those things that generally constitute life, we got a little b...

ConorElsea.com



A Grandson's struggle with Alzheimer's and Dark Souls photo
A Grandson's struggle with Alzheimer's and Dark Souls
by Wrenchfarm

[I thought I had read the most emotional blog the Destructoid community had to offer. Apparently I was mistaken. User Wrenchfarm shows us his interpretation of the events of Dark Souls and how they're analogous to his grandmother's decline into Alzheimer's. Want to be on the front page? Get blogging. --Spencer Hayes]

Grandma has been in a nursing home for 8 years now. I don't like to visit.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Grandma but it's a miserable place. The staff try their best to make it nice. Happy cartoon posters on the walls, volunteer guitarists and singers for the occasional afternoon performance, genial soothing voices and endearing nicknames. I appreciate the effort for my Grandma's sake, I really do. But it doesn't do much to cover up the stark reality of the situation. The sight of wheelchairs lined up in front of a TV set playing infomercials. The moans of octogenarians so out of their minds they're no longer capable of speech. The smell of disinfectant and adult diapers.

But worst of all is the blank stare in my Grandma's eyes. The absence of any kind of recognition or warmth. This woman who I grew up visiting every weekend. Who used to go picking apples with me in the orchard, who served countless Sunday dinners. All the hours she spent in vain trying to teach me the basics on piano, the games of "name that tune", the mail days where she would drive halfway across town to drop off an issue of Ultra Gameplayers for my brother and me. She doesn't remember a bit of it.

I can't stand it. 

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6:30 PM on 01.22.2013

This Month in the Community: Coldcocked

[Every month or so, we on the Dtoid Community Team throw together a round-up of everything happening in and around the community! We'll scour the C Blogs and Forums for awesome posts, recap our latest community playdates, hig...

Mr Andy Dixon





7:30 PM on 01.16.2013

High Strangeness, a 12-bit romp by our very own AgentMOO

What is the world coming to when Destructoid community members start making their own videogames? The endtimes are near! Repent! Repent! The disarmingly charming and fetchingly fetching Ben "AgentMOO" Shostak already has a g...

Tony Ponce

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

6:30 PM on 01.07.2013

Artists Wanted: 'Portrait' recap and your next topic!

[Every month or so we post a new art assignment for the Dtoid community. Fun! Here's a recap of the latest. You have until Thursday, January 31st to finish your next project, which is detailed at the end of the...

Mr Andy Dixon

9:00 PM on 12.18.2012

Communitoid 005, featuring special guest StriderHoang!

In this extra long, extra sexy episode of Communitoid, Aaron and Conor discuss Elsa's epic commenting skillz, Joanna daydreams about the zombie apocalypse, Andy experiences e-technol dysfunction, and community guest Stri...

Mr Andy Dixon

12:00 PM on 12.15.2012

This Month in the Community: Novembaby

[Every month, we on the Dtoid Community Team throw together a round-up of everything happening in and around the community! We'll scour the cblogs and forums for awesome posts, recap our latest community playdates, highlight ...

Mr Andy Dixon

6:30 PM on 12.08.2012

Communitoid 004: CHRISTMAAASSS!

So, here we are again. I volunteered to do the write up of another awesome Communitoid episode, and I put it off for days before I got around to it. Either the rest of the cast is super patient, or even lazier than me.  ...

ConorElsea.com

8:00 AM on 12.08.2012

Epic comment: Elsa on Tropes vs. Women featured on Reddit

One of this year's most notable gaming controversies was undoubtably Tropes vs. Women, a Kickstarter campaign that drew both ire and defense from nearly every corner of the gaming community. Destructoid interviewed Anit...

Niero Gonzalez

8:00 PM on 12.03.2012

A POV horror film shot entirely on the Wii U GamePad

[Destructoid community blogger FrankHowley shot a POV horror film using nothing but his new Wii U! He made it as part of the Wii U Challenge we mentioned earlier. Check it out! --Mr Andy Dixon] I shot this POV horror short f...

FrankHowley

8:00 PM on 11.21.2012

Communitoid 003.5: Short Round

This week, we grace your ears with a mini-episode. Everyone aside from Aaron and myself decided they don't love you lot anymore and went about doing silly things like "being sick", "sleeping" and "having family in town." Well...

ConorElsea.com

10:30 AM on 11.17.2012

Communitoid 003, featuring special guest Changston!

Whoa, episode 3 is here! Actually, it's been here for near a week, but I procrastinate like a lazy piece of shit, so you're just finding out now. Anyway, enough about how terrible of a person I am, and on to the show! This we...

ConorElsea.com



The winner of our Persona 4 Golden Premium dance contest photo
The winner of our Persona 4 Golden Premium dance contest
by Dale North

First off, you all made my week. I loved ALL of the entries for our Persona 4 Golden Premium Edition dance contest. So many great videos! I wish we had more than one prize to give. Thanks so much to all that entered!

But, as we said earlier, there were only 10,000 of these Premium Editions made, which means they're already pretty hard to come by.

Our winner was absolutely shameless in his dancing. He doesn't necessarily have 'moves,' but somehow he still nailed many of the orignal opening's dances. Levito, you are a superstar, and our winner. I hope the whole world sees your video. The Kanji section kills me every time.

Ah, but so many of these were so great. Sooooo great.

Shadowfox, you really can move! Atashi, so cute!!! SiriusK, thanks for busting out of club to make your vid. Crystalking18, I laughed really hard. SillyReaper, fantastic effort -- it was like a music video! TheBigSpoon: you are amazing. WKG, you say you can't dance, but you had those moves down. Dels Catt, the multi-can scene had me.

And Josh Paige, you know my weakness. Those spins made me squeal out loud!

Hit the jump to watch more of our entries.

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10:00 AM on 11.16.2012

How Xbox Live is blatantly better than PSN, animated

Thomas Truong, the man responsible for the excellent New Adventures of Podtoid, has been working on another project, and it's quite glorious. He's gone and taken a section of an old article I wrote, How Xbox Live is Blatantl...

Jim Sterling