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Hi, I started Destructoid. Ever heard of it?



Destructoid used to be my tiny personal blog on the web, and now it's grown into this crazy monstrosity of a gaming community. Needless to say, I'm proud of what we've done and optimistic we can do a whole lot more. I've been at this with all my heart since 2006. I really love what I do, and hope you enjoy our writers' work.



Left to right: Me, Jim, Rey, Dale, Conrad.

You can learn about the history of Destructoid on Wikipedia, there's a pretty nice article about some of the things we've done in both editorial and charity work.

http://www.wikipedia.com/wiki/destructoid

As for me, I'm pretty busy working on the future version of our site most of the time, so unfortunately I don't get to write as much as I would enjoy doing. I do go outside sometimes. The best thing I've ever done is volunteer. I didn't mean to dress like Luigi, it just kinda happened.



My primary job now as publisher is to keep the editorial team happy and build new features for you guys, our readers. I'm also one of the site's front-end programmers, so I'm always doing stuff behind the scenes. It's a lot of fun for me to switch jobs around the company and do a little bit of everything. I draw inspiration from a few places you may have heard of:



Thanks for checking out my blog today! I realize you have many kitten web sites to visit today, so I appreciate you strolling through my site and supporting what we do.

Help us make the site even better by voting on ideas at http://destructoid.uservoice.com and submitting your own!

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1:25 AM on 11.16.2014

Remember Jim Sterling? Of course you do. Go support his new site

Former Destructoid reviews editor Jim Sterling has gone indie, and he needs your help. The dude has worked for over 8 years doing video games reviews here and on sites like Escapist, and now he's trying to build his own site...

Papa Niero

2:45 PM on 11.14.2014

Code Giveaway: Grab an energy boost in Terra Battle

Here's a quick word from our sponsor, Terra Battle, a free-to-play role playing game designed by Final Fantasy's creator, now available on your Android and iOS devices.  The game is on its way to 1.2 million do...

Papa Niero

8:09 PM on 11.05.2014

Save Ryu from looking generic in Street Fighter IV: A fanboy's top 10 wishes

Editor's note: In an internal staff email us old-timers were just laughing about the absurdity of this super fanboy article I wrote back in 2007 voicing my disgust with the redesigned Street Fighter. I've since grown accustom...

Papa Niero


10:35 AM on 10.23.2014

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

As some of you may have heard by now, Dale North (our editor in chief from 2010-2014) will be moving on to sunnier, though less 'toidy skies. You can read that announcement here. It's no secret that Dale and I have definitel...

Papa Niero

4:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Gallery: The sexiest booth babes of Tokyo Game Show

The moment all you college dudes have been waiting for is here! So make sure your boss isn't looking and get ready to steamboat the weasel, because I need the pageviews and my gallery is the tits!

Papa Niero

7:45 PM on 06.16.2014

Mr. Destructoid at E3: You've come a long way, bot

Hey new guy, did you know that Destructoid was founded just to get me into E3? No, seriously.

Papa Niero

8:09 PM on 03.28.2014

Fullscreen acquires ScrewAttack

For those of you that follow gaming websites and personalities as closely as you do the games here's a wild one: our friends over at ScrewAttack were acquired today by Fullscreen.  Craig Skistimas and his lovely haired ...

Papa Niero

8:30 PM on 03.22.2014

This is Destructoid's ROBOT party

Destructoid loves to put on parties for our community, and our new event concept "ROBOT" was our biggest production ever! While we're working on the video from the party here's a gallery of the amazing people that rolled through. 

Papa Niero

7:40 PM on 03.06.2014

R O B O T

Details to come. RSVP

Papa Niero

8:15 AM on 11.07.2013

Contest: Your first Xbox One or PS4 game is on us

[Update: Contest over! Winners are ShiroYasha, KilpiBan, JONtoidColor, and Mr Grrrr!] The PS4 and Xbox One are around the corner. You're gonna need games. We're happy to buy your first. Here's our first contest to win your w...

Papa Niero

7:15 PM on 10.29.2013

Exclusive: A day in the life of Slender Man

Slender Man is a busy guy. Walking around forests, standing, moving his head crazy like, standing, looking all crazy up in those woods. We spent some off-hours time with him during the day to find out what he does to blow of...

Papa Niero

6:30 PM on 10.29.2013

No Trick, All Treat at GOG.com, 75% off, 1 game free*

Want some cheap Halloween-flavored games? How about a free one? Our friends at GOG.com are having a 48 hour sale this week with titles marked down to as little as $1.79. The games include Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Amn...

Papa Niero

6:00 PM on 10.24.2013

Exclusive! Zombie Studios announces Phantom Army

Update: We have an interview! Like '80s comic books?  You're gonna dig this -- Destructoid just received an exclusive look at Zombie Studios' next game: Phantom Army, a free-to-play third-person cover-based shooter with ...

Papa Niero

7:40 PM on 10.17.2013

HUGE: Download a full copy of NightSky right now

Have you played NightSky yet? We've got Steam codes for all of our members right now, courtesy of our friends at Nicalis. Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes gave it an 8/10, calling NightSky a "physics-focused puzzle platfor...

Papa Niero

6:00 PM on 09.27.2013

HUGE Members: Claim your full game from IndieGameStand

If you love meticulously-crafted, quality indie games as much as we do, this is for you. For the past year, IndieGameStand (IGS) has been helping indie game developers promote and sell their games with four-day pay-what-...

Papa Niero