You know every time these things happen it breaks my heart a bit. It feels like the community I’ve loved for over 7 years is being cut to pieces. Just about 3 departures in one fell swoop, it’s like taking a bullet.
Whoever’s doing recaps, I feel for you.
What can I say? You don’t simply forgotten and move on. Over the years I’ve seen the site change plenty, old voices have grown silent, new people have joined, and some of the old guard yet remains. Others have departed for better or worse. It’s always sad to say goodbye, and even if they are still reachable, you can’t always stop by and visit. Not like you used to anyway.
As far as the events that have transpired today I will say right now that they were avoidable. I don’t know all the information at hand but it looks like nobody bothered to communicate anything at all. That works on the PSN but not in a business or team if the word brings you more comfort rather than responsibility. That has been the trend for a long time now:
I haven’t seen much of an improvement to be honest. Our Shark has gone for different waters and our Corgi has done the same. Others have left without much notice and so suddenly as well. The front page does seem to lack interesting content, or perhaps it’s the homogenization of it all.
I may sound like an old fart but I remember when this was dtoid:
I was laughing so hard I thought I might suffocate if I didn’t stop. Where did it all go? The whimsy of the site seems to be relegated to the cblogs with a more sterile front page. I drop by the front page every now and again for news, but I find that I gloss over it more than I actually click, or even comment. This isn’t to say that the staff isn’t doing their job, I think they’re trying for the most part, but I’d be lying if I didn’t feel that we’ve been in a slump and it’s only continued.
I used to visit more so for the writers on the site. The content provided I felt was on par if not better than most sites. Maybe we didn’t have death battle or things like the nerd, but we had our moments and most of all a loving community. I found a home, a place where I could sit down and chill with reasonable people (most of you). As the years have gone by I’ve found myself sticking to the cblogs more and more. I’ve even started blogging more recently. I held a contest, did a short series for October and posted a few opinions and deals going on in the markets. If this community didn’t rock so much I wouldn’t have bothered trying at all. I may not be the best, far from it in fact, but I’ll always do what I can. I’ve also changed quite a bit since I’ve been here. I have been more open minded to other opinions and a bit more considerate. It’s a….
From my earlier days on this site.
Anyway, I’m getting a bit off track, but seriously I love you guys.
And it is because of that love that I’ve stayed on for so long and will continue to do so, until either the heart of the community leaves, or dtoid betrays everything it’s ever stood for. Shit happens and things change. This isn’t to excuse what I feel to be a very poor handling of things in general for the past few years.
To the Destructoid Staff:
Communication is key. Let your staff and the people who frequent know when shit goes down. You don’t need to be deep but posting a goodbye should be the norm. We shouldn’t have to dig into the forums or find that a person has left on such poor terms with the site.
Content also seems to be an issue. I signed up for huge day one but in truth I didn’t find any real value in it. Clearly it didn’t work and it needs to be thought over, or a switch to patreon. As far as content, it seems like people are craving the more unique end of things. The memory cards and off brand articles. These types of editorials made the site more unique. I couldn’t find this stuff anywhere else. Without it the site is just news, and maybe a few opinions here and there, for that alone someone can pick up a newspaper or visit any number of sites.
The change from “for gamers by gamers” to “video game news and community” sure says a lot to me. I felt like a good amount of heart was lost, as if it split into what it is now, news, and a community. Not a whole unit if you will. Some of you may not like the term gamer, and to that I say oh well, your loss. Being a gamer simply meant loving games and being invested on a level that isn’t just surface level interactions. It didn’t matter if you were a boy or a girl, good or bad, gay or straight. We were here to have fun and if you wanted in we were more than happy to oblige. We talked about games like some people discussed football or other things and nobody would bat an eye. a place where you could be accepted when others turned you away. I still believe that
Anyway thanks for reading. Not the best but I felt the need to post something. As always lots of love to you all and keep your heads up. Like all storms this too will pass, and though we may remember the damage it left behind, we can always rebuild for a better tomorrow. As for future plans, would you like to win a charizard amiibo? Well you might just have that chance later this week or the next. Take care and see you around dtoid.