My name is Beccy, I'm a student from the UK, and as you may have guessed, I love video games. No, this is not a skeet skeet introduction forum-style. This isn't about me, really. This is about the Destructoid community and how amazing you all are.
For all intents and purposes, this weekend should have been a nightmare. I've had very little sleep and about as much food. My accommodation plans with friends fell through, and I had to book an earlier (and stupidly expensive) ticket home to avoid the scheduled tube strikes. And in true British style, it was pissing it down for a good portion of the weekend.
I've actually had one of the best weekends I've had all year, and it's all thanks to the people I met from Dtoid UK.
I started lurking here in June and joined in August. I wasn't even planning on meeting up with the community because I hadn't interacted with anyone else going besides Tarvu before, and I didn't want to be the awkward newb gatecrashing the party. But after meeting Tarvu and some other Dtoiders in a developer session and my plans with friends also falling through for the evening, I was later traipsing through Chinatown in the pouring rain looking for the karaoke bar. (Read: I followed Hammertiem. If you've ever been to any Chinatown, you'll know this is like looking for a needle in haystack.)
I was treated to various renditions from every genre you could think of -- Pew's Britney Spears performance and Ash's YMCA dancing were particularly memorable -- and somewhere between Gay Bar and Never Gonna Give You Up, I knew that Destructoid was the community for me. I'm normally a fairly reserved person, but before I knew it, I was singing Outkast's "Hey Ya". Badly. (Thanks, TheToiletDuck.) And then I even sang The Killers of my own volition.
As I went to thank Hollie for the evening, I said that this wouldn't have happened anywhere else, and I truly believe that. I joined in August
(August!), and the people from Dtoid have been some of the most welcoming I've ever had the fortune to meet.
And the games? Yeah, they were good too.
Everyone I met this weekend, however briefly, was awesome, and my only regret is that I wasn't able to stay longer on the Sunday. Thanks for the welcome, Dtoid UK; I think I'm going to like it here.
Oh, and next year? I'm studying in France. I fully intend on still going to the expo. That's how much I enjoyed it.