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3:45 PM on 07.23.2012

Five years ago today I joined Destructoid and it changed my life.

I can honestly tell you that the boredom I suffered back then steered me into one of the greatest decisions I would ever make in my life and would put me in the position I’m currently in.

Five years ago to this very day I joined Destructoid. I didn’t know a single person, I didn’t even really know what the website was “about” other than sarcastic people discussing video games. I was working an incredibly boring job in Charlotte, NC, I had a LOT of free time during work, and I had seen the site through Digg.com (lol, remember that? Of course not, no one does.) and Dtoid’s overall attitude towards video games was spot-on. That attitude of course being: vidja games is cereal bizness.

I hopped into the community blogs and found this culture of gamers who were just like…me! People who loved video games, appreciated the history, and were able to express viewpoints and opinions in a funny, entertaining way. It was like that old tale of the lonely minotaur who one day discovered other minotaurs like him playing in a meadow. So I wrote my first blog post, it was about how big budgets could kill the Guitar Hero franchise (Hey, five years later…called it!). I had people comment on it and engage in conversation about what I had written! I had actually found a place where I could talk video games with people that I was on the same level with!

I noticed one guy who I thought wrote funny stuff that went by the name -D- on the site. So, what do I do? What anyone would do. I creepy stalkerly sent him a private message saying, “Hey man, you seem cool, here’s my IM name, chat me maybe?” And what did -D- do in response? He wrote me back!

We ended up talking a lot over the next few weeks, which would become the next few months, and what used to be boredom at work was now filled with me writing blogs on Destructoid with people that I had become good friends with. OVER THE INTERNET. Kryptinite, Hoygeit, Snaileb, Tazar, bhive01, BahamutZero, BronxBomber, itemforty, CharlieSuh, BigPopaGamer, PheonixBlood, Coonskin, electro lemon, Cowzilla, DVDDesign, DJ Duffy, HarassmentPanda, RockVillian, BlindsideDork, P0werGlove - these were their names to me. It’s hard to tell your friends in the real world that a guy named Snaileb and you had a funny conversation that day about Dynasty Warriors.

Anyone that knows anything about the Internet knows that all relationships are eventually escalated to the point where you have to actually “meet.” Face to face. Man on man. Physical. Human. Interaction. In 2008 an opportunity would arise for such a thing: PAX ’08. To this day, that was one of the most fun times of my entire life: running around Seattle for four days with friends I had made over the last year doing nothing but playing video games and drinking. Ah, would that this hoodie were a time hoodie.



But let’s not get lost in the point of this story. The point of this story is people with a passion for video games were connecting. Which brings me to the other person who is responsible for where I am today: Ron Workman. That sentence is probably going to haunt me.

If you don’t know Ron, he was the Destructoid Community Manager at the time. Ron has the amazing ability of doing something I don’t even know that I can describe adequately. He loves people, and for whatever reason, Ron took the time to reach out to me. I remember getting a phone call from him one day. I had been on the site like five months and here he was, out of the blue, calling me and talking to me about…nothing, really. I think the call lasted half an hour and it was just 30 minutes with someone who, to me at that time, was a celebrity, and we were talking like I had been a friend of his for ages.

In the fall of 2009, me and Ron flew to Los Angeles, CA to stay with -D-, who had just moved there from Upstate NY, for some little game convention called E4All (sp?). Also, Ron was being interviewed by a production company called g-NET for a special they were doing on SyFy for Gears of War 2. I had never been to LA before and there I was with two guys I had met over a video game website driving down the 101 about to head to a shoot for a Gears of War TV special. It just seemed too cool for a guy who grew up in North Carolina to be doing all this stuff.



Like I said, that’s what this story is all about though: connecting with people who have the same passions as you and doing cool shit with them.

Fast-forward to now, I actually live in Los Angeles and am a Producer for g-NET. I make trailers like this and this. I’m roommates with -D- (Dennis). It’s still surreal.

I even get to go to E3 every year! In fact, this year I ran into Jim Sterling and said, “Jim! It’s me.” He looked at me for a second. “Butmac!” I said. “Butmac!” he laughed as he gave me a tremendous bear hug.

I feel like I write this as a graduated member of the class of Destructoid 20XX. Work hard at what you’re passionate about, surround yourself with people that you enjoy, and don’t stop playing video games.

Thank you, Destructoid.

-Butmac   read


1:40 PM on 05.31.2009

Live with Butmac makes it's return



So, apparently it's been over a year since I first did "Live with Butmac."

So I say to myself, "self, since I'm in LA for E3, why don't I start up Live with Butmac again and broadcast a show each night with -D- recapping the days activities and all the shit we played?" I'm pumped about this. I may even have surprise guests on to banter with and make fun of! CAN YOU IMAGINE!?!?!!?!?!

I'm going to broadcast the show on Ustream, so if you aren't signed up on there yet go for it and follow the show and keep checking back to see what time's we will be going live. Unfortunately, since we're on the west coast the broadcasts may be late into the night, but you can watch the recorded episodes from the shows page SO BONUS PRIZES.

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LIVE WITH BUTMAC!! ahhhhhhhhhh SCHMIGGAS!!!!   read


4:57 PM on 05.07.2009

New Butmac Video! Leaf Trombone!

Here's my latest video of me and my two best friends playing Leaf Trombone on the iPhone. Hope you like!

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12:43 PM on 03.25.2009

Destructoid Community Alumni star in "Theories of a Gay Vegas"

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What up

Here is my new video starring Kryptinite, -D-, CharlieSuh, and Butmac. It's short.

Hope you somewhat enjoy!   read


9:24 PM on 03.24.2009

Ultimate Spider-Man 2??

Look at this interesting article about how Ultimate Spider-Man 2 may or may not have been cancelled of even made.

If anyone played the first game then you would know that it was pretty sweet and a good follow-up to Spider-Man 2. But anyway, this probably happens a lot with video games, but you guys know how I loves my comic book games.

OH HOW I LOVE THEM   read


10:56 PM on 03.16.2009

Video:Happy Birthday Niero and Destructoid (From last year!! ROLfLL!)

Destructoid sure has grown a lot over the past year. My face hasn't been around as much but I wanted to share one of my favorite videos that I made last year for this occasion. Hopefully it will bring a smile to at least one face.

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Love,
Butmac (the original Dtoid video master of celebratories)   read


5:00 PM on 02.25.2009

Break that release date Wednesday!! Killzone 2!




Quick note - the Target next to where I live released Killzone 2 today two days early, so if any of you are chompin' to get it - check Targets and other places because it's weird to release a game on a Friday and obviously some stores just throw it out there with the rest of the stuff.

Godspeed!!   read


6:53 PM on 02.23.2009

New Video: Boosting (1 Problem)

What up suckas?!

I thought I'd share with you all my newest video where I try out an energy drink marketed towards athletes and see it's effects on me, a gamer. I'll be honest the video has little to actually do with that.

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8:01 PM on 01.10.2009

We're f*cking pornstars and playing RE5 in Vegas



If you go to Las Vegas be sure to grab as many cards as you can from www.VegasLoveCards.com (coming soon, I kid you not we bought the domain name).

Also, If you want to see the height of badassery, play Resident Evil 5 projected on the side of a fucking hotel.

Yeah, Summa says thats shit is baller. We (the Dtoid Community entirely) really want him back. And his fiancee Nikole




From left to right -D-'z Nutz, Drunkmac   read


4:36 PM on 01.06.2009

NVGR Debate to the Death!!!!

Sorry Fronz, I'm hijacking your shit for a second.

OK SO - I'm talking with -D- and he said he liked the movie "The Replacements" which in and of itself is terrible. But when I told him I had to go see "The Replacements" when it came out OVER "The Original Kings of Comedy" he disowned me for liking what he thinks is an equally shitty movie.


THERE WAS A FIRE FIGHT!!!!!! WHICH MOVIE IS BETTER?!?!




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12:28 AM on 01.04.2009

I hugged Kyttie...

and my cat died...

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9:49 PM on 12.24.2008

How awful is Brian Crecente you ask? This awful...

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Don't get me wrong, I'm in a cheery mood right now. The Christmas Spirit has bit me on the face. But I just was looking at Kotaku and saw...this.

Here's my promise to each one of you reading this. I will do something with my life to put myself into a position where I can have this much exposure and NOT suck. It literally pains me to see this and think "I could have made that funny."

Merry Chridmess!   read


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