I would like to thank you Niero, not only for this website that keeps me company on any given lonely weekday, but also for your kindness.
I joined the website back when you got started because you were just like me. You were giving away a Zelda game, because you never won anything from Nintendo Power...And I was in the same boat. What started as a chance to win a prize, turned into my favorite, most visited website ever. Not a day goes by where i don't check Dtoid. While I didn't win the game, I won something far greater. A friend, or over a million of them. However you want to look at it.
My best friend Dewy's (Nexium) birthday was fast approaching, and i had nothing to give him. He was the one who introduced me to the website with the bait of a free game, and i knew he would love nothing more than to be wished a happy birthday by Niero himself. You then treated him to the very first, and very best front page birthday wish ever.
All day at school the next day he was telling absolutely everyone. I'm sure the website gained at least a couple visitors that day.
At San Diego Comic-con, I met up with you, Colette, and a few others. It felt like i already knew you for the longest time, even though it was the first time we ever met in person.
You let me wear the helmet and then asked if I wanted to come to lunch with all of you. As I finished up my last bite of an all you can eat Indian buffet, I pulled out my 20$. Even though I couldn't really afford it, it was totally worth it, hanging out with everyone and walking in Downtown San Diego with a robot body guard.
But then you did something, you paid for all of us...The absolute nicest thing a complete stranger has ever done for me. And i appreciate it, more than you know. While my experience was no PAX, spending time with you is something I will never forget.
Saturday night approached, and you were all getting ready to leave the convention when my friend Phil came up to me in disappointment. He lost his badge and wouldn't be able to attend on Sunday. You, having never met him, somehow knew he was my friend, and knew exactly what was wrong. You came up to him in your shiny, silver helmet and said "Here...Were leaving, you can have my badge". You made a daily reader out of Phil that instant. He still has your badge, and he frequents Dtoid now. I always told Phil about Dtoid, but he never really understood what was so great about it. "Just another video game website", he would always say. But he learned that it was more than that here in these green, red, and black Internet walls. More than just another 1up or IGN clone. Sure, it has all the same news about video games, but It's still more.