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27 years old, male, caucasian, lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

I don't like talking myself up. It's not interesting. I look at people on Facebook or other websites and their avatars are of themselves pulling some stupid face, their user names are their full names like Jared_P_Elliot or what have you. For some reason, it always strikes me as pretentious, like when someone's website url is literally just their own name with a dotcom. But I suppose that's the world we inhabit today. How else are you going to stand out from the crowd and make a name for yourself?

The thing is, I don't believe we all have to strive for that, and it's clear that many of us don't. Therefore, it is always strange to me to witness celebrity in its various forms. Even on a small site like Destructoid, we have the usual commenters and mods, as well as the editors and reviewers we all know and love. To me, getting noticed or conversing with these members of Destructoid seems more exciting than the prospect of meeting an actor or actress in person. In fact, I've thought about how amazing it would be to attend a PAX or other game convention and get to meet DTOIDers like Jim Sterling, Dale North, and Max Scoville.

The reason why I respect those people is because I can tell they are honest, and have no delusions of grandeur, regardless of how much they play up that angle (Sterling, of course). The idea that you can meet and converse with people you consider "celebrities" on more than one occasion is something that is special and unique to an online community like this.

Just my roundabout way of saying that to appeal to the masses, you have to sell more than your unique individuality and quirky thoughts- you need to sell yourself almost as a product. But here, it's all about who you are as an individual, and what it is you think and feel.

And I think that is just fucking fantastic!

Also, I don't really have many friends or family to talk to about video games and game culture. I can feel pretty lonely and geeky, almost irresponsible, about it. It's not like the only things I do revolve around games, but they are a big part of my life. No one should be ashamed of that.

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