Legitimately beat Mike Tyson and went through Another World Circuit undefeated.
Beat the original Contra without dying. Twice.
Can land the damn plane in Top Gun and can also refuel in midair.
Can't beat Ghost & Goblins without the level select code and has never lied about it.
Thinks Friday the 13th is a great game even if the physics, controls and weapons are garbage.
Mario Paint caused him to buy a Super Nintendo and largely leave his Sega Genesis behind. He has played it more than most video games and wore down the mouse pad so that the grid only shows around the corners.
Has beaten Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers on the SNES on the hardest difficulty without losing a single round. Multiple times.
Is still friends with the girl who worked at a local game store and sold him Street Fighter II nearly 17 years ago.
Beat Final Fantasy 2 in a weekend when he was a kid, yet can't get through a role-playing game these days if his life depended on it.
Has never beaten Final Fantasy VII.
Prefers pads to sticks.
Likes the N64 controller.
Prefers the Duke to the S-controller.
Doesn't think that Super Mario 64 is all that great.
Got an Xbox mostly for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. And thinks it's a damn good game. Really.
Swore he would never buy a Game Boy Advanced SP, but immediately broke down once the NES edition came out. (And regarding the NES Classics series, true in-store dialogue: "Dude, are you serious?! They seriously expect people to pay 20 dollars a piece for games they can just downlo...Ooh! Zelda!")
Really liked the first Halo. (Well, there goes my dtoid cred.)
Can rock out Dynamite Rave in Dance Dance Revolution like it's nobody's business.
Played the hell out of Animal Crossing: Wild World and hid that fact from nobody.
Stomped Brad Nicholson at Street Fighter IV, but had to resort to the cheapest of tactics in order to do so. ;)
Thinks you're really, really, really smart. And pretty.
Top ten favorite games (in no particular order):
The Legend of Zelda (NES)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)
Phantom 2040 (SNES)
Street Fighter II (any version)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2)
Final Fantasy 3/6 (SNES)
Sin and Punishment (N64)
I love drawing, though I realize that I'm not very good. I figured early on that drawing my own header art would help my blogs stand out. Thanks to Destructoid, and to the scanner that Carollelogram got me for my birthday last year, I feel like I've developed a unique style that's distinctly my own.
Outside of games I've got a DVD collection that is exploding out of a 5'x6' shelf (over 400 titles). So suffice it to say that I love movies. I'm a huge horror fan and I host an annual Dusk Till Dawn Horror Movie Marathon nearly every October. My top ten favorite films in order are as follows:
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cativo, 1966)
2. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
3. Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai, 1954)
4. The City of Lost Children (La Citι des enfants perdus, 1995)
5. The Apartment (1960)
6. Strings (2004)
7. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
10. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Music-wise, my top 3 bands are The Pixies, The Velvet Underground and Radiohead. I listen to damn near every genre of music (except modern country. I yearn for the days of Hank Williams, Sr. and Tammy Wynette). Hit random on my mp3 player and you'll get everything from darkwave to hip hop to 80's synthpop. I karaoke pretty regularly. I can't sing, but I surround myself with people who can. Still, you've not experienced all there is in life until you've seen me proper butcher True by Spandau Ballet.
Then, as for the literary interests, my love lies with pulp detective novels of the thirties and forties. Raymond Chandler is simply the greatest ever. And Dashiell Hammett is just fantastic. Lately, I've been reading through Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles at Carollelogram's recommendation. Two books in and I have to say they're astonishing.
If you do the Twitter thing, Haxan1 is my handle should you want to follow me.
Feel free to friend me to your console of choice should you ever want to play a game of Street Fighter. Just be sure to let me know that you're from Destructoid and you'll get the royal treatment.
It's quite possible that you do. In fact, I'm about 99% sure of it. But 99 is not 100. So, I'm going to tell you just to be sure. Niero, it is about time that I give you a piece of my mind.
Around this time three years back (right around the time that the big three were readying their new consoles for launch), I was the type of person who would jump around constantly to get my online video game fixes. I'd start on a site like 1up, follow link after link and end up at sites all over the place. A story would be credited to a source, so I'd backtrack and see the origins. Afterward, I'd stick around and saw what that site had to offer. I loved quirky stories about gaming culture. Shout-outs to my gaming origins. Cynical views on a chaotic industry. There were a few that gave me more of that than any other. Eventually I started visiting only those sites directly. Solely as a reader. Not a participant.
Over the next year, that list narrowed to a single site. Destructoid. I read the discussions, but never participated. I mean, who would be interested in what I had to say? But, one day I just had to get my two cents in on a debate. I created an account, grabbed me an avatar and, hesitantly, dove in. I never figured that I would ever come across anything interesting enough to share with the internet as a whole. But one day, I found something worth blogging about. I ran it over in my mind for a couple of days, and on November of 2007, I wrote my first c-blog. I couldn't tell you how happy it made me to survive it flame-free.
This is already much longer than it needs to be (see, I like to ramble). So I'll get to the point. In the past year and a half, I have been given an outlet. An outlet to express myself creatively. A place to draw and to write. See, these were things that I always enjoyed doing. But I never got around to it, because I had no motivation. But, on Destructoid, I was motivated to draw (and improve overtime and even develop a distinctive style), to write, to really expre3ss myself creatively.
And then there's the cool people that I have met. The people that I would call friends. The people that I game with. The people that I will occasionally stay up until dawn drinking and talking with. Amazingly cool people. I've always had a tight-knit group of friends IRL. I never figured that I would really need internet friends. But I have them now, and I feel like my life is enriched as a result.
This is a common story. Hundreds of people have variations on it.
And that, sir, is my point. You thought it would be neat to throw together a website. And three years later, you have effected the lives of so many people. I just need to be sure that you are fully aware of this. There are thousands of friendships that exist today that would never have happened were it not for what you have done.
You have quite literally changed the lives of so many people.
But you brought these people together. And beyond that, you gave them an outlet to share the thing that they love most with each other. And made a favorite pastime that much richer. I'm sure that I'm not the only person who now spends more time on Destructoid than even playing video games. And wasn't playing video games the original point?
So much more than just friendships have resulted from the creation of Destructoid. And a friend will change a life. But that's just the start of what has happened through you.
I've seen people who've felt alone, like outcasts, find comfort with friends. And in so doing, finding their voice. Their self-confidence.
People are now gainfully employed and doing what they love. I've seen people turn hobbies into careers. And this is on so many different occasions. Hell, a man left his native land to come to the United States of America. He has become a family man. And your creation gave him the ability to do it.
People who blended in just like anybody else three years ago are now being recognized by strangers in the streets. Terms created by these people are becoming part of popular culture.
These are all things that wouldn't have come about were it not for what you started.
I've seen romantic relationships begin and blossom between people who would have never met were it not for this site. I'm sure you didn't need me to tell you that, though.
I believe that a person's worth can be measured by what they have set in motion. And you have created a veritable avalanche that has touched the lives of thousands.
I am just but one of those people. And I am very happy to wish you a Happy Birthday, Niero. I hope I can thank you in person when you're visiting Michigan.
And Happy Birthday to Destructoid. And I mean not only to the site, but to all of you who have eavesdropped on this little correspondence. You're all part of what makes this site what it is. I'm so happy to be a part of it with you all.