“Be funny, don’t be not funny”
This was the advice from the KissingSuzyKolber guys when they were over at Deadspin and it’s basically been my commenting philosophy ever since. Deadspin was (and still to an extent) an unfiltered alternative to ESPN where the comments were often better than the story itself. Each new story was another chance to make everyone else laugh and it was glorious. Over time, the site got Gawkerized more and more with stars and “featured commenters” until I just gave up commenting altogether. I still go back from time to time and it’s nice to see some familiar usernames.
So how does that relate to Dtoid? By virtue of being part of the Gawker network, I assumed that Kotaku was going to be a Deadspin-esque place for video game news. Suffice to say, that assumption couldn’t have been more wrong. Reading those comments hurt my soul. I would still scan the semi-gaming related posts to see what was going on and only delve into the comments if I was ever feeling too good about life in general. Every now and then, some stories would make reference to Destructoid. I was semi-aware of the site at the time and my only real experience with them at that time was through the podcast during the dark Summa days. Everything changed when someone linked to the Eternity’s Child review.
I was no stranger to a game being eviscerated (“Just another ___ game”, the Gamespot Big Rigs review, etc.), but what happened in the aftermath of that review made me love this site. Take 15-20 minutes and review those comments. I immediately felt at home with the snark already in the comments, but what pushed things over the top was the subsequent breakdown of Luc Bernard. I began to lurk shortly thereafter and revisited the podcast seeing that Summa was long gone at that point. Once Linde coined Der Siegelpuntz, the rest was history.
Looking back at that review, there are a bunch of names of people who have moved on which is sad but then that’s the nature of any community – people come and people go. The same is true for the writers here. It warms my heart to see people like Anthony Burch or Nick Chester get big opportunities on the other side of the industry, but if you step back and look at the full Dtoid family tree you’ll see how big an impression this site has made. This happened with Deadspin as well. That community made the sports blogosphere what it is today.
So I’m going to stick around and make my jokes as long as I feel I am able to because that’s what this site and this community has allowed me to do for so long. You’ve done an amazing job Niero and I’ll continue to support you as much as I can.
(Side note: If you’re looking to something to do for another couple minutes/hours go read the amazing Moon Man thread)