I have been here on Destructiod for years, discovered the site way back when Halo 3 came out and became a fan almost instantly thanks to Old Podtoid, Retroforce Go and everything that was going on back then. It has been a fun ride and I have cherished every second of it, I 'm grateful for my time here at Dtoid and its community. So when this month's blog topic rolled around it took me a little while to think about what to write on the matter. I could have written about the forming of 321Go, but I already did that. I could have talked about PAX 2010, but did that already too Then I thought of something I could write about, and it, along with so many more things that have happened because of Destructoid, is probably one of the coolest moments of my life.
I don't remember when exactly it was that I figured it out, but it was definitely during a post 321GoCast Skype call a few years ago. Analoge, Ryu89 and myself were just talking and hanging around as usual when the topic got us talking about the forums. We got talking about the badges,which ones we had and which ones we wished we did.
"I wish I had the Legendary Dtoider"
I said as we continued to talk about it and the mystery behind how people got to be considered Legendary in this community.The community that brought us together and was instrumental in forming the Goof Troop. Seconds later Analoge stopped me and said that I should check out my profile on the forums. What awaited me was nothing less than the Legendary Dtoider Badge. I was shocked to see the badge above my avatar among the other badges I have earned, and I couldn't believe it.
Imagine my surprise when I saw it. 4 years after joining Destructoid officially and becoming a part of the community, I had somehow earned the right to be someone that the forum mods consider legendary. It was, and still is, mind blowing to this day. I teared up a bit when I saw it, I still get a little choked up when I think about it.
When I sit back and think about my time here at Destructoid, I don't consider it legendary... I mean what could I have done to deserve this honor? I don't even frequent the forums enough to be synonymous with them. I can't begin to fathom what makes me legendary.
Knowing that I have that badge, however small it may be, however insignificant a badge on a forum may seem to other people, that badge means the world to me. It is a big part of my life, calling myself a Dtoider, counting my self among this big wonderful bunch of nerds, geeks, and gamers who share a passion for what they do, and they play. Dtoid is as much a part of my life as my family is and to be considered among its Legendary members, is a memory i will cherish for a long time.