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Hi, I started Destructoid. Ever heard of it?



Destructoid used to be my tiny personal blog on the web, and now it's grown into this crazy monstrosity of a gaming community. Needless to say, I'm proud of what we've done and optimistic we can do a whole lot more. I've been at this with all my heart since 2006. I really love what I do, and hope you enjoy our writers' work.



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You can learn about the history of Destructoid on Wikipedia, there's a pretty nice article about some of the things we've done in both editorial and charity work.

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As for me, I'm pretty busy working on the future version of our site most of the time, so unfortunately I don't get to write as much as I would enjoy doing. I do go outside sometimes. The best thing I've ever done is volunteer. I didn't mean to dress like Luigi, it just kinda happened.



My primary job now as publisher is to keep the editorial team happy and build new features for you guys, our readers. I'm also one of the site's front-end programmers, so I'm always doing stuff behind the scenes. It's a lot of fun for me to switch jobs around the company and do a little bit of everything. I draw inspiration from a few places you may have heard of:



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A little overdue housekeeping! We're changing the way Dtoid's avatar system works tonight by importing a copy of your avatar to our server, resizing 2 different sizes of it (a big one and a small one) to increase site speed (so we're not pinging 25 different web hosts when we show your blogs). We're saving a larger icons (animated GIF is ok) which will eventually appear on your sidebar and a tiny static JPG 32px one that will appear on the sidebar of the home page. We currently squish raw icons right now which is a problem -- when some guy decides to hotlink a hot girl with big tits jumping around as their avatar (thank you!) that's an extra 500-2000k you're downloading even if it looks like a small graphic (no thank you!). So this will fix that and make the site load faster. In the coming days all the weird image toolbars will be translated to real CSS and will display their proper state as well. Lots of little 5 minute fixes add up; just wanted to let you know we're picking them off one by one as best we can! If there are any problems with your avatars by tomorrow please let me know. Sanks!
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