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.
Left to right: Me, Jim, Rey, Dale, Conrad.
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.
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:
Thanks for checking out my blog today! I realize you have many kitten web sites to visit today, so I appreciate you strolling through my site and supporting what we do.
As you probably noticed we experienced some unexpected downtime this afternoon from 7pm-8pm CST due to three reasons that, when combined, caused a meltdown: (a) someone filed a copyright violation against a cblogger (see below) for copy/pasting the entirety of their content and (b) our hosting company is migrating to a new software that isn't sending out email notices for trouble tickets and (c) didn't have my new address, so I found out that they were trying to reach me after our load balancing hardware was unplugged. Super!
It took us an hour to pull the blog post, contact their lawyer, point our site to a backup, get the legal stuff worked out, have them plug the server back in, switch our stuff back, yadda yadda. Moral of the story: please be very careful about attribution. Its fine to copy/paste a fraction of someone's content but taking entire stories off of another site is frowned upon. What a mission. At least we're back up and Colette ordered chicken wings. (sigh)
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing to you to avail myself of my rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in 512(c) of the U.S. Copyright Law. I wish to report what I feel in good faith is an instance of Copyright Infringement. The infringing material appears on the service for which you are the designated agent.
The DMCA clearly speficies on Section 202(c) that a service provider will also become liable unless upon notification of claimed infringement as described in paragraph (3), responds expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity.
1. The material which I contend belongs to me, and appears illegally on the Service is the following:
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2. The original material appears on my website at this address: