"Nihil" is the pseudonym I use for writing / gaming on the internet. I came across Destructoid by searching for information on Way of the Samurai 3. Tubatic had the most comprehensive coverage on it I'd seen anywhere.
For that, and for leading me to this community that has changed the course of my life, I thank him.
I started gaming in kindergarten, when the most advanced piece of hardware I could get my hands on was a black plastic handle and an orange button attached to a brick. I used it to blow up little squares on a black and white television screen. A couple years later, I was molested by the girl next door after beating her copy of The Legend of Zelda. I have mixed feelings about the experience.
Unfortunately, over the years, my ability to maintain a passion for games has waned (as in being able to play through them start-to-finish). This is due to various reasons and issues that would be too emo to get into at this juncture. But even though my passion has waned, my interest in them has not, thanks in great deal to the extraordinary friends I've made during my stay here.
How this isn't already a thing, I'm not entirely sure. I could go on and blame the electronic video games that have ruined young minds with their instant gratification head-shots, grinding for level ups, 3D cinematics, and pretty colors. But I'm not going to, because you either already know what I'm getting at or don't care. As a matter of fact, even I don't care about that. Play what makes you happy. But don't tell me we don't have gamers that like to keep it old-school. Like, real old-school. So old that I don't have any business acting like I know what I'm talking about here.
Real talk; I don't.
Chess has been called the "thinking man's game". A game for men that value intellectual tenacity and have nothing better to do with their time. When you visualize two people playing chess, they're often geezers sitting in a park in the middle of the afternoon. Wasting away from leprosy and necrosis before your eyes.
not the most enticing image
If you're vaguely familiar with what chess looks like on the opposite end of the spectrum, with young men wearing button-up shirts tucked into corduroy pants, it might seem like... Well, to put it in fightan terms, it's a bit like watching a pro MvC 2 or 3 match - You can't really tell what's going on, but if you could, you might feel a lot cooler than you do. And you would, if you were that good at it, too.
But you don't have time for that shit.
In the middle lies a nice, comfy spot for the rest of us, who kinda know how to play and play to win, but don't really care if we lose. We learn tricks and strategies that crumble under someone who actually knows what they're doing. And occasionally, that someone is us. I aim to bring that sweet spot here in the form of DESTRUCTOID CHESS CLUB. Mainly, because nobody else is doing it.
SHAME on you for making me do this.
At any rate, if you're too afraid to make the dark trek into the forums, here is the current club member list:
Member - website and/or mobile app (id) Nihil - Chess.com (dcnihil)
Gatsby - Chess Time (Gats)
OpiumHerz - Chess.com
Phil - Chess.com/Chess Time (MikeMcPhil)
CornflakeJustice - Chess.com/Chess Time
Obstratis - Chess.com/Chess Time
nmcmahan52 - Chess.com/Chess Time
AboveUp - Chess.com
smurfee_mcgee - Chess.com
pk fire - Chess.com/Chess Time (pk_fire12/pk_fire)
VagrantHige - Chess.com/Chess Time
Last Scion of the House of Blue Lions - Chess.com (True_Blue_Lion)
ZombiePlatypus - Chess Time
EAPidgeon - Chess.com
Go sign up somewhere (preferably chess.com), then come back here to post your id, and I'll add you to the list!
The first official tournament is on the horizon, and matches will be held by players on Chess.com, where the games are turn-based with a 3-day average time limit. So even if you live in the future, you don't have an excuse. Wins/losses/trash-talk will be posted in a dedicated tournament thread and maybe, maybe, I'll do a wrap up/results blog.
As our dearly beloved Community Director and Master of Bonermonies has mentioned, this was a byproduct of brainstorming to get people back into creating and joining tournaments, no matter the genre of game. But more importantly, it's the fastest way for me to score the Bison Badge. If I can't have Beedog, then Bison will suffice.
we hardly knew ye...
But being that there's been legit interest and games already being played between members because of it, I decree that it is now, a thing. Bitches.