I came to Destructoid looking for community and I found it. That was the main draw for me way back in 2011 and since then I’ve met boat loads of awesome people. From the forums, to Friday Night Fights and even my rare incursions in the Cblogs and Front Page areas, every corner of Destructoid has awesome people. They’re what make the site and keeps me, and I assume others, coming back.
It is impossible to name everyone in this list. So many people are a treasure to the community and I enjoy interacting with them even if it is a seldom occasion. I wish this was a list of more than nine because I could fill it up. If you aren't on here, just know I still love you guys...in a manly Texan way. So in no particular order, here are my Destructoid Nine that make the community for me.
I actually stumbled upon Friday Night Fights by accident. I was just working my way through the forums after just joining Destructoid and found it and I was amazed that the community constantly organized a gaming night every week. I mainly played Battlefield 3 by myself so I jumped on a FNF for Battlefield hosted by Chillybilly. After weeks and months of playing with this stranger on the internet, Bill and I got to know each other pretty well. Bill has become much more than an internet weirdo, in the words of my wife, and has become a friend. He truly puts others before himself and goes out of his way to include everyone.
Later on he brought me deeper into the community by recruiting me to help run the Xbox blog for Friday Night Fights, since he was promoted to Playdate Manager. So he was my boss. What a dick.
I don't have a lot of friends that I socialize with outside of work, mainly because I don't like to be around cops outside of work, but Bill has been a great friend to me over these past few years. Now if he would only move back to Florida...
Pana was another Dtoider that was part of the Battlefield 3 crew. Like so many on Destructoid, he was also a father so it was nice to be able to relate to people in similar situations compared to mine. One year Pana volunteered to adopt my avatar when he went to PAX Prime. He spent much of the convention with an 8 ½ x 11 sized picture of my avatar around his neck, taking pictures with other Dtoiders and the gaming frenzy that is PAX.
The following year I wasn’t even looking to have my avatar adopted. I figured it was someone else’s turn to enjoy everything I got to the prior year. Pana got hold of me and volunteered himself to do it again. For the second year in a row I got to enjoy my avatar mingling with some Dtoiders at PAX.
I’ll probably never make it to PAX, or any other gaming convention for that matter, so Pana taking the time to do this really made it special and showed me again why Destructoid is an awesome site.
Mr. Andy Dixon
I’ve actually had very few interactions with Andy during my time at Destructoid but I’ve seen how far his reach extends. He leads a double life of being a family man and an awesome community manager. Andy (Randy now?) goes out of his way to make sure everyone in the community is happy and that Destructoid is the best site on the internet. Seeing the tireless and often thankless work that he puts into the site makes me really appreciate him even more because a lesser person would’ve probably quit by now, leaving the community in shambles.
So Randy Andy, thank you for your work. You’re an awesome guy and put up with a lot. I don’t think Destructoid would be what it is today without you…except less boner jokes.
Errday is a very polarizing Dtoider. He’s very opinionated and very passionate about those opinions, which sometimes gets him into those famous internet arguments. To me, Legend wanted the best for Destructoid and the community members. He spearheaded The Dtoid Florida/Southeast NARP that I attended in Orlando almost a year ago and got to meet a lot of awesome Dtoiders. He also restarted the community Cblogs last fall in an effort to highlight the community and they were pretty popular at the time.
Legend may be gone for now but he’ll be back. Every community needs someone as passionate as he is.
Out of the blue I was sent a PM in the forums and asked to co-host a community podcast about Playstation. It was from someone newer in the community and I agreed to do it. I thought it would be fun. So 19 episodes in, PStoid is a thing and is only made stronger by the dedication and work that Nanners puts into it. I don’t know what the download numbers are but I know there are a lot of community members that listen to it and enjoy it. I may not be the most timely member of the group and may not be on every episode due to life getting in the way but Nanashi shows the patience of a saint and gives me great leeway.
Due to being invited on the podcast, I’ve gotten to know a few other members of the community that I only associated with in passing.
Opium is fairly new to Destructoid and, like a blitzkrieg, he’s taken over. Although a newer addition to the community, he’s already been made an admin in the forums and is trying his best to reinvigorate the community. He’s shown great leadership and makes me wish I could dedicate the time that he does to make the site better.
He’s also the only German I’ve ever known. So that’s cool. I like sausages and pretzels. Plus, as a thank you I wanted to infect him with some American culture. I sent him our greatest national treasure: a box of Twinkies and a licensed Xbox game from a fast food chain.
The Scholarly Gamer
Another new guy on the list. The Scholarly Gamer has been one of the primary hosts for Xbox side of the Friday Night Fight blog. I don't know how many people actually join him but he keeps coming back and hosting more games. That's tenacity.
I just recently found out that he started a thing called Band of Bloggers which, after reading about it, sounds incredibly awesome and I would love to take part in at some point in time. It's just another great example of community members trying to get together to do what they love doing: Playing games.
Another one from the Battlefield 3 days, Kyle has been playing since I joined Destructoid. I can always count on him for a nice chat while playing games and interesting stories from his job. When we both have time, we still play Battlefield 4 and he is probably one of my favorite people to play with. He's just really down to earth and an all around nice guy.
Plus I wanted a chance to post a Kylie B picture from that South Park episode.
What will his name be next? I don't know. I don't think anyone knows. I think Lion's job is just wasting time on the forums. I swear he's always there. And in his quest to become the ultimate fourm badge whore, he's become a well respected and enjoyed community member. He's always a joy to talk to and, at least that I've seen, rarely negative.
Whether or not he actually does, he always seems like he gives a genuine interest in other people's stories, issues or personal life and always seems to interact with them at a higher level than most.