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SteezyXL avatar 10:20 AM on 04.15.2011  (server time)
We Are Destructoid: You Are My Family

[Hey gang! Last week, I challenged some community members to tell us why Destructoid's community is so important to them. Don't let them be the only ones! Tell us how you feel in your own blog. -- Kauza]

When I think of the word community, the first thing that pops into my head is Destructoid. Ever since day one, all I had ever wanted was to be a part of this amazing community. Having lurked around the website for years, there had always been one thing that stood out among this site, more than any other gaming website I frequented: there were actual people behind the words being typed into news stories, blogs, and forum posts.

I spent some time lurking around the forums when I first started visiting Destructoid and it was a very common thing to come across pictures of fellow Dtoiders and editors enjoying the company of one another and reminiscing on their latest adventure. I wanted that.

These people were close to each other. It was as if they had been lifelong friends, but most had never met each other in real life. Even though I never personally knew the guy, I remember when The GHost used to be around and he used to make these awesome cards for various Dtoiders upon request.

Now this man didnít have to do that. He wanted to do it. He loved the people of this community and as you can tell from his blogs, this community loved him back. Thatís something I wanted.

Ever since my first blog post, I was greeted with open arms by the whole lot of you, and I thank you.

I know that this is constantly repeated, but I would have never imagined making such amazing friends over the internet had it not been for 360 FNF.

I remember when it started back up in the middle of 2010. I told myself that if I wanted to become a part of this community, Iíd have to get out of my comfort zone and play with these random strangers. And was I glad I did.

Not to sound like Iím a loser with no friends, but Iíve never really had friends that were as passionate about video games as I was. Itís a good feeling to know that I these guys and gals in my life now.

Friday nights have become a bigger highlight of my week now and many fun times are to be had. Normally my Friday nights would have consisted of me playing video games alone, but now I had all of these people to socialize with over the internet.

Receiving gifts and care packages were also something new to me. Iíve never before received a package in the mail, bearing amazing gifts, from a stranger over the internet. Seriously have you seen some of the things Iíve received?

Knutaf took my avatar to PAX Prime last year, got it signed by some awesomely amazing people and sent it to me. I was completely speechless when I received it.

A bunch of us decided to do a Secret Santa during Christmas time. Iíve never done a legit Secret Santa before. Corduroy Turtle was my Secret Santa. What better gift to give then an identical picture of yourself hand-drawn by our very own Turtle! I love it!

Iím not the only one who has received gifts from our amazing community saint, Occams Electric Toothbrush, but lord knows I was ready to tattoo this manís name into my heart after receiving this amazing graphic novel from him among the various other gifts I'll treasure forever.

Iíve also had the honor to be the lead character of this amazing Fan-Fic that our very own Fame Designer has created. Never would have I imagined that Iíd be the inspiration for the start of something as amazing as this. No words can express how flattered and grateful I am getting the opportunity to be a part of this. Thank you Fame.

I have spawned many wonderful friendships with various people on this website. I enjoy the many conversations we hold over Xbox Live, Twitter, and on this website. I want to refrain from listing off names for fear forgetting someone. However, you all know who you are. Through our various interactions with each other over the internet, weíve become much like a family. A family that loves and cares for one another; one that gets into arguments with each other, but always respectfully reaches common ground.

My time as a member at Destructoid has been worthwhile, and it hasnít even been a year yet (itís close though!). There are still many of you who I have yet to be acquainted with, and those who I have just built friendships with. I want to enjoy my time with you all.

I want to end with a huge thank you to everyone who is involved with running this website: Niero, Nick, Jim, Hamza, Dale, Jordan, Tom, Hollie, Max, Tara, Colette, Maurice, Conrad, Chad, Johnathan, JRo, Joseph, Matthew, Josh, Samit, Kauza, Zodiac, Mxyzptlk, the Programmers, those, past and present, who have made a contribution to the site one way or another; but most importantly, I want to give a big thank you to the COMMUNITY.

You are my family.

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