I suppose since I'm new here it would be a decent idea to introduce myself.
I'm StryngBean. I hail from the frozen north known as Canada. Like any good citizen, I pray to our moose and beaver gods every night in hopes of dreaming up images of the Northern Lights and maple syrup.
While braving a blizzard during a spirit quest to find the perfect snowflake, I stumbled across a cabin. In that Cabin were many a lumberjack. One of them was completely fixated at a screen, delirious with delight. My guess was he must have smoked too much of that green maple leaf that's popular around these parts. It makes men do strange things, after exposure to its smoke, they change.
I walked up to this fellow, curious, as his condition seemed to worsen by the second.
He turned around and locked eyes with me. I prepared myself. He smiled madly, thrust a pint beer my way, and belted "Neighbor! Come take look at this!". I approached the screen, not knowing what was going to happen.
And well, I've been a regular visitor ever since.
Here's the real part (Minus the prayers. Those are as real as it gets):
in fact Canadian. When I was pretty young, I spent a good 3-4 years living in a small mining town called Faro. It's in the Yukon Territories, and had a population of around 300. I knew almost everyone and them me. It was a very big part of growing up, and I continually refer to it like an old man talking about his glory days "That reminds me of the Yukon...". Now it's more or less becoming a ghost town, and after moving twelve or so times I live in greater Vancouver (BC, not the one in WA).
I play, listen to, watch, eat, breathe, etc. videogames. (The breathing and eating part is tricky.)
They've always been a huge part of my life, and my goal is for them to one day be part of my career.
After reading many sites over the years, I grew tired of a lot of their politics, or their volatile communities. I kind of went cold turkey on gaming news for a while. That didn't last long and I remembered Destructoid.
Now, I'm not a very outgoing person. The sheer amount of wit combined with the slew of jokes initially turned me off of this place. It was like I was in a place where I was completely comfortable, yet constantly threatened. It was weird.
The sincerity of the writers and community members is what initially caught my attention. After a while I grew to liking the wit and jokes and appreciated them for what they were; Destructoid is serious about videogames, but they aren't full of themselves like a lot of other places. It's a nice dynamic, and was a perfect breath of fresh air.
Last year at PAX Prime I attended Dtoid's panel, and got to see in person what this place is really about (Sorry the burgers didn't work out in 2011, guys). I really dug how cool everyone was. I decided I was gonna stick around here, and sealed the deal by participating in the community photo; I'm one of those various half-faces hidden in the background.
My plan was, once I got home I'd get my profile going and get out here. A lack of self-confidence prevented that (I read into the "Don't suck rule" way too much).
After getting particularly pumped about life (And a great first session of Runner 2 earlier today), I found myself in a good mood and here I am.
So, hi? Hopefully I can continue this and you'll see a bit more of me around here.