Hello, I'm new to the whole blogging thing so bear with me.
So it's the start of a new year and I figured that one of my new years resolutions would be to get my opinions out there. However, I have been looking at many different websites in search of "the ultimate gaming community"
Admittedly, I only discovered Destructoid about half way through last year, sticking mainly to sites like kotaku and joystiq. However, as informative as those sites are, their communities are purely comment based. I was after something a little more free.
This essentially led me to want to find a decent community that allows the opinions of gamers to be heard and discussed by other gamers. So my search began.
First of all, I tried an old haunt of mine from waaaaaaaay back, I'm talking about ComputerandVideogames.com. I used to live on their forums on a daily basis, talking about practically anything both game related and off topic, it was an awesome place to be and the users were all cool. Though with every forum, with time comes new members and as everyone on the internet knows, it's;
Person + Anonymity = Arsehole
slowly but surely the place became one big flamewar and I left.
Going back I decided to get involved with some topics but found that the place had basically died a death, with no real decent discussions going on. When trying to get a decent topic of conversation going, it was 12 hours before I got my first reply and the topic lasted 6 posts, 3 of which being mine.
Next, I tried gamefaqs/gamespot.
...yeah... um... no.
So next I tried Neogaf, having read alot of the posts on there, it seemed like a great place to go and just talk games. So after registering using my university Email account. I was all set and ready to post.
Of course, I would have posted, but I didn't know that you had to wait to be accepted. So I waited... and I waited... and I waited some more. It wasn't until 4 months later that I had an Email in my account simply saying "you didnt make it" and that was that. No reasoning to as why, it wasn't like I was allowed to post so it wasn't because of some glaring character flaw. No, they just decided that I wasn't worthy.
Over the 4 months of waiting it became more and more apparent that Neogaf wasn't as amazing as I had thought. It had just come across as completely pretentious.
Though perhaps that's just because I wasn't "accepted"
And then finally, I came here. At this point it wasn't really part of my quest for the ultimate gaming community, I just wanted a new place to check out news that wasn't Kotaku or Joystiq. At first, I wasn't that huge a fan. Sure I found some of the articles alright and I was slowly but surely growing to HAWP. But I just didn't see anything different.
Then, I started paying more attention to the site. I found myself visiting Dtoid more often just to read what was being said. Then things started to really get my attention. The Rev Rants actually had a decent message to them, some I'd agree with, others I wouldnt. Jim Sterling comes across as really irritating, but eventually, you cant help but like the guy, his recent article on Kane and Lynch made me feel better in knowing that I'm not the only person in the world who could appreciate that game. The more I read the site, the more I started to realise that it was something that I wanted to be a part of.
Then I discovered that the community itself can post their own blogs, talking about news stories, reviews, current events or even having a rant. Plus the opportunity for articles from community members getting published on the front page, I had realised that much like love, you only ever seem to find it when you're not looking. I had found my ultimate gaming community.
So with that, I say hello, Destructoid. It's great to be here. I hope this is the start of something special.