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12:38 AM on 08.13.2009

RFGO: What song was that?

Since someone is always asking, I decided to start a thread in the Retroforce forum to let you guys know what the music I used in the show that week was. Normally it's the same thing, but if it changes and anyone really wants to know, you can visit the thread to find out. Just wanted to let you know here in case you're one of those types that doesn't often tread into the forums. Thanks! <3   read

5:56 PM on 07.31.2009

The importance of having a f*cking avatar

Wow. That shit's hard to look at, isn't it? So imagine then how we editors feel when we go to track our comments and see a sea of default avatars staring back at us.

Jim has already put this out there before, but since many people are either new here or have some serious problems with reading comprehension, I'll say it again:

Get a fucking avatar.

It's not hard. In fact, you can use just about any picture you want, provided it's work-safe, and in some cases it seems like even that's up for debate. I'm not sure why this is so difficult for you people. Destructoid is a nice place to hang out and discuss a lot of different topics, but it's hard to do that if nobody can tell you apart from this asshole:

Are you here to comment on my post, or are you here to sell me Air Jordans? If your avatar looks like that guy's, I have no way of knowing for sure. You've got a username, but do you have any idea how many of those I have to keep track of? 41,745 and counting. We get a lot of comments around here, and that's good because it means our little community is growing and we've got cool new people to talk to. But it gets to be a lot to read, and as I've said at least once or twice on Twitter,

If you didn't bother to take ten seconds to upload an avatar, I probably didn't take ten seconds to bother reading whatever it was you had to say.

It's simple, and it doesn't matter who you are. If you're here to hang out and make some friends by participating in the awesome community we have going, get an avatar so it's easier for us to recognize you when you come around. You're probably a pretty cool person, and if that's the case, we'd like you to stick around for a while. It would help everyone get to know you a lot faster if you had a face.

If you're here to casually participate in some thoughtful debate and discussion, or just let us know what you think of a post, get an avatar so the person who wrote said post will be more likely to pay attention. Even if Dtoid is nothing more to you than something to browse at work to pass the time, your thoughts and opinions are still valuable to us. Just because you're not here to stay doesn't mean we don't care what you think.

You wanna know whose opinion we don't care about?

Nobody gives a fuck what that guy thinks. He was well-spoken and had something really nice to say a few days ago, but then I saw him fanboying it up in some flamewar a few minutes later and typing like he had mittens on. The day after that, he posted 7 comments in a row linking to some company in indonesia that makes bathtubs. The guy's schizophrenic, you never know what the fuck he's gonna say. I stopped listening about 3 years ago.

So unless you want the rest of us (editors and staff especially) to completely ignore what you're trying to tell us, maybe you should get one of these little pictures that everyone has next to their name. Maybe a cute bunny, or a videogame character, or a pretty Korean girl, I dunno. Those are just things that I like, you can make it whatever you want. But for fuck's sake, make it something.   read

10:40 AM on 04.24.2009



Yeah, so I didn't know what to use for a video this week because I'm busy doing other things and I'm not sure anyone pays attention to it anyway. So there's the song I happened to be listening to when I started searching, we'll use that and call it a day. A FRIDAY.

FRIDAY!!   read

12:52 AM on 04.15.2009

My Stop Smoking Coach DS review forthcoming

Not sure how many of you know this, but I smoke. I smoke A LOT. And I've been doing it for a long time. I've also wanted to stop for just about as long. Lucky for me, Nintendo has provided us with My Stop Smoking Coach, a new DS game that's supposed to help you through the quitting process. That'll make it all better, right?

Fuck no. Of course it won't. Don't be stupid.

But it certainly can't hurt, and since I'd already decided I was sick of not being able to breathe, I figured I may as well give the game a shot and see what, if anything, it has to offer. If you were a fucking dumbass like me when you were a teenager and started doing the same dumb shit to your lungs that I did, you might be interested to know whether this game will help keep you from chewing your own arm off while you get over your disgusting addiction.

The fun has already started, and it'll be interesting to see whether I spend more time actually playing the game, or sucking on my DS stylus like a Marlboro pacifier. Hardest review I've ever done: confirmed.

Stay tuned. This is gonna fucking suck.   read

10:29 AM on 04.10.2009



Why yes, that IS the greatest video ever. Thanks to Buster for reminding me of its existence. And with that, let us FRIDAY.

FRIDAY!!   read

1:37 PM on 04.03.2009



Credit goes to Buster for finding the awesome video.


7:28 AM on 03.20.2009



I would like to dedicate this week's Friday opening ceremony to Reverend Anthony Burch, because he's the only guy I know who loves the Muppets as much as I do. And special Friday wishes go out to my good friend Mr. Samit Sarkar, who celebrates a birthday today. Be sure to wish him a good one i you see him.

FRIDAY!!   read

11:27 AM on 03.17.2009


Happy St. Padraig's day yuh fugghan prikes! Who will join me in giving a shite?   read

2:01 AM on 03.16.2009


I was gonna wait until tomorrow, but it's technically Monday now, so it still counts. Are you surprised? You sure look surprised. You know I couldn't forget your birthday, buddy. <3   read

4:34 PM on 03.12.2009

RFGO Puzzle Fighter tournament tonight!

So it seems that in lieu of the show that isn't being recorded tonight, many people would instead like to participate in a Puzzle Fighter HD tournament. Stella and I will be ready for fightans and you're all welcome to join us as well. Hop on Xbox Live later tonight and let there be fun.

Who's in?   read

1:15 PM on 03.06.2009


Happy birthday to my favorite guy to be cold, tired and pissed off on the N train with. You better Friday it up hard tonight. I will enjoy making fun of you for six weeks until I am also 30.

Even if you're not Phist, it's still Friday, so DO IT.

FRIDAY!!!   read

11:39 PM on 02.20.2009

SFIV: Something to keep in mind

Seth may be a cheap bitch. Maybe you have no trouble at all getting to him on hard mode, and then you spend 45 minutes dealing with his sucky-inny-spitty-outy bullshit. Maybe the fact that he blocks your unblockable attacks and rips you out of the middle of an EX combo to take half your life bar with one hit makes you feel frustrated, or that there's no justice in that final battle. That's okay. Because there's one very important fact that you should not lose sight of; one thing that, at the end of the day, makes you the winner even if you lose the match time and again. See folks,

Seth has no penis.

HAHA YOU HAVE NO PENIS, SETH! HAHAHA! You don't have a vagoo, either! HA! Class, please close your textbooks and turn to point and laugh at Seth, who has no penis, nor a vagina.   read

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