Salutations, Destructoid! Ace of knaves, at your service. I've been a member of this place since around June of 2008, and I never cease loving all the Dtoid community has to offer.
If you'd like to know the mildly interesting tale of my gaming history, well, when I was a young boy I wasn't that focused on video games. I dabbled in PC games and handhelds, like most kids do, but I was too intimidated to plunge all the way in. As far as I could tell I didn't have much of a knack for gaming, and I was perfectly content to watch others play while remaining strictly an observer. Besides, I was perfectly happy with books, TV, and movies, so I figured really, what was I missing? I found out one magical day when I went over to the house of an older neighbor. He wanted to play Super Smash Brothers, and while I preferred to just watch him from the couch he insisted that I join in. Over the next few hours I discovered an amazing truth: video games are really fun. From that day forward gaming became a much bigger part of my life, and over the years I absorbed the culture and the history while trying to play as much as I could.
As for my tastes, Sports games are pretty much the only genre I'll write off completely, but besides that I'm not too fond of racing games that adhere to realism and there are very few RPGs I like that don't have Mario in them. Otherwise I'm pretty much willing to give anything a chance, as long as it's good and, unless it's a fighting game, I prefer more of a focus on single player. In this generation I own a DS, a Wii, and a PS3, and I love them very much.
When it comes to this place, well, after being linked to Destructoid a few times I realized how great this site was, then after a few months of lurking realized how great I could be by joining the community, so here I am. I'm mostly found commenting on the front page and the cblogs, and I'll do a blog of my own here and there, but probably not as often as I should. From February to August of '09 I was involuntary absent from the site, and I hope nothing like that happens again. This is one of the best communities out there, gaming or otherwise, and if you're reading this you're already awesome.
...for it was the Destructoid Day of Hugs! Let me explain. On January 3rd of 2009, a wonderful thing happened in the c-blogs. Essentially, everyone hugged somone. Or something. Or somewhere. It's not important. What's important is that it was amazing, and showed how this community can be spontaneously awesome like no other can.
What's equally important is that it is now the one year anniversary of this glorious occasion. I bring this up not only because I believe the event is worth remembering, but because I believe it is worth repeating. Not just today, but every January 3rd from now on. Last year this day was proclaimed a holiday by at least one person, and I'm inclined to agree that it should be so. A holiday exclusive to Destructoid. Now wouldn't that be great? Sure, there's the site anniversary/Niero's birthday, but every site does something like that. Here we have an opportunity to celebrate an event that is uniquely Destructoid, and I believe this community is great enough to be able to pull that off.
So what are you waiting for? Don't let me down, get hugging! From this point forward, you're not perpetuating a meme, you're observing a holiday.