This account is here to let all of the Los Angeles area Destructoid members know what is going on not just in the world of Destructoid, but specifically in our hometown. Parties, get-togethers, conventions, industry events, whatever. This blog will keep you updated on what be the haps.
All of our party planning and hanging out planning happens on our Google Group! To join, just head on over to the group site and request membership. Please include your real name, Dtoid name, age, and location in your request.
If Google Groups aren't your style, then check out our Facebook group! It serves a similar purpose to that of the Google Group. We will try to keep both updated with goings-on.
If you care to, add DtoidLosAngeles to your Friends List, so that the events show up in your "New stories from friends' blogs" section rather than getting buried.
Additionally, if you add DtoidLosAngeles to your XBox Live Friend List, you can use the "friends of friends" feature to check out other Destructoid members in the area.
Jealous that you don't live in LA? Check out our friends and see if there's a NARP happening near you soon!
It's been a while since we've all gotten together, so let's meet up this Saturday!
The wonderful Kyle and Donna will be hosting a Halloween party at their house, complete with giant inflatable slide, great people, and copious amounts of alcohol (please help out and bring some of your own to share!).
The party will be taking place Saturday, October 29th, at 7pm. For directions, and to tell us that you'll be coming, please join our Google Group and let us know.
Hello, citizens of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula. I'm pulling out all of the stops on the name of our, er, your city, because this will be my last post as the person running DtoidLosAngeles. The illustrious Jonathan Ross will be taking over as the sole proprietor of this blog.
Most of you already know, but I have now moved out of the city. Out of the state, even. So it no longer makes sense for me to run the show around here. I'll still be part of your Google Group, so I won't be gone from your discussions, but I certainly won't be making many appearances as your parties.
Starting up DtoidLosAngeles was really a selfish move on my part. I moved to the Los Angeles area late in 2007, and I had hardly any friends nearby. Most of my peers weren't interested in videogames, so I spent most of my time alone, until I figured that there must be some other Destructoid people in Los Angeles who I could meet. So that is what I set out to do. Now I'm gone, and I just want to thank everybody who has been my friend over the past few years. In roughly chronological order...
Chad, Tristero, Charlie: As some of the first people I met here, you couldn't have been more welcoming. Thanks for the NES birthday gift. Bee Suit Boyz forever!
Chad: I will always remember the time I stayed at your place past when the trains stop running, so I had to stay the night. Then when I woke up the next morning, you were playing Super Mario Galaxy, just making him jump and orbit things and having a blast with it. Classic Chad moment right there.
Tristero: I'm sorry I didn't get to see you again before we left. The going away party ended up not happening. I will have to make it up to you some time in the near future (PAX maybe?), but until then, if I ever catch you on Xbox Live, I'll be sure to get in a game of Left 4 Dead with you.
Ark: Your generosity is unparalleled. You gifted me games, you gave me a retro console, you drove me up to San Francisco, you took me to the Kung Fu Panda launch event, you brought me to the Dreamworks family lunch, you bought expensive alcohol for my parties, and through all of that, what did I do for you? I feel like I did hardly anything. I will miss you and Emily dearly, and I regret that I never got to meet Professor Rodger.
J-Ro: We didn't always see eye-to-eye on games (I hate fighters, you hate Rock Band) but I felt immediately comfortable with you, and I'm sure I'll be keeping in touch with you on IRC. I'd invite you to come visit us, but I know you hate Phoenix.
Dave & Kerry: It still breaks my heart that two intelligent, educated, witty (if not sometimes groan-inducingly cheesy) people are not going to help keep the human race afloat by producing offspring. Do it for America!
Kyle: If somebody had told me as I was graduating college that my best friend in Los Angeles would be a thirty-year-old ex-Mormon father-of-two, I probably wouldn't have believed it. Here we are now, having shared so much. Left 4 Dead, Gears of War, Lost Odyssey, Rock Band, 'Splosion Man, Borderlands... I know for a fact that if it weren't for our shared propensity for rhythm games and Achievement whoring, I would have never gotten through the Endless Setlist in Rock Band.
Kyle & Donna: Parties at your place were always fantastic. Sure, the place could have used air conditioning, but where else could we go for giant inflatable sliding, loud-as-we-wanted Rock Banding, and street parking that doesn't require fifteen minutes of circling the block?
Travis: I will miss you tons, man. Nobody could make me laugh quite as well as you do. Thanks for all of the backyard barbecues and basement drumming, too. If I ever get my game made, I am totally going to hit you up for some sweet baritone voice work.
Mike & Steve: You guys are always a blast to hang out with. Photo booth up front, fire pit in the back, and food more delicious than most others on this list. I will certainly miss you guys, but Lib will miss you even more; she connected with you two more strongly than anybody else.
Ron: Your playful attitude is something I'll definitely miss. Plus, now I need a new black friend! You gave us all a scare recently (seriously, I had a dream that you died and I was totally sad and crying in my dream), and I'm so glad that your HP didn't drop to zero. You have to stick around this world for me to compare our Gamerscores at least as long as I do.
Tyler: Where the heck have you been? I feel like I haven't seen you since the Puzzle Quest: Galactrix launch event. We had some good times there, at the Gears of War 2 event, and at some random NARPs. I've been telling you this for months now, but you need to make yourself more available to us. Well, not us, them, I guess.
Alex: I regret that we met you so late in our tenure in Los Angeles. You're a wacky character, and I don't think I'll ever has as much fun playing Rock Band as when you're on the mic. Guesting on LAPD was a pleasure and an honor, and your extreme generosity at Rivera is something I'll remember forever.
Lib: We didn't meet in Los Angeles, but you followed me there. We shared our first apartment in Pasadena, and in it, you were magically transformed from my girlfriend to my fiancée. I'll miss walking around Little Tokyo with you, going to Griffith Observatory (although you Wolfgang Pucked up your dinner), driving down to Disneyland and Medieval Times, driving up to Magic Mountain and to see my grandparents, and everything else we shared while we were there. Luckily, I don't have to miss you, because you're the one person I got to take with me. I love you.
Everybody else: Seriously, this list is way long. I've met a lot of you in the time that I've been running DtoidLosAngeles, and I appreciate all of the smiles, hugs, gaming, and love you guys have to offer. If I'm ever in town again, I will be sure to let you all know.
And lastly, to any Arizona residents (particularly Phoenix), keep on the lookout for your own city group. It's on the way!
Greetings Southern California residents! I'm trying to watch Burn Notice right now so I'm going to keep the intro paragraph short. Look at what's going on this month!
July 6th, 2010 Raging Waters Trip/Chick-Fil-A Omnoms Who: Anybody who can go to a water park on a Tuesday
What: Waterslides! Then chicken sandwiches!
When: Tuesday, July 6th, from 10 AM to 7 PM
Where: 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas, CA 91773
July 10th, 2010 Gobun's Birthday Party Who: Anybody who wants to celebrate a birthday
What: Snacks, drinks, games, and giant slides at Kyle & Donna's house in El Monte.
When: Saturday, July 10th, beginning at 7 PM
Where: See the Google Group for details.
July 17th, 2010 Medieval Times Trip Who: Anybody who wants to go eat without utensils and watch glorified LARPers
What: We couldn't fit it into June, so we're doing it in July! Medieval Times is totally cheesy, and totally awesome. Eat food, drink drinks, watch fake jousting, have fun! Tickets are cheaper if you buy as a group, so RSVP in the Google Group to avoid paying ridiculous amounts of money. RSVP by July 9th.
When: Saturday, July 17th, at 7 PM
Where: 7662 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, California 90620
July 22nd, 2010 Coonskin is in town, let's NERF battle Who: Anybody who can join us on a Thursday evening for foam darts and ping pong balls
What:Coonskin is going to be in town as part of his 48 States in 50 Days trip. Let's welcome him to Los Angeles for the night!
When: Thursday, July 22nd
Where:Alex Barbatsis's apartment. Keep up with the Google Group for address details.
Undetermined Date Dexter/Lib's Going Away Party Who: DtoidLosAngeles newbies and regulars
What: Oh no! Dexter and Lib are moving away! Come celebrate their last game party for awhile. Food, drinks, games, without any pesky furniture to get in the way.
When: Don't know yet!
Where: As usual, check the Google Group for details on where and when.
Herro, DtoidLosAngeles denizens and other people who are writhing in jealousy while reading this blog! I'm not sure if you're aware, but during June, there is a little thing called the Electronic Entertainment Expo. I guess it's kind of a big deal. At any rate, several industry folks will be in town this month, so we are celebrating for pretty much a week straight. Check it out.
June 12th, 2010 E3 Community Party Who: Destructoid members and staff in town for E3.
What: Food, drinks, current games, retro games, board games.
When: Saturday, June 12th, 2010, 7 P.M. until whenever
Where:Dexter345's apartment in Pasadena (see Google Group for details)
Mystery Day During E3 Possible Official Destructoid Party Who: Anybody and everybody who wants to come
What: This may or may not happen. You will be told the details in the coming days. Or not. Keep an eye on the front page!
When: Who knows!?
Where: Beats me!
June 19th, 2010 Disneyland Trip Who: Anybody and everybody who wants to come
What:Hollie "Pheonix" Bennett is in town for E3 from the UK, and she wants to check out Disneyland while she's here. Join her, Hamza, and other DtoidLosAngelenos for a visit to the happiest place on earth.
When: Saturday, June 19th, 2010, 8 A.M. until midnight
Where: W Ball Rd & S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
June 20th, 2010 Six Flags Magic Mountain Trip Who: Anybody and everybody who wants to come
What: Dexter is treating his father to a trip to Six Flags Magic Mountain for Father's Day, but you are free to come along, whether you have a dad or or not.
When: Sunday, June 20th, 2010, 10:30 A.M. until 9:00 P.M.
Where: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
Undetermined Date Medieval Times Trip Who: Anybody and everybody who wants to come
What: Re-enact a scene from The Cable Guy by watching some people who get paid to LARP hit each other with fake swords while riding on real horses.
When: Don't know yet! Keep an eye on the Google Group to know when.
Where: 7662 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, California 90620
Herro DtoidRosAngeres! Just putting up a helpful little post about the goings-on for the month of May. Let's get started.
Assuming the April showers are done, Kyle and Donna are having people over this coming Saturday, May 8th, down in El Monte. Why are we hoping for no rain? Because of the giant inflatable slide, of course. But even if the slide is a no-go, there will be standard NARP fare: snacks, drinks, and of course, games. Join us!
You should especially show up if you haven't come to anything yet. If you still shy away from meeting us in person, then you're dead to me.
Later on in the month, on Monday, May 24th, Dexter and Lib are planning a Six Flags Magic Mountain trip. If you're down with roller coasters and taking a day off of work (and honestly, other than Suff0cat, who isn't?), then join them for some twists and turns and frozen lemonade and avoiding gonosyphiherpelAIDS.
As always, stay tuned to our Google Group and our Facebook Group for details and any last-minute get-togethers (last weekend our friend Alex had a few people over, and we played Typing of the Dead). Hopefully we'll see you soon!
Hey guys. As the sole proprietor of DtoidLosAngeles (I'm not even sure what that means), it is my pleasure to bring you yet another way to get and/or stay connected with other DtoidLosAngelenos. Now, in addition to following this blog right here and joining discussions on our Google Group, you can also join our Facebook group.
The benefit of the Facebook group is that you're already always on Facebook anyway, so you can always be on our Facebook group page, or something. Also, you can upload pictures and have discussions, just like the Google Group. To be honest, I'm not sure why we have this now, but we do, so you can join it!