Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Destructoid circa 1988: Our community turns two (and twenty) years old

1:34 AM on 03.17.2008 // Niero Desu
  @destructoid

Today we celebrate two years of blogging as Destructoid.com, an independent web site my friends and I update daily for the love of the hardcore gaming community. It fills me with tear-jerking pride that we’ve been able to come this far on our own steam, coupled by an eternal gratitude for every editor, contributor, c-blogger, and reader that supports what we do.  While there is much I can say about what the future may hold for us, I think that birthdays are also a great time to look back on the past.  Its true that Dtoid was my first blog, but I’ve been writing about video games as a hobby for a long, long time.  

Let me tell you an irresolute story about kids who love video games.

My closest friends and I grew up in a canyon of low-income apartment complexes in Hialeah: a lovable ethnic armpit where you can still find the best greasy food and greasy mechanics on the cheap at your own risk. We weren’t poor, but when you live next to a water processing plant your options are a little limited. There were no nearby swimming pools or parks where our 100-pound K-mart bikes could safely rest, so we mostly stayed indoors with our army dolls action figures, LEGOs, cartoons, Skinemax, comic books, Sears-brand Atari, and my favorite at the time: transformable die-cast robots.  Little did we know that the Miyamoto army would soon make landfall and take us by storm.

No warning: It was a 90-degree winter’s day in Florida when I first saw Nintendo Entertainment System commercial. The ad aired late in the middle of our precious Saturday morning cartoons, cutting through whatever we were doing like a silver bullet.  Christmas was coming up.  This thing had to be discussed.  I rallied my local brethren over a game of boxed ball (that’s four square for you Midwest kids). Confession: I was extremely skeptical.

I presented my case: You can’t just piss away the time of the year when your otherwise frugal parents allow you to ask for big ticket items.  If they needed to put this thing on lay-away, they needed to know ASAP. This was a crisis! The Atari 2600 was solid but the later versions were to be approached with caution. Nobody we knew had them. They were expensive and required *color* televisions.  I thought it was a bad idea to be an early adopter until we knew more. Lucky for me, my best friend was the wiser.  He had done his research and discovered that my leading suggestion of Fortress Maximus had a flaw: the giant transforming robot city was primarily made of cheap colored plastic. F*ck that.

And so due to due to cost-cutting by Hasbro toys, the likes of R.O.B., Gyromite, Duck Hunt, Super Mario Brothers, and the Nintendo Entertainment System was introduced into our circle of friends days at the end of that year.  More importantly, it came with a giant strategy guide and a subscription to a video game club run that would mail a monthly magazine to your door.  A video game club!  A solution to mitigate my fears of having an expensive console we couldn’t buy games fast enough for.  And so our group made the strategic decision that I should get Mike Tyson’s Punch Out and the bare Control Deck for my upcoming birthday and continue to pool our collective resources for game purchasing decisions, game passwords, cheat codes, and use our fanboy powers to also pull in other kids in school and neighborhood into our cult.  The second NES arrived on my block on my tenth birthday: March 16, 1988. And so, my first video game club was formed.  

The trouble was … the club was flat broke. I could barely afford games, much less running a proper club!  Nobody we knew had their own yard – our dads didn’t have power tools or wood lying around either, so a Monster Squad-style clubhouse up was also out of the question. There were no computers, no Internet, no blogs. What’s a Nintendo Club owner to do? Hold meetings, track club activity, and document our top secret tricks and knowledge until we had more steam. And so with some determination, wad of colorful pens, and a stolen floral memo pad from the kitchen I got to work.



The gallery of images in this post is essentially what Destructoid was like in 1988 during the NES and Super Nintendo era, my favorite period in gaming for sentimental reasons. The two notebooks I kept are roughly 80 pages thick each and contain stuff like:

-    Tips for playing better, including quotes from Skip Rogers and stuff like “if you give up, you’re a weed!”  I’m amazed I didn’t get my ass kicked throughout my childhood years for saying crap like that.  Then again, saying something was “tubular” or “gnarly” was perfectly acceptable at the time.

-    A list of “club accomplishments” which primarily included games finished and quizzes about the games. Achievement points? Pffft.  We’ve been doing that for years.  Chad’s retro quizzes remind me of making these and our retro podcast bares a similar name (RetroforceGO)

-    Full color illustrations of where to find 1-ups, special items, saved passwords, gameplay advice, and cheat codes of every kind.  
-    
-    Game gossip, such as full tech specs on the Super NES CD-Rom

-    More Nintendo fanboy nonsense and typos than most humans can bare.  

The club wasn’t much of a success.  We had seven members, tops. Nevertheless, it was a formative experience I’ll never forget – the works of little Niero and his video game club live on as Dtoid today.  The kids who run the club have all changed, but the end of the story is far from over.  Here’s to two (or twenty) years of video game blogging: Long live Destructoid!

Photo Gallery: (21 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Niero Desu, Blogsmith
 Follow Blog + disclosure destructoid Tips
I host Destructoid for a living. Here's a photo of me at work:  more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

JohnSmith123 avatarJohnSmith123
Street Fighter 5 is coming out soon umm Dibs
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Too lazy to put all my favorite Pokemon/Personas/Demons in one image, but Shadow Chie is yet another favorite of mine. DOMINATRIX BANANA HEEEEEEAD! :3
True Green Sphere avatarTrue Green Sphere
I like it when comments suddenly spark new blog ideas in your mind.
Larxinostic avatarLarxinostic
PSA to the collective Waifu / Pokemon / SMT War combatants. [img]http://i.imgur.com/b4nZwbQ.png[/img]
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Downloading Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. It feels a little weird to be installing a game on the Vita that isn't porn, if I'm being perfectly honest.
Dreamweaver avatarDreamweaver
There's gonna be enough copies of both Fire Emblem: Birthright and Fire Emblem: Conquest that I shouldn't really feel the need to preorder them at Best Buy, right? I want to get both versions (I buy physical only) and I'm worried they won't have enough.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
I see your "favorite Pokemon" and "favorite demon" and raise you a "favorite full party"!
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
Man they really blue balled me hard with that Ip Man vs Mike Tyson fight.
Parismio avatarParismio
Well, I did it. I pre-ordered Fire Emblem Fates. Guess who I'm siding with?:
LynxAmali avatarLynxAmali
First Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run, now GameTrailers. Some people just want to watch the world burn. If you excuse me, I'm going to go cry and weep in a corner.
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
GameTrailers just announced on Facebook they're shutting down. It's a damn shame, since I rather liked them, despite not agreeing with a lot of what they've said. Best of luck to everyone who worked there.
JohnSmith123 avatarJohnSmith123
That's a really short campaign Destiny has isn't it? Wow lol
Niwannabe avatarNiwannabe
Goddamn I'm excited for Street Fighter V. This is gonna be my first Street Fighter ever, and Ryu being in Smash is definitely helping me transition to more traditional fighting games. I'll probably end up playing Chun-Li anyway, though.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I'm just now 2/3 of the way done with Tearaway Unfolded's campaign, 45% to 100%. This game is really long!
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
You people love your Persona, having never played any of them would I appreciate 4? It should be known I found Valkyria Chronicles too anime-y to enjoy though.
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
One week to go. Oh ho ho ho.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
What I've gathered from the quick posts the last two days is that demons from SMT look like genitals.
SayWord avatarSayWord
Took awhile but it is finally here, oh how I missed playing with you Nep Nep. Though I still cannot decide if I should put that PS4 skin on...
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Rei is humbled by the fairly high number of faps you have given her Waifu Wars piece.
Parismio avatarParismio
The actual best SMT girl is here:
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -