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Hang out with Destructoid at PAX Prime 2015

Aug 28 // Steven Hansen
The general schedule of funsies is as follows: THURSDAY Join the Destructoid staff and community for some pre-PAX drinking and arcades at Gameworks (1511 7th Ave). Meet new folks, catch up with the homies, play Taiko Drum Master, and let me coax you into drinking strange liqueurs (round of Fernet? Round of Fernet) Let's say folks roll in around 8PM allowing time for dinners (find people to dine with!). FRIDAY Nothing "official" planned for today, but you've made so many new friends last night at Gameworks that you'll have no problem coming up with some great plans, eh? SATURDAY Elephant & Castle, it lives! Located in the Motif Hotel (formerly the Red Lion, 1415 5th Avenue), it's a fake English bar to remind you of home. You're all from England, right? Let's plan for typical convening around 8PM, but note that this joint does food, too. SUNDAY Our yearly picture, days into the show, when when we look near our worst, but new and old friendships have had time to ferment and everyone has that glint in their eye, probably from all the sex. (No one is allowed to have sex, this is a family website - Ed.). Be ready for your close up at 12PM at Pike St in front of the convention center. MONDAY I'm leaving. I probably should get home and feed my cat. But elsewise, to quote the much better at this Andy Dixon, "Monday means sad goodbyes to friends you don't see nearly enough, and as always, we'll be meeting up at Rock Bottom (1333 Fifth Ave) about 8pm." - Plans can always change. Stay frosty. Keep friends in the loop. Use any means of communication you got. Take pictures. Get hugs. Give hugs. Say no to drugs. Let's have a lovely weekend.
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PAX Prime is this weekend. It's a yearly, consumer-focused gaming convention held in rainy Seattle, Washington that always has a large turnout of Destructoid folks. And I'm not just talking about us writerly jagoffs, though w...

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Dtoid community podcasts

Ears bored? Check out these awesome Dtoid community podcasts!

Literally billions of hours of listening pleasure
May 05
// mrandydixon
The Destructoid community is a wonderful, diverse bunch, and boy do you people ever put out some awesome content. Whether you're writing thoughtful Cblogs, having engaging discussions in our Forums, or just hanging out in the...
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Band of Bloggers - From Software, With Love

Promoted from our Community Blogs
Apr 13
// Dreamweaver
[Band of Bloggers is back this month with something to celebrate the release of Bloodborne. Don't just enjoy yourselves some Souls games all throughout the month of April but anything on the From Software discography! Just be...
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Radio Dtoid live

Radio Dtoid LIVE from PAX East 2015 is happening!

Here's how to get involved
Mar 06
// nanashi
[Dtoiders Nanashi and TheDustinThomas have once again agreed to assist us with a recording of Radio Destructoid live from PAX East! Now's your chance to be a part of Radio D history! --Mr Andy Dixon] It's that time once again...

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Blogger's wanted

March's grab bag of monthly musings

We couldn't decide, so here's everything
Mar 06
// StriderHoang
For the month of March, Andy, Occams, and I had a slight problem. Oh sure, Destructoid's ninth anniversary is going on, and we'll tell you more about that later. But what about another monthly musing? The community loves to talk about topics together as a group and a monthly musing helps facilitate that. Only problem is that we are either uncreative or busy.

Here's what's been happening in the Dtoid community

Mar 01 // mrandydixon
New old blood Several long-time community members have joined our ranks lately, and it makes my heart sing! Wrenchfarm (Nic Rowen), bbain (Ben Davis), GlowBear (Claire Sharkey), Stevil (Stephen Turner), and DimmuJed (Jed Whitaker) all accepted promotes to become front page contributors, while Occams Electric Toothbrush, PhilKenSebben (Mike Martin), and StriderHoang all joined on to help out with community stuff! As a community leader, nothing makes me happier than seeing hard-working Dtoiders get the respect and recognition they deserve, and Niero and Holmes have been doing an awesome job at promoting from within lately. Congratulations to everyone! Community blogasms A ton of new community projects have surfaced within the last month, and they've all been fun! Here are just a few of the highlights: Podgasms - Cblog recapper Nanashi has spearheaded this great undertaking to list all the community podcasts published each month, and wow is it a helpful feature! Look for his next edition at the end of March! Cblogs of the Month - And speaking of Cblog recappers, the fine folks on the Cblog Recaps team have been putting out monthly highlights of all their favorite blogs! You can catch January's edition on the front page right here, and February's should be up soon! Comments of the Week - Remember CaptainBus and his amazing Comments of the Week? Well community member Dreamweaver has brought it back, baby! Only five weeks in to its reincarnation, and man has it been popular so far. These things take an incredible amount of time to compile, so be sure to thank Dreamweaver next time you see him! Band of Bloggers - Community blogger The Scholarly Gamer launched a fun new writing assignment this month with the help of the community, called Band of Bloggers. Similar to Occam's and Strider's Monthly Musings, Band of Bloggers tasks the community with writing about a specific game and theme every month, and the community gets to vote on what gets tackled next! February's theme was Fallout; stay tuned to Scholarly's blog to see what's coming up in March! Forums, we (still) have them There have been some significant changes lately down in the basement; most notably, that our long-time Forums admin Mxy retired after five years of service! Here's some of the other stuff that's been going down: How did Mxy do it all?! - As I mentioned above, Mxy is currently enjoying a much-deserved retirement (probably sippin' margaritas by the pool with our beloved Zodiac Eclipse, who retired last year), which means we were forced to fill his enormous shoes. Taking over as our two main admins are community members OpiumHerz and Nihil, and they are being assisted by Brightside and Panzadolphin56 on the mod side of things. Thanks to all of you for your hard work! Redesign - One of Opium's first acts as new head of the Forums was to create a new thread where people could make requests for new features, and that spawned into a massive undertaking involving about eleventy bajillion threads being renamed, moved, or removed! Head on down and take a look around, and be sure to thank all those who joined in on the planning of the redesign! Forum games - One of the best things to spawn from the redesign is the new Forum Games section! In here, you can join in on a random game of word association, rate your fellow community members' avatars, play Werewolf, or enjoy any of the 100 other fun things your fellow Dtoiders do all day every day. Go take a look! New badges for all - March marks Destructoid's 9th anniversary -- NINE FUCKING YEARS, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! -- and in keeping with tradition, we've unveiled a sexy new "9" badge for those who want it! Just head on over to this thread to see what it takes to earn! In addition to the anniversary badge, we've also unveiled a few new badges lately, including one for getting your comment featured on a front page article. Check out the Badge Request thread for the full list and start filling out your profile! Legendary Dtoiders - Finally, the Forum authorities have just bestowed a new batch of Legendary badges for those who exemplify all that is wonderful about their community. Congratulations to Alphadeus, GlowBear, Marche100, Occams Electric Toothbrush, PhilKenSebben, RobertoPlankton, Stevil, StriderHoang, and thank you for your dedicated service to your community! ----- And that's it for this month's updates! Thank you for being the best community on Earth!
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Highlights from the Cblogs, Forums, and more!
You Dtoiders have been on an absolute tear lately! Not only are you kicking out awesome new community projects at breakneck speeds, but you're doing so with an enthusiasm and positivity that I haven't seen in years. Seriously...

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Band of Bloggers

Join us for this month's Band of Bloggers, featuring Fallout 3 and New Vegas!

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Jan 31
// The Scholarly Gamer
[Dtoid community blogger The Scholarly Gamer recently spearheaded this awesome new community blogging project. You should join in the fun! --Mr Andy Dixon] Thanks to everyone for all of the support for our first Destructoid P...

Cblog Recaps End of the Year Recap 2014 Super Ultramax: Tournament Edition

Dec 31 // CblogRecaps
Occams Electric Toothbrush's promotion to co-community manager has brought about a night-and-day change to the cblog community. His dedication to reading our rabble rousing with a generous mind to revise and promote is like the Renaissance to 2013's Dark Ages. And a community that's encouraged by seeing their own get recognized is a community that's better at interacting with one another. Last to mention is OpiumHerz, resident Germanic censorship history buff turned forum admin. What started as a simple series about Germany's draconian censorship was simply a foothold to really clicking into the Dtoid community at large. Now he helps reign in the madness in the basement forums. Kudos Jim! Hello everyone! 2014 was kind of a weird year full of ups and downs. I thought it was a great year for video game releases, but also kind of a not-so-great year for other aspects of the gaming industry. Destructoid had its ups and downs this year too, with some well-liked staff members leaving or being laid off, while some other awesome staff members were recently hired on or promoted. In my own life, 2014 was rather uneventful, as I took on a job that I'm slowly starting to hate, but I think things may begin to look up for me soon! I have a potential new job on the horizon, and plans to begin streaming on Twitch, which is something I've wanted to try for a while now. 2014 was also the year that I stepped down from my post as the Cblog Recaps team's Friday recapper. It's been a really fun three years providing recaps for the wonderful community here. I really enjoyed my time on the team, making friends with the other recappers and community members. But I thought it was time to give someone else a chance to shine on the Recaps team, so I decided to take a break from recapping and handed the reigns over to TheDustinThomas, your new Friday recapper, who has been doing a terrific job so far! So what did I think of 2014's community blogs? Sticking to the theme of the year, I do think the blogs had their ups and downs as well, but there are so many terrific writers here in the Destructoid community that there was certainly no shortage of awesome blogs to be found! Thanks to our new community manager, Occams Electric Toothbrush, many more of those awesome blogs are now being promoted to the front page, which makes me very happy to see! Many other great blogs may not have been promoted, but I think they still deserve some appreciation. So here are some of my favorite blogs from 2014 that never made it to the front page! Fellow recappers StriderHoang and Wrenchfarm (you may know him now as Nic Rowen!) both wrote blogs this year about their favorite types of characters to pick in fighting games. Strider prefers to roll with the grapplers, those grabby characters with powerful attacks but low mobility. Nic tends to choose low-tier characters, who may not be popular choices in tournaments, but can still be deadly if you master how to use them properly. El Dango began a new series this year called the Boss Fight Appreciation Zone! There have been four entries so far, full of the most awesome boss fights ever to be found in video games! El Dango took a lot of time to make this a quality blog series, creating animated .gifs, customized headers and images, featuring suggestions from the comments, and topping it all off with his own high-energy, enthusiastic writing style. UsurpMyProse has seen many blogs promoted to the front page, but even the ones that were never promoted are equally fantastic. One of my favorites was called I'm sick of saving Hyrule. It's a humorous look at the commonly used tropes of the Zelda series, where UsurpMyProse takes a moment to point out all of the terrible ideas that the people of Hyrule keep coming up with which always land them in trouble. On a similarly humorous note, new recapper Pixielated wrote a very entertaining blog exploring a popular opinion of internet commenters ("Politics and social issues have no place in games") and how really very wrong they are. Her satirical style of writing is always a joy to read! Lastly, Morty took the time to compile a huge list of all of the awesome "10 Things You Didn't Know About Me" blogs posted by various community members. And while Morty's blog itself may have been promoted, the compilation is filled with tons of wonderfully personal blogs that never made it to the front page, but definitely deserve some attention. Plenty of 2014 blogs are included, and hey, I'm in there somewhere too! Thanks again for putting this together, Morty! - bbain August 23th, 2014 was the day I was officially included into the Recappers, and it has been a pretty cool couple of months since then! Truthfully, it feels a little weird to go from someone who comments every once in a while to someone who is more or less an active member in the span of a year, but I have no regrets getting to know some of you! Many of you guys are great, and it'll be too long a list to name you all... but you know who you are! I wish you some of you guys would do much more blogging though: I understand that time may not be as abundant for you as it could be, but I'd love to see more stuff from you! While I'm not able to read everyone's blogs, unforunately, reading as many I can has certainly opened my eyes to the community that has spawned! People have different voices to be hear, different stories to tell, different experience to share... and it's been great reading them! Don't get me wrong, being a Recapper doesn't mean I'm reading because I'm forced to... it just feels like a more natural progression of things. I will say this though: GamerGate saw an influx of blogs taking sides and stances on the matter, and those really soured my experience as any posted on Saturday means I couldn't really distance myself from it. As you know, I take the time to read the blogs, and some of the GamerGate ones actually feel quite informative and quite researched, and I don't want to disrespect the time they took to write it. So, I do my best to appear neutral about it by simply listing their blogs under "Wordtoid" with the same amount of "recap" I'd give to any other. This is clearly the best GamerGate blog though! I'll admit: I'm an absolute sucker for gimmick blogs like that. It's my weakness to see people put a live-action spin to their works, and that was seriously funny, even if it's not really a blog and more like an Instagram pic. Whatever, a laugh's a laugh, and boy did I! That also means that Marche100's blog also deserves mention: it was creative, funny as fuck, obviously had a lot of work put into it, strangely arousing, and was my very first Top Sauce! Hey, it's not too late to promote it! Speaking of arousing, how could I not mention the "Fetish" blogs to briefly surface? As some of you recall, Gajknight bravely details his top 10 favorite fetishes of all time, leading the charge for the weird wave to come! Some of us like your old pal StriderHoang and Dreamweaver went a little harder than we should've (no pause!), but it was a great time! I should also mention how much I love It's About to Get Gay in Here's satire pieces: so many articles being pumped out yet still retaining quality is a damn impressive feat! I didn't even link to a particular one: they're all so funny! Doesn't mean that you guys couldn't be so funny yourselves! Luckrequired had a couple of caption contests where he posts a screenshot for you to come up with something funny to say, and a lot of you were hilarious! He even made a brief but appreciated "choose your own adventure" blog as well! Speaking of adventures, Fenriff did an amazing Destructoid fanfiction called The Destructoid Saga where he takes beloved members of the community and puts them through one of the weirdest rides of their lives. Part 2 can be found here, and can't wait for the finale! Anyway, I hope some of you have been inspired to write something yourselves! Whether it's something funny, something meaningful, something heartfelt, or something like fanfiction (coughshamelessplug), I look forward to seeing what comes next! -Dreamweaver No offenses to optimists but personally I think 2014 sucked, at least towards the end where our memory is fresh. Not just in video games but in the world in general. Looking back on last year's recaps, it looks like things haven't improved all that much. In fact, 2013 was better than 2014 all things considered. There were dry spells, failed expectations, acts against social rights, unfinished games, and general failure all-around. But as always, nobody wants to end their year dismissive of the future. And I have a lot to be hopeful for in 2015: finishing a second degree, newer prospects for jobs, and a much more realistic picture of moving in with my girlfriend. Oh, and I bought a Wii U in November so I have all of 2015 to not only see Nintendo's anticipated line up but also to visit missed titles from both 2014 (Hyrule Warriors, Pikmin 3) and from the Wii (Okami, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom). This year certainly wasn't easy on the community side of things either. Like the year before, staff jumped around, members dropped off, and tons of crappy posts. I mean, terribad. Like, this post only deserves a reaction gif bad. But this year there was a lot to celebrate for the community too. Wrench McFarmins "Nic" Rowens became an official contributor and lots of newer members embedded themselves further into the community like Opium "Jim" Herz and Dream "Fetishes" Weaver. OpiumHerz started with his censorship series and went further with things like big, dumb game giveaways and joining forces with the likes of UsedTabe on the forums. Dreamweaver on the other hand fervently advocated a fetish blog meme that spread like wildfire but hey, it's not out of character for Dtoid at least. Luna "Elesa" Sy brought the Dtoid Community Trading Card game back from the obscure depths thanks to one mention from Oldtoid. She also invested herself in scouring the web for dumb plagiarism with her Google Playgairism posts. Speaking of new members making the impression in 2014, Benny Disco has been around longer than you might expect but this year, he was exceptionally active with his crazy stuff. However, he can prove that he's still the Benny Disco we know and love even when he's a little more serious, like defending our love of outrage. I can even remember the times when I first recapped the relatively new RedHeadPeak but he quickly found a unique niche: someone who doesn't just play games but isn't afraid to use his identity as a gamer to jazz up his position as an educator. Everyone starts someplace but over time, he's been FPed steadily. Even Brittnay Vincent, who's apart of Dtoid staffroll, is new to both staff and community. And boy, is she active in the community and really knows how the community is. She's even played shitty boyfriend finding games and reported the results with extreme prejudice. Being open minded an welcoming even pays off on reading insightful articles, like the UI design process for a cool game like Toto Temple Deluxe. Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some feel good material from older members, like one of Wrench's last community member posts about reading novels about his greatest weakness and poison, MechWarrior #cantquitmechwarrior #neverforget. DustinThomas has also graced my Wednesdays with his weekly top 5 series, proving that the best contributors are the consistent and timely ones. I mean, go ahead and click on that and you'll find his latest one. The guy has been good for months. And one last special mention to Everyday Legend, who doesn't cblog often but simply had to after learning that The Last Guardian was still all quiet on the western front. The bevy of new members is extremely assuring. Here's to hoping that this year's newbies are next year's oldbies and next year's newbies are even half as good as this year's. - Strider 2014 has come and gone, and it feels like this year has flown by faster than any other. Unfortunately, 2014 wasn’t exactly the year for gamers (or humanity, really) to show the best side of themselves. It feels like people were at each other’s throats for most of the year, and more often than not forgot to just have fun with some video games. And now that the Game of the Year awards are hitting their stride, a lot of people have been complaining about how few great games came out this year. Well, not so for me. And hopefully not so for the Destructoid community either. Having fun with video games has been vitally important for me this year, and I’ll go on record saying that anyone who thinks 2014 was a bad year for gaming seriously needs to go out and buy a Wii U because you clearly don’t own one. For me, 2014 was incredibly special. It was the year in which I left homely Europe behind for 5 months in favor of Washington DC on the East Coast of ‘the greatest country in the world’. It has been an amazing experience all the way through. But going new places can be difficult too, so you always need some sort of anchor. You need something familiar to do, friends to talk to, or anything to not just be alone in a strange land for 5 months straight. For me, my anchor was video games and Destructoid. This year Destructoid was quite literally my home away from home. You guys continued to write great blogs, be super supportive of one another, crack jokes about dicks, and do all of the things that makes Destructoid what it is. So even while almost my entire life changed for a while, Destructoid stayed its awesome self. That’s very reassuring somehow. It’s like staring at the moon to remind yourself that you’re still on earth, only with more cocks. Doing the Recaps has been a joy from both sides of the Atlantic, and I’m very honored to be able to make that statement. - Destructoid here, Destructoid there, Destructoid everywhere So, what blogs did I enjoy from home and several thousand miles away from home? Well a lot of them, obviously. But here is just a quick sample of the things you all did.RedHeadPeak has been killing it all throughout 2014. As a gamer-teacher, he showed us how he turns video game music into a useful teaching tool. And then later this year, he thought us something too: gunblades were a real thing once. Voltech is also consistently one of the best bloggers we have. This year he asked the all important question: What are video games for? Many things, it turns out! Hyper Lemon Buster Cannon takes the time to thank all of his Pokémon friends who made the victory over the Champion possible. JoyfulSanity took one of this year’s Bloggers Wanted topics and ran with it. When asked what game he loves that everybody else hates, he answered: Final Fantasy: All the Bravest. And then the room just went silent. bbain left the Recaps team earlier this year. But that didn’t stop him from giving us some great blogs! Setting up a temporary jukebox in the Cblogs was a great idea that I very much wish to steal. Elsa has always been one of the community mainstays. She had some goings-on in her life this year that prevented her from blogging as much as we would all like her too. Yet she still managed to find the time to impart some important knowledge: If you want to be her friend, hold off on the lesbian porn for a while. The Scholarly Gamer was a new face this year, but he has integrated in the community like the best of them. For Canadian thanksgiving, he wrote all about the site and the games that he had grown to love over the course of 2014. He had to take a work-related Dtoid break shortly after, but he quickly came back after realizing how little Occam’s the outside world has to offer. Handy gave us the best E3 predictions of the year…and then asked his infallible fortunetelling devices whether they would come true or not. Finally, taterchimp shows that it doesn’t always have to be just video games at Destructoid. If you wanna tag your blog ‘NVGR’ and talk about some great drinks worth drinking, that’s fine too! And that’s it for my picks of 2014! A final shout-out goes to the Dtoid staff who have offered us our little place on the Internet. And an extra special one to our Community Managers Andy Dixon and Occam’s, who continue to keep up with all of our shit in order to promote the cream of the crop to the front page. You ragtag bunch of dicks are awesome all over the world. Happy 2015 everybody! PS: Speaking of dicks, PhilKenSebben loves his. That is literally all I need to say about that blog. - ShadeOfLightMay you always find water and shade 2014 was a very up-and-down kind of year for me personally. On the upside, my wife and I upgraded from an apartment to our first house. That was quite a feeling, as I had never seen myself as someone who would one day have his own home. I started a new job working for my church, which is the first time I've ever had a job that I didn't hate in some form or fashion. I took a couple mission trips to Jamaica, which was an awesome time. I started a podcast with a couple friends of mine, which is something that we had talked about doing for quite some time. And I took over the reigns of the Friday Cblog recap job from mainstay bbain when he decided to relinquish the title to a young upstart. I really enjoy being a part of the recap team, I finally feel like I'm doing something here at Destructoid other than just posting a blog every now and then. Unfortunately, you have to have a few rainy days to enjoy the nice ones. Luckily though, I had more good days than bad. I lost my long time best friend, my dog, Muldoon. It was a rough time for me, but I take solace in knowing I'll see him again one day. On the gaming front, it was mostly good, although it wasn't without its disappointments. It seemed like most of the games that were really hyped turned out to be lackluster, or at the very least, didn't live up to the hype surrounding it, which is the biggest problem with hype to begin with. I picked up a PS4 this year, which is exciting. It's probably the earliest I've ever become an adopter of a new console. Looking back, I probably could have waited, as I still find myself with long periods where I'm not using the thing, but when I do, it's some of the most fun I've had this year. My biggest problem is that when I play games, I want to play the best version (well, the best console version, at least), and with games like Far Cry 4 and Alien: Isolation, I would have felt gypped if I played them on the last-gen consoles, regardless of if they're still good or not. I also got kind of productive this year but sitting down and finally knocking off some of the games on my backlog that had been nagging me for years now. Games like Super Metroid, Link to the Past, Castlevania IV, etc. I still have a huge backlog of NES and SNES games to tackle, but I'm up for the challenge. Overall, though, I probably spent more time playing my 3DS than I did anything else. As someone who travels quite a bit, it was nice having lengthy adventures like Professor Layton v Phoenix Wright and great time-wasters like Mario Golf: World Tour to keep me company during those long nights on the road. As far as Destructoid goes, I'm looking forward to becoming more prominent on the site, however that looks. We have a sweet thing going on here, and I feel like I'm getting a good feel for the writing styles I see from those who post blogs more frequently. If anything, I feel like I need to comment more, because I read almost every blog that's posted, and there's a lot of very intriguing stuff, even if I don't always agree. Anyway, here's to 2015 being the best year for the Destructoid community yet. My Life as a Catholic Gamer by Carlton McHardIn addition to being a great blog, I was happy to see how respectful the Dtoid community was with the subject matter and all of the different beliefs therein. The Worst Thing About Censorship is...-31- Resident Evil by OpiumHerzI'm a fan of OpiumHerz's censorship series in general, but I chose the Resident Evil blog in particular due to my personal affinity for the series. I love Pre-Ordering Games by The Scholarly GamerThe scholarly one is one of my favorite bloggers here on Dtoid, and it's nice to see someone who is so positive about something that most people are so down on. How Historically Accurate is Skyrim? by RedHeadPeakIf you're a history buff like me, then this blog and its follow-up is something you'll find fascinating. Our Halloween Costumes 2008 - 2014: A Destructoid Tribute by CraineumWhen my wife and I finally decide to have children, I hope I can make Halloween costumes half as good as these. How Shadow of Mordor Let Me Make My Own Story by Genki-JAMShadow of Mordor is one of my favorite games of the year for all of these reasons and more. If you needed a reason to pick it up, look no further. Getting a Gaming Tattoo? Here are Four Things to Keep in Mind by Chris GrayAs someone who got his first tattoo this year, I can vouch for these. - TheDustinThomas This last year my blogs took a turn for the weird and goofy. In a lot of ways, it was a return to form since I wrote really weird stuff back in high school and college. Some of that old stuff is still in some broken corner of the internet in a database so outdated its a headache to dig up. The paper it got printed on is likely all recycled by now. The serious or personal stuff can get hard to write at times. I'll draft and draft a blog and then this part of me goes "Screw this, I'm going to make it weird instead." That is where posts like "Operation Corgi Jelly Doughnut" really come from or maybe Commander Shepard gets an email from Solid Snake saying she can't have politics in her games anymore. Everything just becomes a bizarre satire, but I have more fun writing that than trying to be serious or controversial. Or I'll post the weird dreams about Bill Cosby, Michelle Obama, Mario and Luigi touring MGS2's Big Shell after my friends from Gamestop threw a party for Bill. Or that time Giganta and I went to a U2 concert and where the Pope David Cage turned up. Or when I made out with my android girlfriend in an orc temple and we found a porno that brought peace to Azeroth. It's possible that this is the result of over thirty years of gaming and pop culture consumption, lethal exposure to podcasts with Jim Sterling in them or all that root beer and ginger ale I drink. Maybe I just get too much fresh air with all that walking I do. Now I bring this silliness to your recaps every week and while its kind of left me wondering what to do with my personal blog, I'm happy to do it. I've come to enjoy going over each week of wonderfully weird, heartfelt or passionate posts about games, their stories, experiences and mechanics. And so I've looked through the roughly 3,500 blog entries from 2014. It took several hours to page through all that and I did some of it over overpriced hot chocolate at McDonald's. You guys owe me $3.50. I accept payment in pizza, too. Anyway, enjoy this trip down memory lane, days of futures past and some more recent offerings. I'm not alone in writing bizarre fanfiction, Fenriff also participates in this rare cblog pastime. It's About To Get Gay In Here has a real knack for writing gaming satire in an Onion-like direction. GlowBear gave us many lists of sexy things this year. Here she focuses on gaming's sexiest chins! Marche100 shares how Castle of Illusion gave him a connection to a family member he never knew. TouchOfKiel unearths the ancient horror known as the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES game. Never forget. Dreamweaver shows his appreciation for Persona 3. Strider talks about his favorite grapplers. SeymourDuncsn sees 2014 as the year he stopped worrying about staying current with games. Its a good feeling. Are you sick of saving Hyrule? You're not alone. UsurpMyProse is, too. Elsa explains how to be her friend. -Pixielated
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[Note: I cannot thank the dedicated Dtoiders on the Cblog Recaps team enough for all their hard work. Here's to another fantastic f*cking year! --Mr Andy Dixon] Welcome to the Cblog Recaps 2014 Yearly Recaps Super Ultramax: T...

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New Year's Eve games

What game will you ring in the New Year with?

Or do you prefer to watch balls drop?
Dec 31
// mrandydixon
New Year's Eve was always my favorite holiday growing up. Not only were there yummy snacks galore at whatever party my parents dragged me to each year, but the adults were normally so preoccupied with drinking and pretending ...
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Community Choice Award

Destructoid's Game of the Year 2014 Community Choice Award!

And the winner is...
Dec 29
// mrandydixon
What a wild year it's been for us gamers. In spite of all the insanity this industry inevitably attracts, when we look back on everything that has happened over the last 12 months, I think there's one thing we can all agree o...
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The friendly gaming master list

Promoted from our Community Blogs
Dec 19
// The Scholarly Gamer
[Dtoid community member The Scholarly Gamer had the brilliant idea to create a master list of Dtoider's console and Steam IDs. Add your name to the list in the comments so we an all game together. It's the perfect time, too, ...

Vote now for your 2014 Game of the Year!

Dec 09 // mrandydixon
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The Destructoid Community Choice Award
Another year has come and gone and holy sh*t were a lot of videogames released in 2014. Did you folks play any this year? I played a few, but mostly I just watched Netflix because it has achievements now. Anyway, some of you ...

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Ask Me Anything

Dtoid Full Disclosure reddit AMA happening today at 11:30am

AC/DC's new opening act
Nov 14
// Jonathan Holmes
It's Friday and I'm wrapping up my first week as Destructoid's editor-in-chief, a title which is apparently now known as "America's Sweetheart." I don't know who decided that, but who ever you are, thank you. So far, I love t...
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PAX Prime 2014 Photos

PAX Prime 2014: Robots and cosplayers and Dtoiders

Sep 05
// mrandydixon
There it is, ladies and gentlemen: your PAX Prime 2014 Dtoid group photo! It wasn't as big of a showing this year -- thanks a lot, PAX-tickets-that-sell-out-in-42-seconds -- but it sure was a pretty one. I know I say this eve...
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10 Things

10 things you didn't know about practically everyone

An archive you'll want to bookmark
Jul 13
// Morty
[Dtoid community blogger Morty compiled every 10 Things blog he could find into one handy place. What a guy! --Mr Andy Dixon] Hello, my fellow Dtoidians. If you're like me, then you love to read the more personal blogs about ...
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Dtoid Game Night: NY

Bringing the online community offline with Dtoid Game Night NY

Jonathan Holmes is really good at Street Fighter
Jul 05
// mrandydixon
A little over a month ago, Destructoid collaborated with Disqus (the people behind our comment system) to bring you Dtoid NYC Game Night, a meetup of Dtoid staff, community, and game developers from in and around New York. An...

Wanna hang out with Dtoid during E3? Hop in our chat room!

Outer HE3aven
Jun 08
// mrandydixon
Monday and Tuesday are chock full of live streams from all the major developers, publishers, and console-makers, and you can watch many of them right here on Destructoid. But if you're anything like me, you don't want to just...

Dtoid community: Tell us 10 Things about yourselves!

Go write a Cblog!
May 05
// mrandydixon
Every few years a spark ignites a fire in our Community Blogs, and community members share 10 Things about themselves with the rest of Dtoid. Well, that time has come again! Our own Conor Elsea started things off, and long-ti...

Radio Dtoid 034:

Featuring special community guest Jack Shadow!
Apr 06
// mrandydixon
Radio D is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast. Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), (US Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor) and Mr Andy Dixon (when he shows up) as they talk about their fa...

PSA: Dtoid chat is now open for business

You probably already noticed
Mar 30
// mrandydixon
A while back, we introduced a beta chat room for our Huge members to serve as a replacement for what used to be known as Outer Heaven (RIP). Well, chat is back and open to all! Just click the little red chat bubble at the top center of the screen (*points* it's right there), login, and start yapping. Have fun, kids!

Hey, we can promote your comments now!

You know, for those extremely rare occasions when you people actually say something worthy of note
Mar 30
// mrandydixon
You may have noticed over the last few weeks that some of your comments have been upgraded to "featured comment" status, and spotlit at the top of any given thread. That's because Disqus has given us mods a fun new tool to pl...

Get to know Dtoider chicagOriginal!

Community member highlights
Mar 30
// mrandydixon
Dtoid community member chicagOriginal has been lurking around our parts for a little over four years now, but it wasn't until recently that I discovered what a badass he is! A lifelong gamer, breaker and skater, "Junebug" (as...

Radio Destructoid records tonight, ask us questions!

Mar 29 // mrandydixon
Previously, on Radio D... Episode 033 - Race the Flush Episode 032 - Songs for Suicide Girls to Strip To Episode 031 - Bad Secret Santa Episode 030 - Communitoid Evolved into Radio D Episode 029 - Romcom Voltron Episode 028 - Live from MAGFest 12 Banner Contest To enter the contest, please submit an original piece of art inspired by Radio Destructoid to community [at] destructoid [dot] com! Dimensions should be 1400x1400 pixels, and it needs to be in JPG or PNG format. The contest ends when we've found our fav! Thanks!
Featuring special community guest Jack Shadow
Radio Destructoid -- formerly known as Communitoid -- is Dtoid's official community-focused podcast. Join Aaron (Forums Admin), Conor (US Community Manager), Kyle (Contributor) and Andy (Community Director) as they talk about...

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Communitoid 023-027

Communitoid episodes 024-027: So many episodes

Featuring community guests KingSigy and OpiumHerz, and new co-host King Foom!
Jan 04
// mrandydixon
Communitoid is Dtoid's semi-monthly, community-focused podcast. Want to be a guest on a future episode? Hit us up! Did you know that you can fit four episodes of a podcast between the numbers 24 and 27? It's true! And that's ...
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Dtoid Community Weekends

Check out these awesome Dtoid community interviews

Dtoid Community Weekends
Dec 14
// mrandydixon
Need some fun stuff to occupy your time this weekend? The Dtoid community has you covered! Destructoid community all-stars Everyday Legend and OpiumHerz have been absolutely rocking the cocks off the Community Interviews acco...
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Dtoid Community Weekends

Dtoid Community Weekends: You should play more games

Some fun community happenings for your sexy faces and bodies
Nov 23
// mrandydixon
People are always asking me, "Hey Andy, is there anything fun happening at Dtoid this weekend?" And I'm always like, "You're goddamn right there is!" Here's some of it: Over in our Forums, this weekend is all about the gaming...
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Dtoid Community Weekends

Dtoid Community Weekends: Here's some fun stuff going on

Everyday Legend's NARP, Lion's 999 Werewolf game, Antwhan's movie, and more!
Nov 16
// mrandydixon
[Gonna try throwing up quick little shout-outs to community activities on the weekends. If you have any suggestions for next weekend's post, email me!] There are some groovy goings on in our Forums and Community Blogs this br...
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7th Generation Memories

What will you remember most about the 7th Generation?

Sound off in blog, art, or music form and you might see your work promoted to the front page!
Oct 28
// mrandydixon
[Amazing header by the amazing ZombiePlatypus] Love it or loathe it, the 7th Generation of gaming has certainly been a memorable one. When I look back 20 years from now, I think I will remember this, fondly, as the generation...
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Communitoid 023

Communitoid 023: Battletaints

Featuring special guest Isay Isay!
Oct 19
// mrandydixon
[Header by BeatBeat.] Communitoid is the official podcast of the Dtoid community! Want to join Aaron, Andy, Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email! On this very special episode, the gang is joined by Dtoid commen...
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Communitoid 022

Communitoid 022, Nailed it w/Swishiee!

The #1 community manager podcast on Destructoid!
Sep 27
// Conor Elsea
[Communitoid is the Destructoid Community Team's official podcast. Want to join Aaron, Andy, Beccy,Conor, and Jo on a future episode? Send us an email!] This episode we have streamer extraordinai...

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