On top of it being Destructoid's one year anniversary today, it also happens to be the boss mans birthday today. We at Destructoid all agree that we are truly lucky and fortunate to be working for not only the best site on the Internets, but for the greatest boss any of us have ever had. What better birthday gift can a person get than to publicly show gratitude and affection?
Warning, after the jump, it's going to get cuter and mushier than the cute wittle wabbits and kwitties at Cute Overload.
Hamsa "Cybernetic Tiger Z" Aziz
Niero, I will never ever stop thanking you enough for the oppourtunity you have given me. I have never meet anyone as trusthworthy as you in my life. You always put everyone else ahead of yourself and have sacrificed so much to keep the site going. I was a just a random Internet lurcker when you gave me a job working for you and the site back in June. The amount of progress we have seen the site go through together is mind boggling. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you have done.
Brad "Dick McVengeance" Rice
Yaniero, you've been an amazing boss so far. You managed to turn what I always enjoyed as a hobby, and dreamed of doing as a little kid into something that could actually be a career path for me. I never dreamed of anything happening back in the day when I was one of the two dozen people ranting in the forums. God damn, that was back in July! It feels like I've been here forever.
Niero: Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this amazing community that you've created. I sent you an email a long time ago about one little thing I suggested, and before I knew it I was part of the family, contributing to all three Web sites. Since then, some amazing opportunities have come from my involvement with Destructoid, and I'm forever grateful. So I'll say it again: thank you so much for giving me the chance to be a part of it all - I'm damned proud to be a member of your team. You've been so great. I don't know how you manage to oversee this all, but you do, and you do it with style.
Earnest "Nex" Cavalli
Niero, the effort and work you put into the site is utterly stunning. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if your ancestral village created myths about a little banana spider that could, based on your exploits. Of course, the spider would eventually be found on a shipping dock in New Jersey and squished by a longshoreman, but you get the idea. I guess my point is that you should NEVER go to New Jersey.
In all seriousness, though, in a world where I utterly despise SO MANY people, you’re one of the very few I look up to. Hell, you’re on my MySpace ‘heroes’ section along with Sergey Brin and Martin Sargent! Without actually fellating you, I’m not sure how one can show greater respect in our e-world.
Nick "Brutal" Chester
Who would have guessed that a guy who made a robot helmet with the sole purpose of terrorizing E3 would have come this far?
Mike "Savant" Ferry
Niero, I met you on a wet October day, the sort that waves its bloated and pimpled ass in your face to remind you that Winter's not far off. Having browsed the Internet in its entirety in an hour after blowing off my responsibilities at the office, I figured I'd embarrass myself and send you a link to Captain Waycool, offering my services should they ever be needed. You wrote back later that afternoon and brought me on board -- our meeting, then, was almost accidental, having spawned fully formed from the sticky womb of Boredom herself; let it be known that this is the only useful thing that being bored has ever done for me. Most of the time it only serves to bulk up my porn collection.
Joseph "Orcist" Leray
Niero, you're seriously the best boss a wannabe blogger/gamer/chump like myself could ask for. You gave me an opportunity to become a part of something awesome, and for that, I say "thank you."
Reverend Anthony Burch
You gave me my start in this crazy business of the Internets, and for that I'll be grateful. But even after you gave me the job, you treated me with kindness and respect, and that's a debt I'll be totally unable to pay. You've been a great boss and a hell of a guy. Thanks for being awesome.
Jordan "Grim" Devore
Niero, you must have one badass evil ninja twin to make up for your good karma, because you are the nicest boss I've ever had.
You gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and for that, I will always be thankful. Who would've guessed that a couple of guys looking to get into E3 could've had such a huge impact in just one year? I wouldn't want to be a part of any other gaming site, period, and I'm sure that I am not alone in saying so. You should feel extremely proud of your accomplishments thus far and enjoy life, because you are officially living the dream now.
The day I turn 18 is the day I get a Dtoid tattoo. Viva La Destructoid!
Topher "Hushgush" Cantler
What do I say here? What do you say to a guy whose humble little blog took over the Internets and changed the whole industry's perceptions in less than a year? How do you tell that guy that his blog changed your life forever? That your dreams are right there in your hands because of it?
Christina "Faith" Winterburn
When I started my little video game blog, I had a couple of people ask me to write for their sites and out of all of them, Destructoid just felt like home to me. All the staff and readers were just as geeky and goofy as me, had the same sense of humor as me and above all, Neiro made me feel like I was an important part of the Dtoid team no matter
I had a strange dream when I was little that I worked for a giant, super cool robot that played video games and helped make this world a better place by shooting rainbows out of its eyes and giving flowers to old people. Oh, and the robot also got me ice cream whenever I wanted.
Who knew my dream would actually come true?
Seriously, Niero, in the short time I have worked for the site, you have been nothing but nice and more than welcoming. I can't say thank you enough for the opportunity and putting together a website surrounded by such awesome people.
Summary: you rule. You rule hard.
Thanks again for everything. I'll take that ice cream now.
Karim "Kayka" O.
Congratulations Yanier, I can't tell you how proud I am about this really amazing site you literally created from nothing. You are the one that gave me the chance to be part of this epic Destructoid-family and I wish I could articulate this better, but I can't. Just know that I love you like a brother.
Ian "Analog.Pidgin" Cofré
Plucking a talented array of writers from around the world, and forging a collective in your own image is an envious talent for the ages. Bringing together a strong community that bleeds mechanical oil and makes pizzas and art for you is divine.