WTF is Destructoid?
Yes, we’ve become known in the videogame industry as the uncle that tells dirty jokes to little kids, but there's so much more to us.
Sure, we write about games, have a character that appears in videogames, host get-togethers in real life, and possibly encourage heavy drinking amongst legal adults ... but there's all these other things to Destructoid that needed to be documented for people who think we're "just a gaming news site." Hell, these days its a small universe, this site.
My name is Hamza Aziz, the Community Director for Destructoid regional meet-up groups worldwide. Have a minute? Open your mind to my karate.
We cover videogames like no one else.
The short answer is probably "that gaming news site with the robot mascot and crazy community." That works.
Some say we became popular because of our mascot, that we'd argue that part is not *entirely* true. Though our mascot is known to pull some crazy stunts (the president of the ESA literally ran from him once) our articles were making the front pages of many sites months before the first helmet was ever made. The other common misconception is that we're a site entire run by a community, when we have a full-time staff. It's probably confusing because you rarely see such a tight-knit group of people that actually love working together and hanging out on their own time. We hire genuine, smart, awesome people and encourage diversity in cultures and opinions while kindly shooting each other in the face for fun.
So what exactly do we do here?
Our staff represents some of the most vocal and obsessed gaming critics across America, Japan, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. We are there in-person at the Tokyo Game Show, Penny Arcade Expo, and E3, and many other press-only events. We are judges at E3. We're not (all) fat guys covered in cheetos, but we all (mostly) love cheetos and the fat guys that love them. Our staff is arguably the best looking bunch in the gaming industry. Who wants to challenge the Destructoid team to a walk-off? While I'm at it, our community is sexy, too! Just don't look at the "take a photo when you woke up" forum thread. Scary stuff in there.
All jokes aside, it’s our passion to tell you about the latest and greatest in the world of gaming every day. News, reviews, previews, original videos, trailers, live shows, editorials, meet-ups, contests, mods, hacks -- you name it. If it's hot, we’ll be talking about it. It's not uncommon to see a Destructoid quote on a great game's box at a retail shelf. No seriously, go pick up your copy of Wet and Forza 4 and look at the box. Or pay close attention to that bus driving around with the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood billboard. You'll find Destructoid wherever videogames are.
PLAY MR. DESTRUCTOID IN A VIDEOGAME
Our mascot/name/likeness has also been featured in a number of games which include: Bomberman Live (XBLA), Bomberman Ultra (PSN), PixelJAM's Dino Run (Web), Eternity's Child (PC), Agent MOO: Maximum Overdeath (XBLI), Raskulls (XBLA), Super Meat Boy (XBLA), BiteJacker (iOS), The Blocks Cometh (iPhone), Ms. Splosion Man (XBLA), Arcade Jumper (iOS) Ms. Splosion Man Pinball, Retro City Rampage (XBLA, WiiWare) and BurgerTime World Tour (XBLA, PSN, WiiWare)
How cool is that?
Back in 2006, Destructoid was a one-man Wordpress blog written by Yanier “Niero” Gonzalez, who later invited friends he met on forums to also contribute to the home page. Our coming of age story is awesome, go read it.
Your mom secretly reads us: Destructoid’s Network reaches over 3 million people and we publish thousands of stories every month -- that's over 30 stories EVERY. SINGLE. FRICKIN. DAY.
What, you also want a celebrity endorsement? How about one from a celebrity videogame character? Here's both:
The best part: everything we do, every last bit of it, is completely free to our readers. All of it. Yep.
We're apparently not that terrible at this: Destructoid has won three Webby Award Honorees/Nominations, 30 million video streams, and served over 350 million web pages. Take that, McDonald's!
You can learn more about our readership on our company site, ModernMethod.com. We are still owned by our founding bloggers. Yep. This makes us one of, if not the, largest independently-run videogame news source and community on the planet.
THE HOME PAGE
Comments and Chat
You can comment on any story on Destructoid. Comments are moderated with a light hand -- we will not ban you to eternity for calling us out if we make typos, are incorrect on something, or have an unpopular opinion. Part of the reason we started Destructoid is because we HATED how other communities were run. That said, if you push the limits of common sense (i.e.: racism, sexism, etc.) we will destroy you and mail a bag of feces to your house.
There's also a chat bar located on the lower right of the screen. You can pop up your own chat window with friends or turn it off completely. We think it's awesome.
Read Destructoid on the go:
We are one of the shortest gaming URLs you can type with your giant thumbs: just point your phone browser to Dtoid.com and you’ll automatically be pointed to Dtoid Mobile: Toilet Edition, optimized for all you smartphone users.
[Remember E for All? Probably not. It just goes to show -- we're even at the weird/bad events. Journalism!]
Destructoid is EVERYWHERE! We go to all of the videogame expos -- big and small -- to bring you non-stop coverage, live from the show floors.
Destructoid also attends smaller, private showings by the developers and publishers of the games you love. Whether we visit Nintendo’s or Electronic Arts’ offices in Redwood City, California, or go on trips to New York City for THQ, we strive to bring you our unfiltered opinions on the games we see, no matter how much alcohol we can consume at the open bars.
Destructoid also holds its Game of the Year awards at the end of the year, where we pick the one SINGLE game that was the best above all of the rest. Past winners include Super Mario Galaxy 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Left 4 Dead. We also award games based on graphics, storytelling, best DLC, score, competitive experiences, reader’s choice and more.
THERE ARE SO MANY VIDEOS ON DESTRUCTOID
Speaking of originals check out our expansive video section, organized by game platform and by our shows.
Live Shows EVERY DAY
Mash Tactics is a community variety show featuring a new game every weekday at 4pm PST. Sup Holmes is our talk show starring Jonathan Holmes as he talks to game designers with all sorts of background about videogames. Both are streamed on Destructoid.TV. Watch our home page for special events and time changes.
The community also has various podcast series, all of which are detailed here.
OUR COMMUNITY: BLOGS, FORUMS, IRC, DTOID.TV, STEAM, ETC ETC
The lack of any filters and our total transparency with our readership have become the mission of our company. We wouldn’t be here if it weren't for our readers, so our Rule #1 is obvious: Community first. The staff at Destructoid is just like you. We probably even smell the same. Destructoid is, above all, about giving our experience back to our readers. We also encourage factions within our community to keep it small and intimate no matter how large we grow, which I’ll explain in great detail below.
GETTING STARTED AND THEN ADDICTED
The first step: create your account! Duh.
Either sign up with an email address or use Facebook Connect to become a Dtoider. Once that less-than-ten-second process is complete, you’ll be able to upload pictures, share videos and send private messages to others.
We strongly encourage to customize your profile. Don’t just be a faceless newb! Upload an avatar, customize your profile and tell us a little about yourself. You can be as anonymous as you’re comfortable with.
By signing up, you can write comments, create your own personal blog and submit stories for home page consideration, participate in forums, or join us in person at one of many regional events in major cities around the world. After you become addicted, you’ll find out there’s a whole other world of sub-groups and, by then, your friendship circle will magically grow. Despite the site’s success, our proudest achievement is just how many people we’ve brought together. FEELS GOOD MAN.
Once you’re set up, you’ll be able to post comments on any blogs. We are pretty open when it comes to what you can say on Destructoid, and we want you to stir up discussion as much as possible. We just ask you to not be a complete racist, bigot, sexist douchebag. Don’t take yourself too seriously, either. Basically: DON’T SUCK.
(Art by deiga-the-semivalant. The flag means SHUT THE FUCK UP AND JUST PLAY GAMES. See Urban Dictionary)
Destructoid City Meet-up Groups + No Apparent Reason Parties
NARPs are a well-known thing around Destructoid. It’s basically whenever the community gathers in real life to have a good time. NARPs happen quite frequently and in a number of places like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the UK, Australia and more. All of the city-based groups are detailed here; you can easily join up to have some fun with other Destructoid community members. Don’t see your city listed? Then make one happen!
COMMUNITY BLOGGING ON DESTRUCTOID
Etiquette and blogging advice
A blog is a short, editorialized essay, whereas a forum is the start, middle, or end of a conversation. We offer both. Not knowing the difference is the fastest way to fail at life online, and at Destructoid in general.
Forum sights to see
Want to get together with other community members and play some games or organize a tournament? Check out the Friday Night Fights + Meetup & Play forum. If you’re one of those oddballs who actually enjoy socializing in person, the Dtoid Regional Groups and NARP planning threads in the Community Meet-ups section is for you. If you want to make sure your old games go to a good home while scoring some new titles for yourself, then visit the Trade Yo Games forum. If you’d like to get together and geek out with fans of Destructoid’s various Shows & Podcasts or share your own projects with the community, we’ve got you covered!
As Professor Pew states, The Unofficial Destructoid IRC channel is where you can talk in real time with a group of Dtoiders. A lot of people in there have been regulars for years now, and chatting can go pretty fast (or really slow) at times, so don’t feel offended if you don’t get a direct reply immediately. Like the forums, it is a place to hang out and have fun, and no topic is really off limits as long as doesn’t become tiring.
Friday Night Fights and The Destructoid Steam Group
Each week, a bunch of Destructoid readers and usually an editor or two get together to play some videogames online. Basically, this is what Friday Night Fights are all about.
LIVE VIDEO SHOW THINGS
Every weekdays at 4PM PST and weekends at 4PM, hosts Carnage and Pico plus other Destructoid staff bring you hours of entertainment as we live-stream on http://Justin.TV/Destructoid. The show IS live, so anything goes: it’s all completely unpredictable. We’ve played games half-naked, we’ve played new releases weeks before their official release and there’s just no telling what could happen in a given day.
(Image by Dtoid's comics editor Mikey Turvey. THIS IS ACTUALLY TATTOOED ON A DUDE, PEOPLE)
Hey, we’re on Twitter! You can subscribe to two flavors of Destructoid - the full feed @Destructoid (which tweets every frigging story) or smaller semi-hourly updates instead by follow @Dtoid on Twitter for an alternative feed to our daily news. Plus, sometimes I give away free codes/drunk Tweet on accident because I clicked the wrong thing on TweetDeck because I was drunk.
Go Like us! Our Facebook group is a more streamlined feed of only our original videos and top stories, and you’ll get our best stories in our friend feed. Plus you can stalk our Associate Editors and look at their ugly mugs.
Destructoid is all about giving back and we've held a number of charity events to raise money for good causes. Most recently, we've raised over $6,000 for the 24-hour gaming marathon Extra Life and over $7,000 for the Charity Water organization to build a clean water well in Africa.
And that’s Destructoid in an extremely over-sized nutshell.We hope you enjoy your stay and become active enough to the point that memes are born about you (it happens!) Now go have some fun.