It was December 31st 2007 when I first visited Destructoid and decided to sign up. Too be honest I don't really remember alot of the occasion; I mean it wasn't exactly something I thought would change my life as drastically as it has. I guess I just thought I'd try a different community for a while. So I signed up, had a look around and stayed, eventually becoming the only community I would be at on the internet. So was it the articles that made me stay? The podcasts? The community? A little bit of everything I'm guessing.
I suppose this is a good thing but to me, Destructoid's writers have always felt like they're writing as one of us. They're not some just "professional games journalists" who writs like they have the emotions of a Terminator but are opinionated people with a good sense of humour and knowledge. Not much else I can think of but if I enjoy them, then I know Destructoid's writers must be doing something right.
Podcasts aka Podcastle
To be honest, IMO the podcasts on Destructoid are alright. Just alright. Podtoid is decent but just feels like any other gaming podcast and I just don't like RFGO, it isn't my thing. (I'll start running once I've posted this) However, ironically the one that most people don't like is the one I love. Ever since I listened to Podcastle for the first time (the Wilbo Sean Connery episode I believe) I've been downloading every new episode for my biweekly dose of Jim, Lauren and Wardrox. It might be the Britishness of it all, or the humour, or even that it doesn't just stick purely to gaming discussion. It just melds all together into 1-2 hours of audiosex. Plus, live Podcastles where we all take the piss out of Wardrox? Just awesome.
And probably the most important reason. From some of the funny comments in the blogosphere, to shits and giggles during Friday Night Fights or just chatting with everyone in IRC, I've just fallen in love with the Destructoid community. (Except thebez, but fuck that guy) It's the first community I truly feel a part of, and I look forward to spending many more years with the community. The funny thing is that I haven't even been to a NARP yet. It won't be much longer but the best parts of the community are yet to come for me.
Well that's the 3 reasons I could think of what Destructoid has done for me in my first year. From becoming friends with great people to laughing at Wardrox/Lauren's misery, I look forward to hopefully many more years of fun and laughs. Thank you Niero for creating the greatness and to everyone who has contributed to that greatness. Now I'm out of here before I pull Destructoid's dick too much.