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Thank you, internet.


Hey, look, it's a c-blog from me -- for the first time in a year!

If you follow me on Twitter, you witnessed some amazing generosity today on the part of the co-hosts of Rebel FM (a podcast that you should already have been listening to). It's generosity that, by the way, I have done nothing to deserve (except purposely prevent myself from getting excited about Xbox 360 games because I didn't own the console). I met the three guys -- Arthur Gies, Anthony Gallegos, and Tyler Barber -- at PAX 2009. I watched them speak with countless fans and RFM listeners at a loud, hot (temperature-wise) get-together at GameWorks, never complaining or looking like they were having anything but a wonderful time.

That's because they're three of the nicest guys on the planet. You know how I know? Because of the following story. Yesterday evening, Arthur contacted me to ask for my address; he told me a package would be arriving today, so I should "FUCKING BE THERE TO ACCEPT IT." But he wouldn't tell me what was in the box, and I became particularly curious when the FedEx tracking information told me that it weighed 14 pounds.

This is what arrived at my house around 11 AM today:

And this is what was inside it:

Oh, and here's my feeble attempt to put my feelings into words.

Arthur, Anthony, and Tyler: I cannot begin to thank you enough for this. I'm a writer, so you'd think I'd be able to express my gratitude somehow, but I'm failing miserably. So…thank you.

And while I'm at it, I'd also like to sincerely thank everyone else who has sent me a gaming gift through the web recently. I've lost count of the number of games that people have gifted to me on Steam: Portal, BioShock, Torchlight... the list goes on and on, and again, I feel terribly undeserving of being showered with gifts. I write for a videogame website -- that's all, you know?

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thanks for reading my work on Destructoid; thanks for following me on Twitter; thanks for listening to my rambling incoherence on Podtoid; and thanks for giving me games (and now, an entire gaming console!) because I don't have the money to buy them myself and you want me to experience them. I appreciate all of it tremendously.
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About Samit Sarkarone of us since 7:56 PM on 12.14.2006

Senior Reporter, Polygon at Vox Media

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