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Happy Birthday Destructoid!...and some memories of my experience thus far

Despite having only been visiting Destructoid for a bit more than a year (based on the earliest episode of Podtoid I listened to), and only having been an "active" member since this summer, it really feels like it's been a lot longer. So, instead of writing a longer essay on the topic (as I'm prone to do), I'll do a point form list of some of my memories/favourite moments of my Destructoid experience.

- First of all, although I had first been attracted to the site through its news articles, what really drew me into the community was the podcasts. No other site of this size had so many podcasts going on at once (during the peak period of the Podtoid-RetroforceGo-Podcastle trinity), in addition to the many community podcasts that have sprung up. It's inspired me to make my own one-time podcast, as well as attempt another community podcast sometime in the future. Thanks to everyone who is and was on a Destructoid podcast!

- Another part of the site that got me hooked to the community was ShiMuNi and Aniwednesday, under the current host GenkiJAM. When I moved away from my hometown last fall, it served as an excellent substitute for playing games and watching movies with friends. Despite how antisocial it appears to be, I really like spending a Saturday night watching and riffing off some movie (be it schlock like Transmorphers or an excellent film like Black Dynamite), in addition to the assorted game streaming that goes on before and after the main attraction. I'll always remember my reading of a far-too-raunchy fanfiction (i.e., Inspector Gadget, rated XXX...) over Skype, or my admittedly terrible teamwork playing Bad Company 2, both of which I semi-apologize for.

- Although I'm not incredibly active at writing cblogs (since I have trouble writing concisely), I do appreciate all those who have commented on my writing and other endeavours. The two times my articles have been on the frontpage are also happy memories, and I thank whoever selected them amid the many other quality pieces of writing that get produced by the community.

- Someday I'll hopefully get to go to a community event (I'm aiming for PAX this summer, though I'll be fighting time, money and laziness all the way), since I'm really jealous at all the fun times people have had at NARP's and conventions.

- A few quick hits to various community members:

Kraid, GenkiJAM, PsychoSoldier and the rest of the ShiMuNi Irregulars, youre da best mang!

Cadtalfryn and Beverlynoelle for being great participants on the history in video games podcast.

Infrared Chimera, for our long discussions on various complex topics in gaming we've done while ironically playing "simple" games like CoD4 and Saint's Row 2.

MrStoryr, Knives, DJDuffy, and all the others I spent way too long playing MW2 with in the past few months.

GrumpyTurtle and others I met in the somewhat sketchy CoD4 tournament, it was worth it for the subsequent knife/stun grenade only matches that followed.

MK, whether it was in cblogs, the forums or on ShiMuNi, you were always a good source of unintended mirth/rage. In my mind, you'll always be a furry-loving, anime breast-hating, "first system was a PS2"-playing jester with an unnatural addiction to Okami.

All those I've met during my periodic forays into the forums, despite the fact that I know I'll never reach Poopface Morty's legendary 10,000 posts.

To any of those who have faced my critical comments on their cblogs over content, structure or grammar, I apologize if I was too rude to you; I just want to make sure that the (slightly) younger generation keeps its writing and rhetoric skills going.

Wilbo, you know when I said I'd thank you last? I LIED

Finally, thanks to anyone else I forgot to mention on this list, you can go ahead and fap/comment on this blog to make up for it........

Oh, and since you can't write a good blog without some pictures, here's a few of the ones I've found or edited based on Destructoid stuff.

Congratulations on 4 years, Destructoid!
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About Guncannonone of us since 2:54 AM on 01.31.2009

Previous posts:

May Community Monthly Musing Recap
My expertise: Memorization, obsession and Star Fox 64 (Monthly Musing)
I suck at games: Confessions of an Item Hoarder (Monthly Musing)

Regular Articles:
Why Kinect Will Fail: The Name.
My own Listblog, but with some interesting categories.
(Relatively) Short Blog: Environment in Red Dead Redemption
Dr. Samit, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love SPORTS! (Monthly Musing)
The Airport: Last Refuge of the Arcade?
Ranking the Zelda series from my own memories
An Essay/Review of a Canadian History video game
8-bit remixes of Gundam music!
Rental Recollections: 7-7-7
Maniac Mansion: The TV Show

One Song...Many Remixes:
Volume 1: Mega Man X, Intro Stage

Video Game Mind Teasers (on hiatus until site upgrade)
Volume 15: Missing Edition
Volume 14: Touch Fuzzy Edition
Volume 13: SONIC EDITION!!!
Volume 12: Continuing Edition
Volume 11: Back to the Beginning Edition
Volume 10: Prizes Edition!
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

My videos:
Bit Transmission!
Guile's Theme + They Live!

Community Activities:
Destructoid: A YouTube Search Story

History in Video Games: Roundtable Podcast

Personal Stuff:
Getting some classic SNES games!
Getting Mega Man Complete Works!

Deliberate Failtoid:
Why Battlefield 1943 is the worst game EVER!

Age: 23
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Profile: I'm a longtime gamer, and started playing video games during the transition from the NES to the SNES. Although I like retro games, I play mostly newer games on the 360. Still, my favourite gaming memories are from all-nighters filled with Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Smash Bros. in the late 90s.

I'm looking for a career in public service, politics or other fields where research and writing are critical. Though, the closer it's related to games, the better.

I make videos, animated gifs, podcasts and all kinds of random stuff in my spare time. I'm also trying to develop my own gaming website (details coming eventually).

Systems: NES, Super NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, Wii, Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC, Colecovision (my dad's). Also, many other systems (including arcade) that I not emulate.

Some Favourite Games:
Retro (NES-SNES eta): Megaman 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars, Sonic 3, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Robotrek, Illusion of Gaia, Megaman X, Lufia 1 and 2, Strider, Metal Slug, Twilight Zone pinball.

Retro Limbo (N64 era): Ogre Battle 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mystical Ninja starring Goemon, Goemon's Great Adventure, Descent: Freespace.

Modern: Halo: Reach, Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Tales of Vesperia, Fallout 3, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Metroid Prime 1-3, Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam, Hearts of Iron II, Europa Universalis III, Civilization IV.

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