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My neighbor works for Bangbus and I work for Destructoid

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James: Today I was moved to RealityKings. Its a little more intense than working for Fling, which was the quasi-dating thing I signed up for. The guy sitting next to me does Flash design and all he does is pull images and videos of the shit.

Niero: You know, I'm a little hesitant to work for porn. Aside from the obvious reasons, how are you supposed to enjoy porn in your home after you work in it all day?

James: Yeah, everyone there is just like "it's just porn, whatever". I guess I'll get used to it.

Niero: And you'll come home and have to resort to porn about animals in food costumes fisting each other, as the normal porn will have no effect on you whatsoever.

James: Hah! Yeah, just like that Southpark episode. Don't be alarmed if I start bringing Japanese girls over to shit on my chest and torture me.

Niero: Speaking of Japanese weird shit, look at this game I just got. It's called Bobobo-bo-bobobo. Its based on a Shonen Jump manga and anime.

James: (puzzling over the weird box) What the fuck is this? What kind of weird studio makes this?





Niero: Hudson, same guys that do Bomberman. This afro guy walks facing the screen through trees as bad guys jump out of the trees to get him. You have to fend them off using these giant nose hairs, one per analog stick. Sometimes your friends are trapped in crates. If you rescue them they dance behind you. The soundtrack is amazing.

James: Didn't you have another game like this with Maracas?

Niero: Samba de Amigo! I have it right there. That game's very different though. Well, also different from other games too. I gravitate towards this oddball stuff.

James: I remember seeing that when you first got it in all Japanese, you didn't know what the hell was going on but you were enjoying it anyway with all the weir shit on the screen.

Why are you always getting these weird games?

Niero: When you have access to all these games you start looking for the most unusual shit as the normal stuff doesn't hold my attention whatsoever. Careful what you wish for, right?

It's kind of like the porn thing. Same principle.

James: We're lucky. But you know we're both doomed.

Niero: Yup.

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About Papa Nieroone of us since 9:58 PM on 03.16.2006

Gonzo Destructoid editor, the original troublemaker. You may know me as the guy that chased Jack Thompson around courtrooms, the guy that snuck into E3 in a robot helmet, or the publisher of one of your favorite games critics. At the end of the day my job is to keep Destructoid interesting, carrying us through the ever-changing games media landscape. In my spare time I'm also your webmaster, updating the site so Google doesn't murder us. Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage:


(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)


I mustache you where the cake is

About me: Typical gamer. Mostly PC, mobile, and retro. Favorite game of all time is probably Mega Man 2, though I have to pull myself away from JRPGs or our site loses a founder for three months. When I'm not yelling at people online I enjoy people watching and buying games for my dad, who despite being in his late 60's writes his own strategy guides and prints GameFAQs, which makes me incredibly proud.

My dog checks all my work for bugs:
I don't have kids but I have a cool nephew (and my Destructoid kids are enough, I'm like Papa Niero with so many of us breaking into biz), so I travel easily and inexpensively when I can. Sometimes I teach English to ESL students. I can speak and read a little Japanese and Spanish. I went to school for illustration. I'll post some old drawings here when I can find them. Of course, I drew the Destructoid logo based on the Japanese Smoking Robot toy.


Destructoid is not financially successful, but it grants all of us an incredible amount of flexibility. Living well doesn't require all that much money anyway. I've had roommates throughout my 30's in San Francisco (like Full House) and it was the best adventure ever, though quite scary and uncertain at times as I moved on a whim. It all worked out.


My dream is to retire (and beat all my Steam games) and continue doing exactly what I do every day but in Tokyo, where I've lived off and on for the last two years after realizing it was much cheaper than San Francisco (seriously, look into it) I've also traveled through Habitat for Humanity, doing free construction work in Central America. Awesome times.


My advice to people who want to work in videogames is to just start doing the work, even if you do it incredibly poorly at first, until it just happens. You want to be a writer? Write daily and try different strategies daily. I've crashed this website so many times I've lost track but I keep at it. That's been my story: fake it till you make it. I was definitely not invited to E3 but I just wouldn't give up, and now I've been to almost every videogame event all around the world. It took a lot of lost sleep to get to where I am. Years. But, if I can do it, then anybody with grit can do it. You have to be Stan Bush and dare, or at least Weird Al and dare to be stupid. Either way you'll make traction.

Live your dream! You only have one ticket, you may as well go for it. Fuck sleeping. Ship something daily. Build. Never. Stop.

This is me backing up your blogs:


Email me at [email protected]
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