Okay, let me get one thing straight- I'm terrible at this. I never wish anyone other then my girlfriend happy birthday. Mainly because it just feels so awkward for me. So, that being said, I'ma give this a shot.
First off, HAPPY FRIGGIN BIRTHDAY, YOU SEXY ROBOT PIMPDEVIL YOU. I may not have been around that long compared to most, and I may not be as recognizable as some of the 'bigger names' in the community, but dammit I am a part of this community and I'm proud to say that. From the Kraids, Xzyliacs, Megastrykes, Tubatics, and other classy and intelligent individuals I've been lucky to find myself getting to know (Well...if by getting to know you mean reading their c-blogs and wishing I could be as cool as them while simultaneously building a shrine to them in my totally-doesn't-exist closet), to the actual editors and people that keep the site running, I can safely say this is the best online community I've ever met. So, for that, I'd like to extend the birthday well-wishings to you guys too, since the site wouldn't be the same without you guys. Keep being awesome.
And of course, there's the editors. Oh dear God, the editors. I don't even know where to start with you guys...
Thank you Nick Chester, for showing me that there may be one other person in the world out there that can rival my love of rhythm games. You stay classy there.
Thank you Hamza, for your love of the sauce and even bigger love of sharks. It's not often that I can say I (superficially at least) know a binge-drinking shark lover. Also, we do appreciate the daily recaps. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Thank you Anthony Burch, for having a love for the little guy. Sure, I may not be as big on the indie titles as you, but there's no denying that you have a taste and desire for games that are more than just games, and I respect that.
Thank you Dale North, for your unrequited love of the RPG. I probably would have never jumped aboard the Atlus train if not for you. Also, you've got awesome music taste.
Thank you Geraldo Beedog, for JOURNALISM.
Thank you Jim Sterling, for simply being Jim Sterling. Yeah, a lot of people seem to hate you, but I'm not one of 'em. It takes a lot of guts (That's not a fat joke by the way) to stand up in the face of hatred and stand firmly in the belief of your own opinion, and hopefully ya never stop doing that.
Thank you Chad Concelmo, for A) Being awesome, B) Turning me on to the joys of unashamedly punching an old lady in the face (Well, I didn't really do that, but still), and C) Giving me a bigger respect for the classics. I don't think I would have ever turned around and beat half the classic games I have if not for you and the other Retroforce guys.
Thank you Brad Nicholson, for being the scariest gamer I've ever seen. I used to think the Regginator was huge...then I saw that your arms were roughly 2.8x bigger then Reggie's torso. You're awesome.
Thank you Sports Sarkar, for bringin' the game and putting up with everybody's ridicule on Podtoid. Sure, you may be a punching bag sometimes, but every good group has to have the lovable underdog that gets bullied on. Plus, it's hard to find a person that writes about sports games and actually knows what the hell they're talking about.
Thank you Jonathan Holmes, for loving the Wii like you do. Nintendo gets a really bad rap and, sure, they may deserve it a lot of the time, but you're there to show what they do right. And when they do right, they do amazingly, emphatically right. You're also really funny on video, just throwin' that out there.
Thank you R3Y, for being hands down the best video content editor in the business. There really isn't any better way to put that. Just keep doin' what you do. You also have amazing tattoos and I am envious.
Thank you Josh Tolentino and Andrew Kauz, for showing that hard work and amazing c-blogs WILL get you somewhere eventually. You guys deserved what you got and I'm glad to see you made it. I know a lot of the editors started out as mere c-bloggers, but when I got to this site, you guys were still just regular members, and seeing the promotion was certainly inspiring. Same with you Megastryke, even if you only got one article out so far.
Thank you Matthew Razak and Grim, for being around to pick up the articles others don't. We may not see a lot of you (Or maybe I just miss a lot of your articles, I'm not too sure), but you're just as appreciated as the other guys.
Last but not least, thank you Niero. You fucking made the site. You are the driving force behind this. If not for your (brilliant) little scam to get into E3 many moons ago, I wouldn't even be here writing this. Keep it up, you give robots everywhere a hero to look up to.
So yeah...four years. Four long, awesome years. I think I've only been around for a little under two of those years, but they've been some awesome years. Cheers mates, I'll see you on number five.
AND THIS PICTURE WILL LIVE ON FOREVER BY THE WAY.
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