It's hard to believe it's been four years already! Watching this site grow from a simple scam run by Niero to get invited to e3 into one of the best gaming communities ever has been amazing experience, and I'm proud to have been around to witness it.
Grim already wrote up a fantastic feature for the front page (which includes a must-see image gallery), but I wanted to create this thread for everyone to share the Destructoid-related memories that have stood out in your mind and affected you over the last few years. This isn't limited only to the long-time members of course; those of you who only recently joined are more than welcome to share any stories you have!
There are dozens of memories I could mention: the launch of the cblogs, WiiSucks, the Eternity's Child review, the How Many Wolves Must Die? ad, the Dprime - Also, Cats thread, the point when I realized I actually had a positive reputation around the site simply for my snarky front page comments... Some of the more bittersweet memories involve staff and community members who are no longer around for various reasons. I still miss most of them. Hell, a small part of me actually misses World Famous. A very, very small part.
The one that stands out most for me is when Hamza front paged our Left4Dead short on Christmas Day 08. The buzz for the game plus being featured on one of the slowest news days of the year created a perfect storm that led to the video getting a ridiculous number of views in a very short time. That was an incredible surprise, and the kind comments and support from the staff and community regarding all of our silly little videos touches me deeply to this day. It's an enormously fun creative outlet for me, and one I would never have even thought of attempting if not for Destructoid.
So now it's your turn! Whether it involves something that happened on the site, during a gaming event, or while hanging out with other Dtoiders online or IRL, what do you look back on fondly when you think of Destructoid? What makes you say "This is why I love this place"?