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I'm not young. As a matter of fact, I'm embarrassingly old to still be on message boards, talking about things that most people my age know nothing about. In my stage of life, I'm suppose to be concerned with my 4o1k and stock options, not which gun got nerfed on a specific level because it was overpowered and leading to sky-high K/D ratios for campers (for that matter, I'm not even suppose to know what a K/D ratio is, let alone a camper).

But I am. And the reason I am, I've discovered, is because of you. All of you. The Nintendo fanboys, the Sony fanboys, the Xbox fanboys, the PC fanboys... and all the other people who aren't fanboys, but who just love video games enough to want to come here and talk about them, or argue about them, or just voice their opinions about them. The young, the middle aged, the old... it's every one of you, the collective, the mass of passionate outsiders, the geeks, the nerds, the socially awkward, the forgotten, the ridiculed... we are all in the same boat, even if our boats are painted a different color, and carry different logos of affiliation and fandom. At the end of the day, we all sail upon the same sea. And it's that camaraderie, that sense of community and unity that, despite some twenty-odd years of doing this, keeps me coming back for more when there's no other logical reason to be doing so, and I just wanted to recognize you all for it, and pay my respects.

I know on the whole, nothing I say will matter beyond the time it takes for you to read this post, but if at least one person sees this and has some sort of realization, some sort of epiphany, then it'll be worth it. We shouldn't be at each others throats all the time. We are too niche, and too much like brothers and sisters to be acting that way. We all belong to a special group (in a good way), and we'd all be better off if we could--for once--just recognize this obvious truth and act accordingly. 

But anyway, cheers to you all! May you all be blessed in life, and may your fingers retain their abilities to accurately mash X's, Y's, A's and mouse clicks, even when the time comes for someone to come along and mash up your food for you! 

Take care!