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Published on November 7th, 2011 | by Alex

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The Basement Just Got Nicer

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What constitutes a dream? Is it quantifiable or intangible? Is it stronger than a wish, a want or a desire? Can it be a few video game enthusiasts casually discussing on GChat a PC gaming exclusive blog aimed at creating and nurturing a strong and dedicated community while bringing the latest news on software, hardware and releases? While discussing, did they think that in just six short months their concept would be bringing in a steady 100,000 hits a month? Did they think they’d have a successful podcast bearing their name? Did they think they’d be speaking and interacting with developers? Reviewing products? Opening forums? Managing game servers? Selling shirts? Representing themselves at gaming conventions? Raising over $33,000 for children’s charity? Did they think they’d have to upgrade their hosting to handle the traffic after re-launching with a smoother, cleaner and independent new interface? Did they think that at the time of inception their concept was strong enough to catch fire and forged from the stuff that defines a dream? Well if they didn’t then, they do now.

Keyboard + Mouse or Die is a weird mix. While the timeline of its successes sounds like a made-for-TV sequel to The Social Network, there’s another very different story behind-the-scenes. The one where all the staff members that write for this blog love talking about penises. The one where all of the staff members that write for this blog love trolling each other. The one where all the staff members that write for this blog play video games not for the money, but for the enjoyment it still brings them. KBMOD mixes the astonishing success a humble idea can achieve, achieved in large part from the fun a group of people can have building a seriously dedicated community. Nobody here takes themselves too seriously, that was never the goal and a big reason why we’ve been able to accomplish what we have so far. But stepping back from all the fun every once and a while it’s unbelievable to imagine all this spawned from a simple catch-phrase.

KBMOD was started from the basement. Literally. From the basement of dedicated individuals that received no compensation for their hours of hard work, KBMOD is now what you see today. And what you see today is the product of your involvement. Our hard work is simply an attempt to mirror your vehement support. Being a part of something from the ground floor can be exciting, being a part of something you have a hand in shaping everyday can be defining. So troll our forums, listen to our podcast, read our articles, drop a comment, take or leave our recommendations, follow us on Twitter, rep our tag, play in our servers and disable ad block on our site (haha…but seriously). Being actively involved in something you helped build is all we could ever ask for. This is my personal welcome to KBMOD 2.0, and my thank you for supporting KBMOD.

The basement has been getting bigger, and it just got a lot nicer too.

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Alex

Title: Absentee Staff Member About: Alex is a proud Rhodes Scholar currently living in his vehicle, a 1993 Toyota Camry, so that he may be closer to the rhode. As an avid cinemagoer, often he will go for six or seven hours at a time playing air hockey with unattended minors in the arcade without ever actually seeing a film, before returning home to his Camry. On weekends he dresses himself up as a Little Sister from his favourite video game BioShock before attending Bear and Twink Conventions in search of his Big Daddy. Currently runs the KBMOD YouTube Channel.


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  • Well said. Now touch me where the sun don’t shine.

  • TehFishOfDoom

    You don’t post often, but when you do, I imagine awkward anal sex.
    Because that shit is penetrating.

  • TPolly

    I don’t always read blogs and or news on the internet, But when I do…
    (whispers) Keyboard and Mouse Or Die @ KBMOD.com, go there, dicks.

  • bpost34

    Actually it’s more about the site paying for itself, and paying for community projects like the vent server, game servers (present and future) and other future surprises. Thanks for your helpful input.

  • bpost34

    Love that will not betray you dismay you or enslave you – it will set you free – be more like the man you were made to be.

    • TehFishOfDoom

      There is a design, an alignment to cry, of my heart to see
      the beauty of love, as it was made to be.

      • bpost34

        I think they wrote this song abouit kbmod2.0

        • TehFishOfDoom

          I think an earlier version of the chorus from “The Cave” provides evidence for this.

          And I will hold on hope
          And I won’t let you choke
          On the peen that’s down your throat

  • theIMatty

    amen pvtF4ggit <3

  • RoryGreen

    Well said. Here, have some cookies.

  • Chamca

    Great post

  • DamnedNiggar

    i get like two ads that i cant even notice since they are like 200×200
    so no problems on this side

  • ASoggySandal

    Good jobs bros. Glad to be a part of the movement!

  • BiP0LAR_B3AR

    Just wanted to say congratulations on the success of the site, and the community as a whole. And to the guy that called you pricks, these guys are far from that. You obviously weren’t around to see the success of the extra life charity event. These guys have jobs and families and do this for the love of gaming, and if they make a little extra money along the way , then more power to them. Keep up the great work guys and again, Congratulations!

    • nipnops

      ty sir. we do this FOR MADDEN

  • joga131

    Best gaming community out there
    Very rarely do you see a community come together like KBMOD has and help charities. Even more rarely do you see it done out of the good of hearts and not for personal gain.
    <3 you bros and keep up the great work

  • Suicidal_Noodle

    There’s been countless amounts of time when i’d spend hours on KBMOD inside and outside school, it’s a big part of my day. You guys are awesome, i mean, where else would i go to get the most recent news as well as console trolling? I’m glad you’ve came this far. Congratulations, you all deserve it.

  • Wheelzz

    Great post. I have been a supporter since the start and I knew this day would come!

    #KBMOD

  • But what about the people living in attics rather than basements?

  • Thse site, and more importantly this community, has become a very big deal to myself and I’m sure many others.
    Every day when I wake up the first thing I do is check the site, an I hate that there are no posts on weekends because I can’t get my daily KBMOD fix.
    I sold my console and went straight forward with PC only because of this site and its community of bros. I try to convert other console gaming friends to PC to also be a part of this community I enjoy so much.

    Long story short, I sincerely thank everyone who has put so much time, effort and love into this site and connunity of awesome bros. It has impacted my life and now I’m trying to make it impact others.
    Now who wants to nighthawk? =)

  • Dick McBrohanson

    Jesus Christ Alex. Pull a god damn Morgan Freeman out of your ass.
    Your voice just inspired me to feed homeless people, and donate to starving kids in third world countries.

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