GD is a community of people that is growing stronger and closer together all the time. I am constantly humbled to think that the site reaches and helps people in every country in the world, every single month (that has a computer and internet connection).
The most humbling experience of all is when I see our regular members make their internet home here. Visiting and chatting with new and old members alike about a subject that once was geeky and now rules the world in entertainment and business. Amongst our brilliant members, I am sure you will agree, there is a star...TeroMarsu
TeroMarsu, known by many as TM or Tero.
Tero helps everyone he comes across, passing on his expert knowledge, tirelessly wandering the halls of GD in search of that lost new GD member or someone missing that vital bit of data. When he finds them he lifts them up with a smile and helps them on their way.
The chances are you turned up at GD looking for an answer and was greeted by the warm reception of Tero. Thanks to Tero you would likely return again and help others as he would have helped you, all the while building that increasingly rare place on the internet - a friendly, happy community of clever people.
I have had the great fortune of playing alongside him in BF3, and it will come as no surprise when I tell you that he is amazing at it, always pushing forward, always playing the game as it should be played and always watching his buddies backs.
I write this with tears in my eye, because our friend and a true heart of GD has fallen on bad times. He is now feeling lost and alone in the real world.
It is with deep regret that I tell you that TM may not be around GD for a while, but I emplore all of you to leave your best thoughts for him and wish him strength in these difficult times. Please let him know that he is not alone by posting your message below!
TM, I hope you find your strength! You are a giant among men. We love you.
UPDATE - Through your generous support Tero has informed me that he is feeling better, at least for the time being, and for that I would like to thank each and every one of you for your moving words.
When I started this site I always believed in it. Not just in the ideas that I came up with but in the ability to pull together great people through a shared belief and where GD could be considered, by many fellow gamers, as a home away from home. We are in an age where the geographic boundaries of our marvellous world can be blurred and the support of kind people, such as yourselves, can make a real difference, no matter where you are. The fact that through the GD community we have managed to come together to lift a person from some of their darkness makes me so very proud. The troubles Tero faces may not be over but at least we have given him our support so he knows he is not alone. Thank you again.