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31 Days - Day 23: Guardians


When I come up with songs for this series I try to vary the songs that I pick. I don’t always pick songs from horror games, or even songs that are conventionally creepy. Some of the songs I pick are on this list for what they represent or what they’re associated with. So the song for the 23rd installment of 31 days is:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the wild – Guardian Battle

As I said above this song isn’t creepy or scary for what it is, but for what it is associated with.

The piano was the part that really got me when I first heard this play. There is no mistaking that this is battle music, so my first question was when and where. This was shortly answered by a red laser sight and a blast that reduced me to ash. Thankfully Breath of the wild is very forgiving so death isn’t a massive set back. Even so this does not make the Guardians any less intimidating when you first start out. Due to their great power, defense, and range I often avoided them during the start of my adventure. I recall finding my first horse (got it off a Bokoblin) and being really excited about registering it, only for me to get toasted a few seconds later and lose the horse. From that point forward this song would raise a small amount of dread in my heart when it played, and I of course had a lot more encounters with these mechanical monsters.  I’ve been shot off of walls mid climb, blasted out of the sky (or forced to land earlier than normal), and even chased a fair distance across the fields of Hyrule, praying that it will either lose interest or that cover is close by.


So considering all that grief I’ve gone through and the impact it had during my first few hours of gameplay I decided to include this song on my list. Granted once you get far enough Guardians can be killed easily and their insides harvested for parts, but again that is further down the line in most playthroughs. What I would like to see are your stories about your first couple of guardian encounters in BoTW. Let me know what you felt and how you handled it in the comments below. |RCPC-LDJXEW-8MRS [amazon$10]|

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango


This is a commission I had done for me by Inquisitive Ravenclaw. You should check out his site if you like the following piece

Link: https://theunknown1-arts.tumblr.com

I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:

You can find him on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFs2UhJYPVITYWCiqMk-z3w

He also has other venues listed on his profile here, take a look if you are so inclined:

The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).