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31 Days: Day 4 - Stalking


The Stalker, an often used horror trope that normally works quite well even if the threat isn’t initially scary or menacing. How effective that stalker is for the duration of the game/movie/etc. depends on their overall performance and design. Having a creepy stalker is fine and good, but if their performance is poor they become ineffectual as stalkers at best and at worst end up being laughably incompetent (read: Funny). The same can happen if the design is poor. Look at any number of Jeff the killer games or “Granny” for an example. In those two cases the premise is interesting but the stalkers are so poorly designed it’s funny rather than terrifying.

An example of a well-designed stalker would be the following:

Michael Myers Chase theme: Dead By Daylight.

Though Nemesis and Pyramid head are also great choices neither of them has a movie coming out, let alone having a good movie period.  Michael Myers is a bit of a complicated character. He has a lot of changes and retcons done to him over the years.  Generally speaking though I’ve always felt that Michael Myers as a villain is simply evil and I can “enjoy” a villain like that. A villain who despite what they may feel (considering Halloween 5) does what they want anyway, and is persistent to that end. Twenty years after his last outing he manages to track down Laurie and her son with the intent to kill them. Twenty years and he’s still at it. There are marriages that don’t even last that long and this guy gains nothing but some self-satisfaction for murdering her.

Michael is everything you could want in a good stalker villain. An ever present threat that challenges your feeling of security as it tears its way to you. Always moving, always watching, just for you. Menacing and cruel it wants you and there really isn’t much reason to it all. You can’t reason with him, you can’t plead to him. You can only run or fight. No matter your choice your life is changed forever and he’ll always be a part of it.

STEAM[NT8TW-H99ZT-MBQGJ] As for myself I’ve greatly enjoyed watching his films through the years and messing around with him in Dead by Daylight. By far one of my favorite Stalker type villains and I hope this new movie really knocks it out of the park for him.

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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

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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).