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31 Days: Day 22 - Uncanny


There is a thin line that separates the uncanny from the terrifying. The length and position of said line may be different from person to person but it is there nonetheless. What often gives me a fright are uncanny children’s items. There is an expectation and a sense of familiarity that would normally be comforting, but when crossing into the uncanny that expectation is twisted. This starts as unsettling which in time may transition to irrational fear. The kind that has you looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re alone.

Five Nights at Freddies: Main theme

I have a love hate relationship with FNaF. I won’t knock Scott for his creation. He found something that worked and ran with it. I do however dislike the effect it had on the rest of the industry. Like P.T. many developers seemed to have thought that a few simple jump scares would make a good horror game. FNaF ended up being a success in large part due to the community that formed around its lore. The other half I feel is relative to the uncanny designs . While I personally am not frightened by them I can see why many people (including children) are.  They take the concept of chuck e cheese and turn it into a nightmare with a killer set of animatronics that stuff you into a mechanical death trap. Their design is off, the bird has human teeth, the bear’s human proportions look unsettling, the rabbit’s joints look wrong in addition to its dirty look, and the fox rushes you like a predator. The subversion of their expectations in what should be innocent mascots makes it frightening (for some).

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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).