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31 Days: Day 28 - The Masked Man


What makes a sound or a song creepy? I suppose that does have a number of possible answers ranging from life experiences to the mind itself. Certain sounds, particularly nonlinear sounds can trigger that sense of unease and fear within us. A byproduct of evolution this function helps keep people and other animals alive by recognizing potential threats quickly. With this understanding many creators have used these nonlinear sounds to enhance the horror in their media. I can’t say I’m super knowledgeable about the subject but I am fascinated by it and its implementation in film and games, particularly todays pick.


The Masked Man: Mother 3 [steam: B5K5L-Z59TX-ED2FE]


What is it was the Mother/Earthbound games and these crazy sounds? Even in the safety of my home this tune unsettles me. I shouldn’t feel that way but it creeps on me in the quiet of the night. This got me thinking about the nature of sounds and why some bring fear while others can bring joy. That is how I learned about nonlinear sounds and their effect on us. I am no expert on the subject but I feel that like Gygas and the Cave that time Forgot, the Masked Man carries those nonlinear sounds which is what ultimately makes it more frightening than it has any right to be. As if chaos itself was crying out to the world. A very effective technique to be sure and something I want to learn more about.

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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).