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31 Days 2020 Edition Day 16: Tar


Horror doesn’t always come at the pointed ends of a monster’s teeth or by the hand of a nigh unstoppable force.

Black Tar: Hotline Miami 2

I spoke about this one before, mostly about the scene itself in the game. Of course that in and of itself is unsettling but there is a lot more going on. As a brief refresh, should you choose to play the game again after completing it once a bonus scene will play where Richard confronts the cast of the game one by one and each reacts in a suitable way relative to their nature. Richter asks for forgiveness, Tony attempts to act tough, Pardo is paranoid, etc. It goes over the events that we as the player are aware of but these characters are not. I feel that part of the implication is that we are choosing to make this all happen again for our own enjoyment despite how ruinous the ending turns out to be.


That is the short of it. Truth be told there is a lot more even in such a brief moment. One thing that does eat at me though is just the way it ultimately has to be. I’m not a believer in fate, in that very few things in life are ever “destined” to happen. That isn’t the case here though. In that moment of self-awareness where we are separated from the characters we had been playing as, when they have a moment to act on their own without our input we see how truly unaware they really are. It makes you want to scream, you know what the end is going to be like and yet here we are ready to do it all over again. We have no choice because we already made it when we played the first time around. Actions have consequences and no amount of remorse will undo them. It’s the horror of knowing, knowing the suffering the lies ahead, and not being able to do a thing about it.


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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).